Working here as a co-op made my decision easier. I liked the work-life balance and was impressed by the variety of projects my team and I worked on. During my co-op, I was able to be a part of the culture and see how teams interacted and collaborated on various projects. The biggest thing that led me to join SIG was the support and mentorship I received from my team. I felt the experience I gained during my co-op made me a better programmer and gave me the confidence to lead projects back in school.
There's never a dull day here. You get to work with and learn from people who are brilliant, but still modest. SIG's culture enables employees to get involved with decision making, and take ownership of projects. I also like that I don't have to go to New York to work on the kinds of interesting problems we get to solve here at SIG. I can do my Dad duties and be a good developer at the same time.
SIG pays close attention to advances in technology and encourages employees to attend seminars, training, and socials to learn, grow, and contribute to our pursuit of staying ahead of the competition. SIG provides forums and even a Technology Speaker Series where people share what they are working on, different technical challenges they've solved and the future direction they would pursue. We also have many different internal chat rooms available for discussions, where developers send around information they find on interesting market events and programming languages or technologies we're using in our projects.
I worked in the Market Data team when I first joined. I had a great mentor, and we spent a good amount of time thinking about the design. He taught me how important it was to come up with a good architecture, and not to just jump right in to coding. I learned a lot from that mindset and experienced firsthand that those early design decisions made my projects easier to maintain and extend down the road.
I then moved to the Options Technology team through our internal transfer process. My current team has a stronger emphasis on evaluating coding choices based on latency. We have to work quickly on these problems and sometimes have to forgo elaborate design in favor of speed. I learned that new and different challenges force us to come up with new ideas. When you get exposed to different situations like these, your mind stretches a bit and you come up with more creative solutions.
Catered lunch is at the top. I especially love the Mexican and Indian food days and sometimes there are vegetarian BBQ options that I really like. But there are other practical benefits as well. I don't have to go to a mechanic shop anymore because SIG offers car pick-up and delivery for any repair services. And, SIG's gym is onsite, so I can go when I have time, but don't feel bad if I miss a workout since I'm not paying dues.
Amazing Race. I would want to accept the challenge as I love traveling. I'm planning a trip to Seattle and Vancouver soon, but I keep all our travel plans a surprise from my wife. She knows what days to take off, but she doesn't know where we're going!
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