Raj Fernando Explains Recruiting Process at Chopper Trading

Each year, Chopper Trading travels to select schools to meet potential recruitment candidates and provide the opportunity to apply for a position with a dynamic, hard-working and intelligent team of professionals. The list includes some of the most well respected technical schools in the country, where Chopper competes with the likes of Google, Apple and Facebook, in addition to other trading firms, for the schools’ top graduates. Most recently, we visited Stanford University, where we spent the day getting to know the school’s bright, upcoming graduates and describing work and life at Chopper.

In addition to informative discussions and presentations, we often hold brainteaser competitions to give the students a taste of the level of thinking required at Chopper. The winner of these competitions always walks away with some kind of a prize, such as an iPad!

At Chopper, we offer an exciting, fast-paced environment for qualified graduates to launch and grow their careers. If you are interested in hearing more about working at Chopper, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook or visit  the Chopper Trading website for more information.

Learn more about Chopper Trading CEO Raj Fernando on CrunchBase.

Careers at Chopper Trading

Chopper Trading is a technology based proprietary trading firm that is at the forefront of a fast-paced, intense and challenging industry. In order to compete against the best and the brightest, all of us at Chopper need to be even better! Our firm is composed of intelligent, forward-thinking, responsible individuals that are committed to furthering the success and growth that Chopper is experiencing.

Chopper operates as a true team-oriented culture, where each member is looked upon to contribute and their opinions and views are respected. I am truly dedicated to being as accessible as possible to all of my teammates, and ensuring that open lines of communication are constantly maintained. Our work is demanding, however, we keep things balanced by encouraging everyone on the team to enjoy where they work. The halls of our offices regularly echo with laughter and excitement from chess matches and intramural activities.

Our firm offers an industry-leading package of benefits that is matched only by our commitment to social responsibility. Chopper regularly sponsors and volunteers at local charities such as The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, PAWS and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Having an awareness of your local community, in addition to being able to positively contribute to it is a principle that we strive to emulate, here at Chopper.

We encourage anyone that is interested in hearing more about potential opportunities at Chopper, to please visit our Careers page to see what openings are currently available. Also, like us on Facebook as we are regularly updating our profile with the dates of our Campus Visits.

Come check us out!

Chopper Trading named in Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2012

Chopper Trading was recently named in Chicago Tribune’s annual Top Workplaces list. Each year,  companies ranging from banks to aerospace/defense contractors participate in surveys, in order to identify the top workplaces in the Chicago area. Chopper Trading was recognized for meeting high national standards out of over 250 organizations that participated in the poll!

Employees were asked a variety of questions, including how executive leadership is guiding the company, how well the firm performs, and how connected employees feel to their work.

This selection is another positive indicator of the commitment that I have made to investing in our employees and the community, as a whole. Congratulations to the entire Chopper team!

Read more about it here.

Read more Chopper Trading’s hiring strategy in the Smart Business Magazine interview with Raj Fernando.

Raj Fernando: Recruiting only “A” players for Chopper Trading

I often get questions about our recruitment practices at Chopper Trading. I did a five page interview with Smart Business that talks about what we look for in new recruits as well as what we do to keep current employees happy in a dynamic business environment.


Why Raj Fernando recruits only “A” players for Chopper Trading

Though the trading floor is bustling and intense when the markets are open, the scene in Chopper Trading’s break room is quite the opposite when they close. There, in the 3,000-square-foot spaciousness, you’ll find some of Chopper’s 150 employees lifting weights or winding down with a game of table tennis or foosball. After working hours, they often go out together, and enjoy using the company’s season tickets to cheer on Chicago sports teams including the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs or White Sox…


Click here to read the full Smart Business Interview with Raj Fernando.