Citadel Employee Reviews about "fast paced"

Updated 1 Nov 2020

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  • "Work with really smart people who want to get things done and deliver results for the business(in 43 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Competitive place with every opportunity to succeed"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee - Tech in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Citadel has a competitive and fast-paced environment where you are given a large degree of autonomy, a chance to do things well and the opportunity to challenge the status quo with every decision you take. You get to experience a lot of different areas and get involved in things that are not strictly part of your job description. Wearing "multiple hats" in this way is something that I have enjoyed quite a bit as it has significantly sped up my learning and exposure to various areas in business and engineering. The company offers all types of resources and technologies for you to succeed in your role. This is not only limited to tools you find on your desktop but opportunities for personal advancement, training and academic advancement as well. People are receptive to new ideas and are willing to collaborate. Internal mobility is fostered and management understands the need for providing new challenges to those who seek it and have a proven track record. Teams runs lean here because of a very selective hiring process that focuses on getting talented and genuine people through the door. Culture is changing for the better (still lots to improve) and management is regularly thinking about ways for making things better for the people who work here. These things are not easy to do and take time, but the important thing is to realize that certain changes should be made and then doing something about it.

    Cons

    These are not necessarily cons, but a few comments on things that you generally tend to hear when looking up company reviews: You should not expect to find a well thought out roadmap on how to do things handed to you. If it was that easy, the firm would not spend significant time and resources finding top talent who are comfortable with some sound autonomous decision making. You are fully expected to run into scenarios where you don't have a clear answer or a lot of information and then come up with creative ways to get through. Expectations are high, pace is fast and there are many problems to solve in the business, engineering and the strategy space. So do not expect a 9-5 work culture.

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    Citadel Response

    November 6, 2020Life at Citadel

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We’re happy to hear that you’re thriving at Citadel with the support of your talented colleagues and the autonomy that you’ve experienced at the firm. We also appreciate your suggestions and will make sure to pass them on to the appropriate leadership.

  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic opportunities for motivated, talented individuals"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Citadel is a fast-paced work environment that prides itself on winning and meritocracy. If you're a highly driven individual confident in your abilities, you can make a significant impact in a short period of time. Citadel is an amazing place to create your own space -- if you work hard enough on something you think is important, Citadel will likely reward you with the resources to make further improvements. Most talented co-workers I've had the pleasure of working with in my entire career. Everyone is eager and driven. Amazing Coronavirus response as well. Citadel was ahead of the curve in every respect and has put together a thorough, non-mandatory return to work plan in the late summer.

    Cons

    Citadel can be a tough place if you don't have the requisite skills or aren't interested in working hard. Working hard doesn't mean 80-hour weeks, it just means diligently working during the time you do put in.

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  3. "great job"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Data Center Engineer 

    I have been working at Citadel full-time

    Pros

    great job. Fast paced but fun.

    Cons

    great job but very fast paced. Not for everyone.

  4. COVID-19
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    "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart and helpful colleagues. Management with vision and determination. Fast-paced environment that allows you to see the impact of work very quickly and being recognized and rewarded for it. Lots of learning opportunities and responsibilities, even at the junior levels. Catered food. Company has been more engaging with both employees and the community over the years through regular town halls and after-hour events. The responses to COVID-19, both in the US and abroad, have been swift and supportive. Lots of testing, planning and provision of resources made WFH much easier and more productive.

    Cons

    A few things that are more of a culture issue in the finance industry that can turn software engineers off: somewhat long hours, a bit hard to raise a family (company policy has improved but still lagging behind some competitors), opaque and unbalanced compensation scheme.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Paced, Lots of Responsibilities"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Citadel is a great place to work for someone without too much experience in the industry. You can make an impact right away and have ownership over your projects. This comes with more responsibilities and you get to interact with the stakeholders of your work. Having ownership means that you can see your project from initial design through to production. Since the people that use the software that you build are internal clients, you get feedback constantly, resulting in a fast paced iteration process. You will be learning alot really quickly and get to develop not only technical skills, but also communication, leadership, and financial skills. teams are generally pretty small and generally collaborative. The company has a very flat sturcture and results oriented. As a junior developer, quant, or trader, you have many opportunities to interact with leaders in management across different functions.

    Cons

    Citadel is split among different businesses. As an engineer, you will be supporting traders and researchers who generate money for those businesses. Not all the businesses have the same culture and thus team experiences could differ. This also means that there will be a team with a business need and culture that you will find compelling. Some teams' work life balance isn't too great and do work very long hours. Usually it is because the projects they work on are very time sensitive and high margin. Turnover is relatively high as some new people may not fit in well with the team and/or business.

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  6. "Great place to learn, grow and have an impact"

    5.0
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager 
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    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Work with the brightest developer and business partners in the industry - Fast paced environment with no(minimal) red tape. - Software developers have more than enough decision making power to make impact - Interesting problems to solve both on the technical and business front.

    Cons

    - Not for everybody. It is a fast paced environment where the standards are high. If you like that its a great place to work. All you colleagues are high performing individuals so the same is expected from you.

  7. Helpful (5)

    "Fast-paced environment with great co-workers"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Fast-paced - expectations are high, and there is always plenty of work to be done * Autonomous - developers have the opportunity and responsibility to prioritize and make decisions without micromanagement * Team members - coworkers are driven, reliable, skilled, and flexible/understanding * Interesting business - working in finance presents interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    * Difficulty of working remote - work station is a desktop, not a laptop, so working remotely requires RDP onto Windows machine, even though primary development machine is a Mac * High turnover - bad for morale and leads to being understaffed at times

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The challenges of a startup with unlimited resources"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Citadel provides a challenging fast-paced environment that combines the best features of a startup and a larger player. There is a large degree of autonomy in technical decision-making and architecture choices, and there is an emphasis on being able to contribute as widely and cross-functionally as possible, typical of startup environments where you have to "wear many hats." This always leaves one feeling like there is never a shortage of learning opportunities. At the same time, there are a large amount of resources to lean on, spanning compute infrastructure, data ingestion, infosec, etc. It is very straightforward to feel your impact on and stay connected to the business, as projects require direct and ongoing communication with stakeholders and are designed from the onset to be quantitatively measurable. I highly recommend the company for any self-motivated engineer or analyst who cares about being able to assess the effect of their contributions all the way to alpha generation and P&L.

    Cons

    The amount of knowledge within the organization is staggering and sometimes makes you feel like you are drinking from an information firehose. Nevertheless, finance is at a stage where this assimilation of information is a necessary precondition for success, so being able to acclimate to this environment leaves one more resilient and versatile in the end, and acts as a career amplifier at Citadel and in the industry as a whole. There is some need for information barriers that is inherent to the industry, but despite these necessities management is always transparent and keeps you informed about the broader picture and organization-wide initiatives.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced company with a huge investment in technology. I have had the chance to use a wide variety of open source technology to deliver projects. Very smart and interesting colleagues and an atmosphere that enables you to learn a huge amount very quickly. Big emphasis on technical and financial training, if you're interested in it.

    Cons

    Priorities can change quickly due to the nature of the firm - this can be a challenge but can also provide opportunities.

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Like a Start-Up But With Money"

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

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

    Pros

    - Fast-paced, productive, and result-oriented environment - Interesting work: both from a finance perspective (constantly evolving trading strategies, asset classes, etc) and pure technology perspective (solving real scalability and resiliency problems) - Technology is deeply respected and tech culture is long-term focused - Very horizontal. Everyone contributes. Thin "management layer" - Little to no "face time" requirements, as long as you get your work done - Compensation is good for the industry - Free food

    Cons

    - Path for growth isn't obvious due to very horizontal structure - "Crunch time" isn't common, but can be stressful and time consuming - Can be competitive

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