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Optiver

4.5
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Optiver Reviews

Based on 19 surveyed graduates working at Optiver. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.5
Based on 19 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • The amount of responsibility that you get very early on and the good culture of the company
  • You have the opportunity to have a big impact through your projects that you own and you don't have to go through it alone - there is so much support available to you if you need it.
  • Challenging, a lot to learn, work with smart people, good culture
  • Several employees needs are taken care of, allowing me to focus on my core role and look forward to working every day.
  • I get presented interested and challenging problems on a daily basis, which keeps the work interesting and keeps me motivated.
  • Decent level of stress having to work in an intense environment with high expectations
  • There can be a few stressful moments at a time.
  • The high-performance environment is sometimes stressful
  • There are only a couple of other overseas offices, so not as much choice for travel/relocation.
  • The job can be stressful and sometimes the hours can be long

What Insiders Say

8.4
Career Prospects
8.4
Career Prospects
It's very clearly mapped out what you need to do to achieve a promotion and this information is available to everyone.
7.2
Corporate Social Responsibility
7.2
Corporate Social Responsibility
Lots of charities and charitable initiatives promoted. Commitment to environmental friendliness
8.6
Culture
8.6
Culture
Optiver has an amazing culture around learning and development. People are never hesitant to answer your questions or allocate a chunk of their day just to teach you something new and they don't judge you for not knowing something. Everyone who I have worked with has been really supportive.
7.1
Diversity
7.1
Diversity
They have a commitment to diversity and there is definitely no indication that they are excluding any group
8.7
Satisfaction
8.7
Satisfaction
Pretty interesting, always on a project.
8.7
Management
8.7
Management
Squad leads really good provide fortnightly feedback as well as informal training. Have been very good mentors.
8.9
Office Work Environment
8.9
Office Work Environment
We have the entire building which is great - we don't need to share it with anyone else. The location cannot be more convenient - we are just a few minutes walk between two main train stations, the light rail, and many bus routes. The facilities are great - there are a kitchen and seating area for lunch as well as a games area with pool tables, gaming consoles, and poker tables. The dress code is casual clothing.
9
Recruitment
9
Recruitment
The interview process was fairly standard - resume screening, online coding quiz, phone interview, then an in-person interview. It was nice to be flown into Sydney for the in-person interview so I could also see what the office and workplace are like.
8.6
Salary
8.6
Salary
Pay and bonuses are generous, with bonuses being distributed on a mixture of personal merit and company performance.
8.5
Training
8.5
Training
The first 3 months are spent training on simulators to gain an understanding of the basics of trading before you are put on the floor alongside an experienced trader to learn from them. This gives you a great way to learn by doing. Throughout this process, I've learnt about the working of financial markets, basic programming, strategic thinking and various teamwork skills.
7.6
Work Hours
7.6
Work Hours
Hours are decently flexible, with the proviso that you have to be at your desk when the market is open ( between 5-6 hours a day). No need to work on weekends.
7.3
Sustainability
7.3
Sustainability
No plastic use, eco-friendly cleaning staff and quality sourced food