Calamos - Chicagoland

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about Calamos Investments in Naperville outside Chicago, if you know anyone working there and what types of entry level positions they have. Any info could be helpful. Thanks!

I went to school with a guy who’s a portfolio accountant there (entry level). The work/life balance seems to be pretty good since he’s able to go out a lot and pursue his MBA. I don’t know too more than that other than he likes it there. good luck

good people, fund performance not so much

they also only hire local candidates… THe HR person told me that they want people who will be in Chicago long-term, so they aren’t willing to consider others

drs, my friend resides in chicago and he’s been interested in calamos for a v long time. you see a lot of calamos postings on the cfa site but they dont have a recruiter’s name on it. would you be able to share the name of your hr contact at calamos? Thanks,

Probably shouldn’t post that online…

Would love to work for them. They’re a 5 minute drive from my home.

They should move to the city.

they’re constantly posting the same old jobs on every imaginable board just so that they can collect resumes, so dont get your hopes up if you see an “opening.” if you live on the north side, the commute is almost unmanagable. and i’m guessing the dan ryan construction has made it beyond awful.

like i said, this is for a buddy of mine who lives in naperville… i live in the city and am not commuting to the suburbs… so drs, send that email any time.Thanks man, Bharat

Try the reverse commute on the Metra - it goes from Naperville to the Loop in about 40-45 minutes, so the same could be expected for the reverse commute, no? I live in the city and take the Brown to the Loop in 30, and I have practically never left the city after two years here.

mcthorp…Metra is a good bet. After the tax & screw Daley has put on Chicago, I am not suprisied more people are moving out this way.

Thanks for the info guys. Does anyone know the types of entry positions there, and how they went about setting up interviews, etc.? I agree that you see lots of listings, but I have a feeling it is like any other firm where you really need a foot in the door through networking…

I don’t see the sense of living downtown just to commute out to naperville everyday… There are a lot of nice burbs around Calamos - Naperville, Wheaton, Winfield, Aurora etc…

drs Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I don’t see the sense of living downtown just to > commute out to naperville everyday… > > There are a lot of nice burbs around Calamos - > Naperville, Wheaton, Winfield, Aurora etc… I wouldn’t want to live in the 'burbs myself, but I hear that Naperville is a terrific place: some of the nation’s best public schools, a great riverwalk downtown, great restaurants, relatively cheap housing (compared to nice Chicago neighborhoods), and you can still get downtown in 40-45 minutes if you needed to. I choose to live in the city because I prefer a faster-paced lifestyle. I like to be able to walk to 60-70 restaurants and bars from my apartment. I like having the grocery store right around the corner. I have four parks within three blocks that I can walk my daughter to. And my block is quiet and secluded, and looks like it belongs in the 'burbs, but is smack-dab in the middle of the city.

I know a HR girl that works at Calamos who went to my college. She’s what you might call the typical ‘sorority girl’ so to speak so I really don’t know what to think of her opinions on Calamos but she seems to like it :stuck_out_tongue: Oh, and it’s good to see Chicagoland people on here :slight_smile: If anyone wants to add me on LinkedIn or Doostang, let me know :smiley:

Nice shop, though like most IM firms tough to get into the research department as they rarely have experienced hires. Most are required to start at the bottom and work their way up (not all but most). Contrary to what the poster above mentioned, their funds have been doing well with their flagship growth fund on fire this year. Its total return is close to 30%…If you do get an interview make sure you know the “ins-and-outs” of convertible bonds as that his how the company initially made its claim…