Traditional Tech -> HFT/hedge funds



cxo @ snap
May 7, 2018 5 Comments

I have heard there is a lot of upside in terms of comp. Does that also mean that interviews are harder and the expectation in terms of performance is higher ( Not worrying too much about the hours you put in, more in terms of skill/talent/expertise ).

If someone who made the switch could weigh in, it would be great! Also how did you go about preparing for them if it was any different?


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  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    Intel, morganstanley, citadel, etrade
    coding monkey
    Actually interviews are easier than Google's, but culture is far worse, esp Citadel. Don't do IT in finance, unless u can get PnL cut.
    May 7, 2018 0
  • Citadel iamsparta
    Upside in comp depends a lot on what you're doing. If you're a quant, or a developer writing fpga code to reduce tick-to-trade times, you can earn a lot if you're good. And of course, there's a lot of expectation to go with high comp.

    For back office development jobs, there isn't a lot of upside in comp.

    Interviews for developers are similar to tech firms, but with more emphasis on language-specific knowledge. Also, there's a lot more variance in what gets asked - so a little harder to prepare for.

    Interviews for Quant/trader roles are obviously very different.
    May 7, 2018 0
  • Chase tjPE83
    Dont do it dude. Unless you can do quant/trading.
    May 7, 2018 2
    • Citadel iamsparta
      ⬆️ This
      May 7, 2018
    • Chase tjPE83
      Yea. I dunno why the blind/reddit folks always get an erection whenever they hear about HFT/hedge funds. Finance is a shithole for devs. I also initially was aiming for quant/trading but sadly I wasn’t good enough so i got placed as a quant dev doing shit job. And 4 years after still stuck here. Fking waste
      May 7, 2018

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