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Wolverine Trading Reviews

Updated March 18, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine Trading full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with smart people on challenging problems

    Cons

    There are no downsides. A great place to work!


  2. "Great Education"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine Trading full-time

    Pros

    A great place to learn. Senior management is very involved in business. Compensation is fair. Lots of socializing opportunities. Great meals.

    Cons

    Rarely cutting edge. Rebuilding. Traditional business of market making is shrinking with many competitors exiting. Behind the curve with new technologies.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wolverine has a great mentality of investing in its employees. I really feel like a part of the team and have developed friendships and grown so much during my time at the company.

    Cons

    The flat structure may not work well for everyone.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work. They should emphasize the meritocratic values more than they do currently."

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    Former Employee - Senior Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Trading full-time

    Pros

    Partners and coworkers are all honest, trustworthy people. Healthy collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Very tough, regardless of your talent, to crack into Principal level (big bucks). Much of their current top management is of a foregone era. Maybe they were good traders in 2000-- many principals now are...well...useless to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Find and reward young talent moreso than relying on your inner-circle of 1998 pit trader dinosaurs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "low pay"

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    Current Employee - Derivatives Trader, Senior in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Derivatives Trader, Senior in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great perks, good management, nice offices, great work/life balance

    Cons

    lower compensation than the street, very limited upside

    Advice to Management

    bring compensation in line


  7. Helpful (3)

    "The Best There Is"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Trading (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wolverine employs only the best people, both in terms of ability and personality. Working here, you will be surrounded by people you want to see on Monday morning as well as Friday night. Management is approachable and responsive. They truly care about you and your career and show it every chance they get. The company is as close to a true meritocracy as you will ever find. Programmers are respected and deferred to. The technology stack is adaptive and modern. The work is demanding and meaningful. The expiration parties are legendary. Work here. You'll love it.

    Cons

    The coffee situation needs work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the company start to show its age.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "The ant at the picnic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wolverine Trading full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits. Competitive salary. Free breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

    Cons

    For all the positive talk of the flat managerial structure, I find it odd that a key partner who managed my group never once spoke to me or introduced himself after five years. It was the kind of office where a key upper management person spent his days bouncing a ball and swinging a golf club past my desk. It's the kind of place where if you ask for assistance and you get a dirty look in response (as I did several times), you're not likely to approach that person ever again. Wolverine prides itself on its meritocracy, but that only extends to those deemed "favorites" by the short-sighted partners. It's the kind of the place where, on an annual basis, every employee must, distastefully, compose a secret review of a fellow employee's strength and weaknesses. It's the kind of the place that spends a fortune on its Christmas parties where less than one-third attend, if that's any hint of the "inclusive culture".

    Advice to Management

    Your company isn't so big, so why not introduce yourself to employees with a decade's tenure.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great company, great people!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wolverine Trading (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely flat, excellent compensations, top of their game, and delicious kitchen.

    Cons

    Must enter five words in cons...


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A good experience in a great environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Wolverine Trading full-time

    Pros

    Wolverine does a great job of hiring very talented and motivated people, leading to a great work environment. The firm's flat structure allows even the newest employees to have their ideas heard and considered, while minimizing bureaucratic overhead. Office culture is hard-working yet laid-back, and there are plenty of perks to be had. It's easy to have a good work-life balance here. The work I do is generally interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    There's no clear career progression path for technical employees. Additionally, it's uncommon for developers to move between teams, so opportunities for growth sometimes feel limited.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to hear more continuous performance feedback throughout the year, instead of receiving it mainly during end-of-year review cycle (and to a much lesser extent at mid-year).


  11. "Software Engineer 5+ years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The trading staff completely trusts the software engineers to solve problems in a way that works best with our technology. I enjoy the creativity and freedom that this provides. The people at Wolverine are really what makes Wolverine special to me - I enjoy working with my team and I think everyone is very intelligent.

    Cons

    The company hierarchy is very flat so the environment doesn't always feel very structured. I think more resources should be devoted to keeping up with current technology and upgrading legacy applications.


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