D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

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

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
82 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 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.  

    Great place to work for a quant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Academic atmosphere, "out of the box" thinkers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good culture
    Good People
    Best HR policies and benefits

    Cons

    personal growth
    monotony
    less training
    difficult to switch roles

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful people, great compensation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not your average hedge fund, in the best way possible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Specialist in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Specialist in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance, Good work if you want to actually do it else nobody is going to bother you.

    Cons

    Sometimes too casual, may not set a definite career path for an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
  8.  

    Unique culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  9.  

    One of the best places to work in the world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Flexible timings
    Best computers and infrastructure
    Excellent Salary

    Cons

    Sometimes it is very difficult to understand that what is expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome place , awesome people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Technical in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Member Technical in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    1. Everything's on the house . Starting from the good food (all day long) , Masseuse , XBOX , etc..
    2. A very active HR conducting activities almost everyday.
    3. Frequent team outings , parties , guest lectures.

    Cons

    1. Being a Hedge Fund company they are a bit over defensive hence you are not allowed to download anything (watching is fine) .
    2. Not enough tracking of day to day job .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good

    Former Employee - Associate in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Associate in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Best hr policies, good growth both monetary and career

    Cons

    training program less. more learning onboard only

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