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Chicago Board Options Exchange Reviews

Updated 4 March 2015
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Chicago Board Options Exchange Chairman and CEO Bill Brodsky
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  1. Generally a pleasant place to work, however talent varies greatly across various teams

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    depending on team, could be working on really interesting problems with bleeding edge technology
    politics are minimal
    people are generally nice

    Cons

    production support can be bad
    depending on team, could be using really outdated technology

  2. Old School Tech Company but Great People and Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, teamwork essential, good money and benefits, and a variety of work projects. Production support can be stressful but is only about 25% of your job. Results-based management style, very technically strong management (no pointy-haired bosses here!).

    Cons

    There is only one promotion ladder, so the best programmers eventually end up being managers, directors, or VPs, unless you don't want a raise. Permanent positions are being eliminated and replaced by offshore (and onshore) outsourcing and contractors.

    Advice to Management

    You are very weak on advanced technology training. Teach me JDK 8, Python, or open-source projects that will eventually make our development cycle, QA installation procedures, and ultimately our trading systems more efficient.

  3. Good place to start career, learn about financial markets

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to being a leader in its industry.

    Good work-life balance

    Co-workers are committed to building a great franchise

    Cons

    Very political. Never sure if you have angered the wrong person, and hearing about it coming back on your review.

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  5. A great environment for potential. Plenty of different departments to learn from

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Operator in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Operator in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, Knowledgeable people, and great benefits. There are opportunities for personal growth.

    Cons

    Occasionally there can be a lot of politics involved between different departments and communication can be dropped sometimes. Also, a lot of high pressure situations

  6. Helpful (1)

    Education, Marketing and Technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Options Institute Support in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Options Institute Support in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Chicago Board Options Exchange full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is still great potential of company growth if the CBOE can promote itself for traders and investors. As long as equity volume doesn't drop dramatically, the CBOE should continue to grow.

    Cons

    There is too much focus on monthly exchange trading volume. There is not enough focus on trying to educate conservative investors about basic option strategies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying hard to educate basic investors about options

  7. Investigator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities if you are proactive and very helpful people throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Not enough career growth potential

  8. Solid company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits & compensation, favorable hours.

    Cons

    Some weak middle management. and decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to employee concerns.

  9. CBOE is a dynamic and innovate no frills company which is an exciting place to work. CBOE has built a great brand.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Part of the financial markets and the intimate work environment as well as work, life balance.

    Cons

    pay, low bonuses, and not a lot of room for growth. most that work there don't really leave which limits advancement and promotion potential.

    Advice to Management

    Pay bigger bonuses and increase pay on par with other firms in the industry

  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed work atmosphere, good salary & very good benefits.

    Cons

    Not much career advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Create some middle level positions.

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