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
4.3
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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.  

    Fun!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Briliant people, good compensation, great work environment.

    Cons

    None! I am now retired!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    + Smart people you can learn a lot from
    + Nice people
    + Creativity encouraged
    + Laid back environment
    + Emphasis on ethics and taking the high road
    + You can easily take on new responsibilities as you prove yourself

    Cons

    - There are different sub-cultures in the different groups
    - It can be challenging to work with so many smart people - you always need to be on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stimulating

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    * Very smart folks
    * challenging environment

    Cons

    * Limited career path options
    * promotions not transparent at all
    * limited mobility between roles in other groups

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great perks but weak human capital management

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Pros

    - Casual Dress Code
    - Great health benefits
    - Competitive compensation
    - Stocked pantry(ies)
    - Fun work perks (in-house happy hours, surprise treats, etc)
    - Smart, motivated co-workers
    - Academic culture
    - Flexibility in maintaining a good work/life balance
    - No holiday policy

    Cons

    - Becoming very political
    - Working in an atmosphere of distrust among departments and managers
    - No holiday policy
    - Some people are too smart for their own good, therefore making real-world solutions hard to implement.
    - Historically have seemed to value people with pedigree instead of assessing who would be a best fit for the job - even if she/he graduated from a state school, etc ...

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best hedge fund culture in NYC

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance and Operations Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance and Operations Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Casual Dress code
    - Fully stocked superpantry
    - Smart and motivated employees
    - Convenient hours
    - High compensation
    - Open discussion is encouraged

    Cons

    There is a relative lack of mobility with regard to your position at the firm. Sometimes work can be unstructured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does a good job of delegating responsibility and maintaining the quality control of its employees day to day work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience as a quant

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Interesting people to work with
    Interesting problems to deal with
    Great culture
    Good pantry

    Cons

    have to wait long for the decision from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see above

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but limited potential for growth and learning.

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Extra-ordinary group of people.
    Friendly (research lab like) environment.
    Great reputation.
    Great compensation and benefits.
    Flexible work hours.
    No dress code.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential. Has become too big in size and bureaucratic. Limited collaboration between groups and people within groups. No gym!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Most of the time you work with smart people.

    Cons

    Management is pretty bad - decisions always come from top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to stop hiring when they know company is not doing well - instead of waiting until last minute to lay off people.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Overrated

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits; Smart people; Laid-back culture; Friendly

    Cons

    Poor communication from management
    Mediocre to bad middle management
    Unclear promotion or professional development path
    Culture dependent on performance of firm--once performance deteriorated became a place not worth working at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professional managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place, but culture is deteriorating

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Pros

    - colleagues are smart, engaging, well-rounded people
    - fabulous benefits
    - work/life balance is encouraged

    Cons

    - culture is less supportive/collegial than it used to be a few years ago
    - complete lack of career development for people who don't have prior background in finance
    - your experience/development at the firm is completely determined by your immediate manager, and they are a mixed bag

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate!

    No opinion of CEO

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