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WorldQuant Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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WorldQuant Founder & CEO Igor Tulchinsky
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Pros
  • sharp people, good pay, learning is good (in 9 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot if you know how to (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Not sure about full time scenario (in 3 reviews)

  • The learning curve at the beginning is little high (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "research consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WorldQuant part-time

    Pros

    free and flexible, no regulation

    Cons

    less income and time consuming


  2. "TCA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WorldQuant part-time

    Pros

    Show impact on first day

    Cons

    Not easy to get full-time job

  3. "analyst"

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

    I worked at WorldQuant full-time

    Pros

    be ready to face challenge

    Cons

    be ready to figure out on your own


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager in Greenwich, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WorldQuant (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The talent level of quants is the best in the industry. The ability and quickness to open offices creates alpha that other firms cannot compete with. They are high on creating independence and thinking outside the box . Technology competes with the best firms out there.

    Cons

    Management is self centered and does an excellent job at talking behind each other's backs. A second tier HR department serves upper management to mask the cracks of inexperience and selfishness. Management has no experience in a compensation structure that will secure employee longevity and satisfaction . Their lack of seeing the future and being proactive will ultimately start to dilute the returns .

    Advice to Management

    An overhaul of most of the management team will give them the ability to stay ahead of their competition. The place is fragile and competitors are ready to pounce on the best talent. It's a a very tense environment with a very tense management team.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Very bad culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    autonomy and a lot of potential for upside

    Cons

    no supervision and learning but easy to get in the door.

    Advice to Management

    be more kind


  6. "Summer Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible for project selection and implementation

    Cons

    Communication was lacking at times


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very smart people, mentoring, project based internship, good amount of independence, and a lot of opportunities to work on side projects and learn more about other areas of the company unrelated to your particular project.

    Cons

    none I can think of

  8. "software"

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for starters, it is a good company overall

    Cons

    Culture may not good for new starters

    Advice to Management

    no, everything is good enough


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Very transactional environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was a Quant Researcher at WorldQuant. The work was interesting, and the people there are fun to work with.

    Cons

    The Quota that you are expected to fill means that you can't have a solid understanding of the algorithms that you are developing. The bonus structure and the company culture in general is too transactional in nature.

    Advice to Management

    Foster a culture of cooperation and try to come up with incentives that require teamwork. If that is done than it will be more fun to work at the company.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Very Negative Experience -- A Stifling Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Old Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Old Greenwich, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent salary and health benefits package. Igor is very pleasant and appreciative of excellent work.

    Cons

    Expected to be available on company-provided BlackBerry 24/7 -- can never feel like you are NOT at work.
    Received my 24/7 BlackBerry on my first day before I was even shown my desk -- that should have been a clue as to the corporate values.
    Back-stabbing environment.
    Could not trust my own boss to have my back -- felt very isolated and unsupported despite working incredibly hard.
    No 401-k match when I was there -- that is almost unheard of in the industry.
    I joined the company with a very positive attitude, worked incredibly hard and felt excellent about my performance until the last month I was there...I left feeling deflated and beat up -- absolutely no morale-building when I was there, and in fact, it was an atmosphere of crushing one's spirits. Heads-down, no personality allowed. Just keep your mouth shut, your head down, and do your work.

    Advice to Management

    Since I left, several people who made my experience negative have been let go or for whatever reasons are no longer there (that includes a SR Manager, the Head of HR, and some lower level staff). That validated my experience, and I applaud Igor and the new Head of HR for making the decision to incorporate staffing changes. My advice would be to continue to monitor the personnel to insure that you have managers on board with good social and management skills; having sub-par managers creates a negative, low-morale and back-stabbing environment. I went into the company with an energetic, upbeat and positive attitude, and due to poor management of a select few, left feeling very bitter and abused. I would suggest there to be more work-life balance allowed -- expecting to be available 24/7 is unhealthy and leads to exhaustion and low spirits.


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