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Culture

WorldQuant is built on a culture that pairs an academic sensibility with strict accountability for results.

Our Mission

WorldQuant is focused on developing high-quality investment strategies that utilize exponential trends in data and technology, enabling the firm to invest across a variety of global asset classes and achieve investment objectives.

Our Ethos

Learn about the WorldQuant culture.

Our Values

A relentless pursuit of investment ideas; a commitment to industry-leading efficiency; and a spirit of intellectualism tempered with practicality. These values underpin a culture that pairs an academic sensibility with strict accountability for results.

WorldQuant Statistics

125

PHDs

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Awards from math/physics Olympics and renowned science competitions

Inside View

Hear first-hand from some of our employees about their experiences at WorldQuant

Chalee Asavathiratham General Manager and Deputy Chief Research Officer
  • Entity: WorldQuant Research (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

What do you do at WorldQuant?

I am the general manager of WorldQuant’s Thailand office and deputy CRO.  

What were you doing before WorldQuant, and how has that helped you in your current role?

I spent the entire ’90s at MIT and ended up with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science. After MIT, I spent three years in management consulting at McKinsey, working on projects in Southeast Asia and the U.K. I then decided to take the unusual step of joining a start-up software company in the Bay Area, before landing a job in a proprietary trading group at Merrill Lynch a few years later. I joined WorldQuant in the summer of 2008, before moving to another firm in 2010 to focus on ultrahigh frequency trading. I returned to WorldQuant in 2012 when I heard they were looking for a GM to build out the Thailand office.

The combination of my unique work experiences has helped me in many ways. As a former researcher and engineer, I know what the researchers are going through and what they have to deal with. As a former portfolio manager, I know what the customers of the researchers are looking for. Finally, and perhaps most unexpectedly, my experience in management consulting is helping me deal with organizational and people management.

Why did you decide to join WorldQuant?

When I joined WorldQuant as a portfolio manager back in 2008, I just wanted to join a stat-arb fund. When I rejoined in 2012, I was excited that the company was willing to open an office in Bangkok in order to recruit top talent. I knew right away that it would be a win-win-win: Researchers have a cool company to work at right in their home country, the company gets to employ some talented individuals, and I get to come home!

What are your biggest challenges in running an investment research office in your country?

First, it’s the talent search. Thailand has an amazing pool of talent, but many of the smartest students eventually settle down in the U.S., joining global tech companies like Google and Facebook. Most students don’t know about our presence in Bangkok, and it’s our job to reach out to them. Second, WorldQuant is still not a household name outside of the finance industry. We need to keep expanding our brand recognition. Third, advising researchers on time management is another big challenge. Like investors, researchers have to choose which project they should spend their time on in order to maximize their performance.

What is your management approach?

My guiding philosophies include treating our researchers with respect and helping them envision a future with us. Additionally, as deputy CRO I try to align company and researcher incentives as much as possible. I avoid managing by face time, since our performance measurements are quite well established. If someone is doing well, I give him the flexibility to plan his own schedule. However, I like new researchers to show up at the office as much as possible, in order to absorb everything — system, people, culture, methods.

Describe the culture of your office and how you have incorporated WorldQuant’s culture into it. How has it contributed to the success of the team?

The Bangkok office is probably one of the most international offices in WorldQuant. About 30 percent of our workforce is non-Thai. We are a highly collaborative office, and we work hard and play hard. Every month we hold office activities such as a Muay Thai class, mangrove planting, go-karting or a team lunch. Of all the values of WorldQuant, the one that I want researchers to pay the most attention to is humility. While most of our researchers graduated at the top of their class, they need to put in their best efforts in order to excel in a company like ours. If they’re not humble and open-minded, they are not likely to go very far.

The diversity in our office has led to diversity in research ideas, interests and approaches. Our environment encourages employees to spend more time in the office. Ideally, people should want to come and hang out, even over the weekends, whether or not they’re going to be working at their desk.

Damien Neff Head of Execution Technology Development
  • Entity: WorldQuant, LLC

What do you do at WorldQuant?

I am the Head of Execution Technology Development – I lead the team that builds the trading systems here at WorldQuant. We are currently building out a new C++ platform for our trading systems that will allow us to trade additional asset classes at lower latencies and higher reliability rates than our current platform.

What made you interested in working at WorldQuant?

I was drawn to WorldQuant by our CTO, David Rukshin, and his vision of building a differentiated execution platform. I’m also excited to be in an environment that is striving to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in quantitative trading and technology in general. There is a distinct culture of openness, collaboration and continuous learning; I’m excited to be part of it.

What accomplishment at WorldQuant are you most proud of? What’s your next goal?

I am proud that I have helped developed an architecture for our trading platform and designed a roadmap to that new platform.

What does it take to be successful at WorldQuant?

First and foremost: passion. We are looking for people who are passionate about what they do, and want to share that passion with others. Being passionate about what you do makes everything else easier. Of course technical excellence, and a desire to collaborate with others and enjoying continuous learning don’t hurt either.

What was your job / what did you study before joining WorldQuant? How did that prepare you?

Previously I worked for a firm where I was the head of a team responsible for building a market-making trading system.

What makes WorldQuant special?

What makes any successful firm special is the people. WorldQuant has really intelligent people who are passionate about what they do, but are also down-to-earth and approachable. WorldQuant has a founder who is actively engaged with the firm and pushes us to achieve things that require working with cutting edge ideas and technologies. He has also encouraged the company’s culture of openness and sharing, which I thoroughly enjoy. WorldQuant has regular “keystone” forums where key business initiatives are discussed openly for everyone in the firm to listen to and participate in, which improves everyone’s engagement in the company. WorldQuant also has a wealth of offices around the world, which makes it easier to hire the top talent into locations where they want to work.

Rebecca Lehman Group Leader
  • Entity: WorldQuant Research (Israel) Ltd.

What do you do at WorldQuant?

I’m a group leader in the Tel Aviv office, an intraday macro researcher and a member of the Research Infrastructure group. I look for consistent, robust intraday futures and currency alphas while working with sim, data and operations teams to develop and improve our systems for futures and currency research.

What made you interested in working at WorldQuant?

I was ready to leave academia and was interested in developing more computer programming skills. WorldQuant looked like an interesting mix of research and practicality.

What accomplishment at WorldQuant are you most proud of? What’s your next goal?

As a researcher, the accomplishments I’m most proud of are my ETF alphas and metas. My next goal is to build a robust pool of intraday futures alphas.

As an advisor, I’m most proud of my team’s high level of sharing and interest in collaboration.

My next goal is to expand the team from 6 to 10 people, and the infrastructure from a collection of tools and scripts to a complete end-to-end research system.

What does it take to be successful at WorldQuant?

Strong quantitative and automation skills, a willingness to take risks and diversify and a healthy balance between short-term and long-term thinking.

What was your job / what did you study before joining WorldQuant? How did that prepare you?

I came to WorldQuant from a postdoctoral fellowship in algebraic geometry. It wasn’t the most direct preparation; however, it did teach me to develop the skills of abstract thinking, generalization, rigorous hypothesis testing and collaboration, which I continue to draw on at WorldQuant.

What makes WorldQuant special?

It has a good mix of audacity and humility. We’re shooting for the moon while constantly changing course. It gives everyone the freedom to try almost anything. It’s becoming more and more of a team of teams where we can learn a lot from each other.

Rohit Agarwal Lead Researcher
  • Entity: WorldQuant Research (India) Private Limited

What do you do at WorldQuant?

My role at WorldQuant has evolved over time. I joined WorldQuant as a researcher six years ago, trying to find signals hidden in rich data. I transitioned into an advisor role and now spend the majority of my time researching with a team.

What made you interested in working at WorldQuant?

I wrote a trading strategy for my third-year internship at an investment bank and quite enjoyed it. When I learned about WorldQuant’s trading strategy at a campus presentation, I became very interested. As I learned more about the firm during the interview process, I became confident that WorldQuant would be the best place to start my career.

What accomplishments at WorldQuant are you most proud of? What’s your next goal?

My goal is to help other researchers discover something they can be proud of.

What does it take to be successful at WorldQuant?

  1. Creativity: Many people can have the same idea, but if we can do something new with it, it’ll be of value.
  2. Patience: The nature of our job is such that we may have routine setbacks. There can be days when we don’t have good ideas. It is important to focus and keep trying.
  3. Ambition: If you’re ambitious, you work hard to make the most of the opportunities you are given.

What was your job / what did you study before joining WorldQuant? How did that prepare you?

WorldQuant was my first full-time job after graduation. Before WorldQuant, I obtained a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay. While the courses I studied did not directly apply to financial research, I learned how to attack a problem from several different angles, ranging from simple to extremely complex. Each came with merits and demerits, but more importantly, different experiences and results.

What makes WorldQuant special?

WorldQuant strives hard to deliver results and expects the same of its employees. At WorldQuant, performance is measured, quantified and rewarded. Growth at WorldQuant is in part a function of your ambition, attitude and aptitude. For anybody looking to explore this line of work, WorldQuant is, in my view, one of the best places to start!

Weijia Li Portfolio Management / Research
  • Entity: WorldQuant, LLC

What do you do at WorldQuant?

I do alpha research and portfolio management at WorldQuant.

What made you interested in working at WorldQuant?

The job offered by WorldQuant is great. Building predictive models makes you feel like you are seeing into the future. WorldQuant has talented people from all over the world who are a pleasure to work with. There is high personal growth potential. WorldQuant as an organization also has ambitious targets and never stops striving to achieve the next goal.

What accomplishment at WorldQuant are you most proud of? What’s your next goal?

I am very proud that I have contributed to WorldQuant through a large growth period. My goal is to keep pace with WorldQuant’s ambitious future growth targets.

What does it take to be successful at WorldQuant?

Time and effort. Innovation – multiple paths can lead to individual success, but innovation is the most valuable path for both individuals and the company. Relentless thinking – at WorldQuant, people think on a deeper level and creatively. Teamwork – knowledge and tool-sharing make the work much more efficient.

What was your job/what did you study before joining WorldQuant? How did that prepare you?

I obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Science before joining WorldQuant. Because I was an expert at programming, I could start the work immediately. I also understood the research process, so I was prepared for lots of trial and error during alpha research.

What makes WorldQuant special?

WorldQuant has a global perspective rooted in the understanding that talent is distributed across the world, a unique structure which has proven to be successful and scalable and an investment process that is systematic and research driven. Our research team is the driving force for exponential growth. WorldQuant also provides unique experiences for its employees, including a Global Summit which brings together researchers from around the globe.