GSA Capital that bad
What is your opinion and experience with GSA Capital? Where would you rate them relative to other hedge funds?
I had an interview with them and I'm absolutely shocked by the people I met. First, all apart from one were totally antisocial. One fidgeted each time I looked at him. Another would not look me in the eyes during the whole conversation unless I looked away from him - the only time I saw in my peripheral vision he looked at me. The most senior person I met was an equities expert who is now trading options which seemed to be above his head - I had to explain to him a concept he'd never heard of before.
All of them, barely interviewed me and were basically just trying to find out details of how we did things at my current employer. When I asked them how they did things they were reserved but from what they said, I wasn't impressed. At one interview with one guy, at some point I though we should probably talk about a consultation fee if we are to continue considering the time went in him telling me how they do stuff and me telling him why they shouldn't do it this way.
What really put me off was that I left with the impression that this is an office where if one was to make a joke, either nobody would laugh or you'll end up with an HR case. I've always held GSA capital in high regard but when I think about it, this high regard is really based on nothing more than them being the first hedge fund that approached me out of uni. I've also heard similar stories from colleagues including one who walked out of a shambolic interview and another one who was asked a question which the interviewer got wrong himself.
Is GSA that bad? Are they doing well past few years? They looked a bit desperate to find out how to do stuff but I've always thought they are a great fund.