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 financial strategies that utilize exponential trends in data and technology, enabling the firm to invest across a variety of global asset classes and seek to achieve investment objectives.

Our Ethos

Learn through videos about the WorldQuant culture.

Our Values

At WorldQuant we encourage employees to relentlessly pursue investment ideas with a spirit of intellectualism and practicality and to support our commitment to industry-leading efficiency. These values underpin a culture that pairs an academic sensibility with strict accountability for results.

WorldQuant Statistics

100 +

Employees with Ph.D.s in a variety of subjects

60 +

Awards from math/physics Olympics and renowned science competitions

Inside View

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

Damien Neff Head of Front Office Technology
  • Entity: WorldQuant, LLC

What do you do at WorldQuant?

I am the Head of Front Office Technology and work in the U.S. 

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.

Rohit Agarwal Regional CRO and Global Research Director
  • 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 nine years ago, trying to find signals hidden in rich data. Over time, as the firm grew bigger, I found myself in an advisory role, working closely with researchers across the globe. More recently, I transitioned into a managerial role to help drive research in line with the firm’s strategic priorities. I’ve been very fortunate to find some change in responsibilities every couple of years.

What made you interested in working at WorldQuant?

I wrote a strategy for my third-year internship at an investment bank and quite enjoyed it. When I learned about WorldQuant’s research model at a 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?

I am most proud of the fact that I was able to successfully research an unexplored direction at the firm that today is considered mainstream. My goal is to help more 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, the idea will 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 stay focused and keep trying.
  3. Ambition: If you’re ambitious, you work hard to make the most of the opportunities you are given.
  4. Initiative: At WorldQuant, opportunities are created for those who ask for them. If you have an idea that makes sense, the firm may pursue it.

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 degree 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?

Clear priorities, aligned goals, quick action and a strong belief in our ability to achieve set WorldQuant apart from other firms. This culture comes from the very top — our founder and CEO, Igor Tulchinsky.

Weijia Li Portfolio Manager
  • Entity: WorldQuant, LLC

What do you do at WorldQuant?

I do research on alphas [mathematical models] 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 making a tangible impact. 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 over the years. My goal is to keep pace with WorldQuant’s ambitious goals and 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 of the business. WorldQuant also provides unique experiences for its employees, including a Global Summit which brings together researchers from around the globe.

Helen Zhang Portfolio Manager
  • Entity: WorldQuant, LLC

What do you do at WorldQuant?

I am a Portfolio Manager specialized in trading intraday Strategies in the global equities markets. I joined WorldQuant in 2011 initially as a Researcher in the Beijing Research office. I was a Research Adviser, managing a group of Researchers, before relocating to the U.S. to become a Portfolio Manager in 2016. While Researchers create Alphas, or signals that seek to make predictions about future movements of various financial instruments, PMs create Strategies, or a combination of Alphas, to produce target positions for a universe of securities. As a PM, I aim to develop new ways to seek to predict market movements, while contributing novel trading ideas to the firm’s portfolio.

What made you interested in working at WorldQuant?

I learned about WorldQuant during a campus recruiting event. Richard Hu, our chief research officer, gave a talk at my university. He indicated that WorldQuant doesn’t care about your background — you can come from physics, computer science or another quantitative discipline. He encouraged the audience by stating that if you want to try something challenging, if you want to build your own models and test whether they can make money, you should consider joining WorldQuant. I found that interesting. I was also very interested in working with excellent colleagues from around the world. WorldQuant attracts some of the most intelligent people from a variety of different countries.

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

I think I have done a good job in different roles, starting as a researcher, then as a research adviser and now as a portfolio manager. I’m still at the beginning of my PM career. Next, I will continue cooperating with my colleagues to contribute to making my area of trading specialization more successful. I will try to grow to become an experienced and well regarded PM.

What does it take to be successful at WorldQuant?

First, you need to think deeply, going through every detail to try to figure out something that might be unnoticed by others so that you can contribute to the existing alpha pool. Second, you need to be persistent: trying and testing different ideas, improving the implementation of those ideas and developing new tools for your research. The third feature is collaboration — you need to be able to work well with people at different levels, from a small group with two or three members to a larger group that may include ten or more people from different countries and different teams.

What did you study before joining WorldQuant? How did that prepare you?

I joined WorldQuant after getting a Ph.D. in computer science at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The most valuable thing I learned there was the full process of conducting research. You typically begin by identifying a problem you want to resolve. Next, you model your problem and try to resolve the problem several ways, like reading an academic paper, talking with an experienced professor or working with some members from your research team. Finally, you would test, evaluate and improve your solution for that problem. The whole process is quite similar to the process when I work on projects at WorldQuant. My university experience was very valuable and helpful.

What makes WorldQuant special?

I believe it is our research framework. Hundreds of employees from different teams, countries and backgrounds have contributed to developing the research framework and it is continuously evolving. The result is very powerful.