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AQR Capital Management – Why Work For Us?

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Why AQR?

AQR’s collegial culture fosters innovative ideas and perspectives. The people who thrive at AQR are unconventional thinkers fascinated by how markets work, and by the larger world around them. Through the power of collaboration, transparency and openness, all employees truly have the opportunity to contribute and to make an impact.

Our culture is grounded in academic rigor. We share a spirit of intellectual curiosity that drives us to test theories and challenge assumptions in the search for truth, and fosters a deep commitment to excellence − more like a graduate finance seminar than a typical office environment.

Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Bermuda, we have over 400 employees. Visit www.aqr.com/talent to learn more.

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    Pros

    While the firm had not had to think about more transparency on careers given it's size, that has changed. There is new effort in learning and development, continuous focus on feedback to employees and more openness to mobility and having employees try new roles.

    VERY accessible senior leaders, who don't want to be told "how great things are" rather "what can be done better."

    Incredible culture where almost everyone truly likes working together and being part of what AQR is.

    Cons

    Space -- the firm's growth has caused real strain.-- management and facilities planning need to look ahead and plan more strategically very reactive currently.

    Compensation is decent, not a differentiator and given the view of the best intellects in the industry can sometimes feel a little disconnected, but fair overall.

    Innovation is part of the culture, but can be pushed further.

    Advice to Management

    SLOW DOWN HIRING and let the firm absorb people.

    Great improvements in managing people and creating a better culture for them through outings, learning, and overall involvement with leaders.


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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at AQR Capital Management (Greenwich, CT).

    Interview

    I first, got in touch through an alumnus of my university who is currently an employee. HR contacted me and then set up a phone interview. After that they invited me for a full day of interviews. Everyone was extremely professional. The phone interview is a basic screening with questions concerning general interests, areas of current research, and on how the quantitative and analytical knowledge developed during undergraduate or graduate studies could be translated into research ideas to generate investment opportunities. The full day of interviews starts with a test of basic mathematical, statistical, CS and financial knowledge. Questions are not easy and time is short. I then interacted with different researchers from different teams. The interview focus varied from person to person. Some interviews were technical with questions on statistics and econometrics, other more general with questions on past research or career goals. Everyone was willing to answer questions on their work and on the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Methods to deal with heterogeneity in panel data (random and fixed effects models)   Answer Question
    • Identification of intraday shocks to security prices and trading opportunities related with them   Answer Question
    • Effect of measurement error on statistical significance   Answer Question
    • Dynamic factor models   Answer Question
    • Mean variance analysis and portfolio optimization   Answer Question

AQR Capital Management Awards & Accolades

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Most Innovative Hedge Fund, Hedge Funds Review, 2013

Additional Info

Website www.aqr.com
Headquarters Greenwich, CT
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 1998
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

AQR is a global investment management firm built at the intersection of financial theory and practical application. We invest over $110 billion on behalf of our clients − from pension funds, insurance companies, endowments and foundations to sovereign wealth funds and financial advisors. Our commitment to them is to strive to deliver superior, long-term results. We do this by filtering out market noise to identify and isolate what matters most, and by implementing ideas that stand up to rigorous testing.

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