Winton Group Employee Reviews about "quarterly bonuses"

Updated 30 Nov 2019

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Winton Group Chief Executive Officer and Founder David Harding (no image)
David Harding
39 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free food - even though this has been scaled back very slightly, it is still incredible(in 13 reviews)

  • "Quarterly bonuses, good work life balance, free breakfast and lunch(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Constant change, poor internal communication, high staff turnover(in 5 reviews)

  • "David Harding controls everything and the rest of the company spends their entire time trying to make him happy(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Current Employee in London"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Winton is one of the largest hedge funds in Europe. It is well established and is a leading quant fund - the company is HQed in London (good for me because I live in London) - quarterly bonuses - good benefits package - nice working environment (offices, free meals etc) - reasonable working hours - my work is challenging and mostly rewarding - my colleagues are, in the main, motivated professionals who want to help the company grow and achieve our goals

    Cons

    - fund performance has been less good for the last couple of years which means lower bonuses - headcount has shrunk which has been painful

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  2. Helpful (7)

    "Wasted potential"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses, good work life balance, free breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    David Harding calls all the shots and no one can challenge him or push their ideas, political environment where selfish behaviour is rewarded leading to poor morale across the ranks, people do not feel valued (despite monetary benefits)

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  3. Helpful (17)

    "Damaging"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On paper, this is a great place to work. Decent pay, quarterly bonuses, nice offices, good location, decent food.

    Cons

    David Harding controls everything and the rest of the company spends their entire time trying to make him happy. The 'middle management' has been selected for their willingness to say 'yes', rather than their ability to do their jobs and they will all be very happy to throw you under the bus in order to avoid the wrath of the CEO. The company has also gone through some very hard times with AUM plummeting and most of the satellite offices closed. Almost all the experienced researchers have left, so I don't see this turning around any time soon. If you're thinking of joining Winton, please read up on how life under a dictatorship functions first. And if you're already working there, get out before the company damages you permanently.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Outstanding opportunities in financial data science and related areas"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very talented colleagues; opportunities to access, create and deploy novel data sets; rewarding intellectually and financially if you stay the course and are flexible; rigorous statistical methods; internal and external lectures from leading experts in the business and broader areas; quarterly bonuses; sensible DC pension scheme with good company contributions; private health care; life insurance; breakfast and lunch; potential to work at overseas offices.

    Cons

    Lack of flexible and remote working options. Not so much a con but being willing to defend your work under rigorous questioning is a necessity, robust sense of humour likewise.

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  5. Helpful (24)

    "Hierarchical organisation that lacks direction"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses, free (delicious) food, doctor on sight, friendly people. Good work-life balance. Free umbrellas

    Cons

    Most people are hired into one role and then end up in a completely different team or function. There is a lack of inspiring/innovative leadership, as at the end of the day all key decisions are made by 1-2 people (the heads of teams/ leaders have no say). There is constant change and turnover, so existing staff feel demotivated and unsure about the security of their jobs. People end up 'playing the game' rather than being honest about their work and career goals, because they're scared they'll lose their job otherwise. Most end up coasting because they are being paid relatively well for the job they're doing. There is, therefore a lack of dynamism and energy in the workplace, and morale feels quite low.

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  6. Helpful (23)

    "Lack of strategic vision"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses can be good depending on the fund performance, free food, doctor on site, friendly people.

    Cons

    The CEO and founder seems to have lost interest in running the core business and is mostly focused on his pet projects. The lack of a strategic vision has had a clear negative impact on the company in the last few years. There have been constant re-organisations and most of them are a direct result of a muddled vision. As a result staff morale is very low and staff turn over is very high. Recently many well respected researchers left the company following the closure of the Oxford office.

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  7. Helpful (27)

    "Down a rabbit hole . Toxic place to work!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch, good coffee, good perks , On site GP, quarterly bonuses , good pay It stops there .

    Cons

    Roles change frequently Place is infested with bullies and yes men No career progression Company is run like a communist country with a dictator at the helm. People disappear overnight. Restructuring is a constant theme and fear and gossip abound because of the lack of proper information or communication. No respect for people. Attitude of management seems to be we can do what we want. Has been trying to project itself as a big data company but legacy systems abound and good ideas are thrown out as managers don’t want to take risks. Toxic place to work . Lots of politics and too much focus on unnecessarily changing things

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  8. Helpful (12)

    "A very unusual place to work"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of benefits to working at Winton, they pay their staff very well, quarterly bonuses, free breakfast and lunch, private medical, onsite Doctor, reduced gym membership, fitness classes, academic speakers. There are also a lot of great people at Winton who really help make it an interesting place to work.

    Cons

    There is a culture of plucking people from roles in which they are excelling and giving them a different role, one completely unrelated to that which they joined the company for and not really giving them a choice. I feel this caused a lot of stagnation in the development of the company. Alongside this the constant restructure and reorganisation got a bit ridiculous, before allowing the dust to settle things would be restructured again. I understand the need to keep things innovative but alongside that you need to give staff the opportunity to get to grips with a new role. The constant refurbishment of the office could also be considered over the top and a complete waste of money. Moving offices around, taking walls down, building walls, constantly painting walls, moving artwork, building meeting rooms, buying new furniture etc and not utilising it properly, it all seems to be done on the whim of whomever is at senior level at that point in time. The bigger picture and the usefulness of these changes does not seem to be considered at all.

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  9. Helpful (7)

    "Great at senior levels, not so much for juniors"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time

    Pros

    - Free lunch, drinks and snacks. - Matched contribution to pension. - Good pay with generous quarterly bonuses. - Interesting research threads if you can manage to get staffed. - Regular guest lectures with an interesting set of personalities. - Colleagues are generally nice and helpful. - Low pressure work environment in general, work-life balance is very favourable. - Good name to have on a CV.

    Cons

    I expect some many of the below complaints to be addressed in the future, but some will remain as they are: - Company operates on the whims of the CEO. Constant change depending on his moods; staff demoted/promoted at whim, teams and functions changed frequently. - Many nominally Research teams’ time spent on operational and technological problems. - Pace of incorporating new Research into funds lethargic. Company prefers to market ideas to impress clients rather than implement them. - Opportunities for career advancement unclear. - Pay may be somewhat lower relative to peers/Investment Banks.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Best company I have worked in"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winton Group

    Pros

    The collective calibre of the company is very high, there are some incredibly intelligent people at Winton. Huge quarterly bonuses, internal opportunities, unlimited training budget.

    Cons

    Great once you have joined but at interview stage, they are quite secretive so you don't know what to expect.

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