BGC Partners has a very prominent history. Find out the company’s rich past and why you should consider working there.
BGC Partners was founded in 1945 as the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
In 2008, Cantor spun off its voice electronic brokerage arm into BGC. We have over 10,000 employees in 150 offices across 22 countries. Our headquarters are in London and New York. BGC Partners is one firm, with two segments, and many businesses. It’s two segments are Financial Services and Real Estate Services.
What makes BGC Partners such a special place to work?
BGC Partners comes from a very prominent history. Cantor Fitzgerald is recognised for being the firm that lost the most lives in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. 658 of its 960 employees perished that day- more than two thirds of the men and women who worked there. Cantor Fitzgerald’s story of resilience, rebuilding of the company and caring for the families of the victims, is unparalleled. For the past 12 years on the anniversary of 9/11, BGC Partners hosts “Charity Day” where its employees work harder than ever, making trades and donating 100 per cent of the days global revenue to charities all over the world. All of this is done in commemoration of the friends and colleagues they lost 15 years ago. Since inception, Charity Day has raised over $137 million, and in 2016 alone raised $12 million.
Do you have an internal women’s network at BGC Partners?
Yes. The Network of Women is our global initiative to increase the recruitment, development, and retention of women in the firm. While there is a Global Steering Committee that guides NOW’s mission, each city has their own local Steering Committee dedicated to the specific needs, improvements, and events of each location.
What do you look for in a potential candidate?
We look for a combination of things in our candidates, most notably entrepreneurial spirit, strong team working skills and resilience.
What benefits or reward programmes do you provide for employees (eg Maternity, Bonus schemes)?
All permanent employees are eligible for a discretionary bonus.
Do you provide training for your staff?
Yes training is provided for all roles, whether it be on-the-job or role specific training courses relevant to the employee’s learning and development plan.