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Geneva Trading Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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  1. "ok"

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    Former Employee - Trainee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trainee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, a lot to learn

    Cons

    Low salary at start, nothing more

    Advice to Management

    Higher salary at start for motivation

    Geneva Trading Response

    Jul 12, 2017 – Director of Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to know that you enjoyed the environment and were able to learn a lot. We appreciate your insight on the starting salary. Our trainee program is designed to... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company and office do have a relaxed atmosphere which is nice. But that's about where the compliments end.

    Cons

    The pay structure is awful, starting with your own capital and having to stay afloat is crap. Not worth the time or energy. Better off working at a bank

    Geneva Trading Response

    Jun 2, 2017 – Director of Human Resources

    While we always appreciate feedback and value transparency, we believe this review was been intended for another Chicago trading firm with a name very similar to ours. For example, the reviewer's... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Luck Interns"

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    Former Employee - IT Operations Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Operations Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Trading (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some really good people in the tech department - knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to help and establish a relationship

    Environment isn't too crazy as you have time to get your work done

    Cons

    Trial-by-fire type of "training" process

    Not much time/resource investment in new talent/hires

    Shadiness/Ambiguity as it pertains to job security and possible promotion

    Terrible communication and transparency

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your interns. You can't expect to just throw them into this environment and let them fend for themselves, then release them without feedback, reason, or even a proper sendoff. Also, be up front and transparent once an intern's time with the company comes to an end. Terribly unprofessional in that regard.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Pure opportunity"

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

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at Geneva for over 6 years. I've been afforded every opportunity to be successful, surrounded by people with great minds, work ethic and motivation. The mentorship I've received, starting fresh out of college up to this day, is unparalleled. The leadership is outstanding, focused, forthright, and honest. The skills of my team members are sick, successful, experienced traders and elite programmers.
    This industry is continually changing, and innovation has always been recognized and prioritized here.

    Cons

    If you're not focused or driven, you likely won't last here. There's no free rides. People are here to succeed, and if you're not engaged and willing to work hard every day, the people around you won't tolerate it.


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    "Fair to Analyst Roles"

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    Former Employee - Trader/Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader/Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to great technology, excellent historical market data, collaborative environment if you are willing to care about the success of others, knowledgeable/experienced traders, quants and software developers are intelligent, openness to try new strategies, freedom to spend sometime on open ended research projects, fair compensation for entry level analysts.

    Cons

    Moral is a bit fickle, opaque prioritization scheme, political astuteness will positively bias your compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Although I was treated very well, my advice would be to be extremely cut and dry with traders/operators about the mapping of revenue generation to bonus (quarterly).


  6. "Innovative environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    After working at Geneva Trading over 6 months now, there have been endless opportunities to learn and grow. The executives listen to new ideas and open to hear feedback consistently to improve current processes. Geneva has quite a bit of longevity amongst the senior leaders, so the resources are available when starting off. If you have the ability to work well independently, and also with small teams, Geneva would be a great place if interested in the trading industry.

    Cons

    Working at a proprietary firm where traders are trading independently, have no clients/not a whole lot of interaction amongst different groups, it can sometimes make it difficult to get everyone together for company outings/camaraderie. However, the effort to keep everyone happy and involved is definitely there and continuing to increase! The trading teams have passionate people who enjoy what they do, and that tends to rub off on each other.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire humble and hard-working individuals.


  7. "Great place to learn, grow, and thrive"

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

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture is great, very friendly people willing to talk you through any ideas you have for profitable trading. Very flat organization so you can constantly have interactions with senior management. The company goes out of their way to make sure you're happy and in a place where you can be most productive.

    Cons

    I've had issues in the past, but the company is heading in a great direction from both a technology and talent perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Things are looking bright.

  8. "Trading at Geneva"

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    Former Employee - Senior Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Trading full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Love the people. No up-charges on transactions. Management is smart and forward thinking. Good pay-out scale. Quarterly pay-outs.

    Cons

    If you don't make any money for several consecutive months, you could be feasting on Ramen noodles.


  9. "Was a great company to work for but environment/culture has changed over the past few years."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Trading full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. You can really see the impact you have on the company. Good place to get experience. Superior trading platforms.

    Cons

    Not too much room for development/growth after a couple years. Not much training provided. Lack of communication throughout the company. Teams compete for resources.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees. Communicate company goals and progress on a regular basis. Look at what some of your competitors are doing.


  10. "Good place to start out"

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    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with smart people on a daily basis

    Cons

    Payout is not good. Very top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront with compensation Allow employees to run with ideas


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