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by ElysianEagle
June 8th, 2015, 1:42 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Makes sense to start a quant career at 35?
Replies: 19
Views: 6882

Makes sense to start a quant career at 35?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: andyusa1 And given how depressed the wage market for programmers has been in the US, it might not be a good choice for me either.Huh? Where are you getting this bogus information from? Software Engineers are in extremely high demand. In SF and NYC it is not at all uncom...
by ElysianEagle
May 5th, 2015, 9:00 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Salary expectation vs. actual offer
Replies: 5
Views: 4372

Salary expectation vs. actual offer

<t>Regardless of whether your current employer is screwing you over by paying significantly below market, it will be extremely difficult for any hiring manager to justify an 80% bump in pay. Most I've seen is 10 - 15%, maybe if the switch involves moving to a higher COL area they might bump you up b...
by ElysianEagle
April 16th, 2015, 4:05 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Starting compensation for a developer
Replies: 23
Views: 7206

Starting compensation for a developer

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: traderjoe1976QuoteOriginally posted by: slackerI certainly have my doubts about that wharton piece. Though I have no idea what academia pays I have never personally seen an offer of 300 to 500 cash salary for a greenhorn phd at any of the funds I've been at, unless it w...
by ElysianEagle
April 10th, 2015, 9:36 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Starting compensation for a developer
Replies: 23
Views: 7206

Starting compensation for a developer

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: traderjoe1976I have seen many Finance PhDs who just graduated get salaries of $300 K - $500 K from the Hedge Funds. Happens every single year. Even in academia they are starting at $250 K. So what is so strange about that.12% of Harvard and Stanford MBA class got jobs i...
by ElysianEagle
April 9th, 2015, 12:07 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Best undergraduate degrees for quants
Replies: 17
Views: 6340

Best undergraduate degrees for quants

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: DominicConnor Quanting is moving hard to be at least a masters/PhD entry level, so what you really need to do is work out what will serve you best as the basis for your masters or PhD.I don't know about the situation in Europe in general but OP if you at all plan on mov...
by ElysianEagle
April 7th, 2015, 5:21 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Starting compensation for a developer
Replies: 23
Views: 7206

Starting compensation for a developer

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: emacAre these really starting salaries?$180k for a developer = roughly £120k.I think the starting salary for devs and quants in London is roughly £60-80k = $90-120k. Are London salaries that much lower?It's very unlikely that a non-quantitative, fresh out of college/gra...
by ElysianEagle
April 5th, 2015, 6:34 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Starting compensation for a developer
Replies: 23
Views: 7206

Starting compensation for a developer

<t>Commodore - was your friend working in NYC or SF? Salaries in small cities can certainly be lower because they're adjusted for COL, but I'd be very surprised if she was only getting paid that much in NYC or SF.I think ppl go to work for Google for the name - for a developer it's a very good name ...
by ElysianEagle
April 4th, 2015, 9:38 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Starting compensation for a developer
Replies: 23
Views: 7206

Starting compensation for a developer

<t>If money is your concern and you're strong in CS you should apply to Google. In the NYC and SF Bay areas the salary can be in the $200k/yr range.From what I'm hearing of the NYC market right now for devs, generally speaking in non-finance you can get around $160 - $170K/yr and in the big banks it...
by ElysianEagle
November 21st, 2014, 5:26 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: What's up with Selby Jennings???
Replies: 11
Views: 7820

What's up with Selby Jennings???

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: DominicConnor"Who have you been interviewing with ?" may be a question, but is also a lie.An agent needs to know if you've been put forward to a specific client, in order not to create clashes that create hassle for you as well as them.The only reason to ask in general ...
by ElysianEagle
May 24th, 2014, 4:10 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Career choices
Replies: 13
Views: 6587

Career choices

QuoteOriginally posted by: AlanThe main downside is loss of a good beach! actually the main downside would be his loss of brazilian women...he would have to move to NYC i imagine :-)
by ElysianEagle
May 5th, 2014, 11:57 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: US vs UK Master?
Replies: 16
Views: 6620

US vs UK Master?

<t>the length of the master's programmes in the UK and US shouldn't be taken as an indication of rigor. in the UK, ppl get into their major courses of study earlier in the undergrad program, which means they only need a year of master's level courses. in the US, the first 2 yrs are typically spent t...
by ElysianEagle
April 13th, 2014, 8:32 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Jobs in Barcelona
Replies: 13
Views: 6557

Jobs in Barcelona

@katastrofa this was abt 3 yrs ago. it was a pretty standard IT role, ie, not quant dev but building GUI tools and some backend work. the recruiter later informed me that they returned to cali empty handed, lol. couldn't find any suckers in NYC i guess...
by ElysianEagle
April 9th, 2014, 7:32 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Jobs in Barcelona
Replies: 13
Views: 6557

Jobs in Barcelona

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: ehPimco?sheesh, that place is a sweat shop. pay the same or only slightly above what you would make in NYC, but will tell you flat out during the interview, "we expect you to come in at 6 am every day and stay till 7 pm, at least". i know because i interviewed with them...
by ElysianEagle
April 2nd, 2014, 9:26 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Exploding offers from IBs?
Replies: 11
Views: 6751

Exploding offers from IBs?

agreed with katastrofa.joel (from joel on software) wrote an interesting blog about exploding offers years ago. still relevant to this discussion:http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2008/11/26.html
by ElysianEagle
January 13th, 2014, 4:08 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Is there any industry recognized certificate in Programming?
Replies: 7
Views: 6800

Is there any industry recognized certificate in Programming?

<t>forget certs. open a github account and start coding away. code up a substantial project or two, and make sure to send them a link to your github account so they can see your code.this seems to be increasingly common at least here on the west coast. it's a good way to see that a) the candidate ca...
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