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

Updated March 8, 2015
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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Chairman David E. Shaw
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Pros
  • Very good work life balance, Good work if you want to actually do it else nobody is going to bother you (in 8 reviews)

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

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

  • Work-life balance could be improved (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great place to work for a quant

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

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Extremely Intelligent and hardworking coworkers
    Great work/life balance
    Great compensation if you contribute
    All around classy organization

    Cons

    The food court can be improved (where are my pistachios?)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a private equity firm

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very, very smart team throughout the organization - the hiring bar is high and it shows with everyone you meet.

    Cons

    A very strong quantitative shop, but this short-term trading mentality overcomes the opportunity in illiquid private equity investing. Private equity time horizons and decision criteria just don't resonate with the vast majority of the broader organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your strengths - quantitative trading is where you win...private equity isn't going to become a core competency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Academic atmosphere, "out of the box" thinkers

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, everyone you encounter is extremely intelligent and generally helpful. Awesome benefits, great learning environment.

    Cons

    No vacation policy (at least when I was there) sounded like an awesome perk... but then it was so hard to really ever get away that folks ended up not really taking extended vacations at all. I hear they were considering implementing a more structured vacation policy but do not know if they finally succeeded in doing so.

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    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Not a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Perks, Salary and smart people

    Cons

    - Work is boring, very old technology. No scope to improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in more technical leads who can shape up the organization in technical path.

    Recommends
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Great coworkers and work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation for a liberal arts major.
    Very smart, interesting coworkers.
    Great benefits and perks---you don't appreciate free snacks, 100% paid health, 401K matching and gym memberships until you leave!!

    Cons

    Managers aren't always the best people managers, just someone who's been there for a while and good at the other parts of their job.
    Much more standard corporate than it used to be.

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    Approves of CEO
  7. Wonderful people, great compensation

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    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Best work environment, people, and compensation of anywhere I've worked in my 15 year career. I'd work there again if they had offices in the city where I currently live.

    Cons

    None. This company is an oasis.

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    Approves of CEO
  8. Good employer.

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good compensation, decent perks and work-life balance. Very ethical, strong emphasis on compliance and adherence to rules. Hard working and dedicated staff that works hard to do what is right for the investor.

    Cons

    Insular. A sense of not invented here when it comes to embracing external ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Not your average hedge fund, in the best way possible

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    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, wonderful people, smart management, plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    Serious hours and expectations, average compensation for field.

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  10. 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
  11. 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 (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.

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