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Getco Reviews

Updated December 19, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Smart employees, bad management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smartest and friendliest people in the industry. Very open environment allows for great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Original founders were very friendly and open to listening to employee feedback. New management brought over from UBS was awful for employees.


  2. "This was a great place to work, but started to adopt too many corporate policies by the time I left."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, awesome benefits and culture. The distribution of compensation to employees was exceedingly generous and the firm provided an excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Goals were frequently changed and there was an overall lack of focus. The bonus structure encouraged too many people to focus on short term returns instead of building successful long term lines of business.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Getco full-time

    Pros

    CEO's were great people to work for

    Cons

    Not much to say here I really enjoyed my time


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  5. "A once in a lifetime opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Getco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a company that values people, teamwork and doing the right thing. It truly lives it's values. The co-founders are committed to creating a firm that will make a difference.

    Cons

    Too many people weighing in on decisions so delays important decisions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Be..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Getco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    GETCO is full of really smart, down to earth people who all want the same things

    Cons

    Operating in the gray is not for everyone. Very dynamic - environment changes all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what the real issues are. Perecption is not always accurate


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be great, now just typical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Getco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with some of the best and brightest
    Potential to make a lot of bonus money
    Relaxed, Google-like work environment
    Generous benefits package
    Massages on site

    Cons

    New CEO brought in his own people from UBS so there has been a tremendous culture-shift going on.
    Lots of uncertainty due to the Knight merger.
    Communication has always been a weak point.
    Compensation and work life balance - their strong suits - only really exist for traders
    People's egos get in the way

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, and encourage associates to communicate with each other
    Don't diminish the culture
    Show loyalty to the Getco associates in the merger


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Job, too Many Egos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Support in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trade Support in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great chance to work with some of the best in the business.
    The employ a cost is no object, as long as it's profitable attitude.
    Meritocracy - Sometimes, see cons, as sometimes the Egos take over.
    Food pickup daily to keep you at your desk.

    Cons

    Too many big Egos vying for quarterly bonuses greater than annual salaries, and this causes a lot of stepping on toes.
    Long hours expected.
    Food pickup daily to keep you at your desk.

    Advice to Management

    None, Keep on Chugging


  9. "excellent collegiate atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    very diverse, highly educated crowd. always someone available, keen, and encouraged to help.

    Cons

    product strategy for the future is not clear, other companies are getting the lead on the firm.

    Advice to Management

    invest more in technology which will keep you ahead of the curve like the competition is doing so.


  10. "Mechanical engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Riyāḑ (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Riyāḑ (Saudi Arabia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    its field for water treatment potable water and waste water
    some projects for National water company in KSA and Ministry of Water

    Cons

    new managements was not experienced
    handeled projects were under estimaton
    no common target for the remaining stuff except to run away from company

    Advice to Management

    to keep experienced staff & to make value engineering


  11. "Great place... back then"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Great people and team ethic.

    Cons

    Becoming too corporate under merger into KCG



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