Valkyrie Trading Reviews

Updated Jan 30, 2019

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    "Really good prop trading firm to work for in Chicago"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valkyrie Trading full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - They are investing heavily in building new tech. Its a great opportunity to make a big impact - if you are up to it. - The partners are some of the smartest professionals I have come across. You will learn a lot about trading and market making. - They treat their employees very well. The culture is very positive and people you will work with seem motivated and happy. - Fooda, Kitchfix, and catered lunches are awesome. Great health insurance and all perks as listed on their website - some of best for prop firms.

    Cons

    There aren't really many cons that I can think of. People are generally very busy because there is so much to do and processes are still being developed - one needs to be proactive to extract requirements, can feel a bit lost, prepare for some learning curve - there is lot of jargon and weird names for software components, Windows shop mostly (con for some perhaps). quite a lot of legacy code to deal with and issues that come with accumulated tech debt.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Derivatives Trader"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Derivatives Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valkyrie Trading full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart and talented people, proactive and supportive management, meritocratic, good work culture, selective recruitment that enables it to grow steadily relative to other smaller Chicago prop firms that indiscriminately hire/fire traders, young traders are given the support and tools needed to learn, grow and succeed

    Cons

    No real downside to working here other than the fact that its relatively younger and not as established as some of their deep-pocketed competitors

  3. "Great growth opportunity!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Options Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valkyrie Trading full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ambitious young firm Focus on cohesive and scalable trading strategies Academic knowledge-share culture Really, really smart employees that are given lots of responsibility Management is very thoughtful in deciding how the firm uses its money and time Endless queue of things to improve and projects to tackle Benefits - great food options and premium insurance plans

    Cons

    Finding good developers seems to be one of the firm's biggest challenges Limited product scope at this scale

  4. "Great place to learn from and work with smart minds!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Valkyrie Trading full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Catered lunch Free snacks and drinks Great health benefits Fun after work culture (starcraft, dota, ping pong, card games) Fun work events (supercar experience, helicopter ride/lessons, go-karting, whirlyball, laser tag, fancy holiday dinners) Relatively flat structure Collaborative environment Many opportunities to contribute new ideas and take initiatives on new projects.

    Cons

    Office can get hot from all the monitors Need more developers! Could use more soda variety

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    Valkyrie Trading Response

    February 4, 2016Head of People Operations

    Thanks for the honest and thoughtful feedback! As a team, we like the intelligent and collaborative environment as well. You'll be happy to hear the office is much cooler now.

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