D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm
3.9 of 5 65 reviews
www.deshaw.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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

Updated Jun 27, 2014
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3.9 65 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Chairman David E. Shaw

David E. Shaw

(41 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good pay, reasonable work satisfaction, and good work life balance"
    in 6 reviews
  • "great culture, smart people--very smarty people"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "narrow scope, limited exposure, long hours"
    in 5 reviews
  • "worked there during the financial crisis so I didn't always get the information and help I needed"
    in 3 reviews
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    Unique culture

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Xyz (Current Employee)

    ProsFree food, good facilities, flexible working hours.

    ConsGrowth plan for technologist is not clear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus to reduce attrition of strong technical people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsWork 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

    ConsWork-life balance could be improved

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, perfectionist work environment

    Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsFocus 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementKeep focusing recruiting and retaining amazing talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsLimited 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 Senior ManagementNo advice to management - the machine works great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Brilliant experience

    Associate (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    Consnarrow scope, limited exposure, long hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work!

    Quantitative Analyst (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery smart people, lots of freedom

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    D.E. Shaw was a great place for me to begin and finish my career in finance.

    Proprietary Trader (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgreat culture, smart people--very smarty people. learn a lot; get much more experience and responsibility than one would get at sell-side.

    Consworked there during the financial crisis so I didn't always get the information and help I needed. much more institutional and "corporate" than they want you to think.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's been wonderful working here. I've learned a ton, been well compensated and received amazing benefits.

    Generalist (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe people are incredibly smart, yet the culture is casual.

    ConsThe opportunities for advancement are limited.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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