D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
69 Reviews

4.3
69 Reviews
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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Chairman David E. Shaw
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good work life balance, Good work if you want to actually do it else nobody is going to bother you (in 7 reviews)

  • great culture, smart people--very smarty people (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • narrow scope, limited exposure, long hours (in 5 reviews)

  • Sometimes too casual, may not set a definite career path for an employee (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good firm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

    Pros

    Culture, compensation, perks, smart employees.

    Cons

    Not as many users since its just the D E Shaw traders using the products developed.

    Recommends
  2.  

    nice first job.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good pay, smart and very nice people to work with, good learning experience.

    Cons

    not much sharing of knowledge. low mobility within teams. will be put into a certain area of focus at the beginning of your job and it is hard to move around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication.

  3.  

    Unique culture

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Crazy smart people. Very thoughtful and engaged management. Strong, consistent culture. This is the Google of Wall Street.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as high as other firms. Slow to embrace change. Management can be a bit too hands-off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to encourage more innovation structurally. Currently, new ideas are too easily stifled.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Xyz
    Current Employee - Xyz

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time

    Pros

    Free food, good facilities, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Growth plan for technologist is not clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus to reduce attrition of strong technical people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    extremely intelligent coworkers, great perks, a chance for career growth if you're interested and you're smart. office culture is geeky and great.

    Cons

    flattish structure can be confusing, salaries are not as good as comparable hedge funds, company went downhill a bit after the crash.

  7.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work culture & Challenging work environment. I have been working in this company for several years and really find this company to be a great place to work with. You get an opportunity to work with some amazing people here

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, perfectionist work environment

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Focus on learning; challenging work; great colleagues with interesting backgrounds. This place is full of non-finance folks who know their stuff. The ecletic backgrounds make it a fantastic and interesting place to work. Upper management does a lot to make it a great place to work, offering lots of great perks and depending on the department, lots of room to grow, both personally and professionaly.

    Cons

    Some groups far more intense than others. Some managers very difficult to work for and it can go unnoticed or purposefully unnoticied. Most employees are very friendly, however it can be a bit snobby/elitist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing recruiting and retaining amazing talent.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great environment, brilliant people, probably only a great career choice for quants.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent leadership, great culture, smart coworkers, a chance for non-traditional finance employees to apply their smarts on a blue chip stage. Decent perks, and, in many cases, humane hours.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement opportunities in many verticals, high-ish turnover, limited opportunities for mentor relationships, introverted employee base. Not an aggressive posture, has been fairly defensive since financial crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management - the machine works great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Brilliant experience

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work culture, brilliant people, opportunity to work on different things, good pay

    Cons

    narrow scope, limited exposure, long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very smart people, lots of freedom

    Cons

    the industry is a bit secretive, but thats part of the game

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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