Citadel Interview

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Jun 12 45 Comments

I’ve got contacted by a recruiter to start Citadel SDE interview process, I’m told there will be a phone interview round, then on-site full loop.

Anyone interviewed with Citadel before? What questions do they ask? Do they have system design? Behavior questions? Are coding questions just leetcode?

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  • Facebook Transforme
    I was a quant at Citadel for many years.
    If you're in a front office role (quant, or low-latency HF swe), then Citadel is awesome.

    As a pure SWE, it's not a great place. Joining Citadel as an SWE from FB is a bad career move IMO.

    The problems you'll work on will be significantly less challenging than at FB. The caliber of your peers will be much worse. And your exit options will be limited if you decide to quit finance.

    You may get a short-term bump in TC, but you'll be worse-off in the long run.
    Jun 12 15
    • Facebook Enclave
      At FB, SWE salary hikes and refreshers are completely based on performance ratings - doesn't change by team. Obv that doesn't apply to initial RSU grant, which is mostly based on competing offers.

      A SWE at Citadel with 3-4 years of experience working on some trade processing system or some market data aggregator will not make 450K. Half of that is more likely.

      You're welcome to not believe me. I'm just trying to help OP make a good decision.

      I'm not going to reply any more to this thread.
      Jun 13
    • Mesosphere / Eng Onesie
      I think you should not since it’s not accurate. Even new grads get a minimum of 200k offers these days at Citadel/other hedge funds in any team! So half of that doesn’t make any sense for 3-4 years exp as you said. May be your were under paid at Citadel in the past and moved to FB but please don’t try to generalize it.
      Jun 13
    • Facebook bdjbsnsn
      OP
      Thx Enclave, I know what you mean and they make sense to me, you definitely help me make my decision.
      Jun 13
    • Amazon citaoff
      Not a new grad but my citadel offer is for $175k :(
      Jun 14
    • Google Cbck50
      How about Citadel Securities?
      Jun 14
  • Facebook / Eng
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    I worked at Citadel for a few years. Run away.
    Jul 7 4
    • LinkedIn / Eng qALR45
      Why do you say that? I have heard they pay a lot
      Jul 7
    • Facebook / Eng
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      Pay is in line with tech for FB/Google SWE. WLB will be horrible.
      Jul 7
    • LinkedIn / Eng qALR45
      Wow. If an fb engineer is saying WLB is horrible, then I believe it will be very horrible.
      Jul 7
    • Facebook trion
      Citadel is paper money, bonus which is the significant amount vests over 3 years, pretty bad.
      Jul 7
  • Microsoft Not_at_MS
    Is this citadel the hedge fund, or citadel securities?
    Jun 12 4
    • Facebook bdjbsnsn
      OP
      hedge fund
      Jun 12
    • Juniper jocker
      Which one is better for a tech guy, Hedge fund vs securities?
      Jun 12
    • Amazon citaoff
      Allegedly securities is more lax
      Jun 12
    • Microsoft Not_at_MS
      Securities is on average much better. In general I think HFT is a great place to be for software engineers, especially on the low latency / strategy logic side.
      Jun 12
  • Amazon look4job
    I got the offer, quit my job, and they revoked it. Fuck the CTO Umesh!
    Jun 12 8
    • Amazon look4job
      Old CTO approved but the new CTO revoked it while I was working on H1b
      Jun 12
    • New pge4
      What did you do op? Did amazon take you back?
      Jun 12
    • Amazon look4job
      Then I joined amazon. No other options which was sad
      Jun 12
    • Facebook nnbvvvv
      why would he do that ? Was this after they started your H1b?
      Jun 18
    • Chase SipG12
      Is this for real?
      Aug 6
  • Google zOKe30
    My phone screen was a DP problem about picking the best time to buy and sell a stock given a list of stock prices. Don’t jump from FB to Citadel unless you’re way underpaid and want to squeeze Citadel for the money.
    Jun 12 1
    • Amazon citaoff
      I got that question too. It’s a DP easy that Facebook asks interns for Christ sakes!
      Jun 12
  • Facebook trion
    Moving from FB to citadel would be a big mistake
    Jun 30 1
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      Why?
      Jul 2
  • LinkedIn CR7!
    I had phone screen + on-site. Really really really good offer, but the job was meh.
    Jun 12 1
    • Facebook bdjbsnsn
      OP
      Is onsite interview hard? Is it coding only or also system design?
      Jun 12
  • Goldman Sachs / Finance lvqm48
    What’s the TC for a SWE with 2 YOE there?
    Jul 16 0
  • LinkedIn / Eng qALR45
    How many phone screens did you have?
    Jul 7 0
  • Facebook trion
    They have pretty bad lay-off culture
    Jul 2 0
  • Amazon citaoff
    Depends on the role. I had easy front end questions
    Jun 12 0