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Back in December, a bunch of recruiters made the bold claim that following the government’s charges against former portfolio manager Mathew Martoma, SAC Capital employees were, if not giving them the time of day, at least waiting a few seconds longer before hanging up the phone. At another firm, the turn events probably would have been cause for concern that the staff would be abandoning ship in short order. Since we’re talking about SAC, though, we figured not only would The Big Guy & Co not be concerned about the prospect of mass resignations but would take the opportunity to remind people that this is SAC Capital and at SAC Capital, they don’t receive resignation letters, they only issue pink slips, lest anyone be getting any ideas. So you can imagine our shock and horror to find out this happened:
SAC Capital Advisors LP is raising bonuses for its portfolio managers by 3 percentage points to help retain employees as the U.S. government’s insider-trading probe moves closer to Steven A. Cohen’s $14 billion hedge fund, according to a person familiar with the matter. The bonus increase announced yesterday will be paid to equity, macro and commodity portfolio managers, said the person who asked not to be named because the information is private. The firm’s portfolio managers are typically paid an annual bonus of about 15 percent to 25 percent of the profits they generate from their investments, according to another person.
Buying loyalty? What’s next, a fee cut? This is not how you do things at a firm that charges 3&50. How you do things is you tell anyone asking for a pay raise that they have 10 seconds to get back to their desk and stay there “until I tell you to leave/fire you.”