What is "life" like at a normal HFT firm?
I've been lurking here for a while, this is my first post.
So I just got an offer as a software developer from one of these prop trading firms in Chicago, and it seems like a sweet place to work.
The only thing is how there seems to be overall a lot of men for each woman. Also, their fridge has a pretty substantial amount of vodka/liquor in it haha. I haven't done final round interviews with any other HFT firms, (I'm more of a compsci person than a finance person) so I was wondering if anyone could provide insights into "life" at these kinds of firms in Chicago ?
Is it normal for these kinds of companies to have a male-heavy gender ratio?
Is it normal in prop trading firms for there to be a lot of alcohol consumption? Is it a bad thing for there to be alcohol in a workplace?
Also, how much socializing is there between different firms? Would it be normal for say, DRW/SIG/Optiver/IMC etc folks to chill with Getco and Citadel folks?