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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging and rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are really friendly and hardworking, and they know what they're doing.

    Cons

    The hours are definitely long. Also, the job is not for everyone--we've hired some quite smart people only to let them go a few months later.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Vinnie's style of management back


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Really special place to build a career"

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

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

    Pros

    There is an endless stream of meaningful projects at Virtu and new employees are given responsibility right away. Individuals here have agency and can have real, lasting impact towards our goal of improving financial markets.

    Management is committed to making sure every member of the team has a path for growth and finds their role within the company. There is a retired army general on the board of directors who routinely works with members at all levels of the organization on teamwork and peer leadership. Virtu employees who have worked in other organizations as senior leadership are blown away by the culture of personal growth, accountability, leadership, and results Vinnie and Doug have built. I’ve heard the same sentiment expressed by people in all roles at Virtu.

    Compensation is very generous: well above other tech companies and I imagine similar to other trading companies in the space. There are lots of fun tech company perks and company outings: breakfast and lunch catered daily, laundry, haircuts, massages, omelet day, food truck Fridays, paintball, and a gym and Pilates studio with classes daily.

    The people here are really smart and down-to-earth. This is a collaborative environment; you won’t get away with sitting alone at your computer until it’s time to go home. There are opportunities every day to work with people in all different areas of the organization and all are enthusiastic, helpful and offer interesting perspectives. Every day is different, and most days are very fun. The company feels like a family.

    Cons

    Sometimes day-to-day maintenance and firefighting can eat up too much of the day. Stay positive, alert, and keep learning.

    Occasionally there will be tough problems you need to solve at the end of the day when you’d prefer to go home. 12-hour days are the norm, but you'll need to work later than that if there is a pressing need to keep the 24 hour/day trading system chugging along.

    There is a lot going on and it can be a challenge to stay focused and keep making progress towards meaningful goals. Support, encouragement, and feedback are there but you might need to ask for it.

    Advice to Management

    Preserve the culture and integrity, keep the focus on good technology, and keep expanding. Markets will continue to evolve and get more efficient, so make sure Virtu’s software can scale and stay on the forefront of the industry.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture and Clear Goals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are helpful, fun and kind. There is a great collaborate spirit that drives the business forward. All ideas are welcome and encouraged no matter the source. I feel recognized for my efforts and Management genuinely cares about me as a person. Virtu is more than a place to work it is a family.

    Cons

    Hours can be long especially when you first join as there is a lot to take in and you are expected to get up to speed quickly.


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  5. "Solid Company - not for slackers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtu Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is an awesome company which does awesome things with awesome people. They really take care of you as a person and an employee. The expectation is very high but that is what makes being at a special place special...right?

    Cons

    You do have to work hard, it isn't a place where you can check in and check out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  6. "Great Culture, Challenging Work."

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly, humble culture ||
    Very talented people ||
    Low overhead: few meetings, no layers of management, people are trusted to do good work ||
    Collaborative atmosphere: reducing risk or improving productivity are rewarded ||
    No "leveling up" through promotions ||
    Lots of variety and fast pace- few people wearing many hats and iterating very quickly. Great opportunity for learning ||
    No clients, so (almost) no deadlines - hence no pressure or stress ||

    Cons

    You must be driven and self-motivated to do well here ||
    Longish hours. Weekends (markets closed) and evenings (offices around the world) are yours, though


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Senior Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart co-workers, competitive compensation, interesting projects, good benefits, stylish off-sites. West coast location slightly more laid back than the typical financial pressure cooker. The good news: lunch is free and its good.

    Cons

    It's still a pressure cooker. Big bonus may be dangled and not necessarily delivered according to actual contribution. The bad news: eat lunch chained to your desk, not negotiable. Pointless long hours, not negotiable. A veneer of humility does not disguise the toxic culture.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the wheat, keep the chaff, soon you will reach the performance level you deserve.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "IQ and honesty is the most important - which is refreshing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trader in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Trader in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No politics and IQ matters
    You either cut it or you don't
    Your ideal world, if you are smart

    Cons

    Intellectual curiosity only satisfied in a narrow band
    Don't plan on doing anything outside of work

    I was the only person in the history of this company to attend graduate school while being a trader. I don't advise that for anyone, not even Einstein. You need your creative juices during the times you shower and bathroom breaks, and it is not a typical job where you can "just get by".

    Advice to Management

    None. This company knows how to make money. Its less than it was before since volatility is down.

    However, the world has no need for this sort of company. Providing liquidity is no different than what floor trading market makers used to do. It is easier to track down mischief with actual humans on the trading floor than electronic market algorithms.

    A simple trading tax will kill this sort of company. I also believe in Glass Steagal. Funny how this is the most ideal company culture I have seen though. So sick of "power moves because I can". What a paradox of life.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Work Hard, Learn Lots, Earn Well"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a ton, and make good money, and work with great people. Overall working with great and smart people is the best part. You have to be proactive to be successful here.

    Cons

    If you don't love market making and arbitrage, this is not the place for you. The hours are long so only do this job if you love the area. Doesn't have the cushiness of a fortune 500 company--you can't disappear into a back corner.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "a bunch of exceptional people, banding together to do some pretty remarkable things"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    awesome co-workers, friendly and collaborative culture, lots of room for growth, easy access to senior management, great compensation, some really cool technology. still has that startup vibe.

    Cons

    steep learning curve with minimal hand-holding, sink or swim philosophy, demanding work and can be stressful at times

    management has poor taste in vodka

    Advice to Management

    more fresh fruit, less ostrim sticks in the kitchen


  11. "Senior Ops"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtu Financial (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly talented and bright gathering of people
    Merit based culture. Intense but rewarding
    Steady management focused on long term results

    Cons

    Lots of hours and intense environment with pressure to produce. However compensation is generous, fringe benefits are rewarding / work environment is positive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


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