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.

Manager (Former Employee) Westport, CT

ProsAs 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.

ConsBridgewater 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,

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Run away as fast as you can.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Westport, CT

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


    Pros: Intelligent colleagues, good pay. Beautiful location. Cons: Strange, self-deluded upper management, and others try to emulate. Narcissism runs rampant, which is counter to what "The Principles" express. Weird meetings where people tell… Advice to Senior Management: Learn real self-reflection, not the kind that boosts you at the expense of others. Try to understand that… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    I've been at Bridgewater now for 5+ years and cant imagine working somewhere else

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Westport, CT

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: The Community - the people are what make a place and the people and relationships you build working here are really one of a kind… Cons: Work/life balance can be tough – I think because the people that work here are so passionate about what they do and this place, it… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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