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Chicago Board Options Exchange Chairman and CEO Bill Brodsky
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    the best company for baby boomers One Among the Worst Companies to work around in Chicago Area

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Regulatory Engineer  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Regulatory Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Chicago Board Options Exchange full-time for more than a year


    None about the Company
    1. Downtown Chicago
    2. Lot of Places to eat
    3. After work entertainment


    news Facts: 1. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission levied its first-ever fine against a stock exchange for oversight issues, docking the Chicago Board Options Exchange $6 million for allegedly failing to enforce or even understand rules designed to prevent illegal short-selling.

    2. CBOE fix for bug that halted trading

    Google above and you will see why its not worth working here.

    1. There is no work culture here to describe. Its like wild west regarding various departments from communication to responsibilities. The older managers are judgmental based on appearance, income , place of living etc. If you have seen movies office space and wolf on wall street this company will resemble a mix of both the movies.
    2. Most Managers and Directors are Yes Men to C level executives to keep their jobs because they can't find anywhere else and will blame it on subordinates and team members. Some managers don't have proper 20th and 21st century social skills and are not fit for hiring at other places.
    3. The average age of employees here is more than 50 years. Mostly Wild west and redneck old boys network. Couple of Managers I heard suffer from psychological disorders, hypertension and will get angry or moody for no reason and will swear a lot. The longer you stay here one get more institutionalized.
    4. People work in Silos here and there are no learning opportunities since most of the technologies haven't changed from late 80's and early 90's. Its harder for current employees to find job outside of their company due to limited exposure.
    5. Only a few managers are educated beyond high school and few directors and executives beyond undergraduate degrees. Few of the Managers , directors and executives have community college degrees. Education is not a requirement but swearing is a must.
    6. There are no software development standards system wide and have been following what was done in early 80's and 90's in mainframe technology. They are more about sticking to the unrealistic timeline for production with no time for testing the products which caused issues like the market halt in 2013
    7. Pay is less than the industry standard in Chicago and there are are no growth opportunities. There are software Engineers with 20+ years here with no changes to title and pay.
    8. Nowadays there is no innovation here and its mostly about keeping the system alive without failures and patch work for keeping it running.
    9. Public has realized about CBOE Shenanigans based on news in Particular and recent recession and trading volume has reduced in their exchanges.
    10. Lot of Ratings Agencies have changed CBOE to sell after their quarterly report

    Runaway from this Hell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing because you cannot teach Old Dog's new Tricks . Time to close CBOE

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO

Chicago Board Options Exchange Interviews

Updated Aug 14, 2014
Updated Aug 14, 2014

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    Compensation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by a recruiter for the position. It was a great interview process and very efficient, however I felt like they could have been faster making a desicion. I had a phone screen with the hiring manager, followed by an onsite interview with the hiring manager, a group of peers, and the Vice President.

    Interview Questions
    • Vice President asked some very specific technical questions   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Seemed like a great group and a great organization, but I wasn't ready for a move.

    Declined Offer
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    Difficult Interview

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Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public (CBOE)
Industry Finance
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (CAD) per year

First there was one. CBOE (or Chicago Board Options Exchange) may no longer be the only options exchange, but it's still the US leader in overall volume. Founded in 1973 by the Chicago Board of Trade (now part of CME Group), CBOE lists options on more than 1,900 stocks, as well as on interest rates, broad-based stock indexes (such as Standard & Poor's S&P 500 Index), and industry indexes. CBOE, which had already launched the fully electronic CBOE Futures Exchange, debuted its CBOE Stock Exchange in early 2007, going head-to-head with the NYSE and NASDAQ. CBOE also runs The... More

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