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Quantlab Reviews

Updated April 1, 2017
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  1. "Great Company to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Quantlab full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time! Great Perks! Very good co-workers!!!

    Cons

    Some team members do not work enough!

    Quantlab Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    It’s always great to see positive reviews, so thank you! We believe our flexibility, perks and our talented employees are the essence of Quantlab. We are always looking for ways to continually... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Too much politics"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relative high pay, relaxing working environment and pace, lots of talents around you, some special perks the employer provides such as sports game tickets

    Cons

    Too much politics, not much growing space, most people are arrogant, unclear company direction, over employment so that there are a lot of people don't have enough things to do, talent not being appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Changing the culture for top, appreciate talents, stop hiring incompetent people, reward people making contribution instead of playing politics

    Quantlab Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about Quantlab. We value your opinion, whether good or bad. We realize the shift in management has muddied the water and we are working hard to... More

  3. "Not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Quantlab full-time

    Pros

    * Free lunches were a nice perk.
    * New space has standing desk option for everyone.
    * Pay in some groups are way above industry norms.
    * Some groups are working on really cutting edge technologies. Some of the folks working there have been there for many, many years and they love the work, the culture, and their management.

    Cons

    * Some of the groups refuse to keep up with modern technology trends for reasons.
    * While they prefer to promote managers from within (good thing), they do not offer them the support they need to become good or even great managers. Some do anyway, others struggle
    * Price of benefits

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers and get professional senior managers.

    Quantlab Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for the review. We are glad to hear you enjoy the perks of working at Quantlab. We work to ensure we are keeping up with the trends in order to engage and retain our talented community of... More


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Good and Getting Better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Quantlab full-time

    Pros

    - innovative research and technology
    - collegial atmosphere
    - big company benefits with a small company feel
    - company is growing rapidly - tripled in the last 6 years

    Cons

    - because company is growing rapidly, there is a lot of change going on in management structure and process; this should be worked through, is a natural part of success, and is an opportunity for the right people with good experience to join

    Advice to Management

    - focus on growing pains and put the right leadership in place to take it to the next level

    Quantlab Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your review. We enjoy hearing from our employees and apologize for not following up sooner. Quantlab has experienced significant growth over the last few years and you are right, we... More


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great company, but lots of issues..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Quantlab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    During my time at Quantlab, work life was great. The company really cared about the well being of its employees, and the employees reciprocated. Good pay, free lunches, drinks, massages, company sponsored outings, rockets floor tickets, great benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance may have improved, but the technology is behind the times, leading to lots of finger pointing. Great place for non-opinionated individuals/new to the job market. Rewards are good, but only if you heap praises upon management! Two year non-competition agreement should make you wary(most top tier companies have 1 year). Positive reviews rumored to be written/dictated by management. New management style, which borders on voodoo, may not be appropriate for more senior developers(micro-management, smartest man in the room complex).

    Advice to Management

    Need to go back to basics. Drama, in the long run, is unsustainable, given the technology used by Quantlab is not ahead of its competitors. People are what makes a company work.

    Quantlab Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Quantlab – we do care about our employees! The HR team and our leaders are working hard to change the culture of the firm to ensure our company... More


  6. "Good, probably not great"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to high quality data and other resources, friendly people, free lunch

    Cons

    Not tightly integrated into work flow, no significant training, profits of the industry as a whole seem to be shrinking


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Great firm for smart, ambitious candidates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Quantlab full-time

    Pros

    Smart and engaging team members. Highly successful firm that stays on top of its game. It's a company that generously invests in its employees and technology. The work is interesting - as are the people who work there. Management wants it to be a great place to work and the compensation, company and jobs reflect it.

    Cons

    Candidates who are looking for a cookie-cutter career path or who want to work with a bunch of quant shops may not be happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Play to the strengths of the team members who want to work with you.

    Quantlab Response

    Sep 9, 2015 – Technical Recruiter

    Thank you for your feedback on Quantlab Financial. We pride ourselves on attracting and hiring the highest level of talent. As we continue to grow we strive to keep employees challenged and engaged... More

  8. Helpful (26)

    "Not impressed... at best"

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

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

    Pros

    Disclaimer: this review reflects my personal experience and views on the company.

    - A few reasonably smart and knowledgeable people from whom a more junior person can learn
    - Good perks in general, even if it is related to 'secondary stuff' (I personally would have prefered a better salary rather than free tickets to events no one cares about) - however I don't feel it is anything you could not get elsewhere

    Cons

    - Intellectual property not great, personally I don't feel they are up-to-par with their competitors; I would go as far as to say that some of the IP is even based on severe misconceptions of both technology and statistics
    - No opportunity for upward movement whatsoever, and a lot of management is really average (to say the least) compared to the rest of their team, and that makes the internal dynamics weird
    - Higher management is literally paranoid regarding the said 'IP' and that makes it very hard to move to another company. That's extremely dangerous for any future career opportunity and I would warn people looking forward to a growing career to think twice before signing up with them
    - Some 'managers' are overly self-confident (even somewhat obnoxious?), and therefore don't really seem to worry about the competition. I found that to be very scary at times. The pool of talent is limited and not 'renewed'
    - You won't get opportunities to work on interesting projects if you're not 'in' the in crowd - and it is unfortunately not clear how to get 'in'

    Overall, not really bad, but in my personal case, I have to say that working here was the worst move of my career. Definitely not a 'tech' company as they claim it...

    Advice to Management

    Control the internal hubris and you will already make a huge step ahead... Realize that talented people expect and deserve more than just basketball tickets.

    Quantlab Response

    Jul 2, 2015 – Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful and blunt review. I take your feedback seriously and want to address the areas we fell short in providing you a great employee experience with... More


  9. Helpful (8)

    "First Rate Work Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely smart and talented team. An outstanding organization with many opportunities. Company cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward movement, position-wise, but if titles are unimportant then not a problem. Every position has learning and project advancement.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "One year in - glad I made the move"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Quantlab (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Atmosphere. When I interviewed with some of the investment banks the atmosphere seemed a little like a pressure-cooker. The atmosphere here is more research-oriented. It’s a good compromise between the university and industry settings.
    - The people on my team are intelligent, helpful and humble. We don’t compete with each other.
    - Quantlab is a good place to learn about quantitative finance in an applied, practical way. When I interviewed with bigger companies, the research teams seemed to have a more narrow focus. Here we see the big picture.

    Cons

    There is nothing that I think is worth mentioning. I am glad I moved to Houston and accepted the offer from Quantlab.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide opportunities to learn new applications/skills.


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