Jump Trading Reviews

Updated 28 Feb 2021

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4.0
78%
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51 Ratings
Pros
  • "Cutting edge technology, hardworking and smart people(in 12 reviews)

  • "Comfortable working environment allows you to be yourself and not worry about perceptions(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Young work environment can contribute to pressure to work very long hours but then this is standard in this industry(in 6 reviews)

  • "not really any downsides, maybe work life balance(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Algorithmic Trader 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Jump Trading full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very talented people, excellent infrastructure, working conditions and benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing to say as a con.

  2. "dynamic work culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    dynamic work culture. Good benefits.

    Cons

    nothing bad to say here


  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "growing pains"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jump Trading full-time

    Pros

    Jump does a good job of training people and exposing them to many things. Many very good talents around. Covid response is good.

    Cons

    It is not any longer a nimble or well managed company. Over time there has been much growth and hiring but no plan or reason for many things. All company have growth pain but this one doesn't know how to manage. Very political and a struggle if not on favorites team.

  4. "As good as it gets in HFT"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture that balances excellence, results, humility and vision

    Cons

    Any cons are far outweighed by the pros

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  5. "mostly good but could be better"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Successful firm historically. Most people are very smart and good to work with. The office are cool with decent perks.

    Cons

    The company has added hundreds of people the past few years. Growing is good but it is unclear how all the new business will get done. The top people don't want any real planning or structure but in my several years it is so much harder to communicate and get stuff done now. It is also frustrating when underperformers are allowed to stay. There is also a weird envy of a local Chicago firm and Jump will hire anyone who worked there. It seems like a special club and those people can do anything they want.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "If you make the cut, this is where you want to end up."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Helpdesk Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jump Trading full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Every part of Jump as a workplace is built to attract the best talent, from the benefits to the pay to the culture. The quality of life is incredible; Jump is everything an employee could want in a company. If you have the talent to compete on the world stage, this is where you want to apply. These are not your everyday finance bros; these people are some of the smartest in the business and still treat one another with respect because--get this--it's built directly into the culture. At no point did it seem cutthroat. You will not regret working here.

    Cons

    High standards, befitting of a high-quality workplace.

  7. "Interesting work with intelligent people"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jump Trading full-time

    Pros

    Good perks Access to cutting edge technology Flat Hierarchy Great adjustment to working from home

    Cons

    Responsibility can be stressful Can be lots of conflicting ideas

  8. "Jump Start"

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

    I worked at Jump Trading full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, good benefits, relax casual environment

    Cons

    Long work hours with hard learning curve

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  9. Helpful (9)

    "Insanely high expectations that lead to toxic work environment where you are ruled by fear of failure and attacks"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people work here. The technology is really sophisticated (in some areas, not so in others) and there is a general strive for excellence. Pay is very high and bonuses don't dissapointed.

    Cons

    As the saying goes, you don't work for a company, you work for a manager. Your experience at Jump is highly dependent on whether you get a good or bad manager. I got paired with a manager who is impossible to please and regularly lashes out at employees for innocuous mistakes they make. My manager regularly degrades and demeans others while almost never admitting fault of his own, or even acknowledging ways in which he could improve his interactions with people. He will take great strides to not demean you in public because he knows it looks bad for him, but feels free to attack you in private. I would question if I was the problem, but unfortunately I have confirmed that other people managed by him experience the same thing. This makes the work more governed by fear of angering my manager than it does enjoying the work itself. The lack of introspection and emotional intelligence by some people in this company really sours the entire experience. There is no effort by upper management to really address these issues either because they don't care, or they just don't know. Or they don't care to know. Another con is that I have witnessed multiple new hires in this company be treated disrespectfully by more senior employees for having different viewpoints/preferences in doing things. Instead of having respectful discussions, often times what happens is that people will simply attack and demean the new employee and treat them as if they're stupid. Time and time again I can almost see their life and enthusiasm being snuffed out of existence after these experiences happen.

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "A highly respected organization and brand"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jump Trading full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - The firm's brand commands tremendous respect amongst competitors, brokers,exchanges and regulators. High standards in business conduct globally and always looks to set a higher bar. - When mistakes happen, culture is less of blaming and more of a "lets understand what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again". - Big spenders on technology investments - Quantitative powerhouse in Futures - Excellent pay - Good regular communication from leadership to the entire global organization about what's happening - Incredible investment in college recruiting and training programs. - Hyper competitive drive to be #1 in the HFT industry.

    Cons

    - Has grown so much that making an impact is difficult. With the pie not growing as much, everyone's fighting for a larger piece of the pie, driving a political culture. - Weak in Equity Options and Equities (compared to Futures) - Questionable performance review methodologies. - So much back office "fat". Too many random roles and too little accountability. - Zero diversity in management.

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