Women's Ratings
5.0
  • Headquarters Location

    Chicago, IL (USA)

  • Number of Employees

    501-1,000

  • Website

    www.drw.com
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DRW is a principal trading firm with more than 800 employees at six offices around the world. We trade our own capital at our own risk, with no outside investors or third-party funds. Sophisticated technology underpins this activity and our employees are empowered to choose the right tools to solve complex problems in the financial markets. As the markets have evolved, so has DRW - growing to include Vigilant, DRW Venture Capital, Convexity Properties and Cumberland Mining.
Highlights from DRW
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    Meet a Fairygodboss at DRW

    • Name

      Carissa

    • Position

      Senior Software Engineer

      Chicago

    Senior software engineer Carissa loves the challenge of working in the financial markets, though her path to DRW wasn’t exactly a straight one. A former high school math teacher, she went back to school to earn a master’s degree in computer science before exploring her interest in the trading industry, an interest that became a passion thanks to the smart, passionate people around her.

    “There’s a lot of mobility among teams here, with constant opportunities to learn something new. And because we’re free to choose the technology stack that best solves each problem, the learning happens project to project. I started programming in C#, but changing teams exposed me to a new suite of languages that I’m now working in regularly.

    A typical day for me might start with a team meeting to go through priorities, followed by a pair programming session with a colleague. Pairing really hones your skills – clearly explaining your approach to someone else and listening to their direct feedback is how you get better. I might take a break with some lunchtime yoga before settling in to code independently during the afternoon.”

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    Meet a Fairygodboss at DRW

    • Name

      Meghan

    • Position

      Business Manager

      Chicago

    Meghan works on one of the quantitative trading desks at DRW. After five years, she credits her success to her ability to pick up the technical aspects of quantitative finance and her natural curiosity. 

    “When I decided to join DRW, it was because of the people. Today, it’s still the people that keep me captivated by my work. The team I’m part of has expanded since my first day – we have a solid group with diverse strengths, personalities and interests. But we all hold the same core values of respect and integrity. I see this in action every day during our stand-up meetings. We’re always engaged in open dialogue – our discussion is never focused on just one person or one idea.
     
    One of the things I like best is the impact I can have on my small team. It helps me focus my long- and short-term goals. There’s no singular achievement that I'll reach. The field of quantitative finance is increasingly technical, both mathematically and philosophically. There’s always a new horizon.”

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    Meet a Fairygodboss at DRW

    • Name

      Kimberly

    • Position

      Director of Venture Capital

      Chicago

    Kimberly is the director of DRW VC, the arm of DRW that invests in financial and enterprise technology. Colleagues around the world support her team in surfacing ventures, reviewing new products and sharing industry expertise with portfolio companies. 

    “What excites me most about DRW is our thoughtful pursuit of growth. Every decision we make has an incredible amount of analysis behind it and, at the same time, we’re also committed to leading technology and flexible investment strategies. This approach is a unique advantage, especially in attracting new and interesting deals.

    While I am still working toward my lifetime career goals, I am proud of the talented team I am building at DRW. We put meaningful work into everything from evaluating transactions to company strategies. DRW is the right culture for me to pursue the work I love – being part of this firm continues to outperform my best expectations.”

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What Women Should Know about Working At DRW
At DRW we believe our business becomes stronger when we diversify our investments and it’s time we take that same approach when thinking about our teams.  Diversity of thought it the best way to build strong and evolving teams, so we will consciously look to hire women to close the wide gender gap in trading, technology and specifically at DRW.

Flexible working

    • Flexible working policies
    • We’re open to flexible working arrangements, though we don’t have a formal flextime policy because we think those decisions are best worked out between an employee and her manager, based on their mutual needs. We have technology available to facilitate occasional or regular telecommuting.

Parental Leave

    • Paid maternity leave
    • Yes
    • Unpaid maternity leave
    • Yes
    • Paid paternity leave
    • Yes
    • Unpaid paternity leave
    • Yes
    • Adoptive paid leave
    • Yes
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Yes

Maternity-Related Benefits

    • Lactation facilities
    • Yes
    • Phased-in post-maternity return
    • Yes
    • On-Ramping/Off-Ramping before and after parental leave
    • Yes

Care-taking benefits

    • Care-taking benefits information
    • We partner with Bright Horizons to offer our employees access to back-up care for children and adult/elder family members at local centers and in the home. We also provide free access to online resources that let employees search for and connect with babysitters and nannies, pet sitters and dog walkers, elder care planning, and tutoring services.
    • Back-up childcare
    • Yes

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