I work directly on trading servers on almost a daily basis. It’s very exciting to be involved in managing the core systems that allow SIG to compete in the market. It’s amazing to see an idea that blossomed in a meeting a few days ago be implemented and production ready within the same week.
I love the fact that we get to work on cutting-edge hardware. Whether it’s in production, or testing in our well maintained lab environment, I constantly find myself working with new and exciting hardware. No matter what aspect of technology you’re interested in, there is a very good chance you will get to work with it at SIG.
I find it most rewarding when I’m involved in activities that will have an immediate, positive impact on the business. This involves everything from physical server maintenance to assisting teams in digging into the internals of a system in order to resolve a wider issue. It’s really exciting when you find a bug that’s been plaguing other groups at the company, trace it down to its root cause, and work with the vendor to find the issue on their end. And when you see that same vendor release a patch to an issue you helped find, that is really rewarding.
I like that we have a flat management structure. You are encouraged to have face-to-face conversations and it makes it very easy to get things done.
A typical day usually starts with me hitting SIG’s gym followed by a trip to the cafeteria for coffee to start the day. In the morning, we review any issues that may have occurred overnight and prep for the market to open. Most of the rest of the day is filled with projects, such as developing new configuration management tools and collaborating with other teams on work that needs to happen in the future or directly following the market close.
Stay curious. You will work on complex and often difficult technical issues at SIG but you stand to gain an immense amount of knowledge if you are willing to learn. Your education never stops when you go to a company like SIG.
I think the best perk at SIG is the onsite gym and fitness classes. It makes it very easy to work out before or after work. I’ve done the TRX workout class led by the personal trainer onsite - it’s really intense.
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