Is Citadel Securities a good place to work?

Nov 1 27 Comments

Asked to come onsite to NYC after passing the phone screen.

Is it a good place that pays well? Recruiter mentioned they pay more than Google and FB. How true is this?

I have to take at least 2 days off to fly to NYC for their interview. Is this worth doing?

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Google O.P.
    Terrible place to work unless you like cold, bureaucratic, top-down finance, stereotypical bros, and worse.
    Nov 1 8
    • Citadel Securities dhj65hg54_
      It depends what you consider bureaucracy. Much less process and rules then G, but important decisions (about tech) are made by non engineers. Very short term thinking, massive tech debt.
      Nov 1
    • Citadel Securities bluetiger
      I don’t disagree - personally that’s a pro for me but I see why some wouldn’t like that. To your point though, short-term decision making still speaks to less bureaucracy, not more.
      Nov 1
    • Citadel Securities dhj65hg54_
      I could see it either way, it's a matter of taste.
      Nov 1
    • OP
      How easy is it to switch teams within the company?
      Nov 2
    • Citadel Securities bluetiger
      From what I’ve seen generally pretty easy if you’re a strong performer
      Nov 2
  • LinkedIn nMnX85
    TC, YOE?
    Nov 1 2
  • Citadel Securities bluetiger
    High TC (considerably higher than F or G) but potentially worse WLB (average 50-55/week) and more ambitious deadlines. Overall very high talent pool - would definitely recommend for ambitious 20-something year old but maybe not for someone with family
    Nov 1 4
    • Bloomberg $ocrates
      Is it 55hrs/week just because the work is too much? People will judge you if work in a non conventional way? E.g.I like to put in a few extra hours on Saturdays but want to leave early on Fridays.
      Nov 2
    • OP
      Any advice on preparing for the onsite? Will there be a system design question for 2 yoe?
      Nov 2
    • Citadel Securities dhj65hg54_
      Remote access is limited, so it can be hard to be effective outside the office.
      Nov 3
    • Citadel Securities xRuK54
      Disagree with all of this (except the comp, that is sweet) -- I have a much better WLB, and work more remotely than at my previous tech jobs in the Bay.
      You just need to get the shit you commit to done, and be able to prove you're making them boatloads of 💰. If you can do that in a 40 hour week, then you're set. If it takes you 60, that's a you problem. Plenty of happy people with families here.

      This is all assuming a good team/reasonable manager of course.
      Nov 10
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    • Citadel Securities dhj65hg54_
      Culture is not perfect, I don't see any "bro" either
      Nov 1
  • Citadel BrutеForce
    Depends on what you like. No bro culture and a ton of smart people. But deadlines usually pretty ambitious.
    Nov 1 0
  • Citadel Securities HFoF71
    Citadel Securities pay is typically one level above F/G. For example, a level 4 at F/G (TC 200-300k) might get a level 5 pay (TC 300-450k) at Citadel Securities.
    Nov 3 1
    • OP
      Any advice for the onsite for someone with 2 yoe? Is it going to be all leetcode type qns?
      Nov 3
  • LinkedIn nMnX85
    how did you even get an interview?
    Nov 3 1
  • Amazon new001
    How was the phone screen? LC question difficulty?
    Nov 1 1
  • Microsoft Peepoo
    Did you get the offer?
    5d 0
  • Amazon vosH01
    Never interviewed there but it's a company I would consider working a few months or max a year in my career for that high TC. I would be ready to accept that year would be the most hectic year in my career.
    Nov 1 0

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