We love our casual dress, generous vacation time, and being social. Our office culture is welcoming and supportive with a strong emphasis on collaboration and employee growth.
COLLABORATIVE, COMPETITIVE, AND FUN OFFICES
We are competing to be the best, and working together is the only way forward. We’ve designed fun, open offices to encourage collaboration in a relaxed setting.
Our Chicago Headquarters offers floor-to-ceiling whiteboards, ping-pong & pool tables, meeting spaces with hammocks, and a sweeping 360° view of the lakefront & city skyline.
Our brand new Shanghai office is spacious, modern and filled with natural light. The space includes a contemporary kitchen with 2 ping-pong tables, glass-writeable walls and is located close to train-lines.
Our Cambridge office is located between MIT and Harvard’s campuses which makes term-time and summer internships easy and accessible for students wanting to expand their quantitative skill-set.
AKUNA IS CAREER VS. LIFE SAVVY
We work hard, but we also work smart and efficiently.
Giving us time to be social and enjoy life outside of the office allows us to recharge and re-focus because balanced employees benefit everyone!
We encourage our team to live a healthy lifestyle through generous vacation time, nutritious breakfast and snacks provided daily, seminars on well-being, in-building gym and plenty of activities to get you up and moving.
SOCIAL EVENTS AT AKUNA
The Akuna team are a social bunch! We provide plenty of ways to meet other employees and get out of the office.
We offer a range of clubs and monthly social activities including team sports, dinners, happy hours, book clubs, fitness classes, trivia nights and much more. Whether you’re brand new to the firm, or already call Akuna home, we’ll make sure you get out and have fun!
Every year Akuna offers a weekend Company Trip – which in the past has included Las Vegas, New Orleans, Austin and Park City.
INDIVIDUAL GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY
We value employees who are competitively driven to grow their career, while simultaneously accelerating the firm forward.
Akuna maintains a start-up mentality as we continue to build our firm. Everyone on our team plays a fundamental role in shaping our company and the markets we make while sharing in our successes.
We believe in continuing education through learning experiences, industry conferences and courses. Our team can share their knowledge with each other through the Akuna U program.
Akuna U is an internal knowledge sharing program that gives employees the opportunity to continue their education.
Akuna U offers talks to all employees hoping to expand their skill set in areas that are specific to Akuna as well as topics that we think our employees would find interesting.
Employees that are new to trading can participate in an 8 week lecture series titled “Trading 101: Trading for Non-Traders” to better understand the options market-making world and Akuna’s place in it.
Programs like this are one of the reasons Akuna has been so successful, we believe that collaboration and knowledge transfer is priceless. It is motivating for our employees when they understand how the different departments fit together to achieve our goals.
AKUNA AND PHILANTHROPY
Akuna is socially conscious and believes in the importance of giving back to the local community.
Akuna supports the amazing work of Perspectives Charter Schools (PCS) – a network of tuition-free public schools serving some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago. We stand by PCS in the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to achieve personal and academic excellence. Akuna is proud to have select PCS students’ intern with us in our Chicago office- we have loved watching them grow and take on new responsibilities and challenges.
Beyond the significant financial giving Akuna contributes to PCS, we believe our hands-on support is just as important. At Akuna, employees at every level are involved with our philanthropy program and partner with PCS students and teachers on a range of education and support. Our team provides 10-week internships, college essay support, tech curriculum advice, and professional development mentoring in areas such as insurance comprehension, money mangement and resume writing.