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Bridgewater Associates Founder, CEO and President Ray Dalio
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    A chance to work with very smart people in a fanatical high stress environment that will become your life.

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    Pros

    -Competitive pay not unlike other top companies willing to pay doe for talent
    -Pretty stringent hiring system. It takes a special person to make it through the interview process, and to be there for more than a year. You will end up working with very smart people.
    -Perks. Free food, free shuttle from NYC, free tickets to music/sport events in CT, a lot of company events
    -Can be great exposure to global macro concepts depending on your department
    -Most of the principles at face value are amazing - honesty, integrity, no politics.
    -Surviving there for more than a couple of years is a badge of honor that makes you valuable in the market. If you can make it at Bridgewater, you can make it anywhere as the saying goes. You should consider if you really need it since you were good enough to get the job.

    Cons

    -Buried within deep WASP land, location is terrible unless you like living in CT.
    -Principles are dogmatic and utopian despite the catch 22 that claims otherwise.
    -Various departments/offerings are not even comparable to second or third tier companies. Principles and the environment they created have clearly worked against building sustainable technology, but nobody is brave enough to admit it or do anything other than outsource heavily.
    -All those smart people from the pros section are your competitors in a system that has a mandate to periodically fire people. You will be playing an obnoxious game of survivor with highly competitive and competent co-workers.
    -No politics doctrine is nonsense. Expect cut-throat politics. If you manage to get on the bad side of your manager, you will get fired whether you are good or not. Trust no-one.
    -You will be required to spend 10-20 hours a week doing principles related training and still be expected to deliver 50 hours of work.
    -Absolute focus on negative reinforcement has created an extreme risk-averse, depressed environment where nobody is willing to lift a finger to collaborate. If you want to work in a place where nothing worth doing gets done, go there but you will learn nothing after your first 6 months and start taking fast baby steps to run like an adult.
    -Successful employees are people who can navigate the principles as well as the political environment to shed as much responsibility as possible until they do nothing but point fingers. If you are an extremely good debater, and want to do that and nothing more, this is the place for you.

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    Reduce the principles down to 10. Fire all middle managers who have been pointing fingers and not growing for years and not really accomplishing much of note - they are doing a disservice to your core. Rebuild your organization structure from bottom up, in a big bang effect, using people who have done the same in other companies doing it the same exact way they did it before. Don't give them 300 principles to operate by. 10 is enough for people who are willing to operate well in a competitive, values based environment. If they truly need more, than you probably hired wrong.

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