D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

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Updated March 8, 2015
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  1. Intellectually rewarding experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Be honest

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  5. 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.

  6. Fun!

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Briliant people, good compensation, great work environment.

    Cons

    None! I am now retired!

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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!

  8. Stimulating

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    • 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Very smart folks
    * challenging environment

    Cons

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

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great perks but weak human capital management

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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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 ...

  10. Great experience as a quant

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    see above

  11. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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