At Citadel LLC, 94 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1106 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.02. It was published on Aug 31, 2015. 23647 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is competent at running the business.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.

What They Do

We asked Citadel LLC to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are one of the world's largest, most respected alternative asset managers and securities dealers.  Built on a culture of meritocracy and intellectual curiosity, Citadel is known for attracting the best and brightest, empowering creativity and deploying ideas across a broad, diverse range of strategies.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
US Sites: 8 Major Locations: Chicago, IL; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Greenwich, CT; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Boston, MA
US Employees: 1400 Employees worldwide: 1600
Founded: 1990 Industry: Financial Services & Insurance


Perks and Programs

We asked Citadel LLC to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Our meritocratic and high impact culture is reinforced through career development and continuous learning opportunities: We are proud to offer an exceptional array of "only at Citadel" development opportunities for our team members, with a focus on exclusive and highly-customized experiences. These include:  - Personalized skills training: Our dedicated Learning & Development team matches employees with top-tier industry experts to provide personalized coaching and skill development programs to enhance employee capability and performance. - Citadel Conversations: Our internal speaker series provides our team with small-group access to the world's top thinkers across the worlds of business and finance, media, sports, entertainment, science and politics. - Education: Employees are reimbursed for pursuing academic degrees and professional certifications across a broad range of disciplines. We also offer a wealth of Citadel-exclusive online courses and lectures on our company intranet.  
  • Our internship and new graduate programs are built around teamwork and making an immediate impact: Across the financial services industry, Citadel stands out for providing some of the most immersive, impactful and substantive programs for interns and new graduates looking to build careers in investment and trading, quantitative strategies, and software engineering.  We hire relatively small incoming classes and assign them to work on teams where they will be involved in meaningful work and build new skills from day one.  Participants in our Software Engineering Rotation Program spend 13 immersive months covering a variety of structured modules to jump-start their career, including internal business and technology presentations, graduate-level academic and programming courses, networking and social events, performance reviews, and business-sponsored rotations.
  • We encourage idea sharing and collaboration through our "Citadel After Hours" social events: Citadel supports and facilitates events that give our team the chance to connect outside the office. For our most recent all-company event, we reserved movie theaters for exclusive private showings during the premiere weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for employees and their families.  4,000 employees and their guests took part! Citadel After Hours can be as large as a global theater buyout or as intimate as a small-group "swimming with dolphins" aquarium events. In addition, individual teams are encouraged to plan their own team bonding events, from dinners to wine tasting to golf outings.
  • We make an impact on the world and the communities in which we live and work through our "Citadel Serves" community engagement and philanthropy programs: At Citadel, we believe that better markets make a better world.  The philosophy we bring to our work extends to the communities in which we do business. We are proud to support a broad array of community partners, with a special focus on education, poverty,  cultural and medical organizations across our global offices. While our support includes financial support, the heart of Citadel Serves is the commitment of our team members to share their time and expertise to make a difference. Volunteer events include stocking food banks, mentoring young entrepreneurs, and building bikes for children. We also regularly invite students to our offices to learn about our industry and open their eyes to possible opportunities in their future.
  • We provide perks that allow team members to maximize their impact: We provide team members a number of perks so they can maximize the impact of their work. These include free breakfast, lunch and dinner, beverages and snacks throughout the day, onsite fitness centers and fitness reimbursement programs, concierge services, commuter discounts, reimbursement for transportation home after late evenings at the office, and an on-site travel agency, to name a few.


100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 4% of an employee's salary 75% Company-paid health coverage for employees
75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 30 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Personal concierge service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes


32 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $10,000 Adoption benefit
60 days Paid leave for adoptive parents


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Elder care resources


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Fitness center
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

How to Get Hired

We asked Citadel LLC for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Our ideal candidate is driven, intellectually curious, and eager to take on complex challenges.  We seek the best and brightest to work alongside the industry’s most exceptional talent and build the future of finance. Our culture centers on making an impact, we want a team that comes to work every day to win, with the belief that our ideas -- and the execution of them -- have the power to make a positive change in the world. We transform financial markets by providing meaningful liquidity across multiple asset classes, and develop leading-edge trading platforms to create greater transparency and fairness for all investors.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We strive to solve problems that others shy away from; when you’re the trailblazer, many of the challenges you will tackle do not come with a roadmap.  Show us how you’ve solved difficult problems, when you’ve challenged the status quo, how much passion you have for your craft, and what makes you exceptional. 

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

If you’re an investment professional, you can expect to work through a rigorous case study for us to review. We’re interested in the choices and the thought process you deploy to reach them.  If you’re interviewing for our quantitative strategies teams or software and technology teams, get ready to tackle some of the most complex technical problems you’ve ever seen. Once you complete your interview process with Citadel, you should have a pretty good sense of what it’s like to work here, because we model our interview process after the job itself.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We are always looking for top talent - across all strategies, business units and levels.  We invest in our people and give them the best tools, resources and support they need to excel.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Please visit or our page on You can also view our "Year One" series on to hear our team members give personal insights on their first year with Citadel.

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