Citadel Employee Reviews about "smart people"

Updated 18 Dec 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun to work in engineering at Citadel!"

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

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

    Pros

    Work with really smart people who want to get things done and deliver results for the business A strong culture of meritocracy Everybody in engineering is technical, including the senior managers, and therefore you have so many opportunities to learn from people and develop as an engineer Engineering sit and work very closely to the business and are basically part of the business area itself. There is a very healthy relationship with the business and the business see technology as a key enablement to the business itself.

    Cons

    In some areas there is a lot of legacy code but in general there a lot of concrete steps being taken to uplift this and move to a better place but it is a big challange

  2. "Demands excellence"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citadel full-time

    Pros

    Very smart people, access to cutting egde research and systems

    Cons

    Fairly brutal enviroment, no room for error


  3. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Citadel full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, invest in training, good benefits

    Cons

    High stress, hard to unplug

  4. "Good salary"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Citadel full-time

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers and smart people

    Cons

    A lot of turnover per year

  5. "Wonderful internship experience"

    4.0
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    Former Intern - Quantitative Researcher Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Citadel

    Pros

    High salary; great benefits and experiences; many smart people in the firm

    Cons

    very few exposures; return is hard;

  6. Helpful (17)

    "Difficult mgmt culture"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Treasury Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Citadel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free lunch, very smart people, peers are typically great to work with

    Cons

    The pressure from up top is intense to say politely. You will never get a thank you for doing stellar work.

  7. "Good culture"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with most smart people in different fields

    Cons

    High working pressure and working hours

  8. "Good Learning Experience"

    3.0
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Greenwich, CT

    I worked at Citadel

    Pros

    Smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Tough culture. Wouldn't recommend full-time.

  9. Helpful (6)

    "In general, good place for your experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Citadel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Highest concentration of smart people to learn from Free breakfast, lunch and dinner (if you stay late) Good compensation level and benefits If they let you go - they compensate

    Cons

    401k vested only after 3 years They usually let people go extremely quick There are no institutional systems really - it all depends on your boss (learning, career advancement, travel, work evaluation etc), if you fall out of favor and was doing a great job - nothing can protect you. Lots of brainwashing from management about "company goals".

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Smart People. Meritocracy."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been a member of GQS (Global Quantitative Strategies) for several years. Overall, Citadel is a great place to work as a quantitative researcher. You are surrounded by smart people with different expertise and are constantly challenged by different projects. The learning opportunities from managers and colleagues are great. What I value the most is that Citadel truly values and executes meritocracy. Junior members take ownership of their projects and can make a big impact. I’m able to drive results and contribute directly to the business, which are both valuable experiences.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but keeping intellectual property across different teams and units can be little unfamiliar to some researchers or engineers. However, it is inevitable given the nature of business. Overall, I find that the working environment is collaborative.

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    Citadel Response

    November 11, 2019Life at Citadel

    We're glad to hear that you%E2%80%99re building a successful career on the Global Quantitative Strategies team at Citadel. We're committed to empowering elite colleagues, like yourself, to reach your full potential. Based on this commitment, we%E2%80%99ll continue to invest in the resources and culture that you and your colleagues need to succeed. Thank you for being an important member of our team.

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