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David Siegel and John Overdeck
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance is encouraged(in 16 reviews)

  • "Lots of smart people walking around that are mostly humble and will answer your questions(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Growing pains of small company rapidly growing(in 7 reviews)

  • "There's still some red-tape around getting environmental changes approved(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (8)

    "Quant research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Two Sigma full-time

    Pros

    - smartest bunch of people gathered under one roof - endless learning and opportunities to learn - everyone is very friendly and humble - feels more like a research institution than an investment manager most of the times - the work done here feels very cutting edge and very rewarding

    Cons

    - the problems worked on can be very challenging and open-ended . So it’s not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the hiring bar high and don’t compromise

    Two Sigma2018-07-04
  2. "EA"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Two Sigma

      Pros

      Great people, perks, location, and campus

      Cons

      It seems that after explosive growth we are experiencing growing pains.

      Advice to Management

      It is important to have transparency in reporting lines.

      Two Sigma2019-04-20
    • Helpful (1)

      "An amazing company... once upon a time"

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      Current Employee - Software Development Engineer 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Two Sigma full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Work life balance is still ok, though getting worse.

      Cons

      Rife with politics, culture now completely taken over by ex Goldman Sachs employees. Once this place had the best benefits, but one by one they've been removed as "cost-cutting measures." Reorgs happen all the time, and a lot of the best talent is slowly leaving.

      Advice to Management

      Listen more to engineers. Try to get things stable before disrupting flows. Bring back our benefits. It'll be harder and harder to keep talent while we keep losing to every other tech company in benefits.

      Two Sigma2019-03-20
    • Helpful (3)

      "Great snacks, terrible management"

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      Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at Two Sigma full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      Read above. Good snacks and kombucha

      Cons

      poor management structure, no one advocating for you

      Advice to Management

      hire competent people who actually know how to manage a large team of people

      Two Sigma2019-02-05
    • "Great Internship"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Two Sigma

        Pros

        Feels like a tech company

        Cons

        Too laid back in terms of culture

        Two Sigma2018-12-18
      • Helpful (2)

        "Excellent company harmed by toxic politics"

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        Current Employee - Software Engineer 

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

        Pros

        Solid pay for the industry. Some other competitors pay more but usually at the cost of WLB, and TS pays well into the 'diminishing returns' range anyways. Extremely flexible hours, along with limited working from home or remote. Great work life balance. Will reimburse conferences, tuition, textbooks, and has great internal trainings and seminars. Goes hand-in-hand with flexible hours. On-site snacks including...

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        Cons

        Politics and bureaucracy are the name of the game. Sucking up, checking off checkboxes for the sake of it, and potemkin villages are where most effort goes. "Not-my-problem" politics lead to internal issues festering way longer than they should because managers flee from responsibility and employee initiative isn't taken seriously. Micromanagement abound, little independence of employees and a lot of talent is squandered...

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        Advice to Management

        Listen to people with boots on the ground, and give them actual independence. Some of your businesses could be so much more if management just listened to the people who actually knew what they were doing. All the ingredients are there. Lay off the politics and bureaucracy, reward financial and engineering success instead of checkboxes checked off, or as was suggested at a recent presentation, "number of jiras closed"....

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        Two Sigma2018-11-14
      • Helpful (12)

        "Still interesting, despite inevitable creeping disease of becoming a large company"

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        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 3 years

        Pros

        Modernizing of technology stack There are some still really great managers who do want you to succeed Flexibility with choosing projects sometimes, flexible hours Gym

        Cons

        As others have mentioned, bureaucracy and red-tape in addition to heavy dosing of politics Blatant nepotism, especially within the network of former Goldman Sachs employees Engineering middle management emphasizes and rewards the wrong set of behaviors Most senior/high-level positions (and corresponding SVP titles) are given to new hires rather than loyal, long-time employees

        Advice to Management

        Reward loyalty and take care of your committed employees

        Two Sigma2018-09-26
      • "Quant Researcher"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Two Sigma

        Pros

        good benefits and great team

        Cons

        all things are very good

        Two Sigma2018-10-15
      • "Quant"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Two Sigma

          Pros

          Highly competitive salary very talented colleague

          Cons

          firm is too big so everyone is in charge of a small piecce, you can't see the full picture

          Two Sigma2018-09-13
        • Helpful (24)

          "Politics, politics, politics...."

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at Two Sigma full-time

          Pros

          Pay is good/decent, benefits are amazing. Perks are really good (gym, free food, all the snacks in the kitchen, etc). Lots of smart people walking around that are mostly humble and will answer your questions. Complex environment but you can and probably will learn a lot in a relatively short amount of time.

          Cons

          The usual corporate bureaucracy and politics. As Two Sigma grows into a medium-sized entity, there are some growing pains. Limited upward mobility depending on your management chain (they essentially shut down a partnering project with a chance for me to transfer to that team). Depending on your engineering area, work/life balance can be bad. Mixed use of proprietary technology and open-source. The proprietary stuff...

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          Advice to Management

          Lay off the politics to allow your engineers to get the work done and advance in the company. Treating them with respect and taking their input into consideration when making big changes for the team would be much appreciated.

          Two Sigma2018-08-01
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