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Helpful (5)

Very challenging personally, very frustrating professionally.

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Former Employee - Architect in Westport, CT
Former Employee - Architect in Westport, CT

I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time (more than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Smart, ethical people, lots of amenities and great food. Encouraged to speak your mind.

Cons

Huge group-think and controlling management. Personnel are diagnosed as to personal weaknesses and reduced to compliant servitude. Incredible staff turnover and poor technology enablement.

Advice to Management

Learn about the art of retaining and motivating employees.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Great place if you like cults. BW serve's kool-aid to those who want it, and remove those who don't.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Nice cafe. Lots of food.

    Cons

    Drink the kool-aid and you'll stay employed longer. Don't drink the kool-aid and the hyenas will devour you. Also a great place to tell your boss he/she sucks, but that only works if you've drank the kool-aid for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    I would say fire the entire IT department and start over but I would rather hear about the struggles for many years to come.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Challenging and rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    1) It's the one place where focusing and understanding your weakness results in greater believability and power
    2) You're surrounded by really smart people

    Cons

    1) Some of those really smart people are really smart at gaming the system
    2) The principles seem to be applied similarly across functions (one could argue that isn't principled), with the bad outcome being things take longer and cost more without reducing risk or other benefits

    Advice to Management

    1) See the badness: The MC and senior managers could helicopter down more
    2) Consider when the departmental bubble up philosophy doesn't work and why

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