Moving from core tech to HFT firms

Microsoft / Eng ikoke
May 14, 2018 13 Comments

Anyone here moved from a major core tech company to a HFT firm ? Any pro/cons you are willing to share ?

Also, if anyone has made the reverse move, how difficult is it to move back into mainstream tech ?

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  • Amazon jEEg41
    I’ve heard they pay more. But how much more... Definitely more than Tree Fiddy 😹
    May 14, 2018 0
  • New / Eng Bambam122
    I have an offer pending right now. Around 400k for the first year, I make barely 200k now. I’m probably going to take it.....

    Con: (which I’m aware of) may not be as challenging or state of the art. Latency limits are capped by the SEC so most HFT firms use 10Gbps x4 ports Ethernet whereas I come from a background of 400Gb/s x 128 ports.
    You do the math.
    May 14, 2018 7
    • Microsoft / Eng ikoke
      OP
      @Amazon- was it easy moving back from HFT to more mainstream tech company ?
      May 14, 2018
    • New / Eng Bambam122
      HFT networking is not state of the art networking. 10gig is nothing. I was doing 50 in grad school.
      May 14, 2018
    • New / Eng Bambam122
      @dfgha : I’m starting a new team around hardware acceleration. It was my research specialty in grad school
      May 14, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
      I didn’t move *back*, I was never in “mainstream” tech before. OP, what’s your role? I can’t speak for network engineering, but as a software engineer you would be expected to always push the envelope in terms of reducing latency if you’re doing anything inside the money loop.
      May 14, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng ikoke
      OP
      I'm SWE 1 atm.
      May 14, 2018
  • Illumina Agkdeckhq
    Con: HFT is immoral
    May 14, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Eng coughT
      OP is from Microsoft so...
      May 14, 2018
    • Google quora_TW
      HFT is a zero sum game. If you participate in it then the only people you're hurting are people at other HFT firms.
      May 14, 2018
  • New / Design Superbad
    Pro: 💰 💰 💰 💰
    May 14, 2018 0

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