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Bridgewater Associates Founder, CEO and President Ray Dalio
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    There are ups and downs...and its well worth the ride

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

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    Pros

    When I decided to apply to Bridgewater, many different emotions went through my head…excitement, nervousness, skepticism, and pride specifically were at the forefront of my mind. I don’t think any of these feelings are rare for someone applying to Bridgewater and I think many of them are actually expected and totally predictable. I was excited about the potential of my future if I was selected to join Bridgewater; I was nervous about the daunting interview process I heard about; I was skeptical about the authenticity of culture (is what Principles describes really how Bridgewater is run day-to-day?); and I was initially proud that I was even selected for a first round interview. After making it through the interview process and now working at Bridgewater for 6 years, I can say that those feelings were all appropriate and Bridgewater has delivered on each.

    I’m now in my 3rd role and can pledge that career growth and new opportunities are readily available to anyone who wants (and can take on) added responsibilities at Bridgewater. Role mobility is valued at Bridgewater through a free market for talent. The growth and learning trajectory I’ve experienced here in 6 years is unlike any other company I’ve worked at or schools that I’ve attend. Bridgewater challenges you in a different way that is not for the faint of heart…you’re pushed every day to think differently, step outside of your comfort zone, and not settle for flat performance. No Bridgewater employee can succeed by going through the ropes, simply doing what they’re told, and calling it a day when their checklist is complete. You succeed at Bridgewater by challenging what you don’t understand, pushing current practices further, and thinking independently.

    Cons

    During my time at Bridgewater I've experienced the highs of the highs and the lows of the lows. The lows are something you hear about and prepare for, but the learning experience at Bridgewater can definitely be painful. It’s what you do with that pain that really separates those who enjoy Bridgewater and those who hate Bridgewater. Both types of potential reactions to that pain are common (just look at Glassdoor postings) because Bridgewater can really be a polarizing place. Bridgewater will never change its values and will never try to make someone fit in whose values are naturally in conflict with Bridgewater’s. It’s not a place for everyone…in fact it’s probably a place for a very small few. Going through the pain of the lows (recognizing weaknesses, understanding who you really are, reflecting on failures, etc) can be the most valuable experience one can have in their professional life…the question is who appreciates those types of experiences, who can get above it, and who ultimately wants that type of growth.

    Advice to Management

    I’ve experiences the greatness that is Bridgewater, and I’ve also experienced the difficulty that is Bridgewater. After 6 years, I can honestly say that the longstanding greatness and outcomes of working at Bridgewater far outweigh the spikes of difficult times and I can’t imagine a better place to hone my craft, learn about myself, and develop the relationships that I have at Bridgewater.


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