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DRW CEO Donald R. Wilson, Jr.
Donald R. Wilson, Jr.
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  • "Discretionary bonus structure within certain trading groups can be a bit opaque for younger traders(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Trader

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    Current Employee - Junior Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    A rare combination of trading/tech skill, diversification across trading styles, risk appetite, and market leading infrastructure. The company grew fast, and still needs to be optimized internally as a result, but it has all the ingredients to become the best prop shop in the world.

    Cons

    Discretionary bonus structure within certain trading groups can be a bit opaque for younger traders. There is a push to unify the company but at the moment some desks are siloed and/or compete internally with other desks.

  2. it depends

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    Current Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    the company in itself is very good; the quality of live and direction does vary a lot depending on the group. Fixed income and commodities have gone a large transformation, so the organization is messy, draconian with constant treats of getting you fired.

    Cons

    --No life-work balance --The job you do is very different from the job you were hired to do; and somehow is your fault

  3. Helpful (1)

    Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Extremely smart coworkers combined with an organization that's constantly pushing for advancements in trading and research technology. Good salary, great compensation package, casual dress code and company pays for lunch.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  4. Challenging (in a good way) Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DRW full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated, extremely intelligent people across the board. Great people in general from the top down. Solid innovative work is generally recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    Expectations can be hard to meet at times and the goalposts can move. It feels less familial as the company has grown.

  5. Helpful (2)

    A rare combo of smart + professional + nice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time

    Pros

    When I went through the recruiting process, I was impressed by the level of intelligence of each person I met, and then realized I also just enjoyed talking with each of them. As someone who has worked in several different fintech and trading firms, I've come to appreciate that having colleagues you LIKE is a huge bonus. It was part of the reason I said yes to coming here, and it's proven a smart decision each day since....

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    Cons

    Growing pains that come with our global expansion and diversification can be a bit turbulent.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the things that make DRW special, especially as we navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with the substantial growth (including acquisitions) the firm has experienced in the last couple of years.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly, casual, surrounded by smart people who care about what they do

    Cons

    Teams are somewhat broken up so you have to actively get to know people on other teams if you want to

  7. Trading Analyst Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at DRW

    Pros

    Very interesting, actually useful projects/work

    Cons

    Nothing stood out in a negative manner

  8. Helpful (3)

    Lacking in tech innovation, can't attract top tier talent.

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    Former Employee - Trader 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DRW full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    People are nice, not very high stress

    Cons

    Given that the current state of tech is moving into AI, DRW is definitely lagging at attracting top talent. Places like Two Sigma, HRT, Jump, Citadel, etc. are very strongly embracing AI and have amazing presence, which makes them attract high caliber PhD students, smart undergrads, etc. who then tell their smart friends, and it becomes a virtuous cycle. Leaving DRW doesn't really give much credential in exit options...

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    Advice to Management

    Invest more in machine learning and stop looking like a frat-house, or your only options will be hiring average employees. Other places don't hire smart people (from competitions, PhDs, etc.) because the work will always involve what they did. It's because it gives great reputation for hiring smart friends as well.

    DRW Response

    September 4, 2018Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Attracting smart people who are good colleagues and creating a balanced workplace are high priorities at DRW. We’re glad that was your experience. We also agree AI and machine learning have a role in our business, and we are currently investing in and using both. As is true at all ...

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  9. I enjoy working with some of the smartest ppl in the city.

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    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Smart ppl, caring atmosphere, interesting problems

    Cons

    Not really any I can think of

    DRW Response

    September 4, 2018Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your experience at DRW. We’re happy to hear you enjoy the people and the work at our organization.

  10. Employee in Chicago, IL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual environment, great people to work with, and a collaborative and fast-paced environment (no two days are the same)

    Cons

    None, keep up the great work!

    Advice to Management

    None

    DRW Response

    August 13, 2018Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Glassdoor. We’re happy to hear that you’re enjoying your time at DRW.

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