Flow Traders Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2021

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Flow Traders CEO Dennis Dijkstra
Dennis Dijkstra
19 Ratings
Pros
  • "Cool place to work at, offers great work-life balance, values open communication, and recognizes good work(in 12 reviews)

  • "Comprehensive training: Months-long program in Amsterdam for new hires(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "mediocre middle management, lack of proper and directed training for the job(in 3 reviews)

  • "The trading environment is very high passed and this is reflected in all the processes(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years
      Featured Review

      Phenomenal environment for the ambitious and driven

      Sep 1, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Entrepreneurial environment that encourages new ideas and allows one to rapidly assume meaningful responsibility -Focus on business expansion opens ample opportunities for personal growth and achievement -Flat structure and emphasis on teamwork makes management extremely accessible and helpful -Excellent amenities, including a spacious office overlooking Bryant Park, catered lunch and snacks, weekly massages, company trips, happy hours, etc. -Unique mix of tenures - new joiners often find themselves learning from colleagues who have been with the firm for years (some since its founding!)

      Cons

      -Rapid growth and focus on new sources of value trades off with efficiency, generating a significant operational workload and consuming resources which could otherwise be spent on innovation -Similarly, project-level coordination between teams can take a backseat to driving forward progress, resulting in otherwise-avoidable inefficiencies and surprises -Fixed compensation is - while still quite comfortable - on the lower end for competitors of the same caliber (especially for traders) -The performance evaluation process (and how it ties into variable compensation) can be opaque

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      A great place for self starters

      Mar 11, 2021 - Trader 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of responsibility given to those with good ideas and motivation, even without tenure. Very open to new strategies

      Cons

      Company pays a large dividend instead of reinvesting in growth

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      gret place to work

      Feb 4, 2021 - Trader in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Love the job, people and culture

      Cons

      Technology development takes mostly place in Amsterdam. Hard to get them to deliver.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing

      Feb 8, 2021 - Risk Analyst in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great employees and work enviornment

      Cons

      no cons at all whatsoever

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Striving for Excellence

      May 11, 2020 - Junior Recruiter in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working at Flow Traders has been a great experience! It has a forward thinking culture with the type of environment that encourages everyone's opinions and rewards hard work. The New York office is small, which enables you to have a lot of ownership and responsibility. The office often feels like one big family full of focused people striving for excellence, but at the same time very down to earth. The benefits/perks are the some of the best in the industry and management puts a lot of time into accommodating to all employee's needs.

      Cons

      I can't think of any serious cons to working here. It is important to understand that Flow Traders is a small firm that at times can feel like a "startup". That said, some resources that you may be used to at a big firm do not exist here. Teams are smaller, so sometimes you need to be more dynamic.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Lucky to work for a company like this

      May 8, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Collaborative, fun work environment, always have a chance to voice your opinions and contribute directly to growth, becoming a more established company in the industry externally. Particularly during COVID, the company has shown that they really care about us with nice WFH setups, care packages and weekly MB updates. Even while working from home, everyone is reachable and it seems business as usual but with more solidarity than ever.

      Cons

      Communication from HQ doesn't always trickle down to other offices, lower base salary than some competitors - more variable comp

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      No leaders lots of sheep

      Apr 2, 2020 - Trade Support Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      weekly massasges and catered lunches

      Cons

      If you are not brown nosing, you will not get ahead. Employees are hamstrung by conflicts of interest with HR, making expressing any concerns futile. Promotions and applying to internal postings do not follow federal hiring guidelines. There is no formal positing of lead or mgr positions and there is no formal interview process for the roles either. Nepotism prevails here, and there are layers of unqualified person's in multiple roles Hence there is a severe lack of leadership, where there is quite a bit of bark, but no bite. Additionally unqualified and even unsuspecting responsibilities are given to the lead puppets, to insulate senior mgmt from any culpability should things go sour. Even the senior mgrs are more interested being liked rather than getting tasks and projects addressed in a timely fashion. The mass exodus and revolving door of employees should leave room to question their rating as one of the better places to work. Employee turnover is concerning, and imho left a lot of inexperience in a lot of senior/mgt roles. Also no raises are to be expected, if the company does well, just hope you get a piece, if not then good luck. Oh if you are not Dutch then good luck on career advancement unless you pucker up.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      **BEWARE** Ratings are NOT reflective of current culture **BEWARE**

      Apr 20, 2020 - Tech 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some nice perks like snacks, breakfast + lunch, stocked bar, annual company trip, and game room. If you're working with under the right lead and have decent co-workers you might make valuable contributions and learn something along the way.

      Cons

      These shiny perks DO NOT make up for the incredibly toxic culture. There are some MASSIVE ego's running the show. Massive structural changes in the past year including the co-CEO, senior MD, and several senior heads resigning resulted in a power grab for those who remain. Changes were seen across the board in nearly all departments and teams, the company is unrecognizable compared to what it was a few years back. There is little direction, it is an absolute 'everyone for themselves' type of culture. Flow Traders suffered from the worst case of 'start-ups growing pains' I've seen or heard of. On top of this, penny-pinching upper management will rarely give out raises or bonuses regardless of how hard you work and how much you contribute. This appears reinforced with nonsensical and unreasonable workload that do not have obvious benefits for the company on those at the bottom of the chain. Completing a job does NOT mean you are compensated (bonus or otherwise)! At the end, management will claim credit and collect their chunk of the pie at the end of the year. Consider this a warning for all those considering joining the firm, there are plenty of competitors that will give you a fair and honest chance with competitive pay. Don't waste your time here.

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to Work

      Nov 7, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flat structure lets you quickly put your ideas into action Great rapport with my team and manager Autonomy to develop projects that I found personally interesting Fun environment to quickly get to know your coworkers + great perks

      Cons

      Expectations can be high, but definitely manageable if you're someone who thrives under pressure

      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Horrible culture and leadership

      Jun 21, 2019 - Anonymous in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The perks are probably as good as it gets. Nice office space, massages once a week, company trip, catered lunches everyday and outings after work.

      Cons

      Everything... the culture is very toxic. Lack of diversity and lack of leadership. The MD/Leadership doesn’t do much but sit around and let the people and place perish.

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