Prop Trading Vacations

Hi everyone,

I'm starting a new role in a Chicago Quant firm (Optiver, Akuna, Belvedere, IMC, etc) and have a very generous 4 week of weeks vacation for my first year. I was wondering if it's similar to banking where I won't actually really be able to take all of my vacation or if it's generally more relaxed for the quant traders?

Thanks!

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  • Analyst 1 in PropTrad
Jun 3, 2022 - 11:19am

This will most likely be pro-rata right? I have 30 days of PTO and I think with a July start date it ends up being around 8 days until refresh in January. If you think of it like that it makes sense to occasionally take a Friday off toward the end of the year, or close to a holiday or something.

  • Trader in PropTrad
Jun 3, 2022 - 11:40am

OP here - Yeah I'm pro-rated through the end of year from my start date too. My main question is regarding like the first 12 months is it actually feasible to take a week off 2-3 times to actually use up my vacation days or if it's frowned upon to actually use it up.

I always see the banking vacation posts where Analysts get 2 weeks technically but the assumption is that you're not going to really use it, so I was hoping it would be different since I'm in QT.

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Jun 3, 2022 - 11:45am

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