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CME Group Overview

Chicago, IL (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CME)
Brokerage Service
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Company Updates

  • 50 years ago, our Chairman & CEO Terry Duffy attended the first Special Olympics games in Chicago. He returned to Soldier Field this past weekend for the #SpecialOlympics50 celebration, joined by athlete Barbara Kozdron and event Co-Chair Jenny Fortner. #InclusionRevolution #ProudSponsor

  • Special Olympics athletes from around the world came together this past weekend in Chicago to compete and celebrate 50 years of acceptance and inclusion. CME Group is proud to support the #InclusionRevolution. Watch more:

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CME Group – Why Work For Us?

   Build a Career By Shaping Tomorrow

CME Group is the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace – where the world comes to manage risk, providing industry-leading derivatives products, services and technologies to the global financial marketplace. For nearly two centuries, we have defined the world of derivatives. Our innovations have improved the way markets perform, enterprises do business and economies grow. But who we are goes deeper than that. Here, you can impact markets worldwide, transform industries and build a career by shaping tomorrow. We invest in your success and you own it – all while working alongside a team of leading experts who inspire you in ways big and small.

CME Group Center for Innovation

Innovation has always been a driving force for the exchanges that form CME Group: CME, CBOT, NYMEX, and COMEX. We have continually embraced change and fostered an entrepreneurial spirit that has enabled both our exchanges – as well as the futures industry – to grow and prosper. We know from firsthand experience that innovation can transform business, influence the direction of civilization and alter its reality for the better.

But creative thinking and great ideas cannot exist in a vacuum – they benefit and gain momentum by being spread far and wide. Recognizing this, in 2003 CME founded the CME Center for Innovation – now called the CME Group Center for Innovation (CFI).

The CFI creates and sponsors thought-provoking original programming that identifies, showcases and fosters examples of significant innovation and creative thinking across multiple industries in both the public and private sectors. Each of the programs explores and communicates the principles behind innovation, and more importantly, showcases their application to a broad and diverse audience.

The CFI's programs help advance the application of innovation by providing a broad, multi-industry analysis of the concept. The CFI is interested in evaluating not only the principles behind innovation, but in taking a strong, hard look at innovation in action.

At CME Group, we value being a good corporate citizen and taking an active role in social responsibility across the communities where we work and live.

In 2014, CME Group contributed more than $5 million through our charitable programs and foundations. Our community outreach program, Amicus, engaged our employees and members in volunteer opportunities totaling more than 2,500 hours of service. Community relations committees, made up of CME Group employees, organized volunteer initiatives in our Chicago, New York, London, Belfast, and Singapore offices and worked to establish new charitable relationships with local partners.

We are proud to be a socially responsible organization that dedicates time and resources to corporate citizenship, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference through our global outreach.

Corporate Philanthropy 

CME Group supports many philanthropic causes through charitable grants from our two foundations.

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Through our community involvement, we create opportunities for those in our exchange community to make a difference.

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Discover how CME Group supports sustainability and stewardship in our environment, workplace, and workforce.

CME Group offers a unique environment where
 employees have the opportunity to drive the global financial services industry – around the clock, around the world. We are a leading technology company, which means that cutting-edge IT solutions are deployed by our employees to serve financial markets worldwide. The pace is dynamic, the work is unlike any other firm in the business, and the possibilities are endless.

We value diversity of backgrounds, of perspectives and of approaches to growing our business. And we offer tremendous opportunity for our employees to develop their careers, to become experts in our industry, and to turn their innovative ideas into realities.

Continuous Learning

Employees of CME Group are part of a learning organization. A variety of benefits are available to help employees in their career development, including tuition reimbursement for 100 percent of continuing education costs connected to an employee’s role. Additionally, CME Group offers onsite professional development training courses, access to external seminars and technical skills training, plus targeted development programs for each level in the organization.

We work very hard to ensure that our employees have the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to do their jobs, and to understand trends in the marketplace as they develop.


Short-term and long-term disability insurance is provided to all employees, as is life insurance. In addition, employees can elect to participate in flexible spending accounts and long-term care insurance.

Retirement benefits are offered in both a 401(k) plan and a company-based pension plan. Employees can contribute up to 55 percent of their base pay to their 401(k), and CME Group matches those contributions up to a maximum of 3 percent of base pay. CME Group also contributes to employees’ pension accounts with compensation-based credits (based on age and salary) and interest credits. Various vesting schedules apply under the plans.

New parents are provided with two weeks of parental leave within the first 12 weeks of the birth or adoption, which runs concurrent with FMLA leave. CME Group also provides adoption assistance benefits to help parents defray the cost of adopting a child.


CME Group has a competitive compensation program, where base pay is established in line with market practice.

Employees are also eligible for our annual incentive programs, where bonuses are paid based on the company’s achievement of its financial goals and the individual’s achievement of the employee goals for the year. OurExcellence Awards program also provides spot bonuses to employees who make exceptional contributions to the business in strong alignment with our values.

The CME Group Equity Program provides employees with a long-term incentive for shareholder value creation. Employees at the Associate Director level and above receive annual grants of stock options and restricted stock and Manager, Professional and Non-exempt employees are eligible for annual grants based on performance. Employees also can elect to purchase CME Group stock at a discount through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Paid Time Off

All employees accrue Paid Time Off (PTO) days. CME Group recognizes nine holidays per year. We also offer a work/life balance program that affords employees the opportunity to take advantage of flexible work arrangements.

Other Benefits

Our employee assistance program provides confidential counseling sessions to discuss a range of personal and family issues, including legal counseling and child/elder care issues. LifeWorks is another service that provides employees and their families with around-the-clock information regarding child care resource referrals and education information, among other services, on the Internet or by calling a toll-free number. We also offer onsite health and fitness centers and a number of health and wellness programs including massage appointments and wellness screenings.

We offer a competitive benefits program for employees and their eligible dependents (including same or opposite sex domestic partners). For health care benefits, options include PPO, EPO and HMO. Dental care benefits are provided as PPO options.

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    Fast paced environment that keeps you on your toes. Great place to learn how a large company operates. Works with innovative technology. Work life balance is better than most places still with PTO and WFH.


    Needs work on the culture a bit more. People are too engulfed in work that it's lacks being a comfortable environment.

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    I want to know more about the company as a whole. Technology and business is separated greatly. There needs to be more focus on having the employees feel a part of that.

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CME Group Photos

CME Group photo of: Come visit us at career fairs across Illinois
CME Group photo of: Our annual service day was with Habitat for Humanity
CME Group photo of: Employees get ready for our annual service day
CME Group photo of: Washington Irving Elementary has been our adopted school for 11 years
CME Group photo of: One of our employees volunteers at our adopted school Washington Irving
CME Group photo of: Our employees in Singapore join our Pink Fridays
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CME Group Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at CME Group (Chicago, IL (US)) in August 2018.


    Takes about two weeks. First round is a half an hour phone interview. Second round is onsite one and half hour interview with 6 people. Nice and friendly interview environment. Given an offer after one week.

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CME Group Awards & Accolades

  • World's Most Valuable Exchange Brand, Brand Finance, 2017
  • Exchange of the Year, Risk Magazine, 2017
  • US and Canada Exchange of the Year, FOW Magazine, 2017
  • Trading Repository of the Year, FOW Magazine, 2017
  • Exchange of the Year, Risk Magazine's Risk Awards, 2016
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