London Prop Trading Firms - Reputation & Prestige
I've now been working for a London-based prop trading firm for little over six months.
While I followed the "normal procedure" at uni (interning at several BBs), I went slightly off-piste following graduation and turned down the offer of a master's degree to work as a commodities trader in Switzerland.
I jumped ship a year down the line to return to London and to work in a slightly faster-paced environment, and now trade energy derivatives.
While I'm enjoying the role, even from the inside it's difficult to get a grasp of each firm's reputation / prestige (not least because there's a highly cult-like mentality at a lot of these shops).
I was therefore hoping some of you could shine a light on the main London-based firms: Mandara, DRW, VCMT, Onyx, etc.
I know a lot of these shops have offices abroad, however I'm particularly keen to hear about how their UK operations are perceived.
In addition, I'm happy to answer any questions about my work itself, the lifestyle, and the type of applicants these firms typically target.
I also have a number of less "orthodox" stories I'm sure some of you would be interested to read, so let me know if you're curious!