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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Strange Job: Great for Some, Not for Me"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Trader in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Equity Trader in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Principled company with a surprising amount of integrity given the industry. The hours were great, with working lunches catered-in. Fun group of colleagues and plenty of freedom over how to handle your work.

    Cons

    Arbitrary performance goals, unfulfilling company mission, and overly simplistic performance metrics.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "You're Going to End Up Elsewhere, So Why Start Here?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tradebot full-time

    Pros

    Close to 40 hours/week. Good starting pay for Kansas City but only for Kansas City.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. No opportunity to lead a team. Minimal learning opportunities. You can get paid the same or much more at other trading firms and actual software companies with significantly more upside (and decent health insurance). Much of senior management is just waiting to retire and doesn't care about mentoring or objective assessment come bonus season.

    Advice to Management

    Try to care.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very good employees and staff

    Cons

    Not much cons about this company


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "The obviously phony 5-star HR/VP reviews are humorous. People are leaving this company due to poor leadership & stress"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tradebot full-time

    Pros

    Good hours
    Good location for people that live near the airport

    Cons

    Puzzling leadership
    Electronic surveillance
    Fake employee reviews on this website
    Dishonest management
    Zero regard for loyalty and tenure

    Advice to Management

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Management has serious integrity issues"

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

    Pros

    Like others have noted, it starts and ends with the short work week.

    Cons

    Management integrity is nonexistent. For example, HR admitted to us that they "took control of Glassdoor" which is why a bunch of positive reviews appeared near the end of 2013 (just look for the ones with HR speak in the title or the lengthy "Pro" descriptions - these are plants). If a firm has to do that to attract people, think about what they're telling you in the interview and what it must actually be like to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Just be honest with candidates and employees.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not a "1", and certainly not a "5". Go in with your eyes open and you can do okay."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usually reasonable hours. Chance to learn some new tech. Lots of Open Source. Some of the techies there are doing some interesting stuff. Pay might be a bit above others in KC. Many of your non-management co-workers will be talented and enjoyable to be around. The books are a little more open than typical, which is interesting. Look at this as a lengthy consulting engagement, and be working on your next job from day one.

    Cons

    Hints of bonus windfalls will not pan out. Negotiate your salary accordingly. Salary and employment terms are better in the financial cities, so if you're open to moving, you'll do better elsewhere. Management social skills are minimal, and several seem not to get along with each other very well. Many good people move on pretty quickly. My favorite managers all left while I was there. Job stability is somewhat below average. In the big picture, the work itself is meaningless, compared to teaching or nursing.

    Advice to Management

    Learn some compassion, because eventually the wheel will turn.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "An innovative company that recognizes and rewards high performers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bright associates, high performers are given many opportunities to take on additional responsibility, many perks including catered lunch daily, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Low turnover may slow career progression


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Big Turnaround"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NOC in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - NOC in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The last few years have seen big growth in pay for nearly everyone. Several of us hired 4-5 yrs ago felt underpaid the first 2 years, but it is quickly improving. Also a nearly limitless IT budget means every proposal to buy new hardware gets approved.

    Cons

    One at the top says things to inspire but doesn't always follow through. He runs on fear and greed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep all your promises.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I have learned a great deal at Tradebot about many things: technology, market structure, team collaboration, and more."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equity Trader in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Equity Trader in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The compensation is outstanding and there really is great work-life balance. Everyone you work with is highly intelligent. Leadership encourages innovation. If you like bureaucracy, long meetings & TPS reports, Tradebot is not for you.

    Everyone at Tradebot embraces technology. There is no limit to the amount the company will spend on technology. If there is a chance that a new piece of hardware will improve a process, it gets approved & purchased.

    Lunch is brought in daily & core hours are 7:30 - 3:30.

    Cons

    Everyone is highly competitive, which creates a pretty intense environment at times.

    The gift matching program was great - please bring it back!


  11. "Great place to work for top performers"

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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 Tradebot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tradebot is not for everyone. You have to be self-motivated, ambitious, hardworking, and looking to grow and learn. If you are these things, this place is a dream come true. The company is full of very smart and motivated people, and there are many opportunities to learn new things. There is very little bureaucracy and a big focus on rapid execution.

    However, if you're looking for a place to just punch the clock, do your work, and get a salary without having to push yourself too hard then you will not do well here. This is not a Sprint, Cerner, or H&R Block.

    Tradebot recruits the best and brightest and has fantastic compensation (at least on the technical side, I don't know what the traders make).

    Cons

    While a very enjoyable place to work, more could be done to make it more "fun".



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