Bridgewater Associates

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Great place to work if you want to develop personally and professionally, and are prepared to put you ego to one side.

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Former Employee - Manager in Westport, CT
Former Employee - Manager in Westport, CT

I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

As open and transparent as I think any company could be - a clear set of values and principles on which the company is run which provides a framework for anyone to contribute if they want to. You get to work with some super-smart people and generally the quality of conversation is an order of magnitude better than other places I have worked at.

Cons

Bridgewater is facing some growing pains as it moves from being a small company run by Ray Dalio to something more institutionalized. Some of the principles that have worked well at a small level don't necessarily scale well, which results (for example) in managers through the ranks translating principles in a sometimes back handed way.

Bridgewater lacks a bit of a sense of humor - there is a fair amount of attention in the company on meaningful relationships, but the reality is everyone is pretty intensely focused on their business responsibility. I made fewer good friends at BW than other places I worked.

Because Bridgewater can hire great people given its brand, pay is ok but not great in most roles and unless you are in the top tier of the company long term progression is unlikely. But for three to five years, a great experience for most people who get past the first eighteen months,

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    The culture looks great on paper, however in practice.....

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    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Westport, CT

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

    Pros

    I worked at Bridgewater for a little under a year. They are always hiring for HR because they divide it into Recruiting and HR. And they always are in need for recruiters because their turnover is very high. The culture on the HR side is not as intense as the culture is on the recruiting side since the recruiting department is more involved with the "money" and therefore more exposed to the culture. But crazy stuff aside Bridgewater can be a good place if you end up with a good team!

    Cons

    For the most part I think their culture is interesting/borderline unproductive. It can be very intense at times because they tend to nit pick at what you do wrong even if it's something small. And focus on those issues rather than the work you are supposed to be doing. Which can be very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CULTure is a little on the intense side. Learn that not everyone has the same way of getting to the "truth".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Open & honest culture. Company is changing into a large "institution".

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Open and transparent. People really believe in the Principles and operate by them. You'll learn a lot about yourself -- strengths and weaknesses -- at a richer/deeper level than at other places. Good benefits/perks.

    Cons

    Emphasis on learning from mistakes results in focus on mistakes & weaknesses. Can be a hit on self-confidence. Not everyone is bought into culture resulting in politicking using the principles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out if you really want to be an institutional company and change accordingly. Attempting to cling to entrepreneurial feel just causes churn & confusion.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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