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quantthrowaway3


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Joined: Sep 2018
 
Posted: 2018-09-12 21:13
I worked at JSC two summers ago and while it was fun and people were definitely very smart, there were a lot of douchebags/overly competitive people/people who don't know how to carry a conversation there.

Are there quant firms that actually hire people who have normal conversations in addition to geeking out every now and then. Weird question, but some balance in corporate culture at these firms would be amazing.

(Please don't tell me how the hiring processes select for these kinds of people; yeah, I'm aware of that)

katastrofa


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Posted: 2018-09-15 15:15
"Are there quant firms that actually hire people who have normal conversations in addition to geeking out every now and then."

The failing ones. E.g. KCG.

quantthrowaway3


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Posted: 2018-09-15 20:58
Wow, that's a rather supercilious look on things, which basically amounts to saying that only dicks can do well in quant roles.

katastrofa


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Posted: 2018-09-16 22:23
I'd say accusing me of superciliousness was a dick move, but whatever.

No, I didn't mean dicks. I meant people who are so focused on what they're doing that they're not going to chat with you about football.

TonyC
Nuclear Energy Trader

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Posted: 2018-09-16 23:32
i find that european quants/nerds are completely willing to talk about "FUTBOL" ... talk endlessly ... at great length ... about "futbol" ...
their obliviousness to your lack of interest demonstrating every stereotype about an inability of quants to pick up on social cues

(as a rule), american quant/nerds don't talk about football

flaneur/boulevardier/remittance man/energy trader
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