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. Its very good opportunity to work with this company.I love to work with D.E Shaw

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I like the work culture ,it is very alluring.

    Cons

    work load ,as of now i do not see any cons .

  2. Nice one to start your career

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    - Variety of projects
    - Opportunity to develop projects from scratch
    - Almost flat hierarchy
    - Lot of facilities and employee engagement activities

    Cons

    - Strict deadlines
    - Work life balance in tandem

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 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
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  5. Member Technical

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good to start your career with.

    Cons

    Not very good for long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good culture of co but with very political people to deal with

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    nice culture, informal clothing, flexi time, good compensation, lot of amenities etc.

    Cons

    learn politics before you join this place and ensure you are prepared to have major ups and downs not just in professional but in personal life also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to be more fair, do not have favouritism based on anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 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
  10. Great place if you don't mind working in Operations/Back Office

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Absolutely amazing place to be in, the new office especially has an entire floor including a basketball court, squash court, badminton court, a gym, massage rooms, sleeping rooms, shower rooms, etc.. We have adjustable desks, meaning we can stand and work. The pay is good, however they skew the quoted CTC higher by about 67%.

    Cons

    The work is absolutely horrible. It is absolutely pathetic. I have never done more mind numbing, more menial work in my life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try pushing for more opportunities for Back-Office people to move into better roles, and take consideration about the leave policy as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good place to start

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    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
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