D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

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

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
77 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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 (less than an 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
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    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Proprietary Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Proprietary Trader in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    worked 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The opportunities for advancement are limited.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intellectually rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work with a collection of the brightest minds in the world. It's a fascinating computational biochemistry project. A small team so each member gets a lot of responsibility. Very generous with the compensation. The team members are very generous with their time and will share their knowledge with you.

    Cons

    These are very long projects when compared to the rest of the industry. You have to commit many years to get through one. While management professes to be open and transparent, they really are not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more open about the future plans for your team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Finance and Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance and Operations in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great culture, good pay, challenging work

    Cons

    Lots of work done out of India; Senior back-office management have competing personal agendas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Phenomenally brilliant colleagues; exceptional compensation

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    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Member Technical Staff

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues. Hard-working culture; they interview specifically to improve the team.

    Cons

    Intensely competitive field, lots of secrecy (most of it justifiable)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the size of risks of the portfolio. Don't let LTCM get you again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Vice President Financial Operations

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are extremely intelligent and qualified. Casual work environment and the company is always investing in technology enhancements.

    Cons

    The company has become overly bureaucratic in the past few years. They have also been eliminating staff in the US and relying on their team in Hyderabad.

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