Citadel Employee Reviews about "long hours"

Updated 10 Dec 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging but rewarding"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citadel full-time

    Pros

    Working on some of the most exciting and challenging problems. Usually, good teamwork and opportunities to grow and take on more responsibility. Seems the culture has really changed over the past 2-3 years

    Cons

    Some days can be long hours but not as extreme as some people make out

  2. "good"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Citadel part-time

    Pros

    Many perks like free vacation

    Cons

    working very long hours and weekends


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great people, cool tech, long hours, capricious management"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citadel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of resources to work with, amazing teammates, good comp

    Cons

    Constant management shifts. High turnover leads to little institutional memory, so the same mistakes get repeated every few years. Long hours, lots of nights and weekends. Little upward mobility (they like to hire from outside).

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  4. Helpful (11)

    "Full of office politics and random assigned deadline"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Researcher 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Total compensation is above the average in the industry Free lunch Good health care plan

    Cons

    People working crazy long hours and try to meet the deadlines that were created artificially by mid level managers. A lot of time and resources were wasted on things rather than focusing on the big picture for investment. You will never hear a thank you or recognization.

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  5. "Smart and hardworking people"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citadel for less than a year

    Pros

    Treats you well, great pay

    Cons

    Long hours, potentially very different experiences depending on team

  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Good place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    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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  7. "I love it"

    5.0
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation, nice coworkers and great future vision

    Cons

    long hours and stressful environment

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Paced, Lots of Responsibilities"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    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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  9. "N/A N/A N/A"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Business Analyst 

    I worked at Citadel part-time

    Pros

    Leading company with great minds

    Cons

    Long hours with bad compensation

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Long Hours"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant Hedge Fund Services in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citadel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay. Free snacks and lunch

    Cons

    Long Hours. A lot of stressful days

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