Most meritocratic hedge fund?
Hello fellow apes
I'm a final-year condensed matter physics PhD thinking about what to do after I graduate.
One thing that's majorly annoyed me about academia is how political it is. Criticising important people's ideas must be done with great care, when writing articles you have to cite your allies regardless of how relevant their work is to yours, conferences are often somewhat of a circle jerk and so on. There's just too much ego-driven nonsense that detracts from the actual science.
Don't get me wrong, academia is great in many other ways. You meet many very intelligent people, get exposed to fascinating ideas every day and you get to learn a wide variety of skills. But, at the end of the day, academia is just far too political for me to enjoy a career in it.
I hear that-oriented finance is however pretty meritocratic. "Eat what you kill" and all that. Is this true? If so, are there any quant hedge funds/prop-shops in London or Europe that are particularly known for being places where one can openly exchange and criticise ideas and where the leadership isn't up their own asses? Maybe in the US? It'd be really cool to work in a place where the focus is on solving problems, understanding markets and making money instead of dealing with insecure egos.