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Geneva Trading Reviews

Updated January 30, 2019
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Pros
  • "Overall great place to intern if you never have before" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Really solid company with great software, talent, and most of all good people" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hours can be long-but anyone afraid of putting in long hours should probably consider another vocation" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Complete jerks are coddled if they bring enough value, even if it means other people around them quit or get pushed out" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Growing company with great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and collaborative culture. Everyone is willing to help you out with any type of question you have.
    Growing fast and strong in technology and infrastructure.
    Nice office space and well stocked kitchen

    Cons

    Long hours and stress level, which are common in this industry


  2. "average"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    typical prop shop, friendly people

    Cons

    office too dark and congested

  3. "Great place with no glass ceiling"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time

    Pros

    Geneva offers many different trading platforms for experienced traders to plug into. There is no middle management and deal structures are very transparent.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "An opportunity to make a difference"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to make a large impact in the firm, especially from a technology perspective. Employees are given a chance to put their money where their mouth is and prove they can create a product (technology or trade idea) that will make money. If you succeed you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    Technology is incredibly interesting but still growing. Some inefficient processes but those inefficiencies lead to opportunities for growth when addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in technology and our people.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Research analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Trading full-time

    Pros

    good for fresh graduates to learn about markets, peoples are nice

    Cons

    tech not competitive enough. No continuing education

    Advice to Management

    make ppl feel more respected and rewarded for hard work


  6. "IT Support Intern"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Support Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Trading (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to grow and work on many different projects. You work with really intelligent individuals and can gain a lot of knowledge and insight from them if you take the time to ask and listen to them. Nice office atmosphere and co-workers are really friendly. Interns can learn a lot if they are willing to, and everyone is around to help if you need it. Overall great place to intern if you never have before.

    Cons

    Sometimes had nothing to do after finishing a project.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more on top important dates such as events and last days.

    Geneva Trading Response

    Feb 6, 2018 – HR Director

    Thank you for sharing your experience at Geneva! We believe strongly in our trainee program and giving interns the opportunity to learn and grow. Clearer internal communication is something we... More


  7. "Expect good things"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Trading full-time

    Pros

    Really solid company with great software, talent, and most of all good people. Most negative reviews are from disgruntled traders, you'll see that at any firm that takes the time to groom their own. It's high risk, but this is a fine spot to try your hand and an even better place to practice as a technologist. What you won't see at every trading firm is a full staff of professionals who treat everyone with respect and care regardless of their subordination. Company structure is relatively flat with a small group of managers who do a good job keeping everyone together. You'll be working hard almost every minute in the office but it will be work that is needed and needed right now. Come here for a smaller team, a quicker pace and try to bring a little fun doing it.

    Cons

    Infinite supply of trader needs can lead to a prioritization schedule running against employee physical and mental well-being

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Quantitative Trader"

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    Former Employee - Quantitative Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Quantitative Trader in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Trading full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -My manager was brilliant, helped me develop great logic, and we were in sync
    -I was excited by the strategies I built
    -Cool office
    -Use of KDB/Q

    Cons

    -My co-workers were not mathematically sophisticated. 4 traders coded.
    -Behind in technology, as far as I can tell. I could have been sheltered, not sure.
    -Underpaid relative to everything I've seen, in both base and bonus.
    -Didn't feel challenged, and <50% of relevant skill set was utilized.
    -Technically impaired IT/operations department.
    -Every member of "senior management" except my manager was lacking understanding of the trades being done. I am not sure how much this matters, but it was a red flag.
    -Someone leaving/laid off every month I was there. Perhaps this was a statistical anomaly.

    Advice to Management

    I think Geneva is in good hands with the new team lead. I don't think I'm qualified to give advice to management.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Revolving door for many"

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

    I worked at Geneva Trading full-time

    Pros

    If you bring in good enough profits, people will generally not bother you and let you work as you like. Just don't let that slide.
    Hard work is usually recognized.

    Cons

    There is a lot of employee churn.
    It is more important that the right people in management like you than anything else if you want to last. You can lose money year in, year out and stick around that way.
    Complete jerks are coddled if they bring enough value, even if it means other people around them quit or get pushed out.
    You can't take everything at face value that you're told by management. You have to dig and question to find the truth.


  10. "Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time

    Pros

    - a lot of opportunities to work on exciting and challenging projects
    - able to learn cool technologies
    - freedom to pick your next project
    - work with very talented people
    - friendly and fun culture
    - great work environment

    Cons

    - have to be able to justify your salary