D. E. Shaw India

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D. E. Shaw India Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
65 Reviews
3.6
65 Reviews
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D. E. Shaw India Founder David E. Shaw
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12 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome work culture, good pay, good benefits, intelligent people to work with, good parties (in 12 reviews)

  • not very stressful; good work-life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Unprofessional expectations from boss and management led to poor work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • No Work life balance for junior members in the team (in 4 reviews)

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    D.E. Shaw India

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at D. E. Shaw India full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to work at, good culture and benefits

    Cons

    Some of the skills can make you unemployable. Not too much learning compared to market standards. A lot of backend work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw India full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    none as everything in place

    Cons

    none , but compensation could get better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pleasant Work Culture but Limited opportunities for Learning and Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw India full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed and casual work environment, Employee benefits, comparatively flat organisation structure, Interaction with colleagues across the globe, Opportunities to travel to NY office and learn more about the business, Constant innovation and process improvements

    Cons

    Work Timings, Less opportunities for growth due to limited presence in India

    Approves of CEO
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    Good Company to make a career and stay in, bad if you want to move.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member Technical in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Member Technical in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at D. E. Shaw India full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best compensation, best benefits. Amazing mix of people from various cultures.

    Cons

    Bad Managers, The senior management seems to like people who brownnose them. No support from the front line managers even on huge projects.Bad Work/Life balance, 12-14 hours of work in the name of flexible work hours. No support to people after they leave the firm, in terms to giving them referral letters, apparently "They have stopped giving referral letters". Why? Because they feel like. Wasting money on parties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to see what your front line managers are doing to the individuals in their teams. Some of the individuals are getting pancaked to give you what you want (not what is right).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun, interesting to begin career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at D. E. Shaw India full-time

    Pros

    Energetic environment
    Lively, helpful people
    Approachable seniors (most of them)
    Nice office, and facilities

    Cons

    After sometime into work, it gets too repetitive and growth curve plateaus. This also depends on the team and the level of work you join.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to begin your career, but not the best to stick forever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw India full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great domain exposure if you land up in right team..

    Cons

    No control of which team you would get selected into.. hence be sure to let the interviewee know of your preferences, or discuss about the same.

    Exposure to client side, and onsite exposure is highly limited.

    Company is in cost cutting mode since last few years, with HR policy changing visibly in that direction.

    Few people in HR make the HR polarised, and HR as a whole function biased towards the policies and proposals suggested by them without soliciting input from others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to recognize employees contribution in more ways than just salary, and salary also is no more competitive in the market anymore with many startup s also paying equally good or better with a better technical exposure and better onsite opportunities.

    Need to be more transparent, and participate in surveys such as Great places to work in India.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No interesting work for Computer Science Grads

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at D. E. Shaw India full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation and perks. Do not know what else to say to complete the min 20 word limit.

    Cons

    The allure of working in algorithmic trading seems like a great opportunity, but the core algorithms are very very far away and not even accessible to the engineers. The code that is available, is the one which manages data at the back end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw India full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Shared vision with parent
    - Super smart people
    - Engaging work

    Cons

    - Top heavy
    - Micro management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reduce the number of people management roles
    - Leadership focus should be intellectual impetus rather than micro managing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great work culture but work is not challenging

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw India

    Pros

    Amazing work culture
    employee friendly
    co. parties

    Cons

    work not challenging
    mgt is hypocrite
    biased appraisals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep promises u can keep

  11.  

    Chiefly a finance company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member Technical in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Member Technical in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at D. E. Shaw India full-time

    Pros

    * Some of the people are truly brilliant, and the trainers hired are good.
    * Pretty good salary for the workload.

    Cons

    * Since it isn't primarily a software company, you won't learn much of best practices in coding or even see much of thoughtful design - things are thrown together until they happen to work.
    * The management is pretty bad, with many instances of partial treatments to some employees within the same team, micromanaging and nonsensical assignments of tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote managers on managing ability and not simply seniority, and establish an easy process to share open feedback anonymously.

    Doesn't Recommend

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