Two Sigma Reviews

Updated 7 Aug 2020

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4.3
89%
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97%
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Two Sigma Co-Chairmen David Siegel and John Overdeck (no image)
David Siegel and John Overdeck
73 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work-life balance and flexible hours(in 20 reviews)

  • "Smart people with high level of intellectual curiosity as their main motivation(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Growing pains injecting previously unseen layers of bureaucracy into the company(in 11 reviews)

  • "Growing pains of small company rapidly growing(in 4 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. COVID-19

    "Employee Friendly Culture and World Class Talent"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Two Sigma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture is very employee friendly. The company does a really good job in trying to help employees during the coronavirus. Also the company is actively taking more steps to further embrace diversity and inclusion. The founders are serious and play an active role of keeping this place "a nice place for geeks". The culture here is pretty damn remarkable. Talent here is top notch. That needs no explanation.

    Cons

    The coronavirus has taken most of us to work from home. This has stretched the laptop network experience in video chat and messaging particularly when working from a different state. Perhaps a better investment in these tools might assist in this pandemic.

  2. "Great place for technical people to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Two Sigma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Impactful technical work. Good pay. Nice offices.

    Cons

    Security and secrecy are higher than a lot of companies, though probably about average for systematic trading firms.


  3. "Decent"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Two Sigma full-time

    Pros

    Solid professional development and collaboration

    Cons

    Long hours and little work life balance

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, smart people but lacks culture and heavily siloed"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Two Sigma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employees are treated extremely well. Health insurance is top notch. Company events are extremely well thought out and organized. External learning and development are heavily encouraged and reimbursed.

    Cons

    Lack of culture (which is common for a large company). Socializing does not happen organically. Most people put in their 9-5 and go home. Difficult to grow. Bureaucratic promotion process. Divisions are heavily siloed, so much that teams that work with each other on a recurring basis don’t even know the full scope of each other’s responsibilities.

  5. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Two Sigma full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - More Silicon Valley than Wall Street - Very collaborative environment and the people are great - Treat employees very well

    Cons

    - Need to do a better job at leadership development in engineering - Getting a little bloated and less efficient - Maybe losing its competitive edge

  6. "Good but large"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Engineer 

    I worked at Two Sigma full-time

    Pros

    * great people * good tech-first culture

    Cons

    increasingly bureaucratic as it scales up

  7. "good place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Researcher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Two Sigma full-time

    Pros

    Work is very interesting! And the culture is much better than other places I've worked at.

    Cons

    This is true for almost all quant finance jobs -- people usually don't share details of their work.

  8. "Great place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Research 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Two Sigma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work to life ratio Good perks

    Cons

    Too competitive Many times you won’t be able to work

  9. "Overall a great place to be"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer() in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Two Sigma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good wlb People are friendly Compensations seems fair

    Cons

    Growing pains lead to bad software stack in many cases Compensation not as competitive as other firms in the industry if not adjusting for wlb

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Some policies are strange"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Two Sigma full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people, relatively decent compensation (even if not top), good place to start and learn, then move on.

    Cons

    Strange policies regarding sharing of information among groups. Successful groups' IP is leaked to others, creating awkward situations, management is sometimes too disengaged.

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