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Virtu Financial Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  1. "Hard work and love for what you're doing gets you far"

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

    I have been working at Virtu Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent coworkers, high personal impact, compensation, good management, office perks

    Cons

    Difficult to coast, which is fine if you love the work here. Some long days

    Advice to Management

    Keep the talent and culture bar up


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Market Maker"

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    Former Employee - Market Maker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Market Maker in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good leadership, great benefits, good employees

    Cons

    Not much mobility to move within the firm.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "A hard place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good. The people are pretty friendly.

    Cons

    I was part of an acquisition that the company wasn't sure they wanted. They were interested in letting people go, and were happy to take advantage of people to see if they'd leave.

    They say they are a flat organization, but that's hard to pull off with 500+ people


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtu Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good engineers that work around the clock. Smart people with bad management

    Cons

    work 20 hour days (they claim to let you know this up front which is not true), strong negative ego's running the firm, and no upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management or risk losing good engineers and quants


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtu Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible flat management structure with minimal poltical issues

    Cons

    Flat management structure makes it difficult to assess who is rating you.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Virtu Financial full-time

    Pros

    Catered everything and on site gym.

    Cons

    Demand of working around the clock.

    Virtu Financial Response

    Oct 3, 2016 – Global Recruiter

    Our company was built by dedicated individuals who are committed to growing our firm. We acknowledge this may require more hours than working at other companies but is always fully disclosed before... More


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging and rewarding"

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    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

  8. "Senior Ops"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Really special place to build a career"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture and Clear Goals"

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    • 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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