Winton Group Reviews

Updated 24 Mar 2020

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3.2
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Winton Group Chief Executive Officer and Founder David Harding (no image)
David Harding
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free food - even though this has been scaled back very slightly, it is still incredible(in 13 reviews)

  • "Quarterly bonuses, good work life balance, free breakfast and lunch(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is constant change and turnover, so existing staff feel demotivated and unsure about the security of their jobs(in 5 reviews)

  • "David Harding controls everything and the rest of the company spends their entire time trying to make him happy(in 4 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "A Caring Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winton Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Recent Coronavirus outbreak has showed just how much the senior management care about the employees. Staff were told to work from home way before the government advice, regular company-wide emails are being sent to employees with a constant theme of employee welfare being their number one priority, and offering additional support to anyone that needs it. Good technology has enabled everyone to work from home easily and effectively. Management very understanding of difficult circumstances with childcare now that the schools have shut. Put simply, I feel that Winton has me and my family's back. Other "normal" benefits include free breakfast, coffee and lunch. On-site doctor. No restrictive training budgets (just have a conversation with your manager about why it's needed). Promotions given to those which work hard. Competitive pay and good pension.

    Cons

    No transparency of how bonuses are calculated.

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  2. "Comfortable in the right teams"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Winton Group full-time

    Pros

    Good group of people to work with for the most part. Food, cafe and bonuses are nice.

    Cons

    Senior Management can be quite vague. Decision making can be contradictory and costly.

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  3. "A very good place to work and grow"

    4.0
    Former Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group

    Pros

    Good quarterly bonus. Good income (likely putting you to top 5% of UK earners). Good chance to improve yourself. Very good colleagues and the company does promote being helpful to each other culture. Lunch is great most of the time — my standard is my own cooking meals ;)

    Cons

    Lots of changes, but personally I like changes. The bonus is not as good as it’s used to be, so good employees can find higher paying jobs easily either in finance or fintech. Some employees leave because the company isn’t flexible enough.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Current Employee in London"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winton Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Winton is one of the largest hedge funds in Europe. It is well established and is a leading quant fund - the company is HQed in London (good for me because I live in London) - quarterly bonuses - good benefits package - nice working environment (offices, free meals etc) - reasonable working hours - my work is challenging and mostly rewarding - my colleagues are, in the main, motivated professionals who want to help the company grow and achieve our goals

    Cons

    - fund performance has been less good for the last couple of years which means lower bonuses - headcount has shrunk which has been painful

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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Sinking ship"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code. Flexible working. Internal events.

    Cons

    The ‘business’ roles of sales, strategy managers, risk managers are accountable for bad performance and declining assets but paid much more than the roles facilitating them to do their jobs. Sales were hit by high profile departures this year and those that remain dont seem to be doing much selling. as a new joiner see if you can come in to one of the director levels roles where nobody knows what they actually do. huge salaries. Nobody knows what do they actually do. and these people will know who they are. If you think youre capable of losing money in financial markets then there are many roles here for you and they pay big.

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Wasted potential"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses, good work life balance, free breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    David Harding calls all the shots and no one can challenge him or push their ideas, political environment where selfish behaviour is rewarded leading to poor morale across the ranks, people do not feel valued (despite monetary benefits)

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  7. Helpful (13)

    "Damaging"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Winton Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    On paper, this is a great place to work. Decent pay, quarterly bonuses, nice offices, good location, decent food.

    Cons

    David Harding controls everything and the rest of the company spends their entire time trying to make him happy. The 'middle management' has been selected for their willingness to say 'yes', rather than their ability to do their jobs and they will all be very happy to throw you under the bus in order to avoid the wrath of the CEO. The company has also gone through some very hard times with AUM plummeting and most of the satellite offices closed. Almost all the experienced researchers have left, so I don't see this turning around any time soon. If you're thinking of joining Winton, please read up on how life under a dictatorship functions first. And if you're already working there, get out before the company damages you permanently.

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  8. Helpful (8)

    "Very political"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good reputation (back in the days), autonomy

    Cons

    Very political; strongman culture and CEO took advice only from people who had gained his favour. No impartial consideration of contribution. People were let go at will.

  9. Helpful (18)

    "Feedback from a researcher"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winton Group full-time

    Pros

    Marketing and well managed client communication. Mature datasets and experience working with them. An inspiring history. Although systematic trading based on data-driven scientific research may now seem commonplace in London, Winton was one of the firsts to embrace it at scale. Efficiency: like many hedge funds, Winton has no problem getting rid of employees it no longer wants.

    Cons

    I am writing this review with research job candidates in mind, especially those just out of academia. High employee turnover. Among my cohort of a dozen researchers hired a few years ago, almost none are still at Winton today. We joined Winton from diverse backgrounds, in most cases with a PhD degree and some cases with industry experience. But with perhaps very few exceptions everyone is now gone. Winton would hire quick (the hiring bar is not comparable to that of other top systematic trading firms) but also expect many to quit or get fired. I think this is fair and see merits to this approach. However the magnitude and implementation did not seem sustainable. As an employee of Winton, your culture and conversations with peers often gravitates around layoffs and speculation as to who will be the next to quit. Some directors boasted about layoffs being the strength of Winton. Winton has acquired a poor reputation as a place to work and develop well rounded systematic trading skills. I felt some directors failed to foster the kind of competitive and collaborative RD environment required to innovate and put research in production. Reality is rather different from Winton’s promotional videos. I think other companies now implement a better data-driven RD, so Winton may have lost its edge.

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  10. "Good place to work, but not for long"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Winton Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, free food, nice office, in-house doctor. The base salary was ok, but good bonuses.

    Cons

    No job security - people were let go quite frequently, even back-office staffs. Very political.

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