Bridgewater Associates – Why Work For Us?

undefinedIf you want to work in an environment that values truth and openness in the pursuit of innovation, excellence and quality relationships....

If you want to discover your strengths and weaknesses and work hard to get better fast...

If you have the need to understand what makes sense rather than to follow instructions...

If you can put aside ego barriers to learning...

If you demand others to be truthful and open with you and you are willing to be truthful and open with them...

If you want meaningful work and meaningful relationships...

...come to Bridgewater.

At Bridgewater, our overriding objective is excellence, or more precisely, constant improvement. We believe that producing excellence requires approaching both work and people in a principled way. Above all else, we want to find out what is true and figure out how best to deal with it. We value independent thinking and innovation, recognizing that independent thinking generates disagreement and innovation requires making mistakes.

To foster this thinking and innovation, we maintain an environment of radical openness, even though that honesty can be difficult and uncomfortable. At Bridgewater each individual has the right and the obligation to ensure that what they do and what we do collectively in pursuit of excellence makes sense to them. Everyone is encouraged to be both assertive and open-minded in order to build their understanding and discover their best path. The types of disagreements and mistakes that are typically discouraged elsewhere are expected at Bridgewater because they are the fuel for the learning that helps us maximize the utilization of our potential. It is through this unique culture that we have produced the meaningful work and meaningful relationships that those who work here and our clients have come to expect.

To help communicate what it’s like here, some of the people who work at Bridgewater described their experience in a series of videos on our website.

I have also posted my Principles, which we use, debate and change to agree on how we should be with each other in our pursuit of excellence. You can explore Principles here.

- Ray Dalio

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    Honest transparent feedback
    ability to move up/ lots of growth
    constantly challenging performs


    bad location
    terrible tele-commute policy
    benefits and compensation are not standardized, so when you try to negotiate you are in the dark about what's consistent across the firm

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Bridgewater Associates Interviews

Updated Mar 21, 2015
Updated Mar 21, 2015

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    Investment Associate Summer Interview

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    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Bridgewater Associates.

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    Personality testing followed by on campus interview--1 group 2 individual.

    Interview process was very cold, lunch and breakfast were barely edible and no campus tour or any real info was provided.

    Recieved news by email a week after interview

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Bridgewater Associates Awards & Accolades

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Top Workplaces (#4 Large Company), Hearst Connecticut, 2013
Best Places to Work in Money Management, Pensions & Investments, 2012

Additional Info

Headquarters Westport, CT
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1973
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Bridgewater manages approximately $157 billion in global investments for a wide array of institutional clients, including foreign governments and central banks, corporate and public pension funds, university endowments and charitable foundations. Approximately 1,400 people work at Bridgewater, which is based in Westport, Connecticut.

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Mission: Bridgewater’s unique results are a product of its unique culture. Truth and excellence are valued above all else. In order to be excellent we need to know what’s true... More

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