After six months at my first job right out of college, I realized the culture wasn’t a perfect match for me. I found out about SIG through researching top companies in the Philly area. I saw that it was one of the top-rated local firms and my previous experience matched up with the position on the brokerage desk, so I thought it was a good fit all around.
Working on the trading floor, you’re in an open environment where you can roll your chair right over to someone if you have a question. We are fortunate to sit next to the traders we support; we have a close and casual relationship. Given the work we do, our team also gets to interact with the other desks throughout the day.
Everyone gives 100% every day. It’s great to know that the person sitting next to you works just as hard as you do, there’s accountability and people are quick to respond. I enjoy the people I work with, too. We accomplish things as a team, and it’s very rewarding as a group. A lot of people who work here all hang out outside of work too, which I think says something about the type of people we hire.
In the morning, we’re sending out reports to customers. We compare our reconciliation to those of our clearing firm, ensuring our databases are correct. I resolve breaks and ensure trades are in good order for settlement or that updates to accounts go out as soon as possible. From there, we run our PnL reports and are responsible for making sure all of our numbers tie up daily. I also review accruals and do a lot of reports for accounting. In the afternoon, we track trades that failed and ensure customers are delivering and receiving shares. After the close, we’re booking trades and sending out reports to different market makers.
I like brewing beer. My roommates and I decided to start on a random Sunday morning and brewed a California Golden Ale. My favorite local brewery is Tired Hands.
I got a good feel for the company from the people I met with in my interview. I enjoyed going up on the trading floor and getting a sense of the office environment. I knew I wanted to work on the trading side of the business and be closer to the city. When I interviewed with SIG, I asked my interview team what they enjoyed most about working for the firm; the fact that they talked for 15 minutes to answer this question really sealed the deal for me.
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