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AQR Capital Management Overview

Greenwich, CT
501 to 1000 employees
1998
Company - Private
Investment Banking & Asset Management
Unknown / Non-Applicable
AQR is a global investment management firm built at the intersection of financial theory and practical application. We invest over $194 billion* on behalf of our clients − from pension funds, insurance companies, endowments and foundations to sovereign wealth funds and ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We are excited to announce that we were named a Best Place to Work in Money Management in 2018 by Pensions & Investments! Thanks to all of our employees. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMafc

  • “Buffett’s Alpha,” by AQR’s Andrea Frazzini, David Kabiller, CFA, and Lasse Heje Pedersen, has won the Top Award in the 2018 Graham and Dodd Awards of Excellence, awarded by the CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal! Read more here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMaft

    CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal Announces 2018 Graham and Dodd Awards of Excellence Winners

    New York City, United States CFA Institute, the global association of investment management professionals, has named the winners of the 2018 Graham and Dodd Awards of Excellence. Every year, a research article published in the CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal receives the prestigious Graham and Dodd (G&D) Award to recognize the contribution ofthe research to the practice of investment management.

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AQR Capital Management – Why Work For Us?


Perfecting Our Craft

AQR is a global investment management firm built at the intersection of financial theory and practical application. We invest on behalf of our clients — including institutional investors, such as pension funds, defined contribution plans, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, family offices and sovereign wealth funds, as well as RIAs, private banks and financial advisors. Our commitment to these clients is to help them exceed their long-term objectives. We do this by filtering out market noise to identify and isolate what matters most, and by implementing ideas that stand up to rigorous testing.

Our focus on research-driven, practical insights powered by advanced technology, economic intuition and firm-wide risk management, has made us leaders in alternative and traditional strategies and explains why so many types of investors seek our expertise in meeting their financial challenges.

Why AQR?

AQR’s collegial culture fosters innovative ideas and perspectives. The people who thrive at AQR are unconventional thinkers fascinated by how markets work, and by the larger world around them. Through the power of collaboration, transparency and openness, all employees truly have the opportunity to contribute and to make an impact.

Our culture is grounded in academic rigor. We share a spirit of intellectual curiosity that drives us to test theories and challenge assumptions in the search for truth, and fosters a deep commitment to excellence − more like a graduate finance seminar than a typical office environment.

Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, with offices in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Sydney, we have over 900 employees. Visit www.aqr.com/talent to learn more.

Enhancing Your Experience

Our array of extracurricular programs and experiences fosters connection, well-being and community—helping you grow in every dimension.

 
Networking

Our employee-led diversity networks include our Women’s Initiative, Asian Community Forum, and ESG and LGBTQ networks. We also sponsor several sports clubs and teams for AQR employees, including basketball, soccer, volleyball and cricket.

Wellness

AQR offers best-in-class benefits for employees and numerous perks to support healthful living, such as meal and gym allowances, and health and wellness events.

Family & Fun

From annual chess tournaments and trips to the Chelsea Piers sports complex, to the long-standing traditions of the AQR Kids Halloween Party and AQR Summer Camp, we offer unique experiences that bring the AQR community together.

Volunteering

We partner with local organizations to assist those in need in the communities where we live and work. Our employees volunteer together with local food banks and community programs.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

We are committed to creating a sustainable, responsible workplace. Our ESG initiatives focus on energy use, waste management and recycling, transportation, and community engagement. AQR is a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.

 

Quanta Academy

Putting Passion for Lifelong Learning into Action

Quanta Academy’s robust programming goes beyond training to take you to new levels of exploration, engagement and knowledge, both personal and professional. Focusing on both IQ and EQ, Quanta’s curriculum—hundreds of classes, events and speakers for employees at all levels—is designed to help you realize your full potential.

We evolve as a firm when we inspire and challenge our people. QUⱯNTA Academy is our professional and personal growth program that puts our passion for lifelong education into action. Every year, we offer hundreds of QUⱯNTA classes, events and speakers for employees at all levels. We host academic debates, explore new technologies and delve into cutting-edge research. We spark creativity and self-discovery through talks and clubs. Focusing on both IQ and EQ, our employee development programs are designed to help our people reach their full potential. QUⱯNTA has three core pillars:

Technical Skills and Knowledge

QUⱯNTA’s Research Colloquium series and Tech Talks keep our people at the forefront of their fields. We invite authors of published papers to explain their findings and provide insight on how to apply their research day to day. Classes on communication skills and managing client relationships help us make an impact with our investors.

Leadership and Management

Building a vibrant career takes time and the right tools. We support our employees with professional development, from building workplace relationships to management excellence.

Personal Enrichment

Imagine a workplace where discussing literary greats like Tolstoy is encouraged, where speakers facilitate critical thinking on a diverse set of topics. We also offer fitness bootcamps and meditation sessions to help our employees focus on their well-being.



AQR Capital Management Reviews

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    I have been working at AQR Capital Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Some of the smartest and kindest people you will ever work for/with in your career.
    - Always something to learn @ AQR, and always someone willing to teach it to you.
    - Opportunities for career advancement - strong internal mobility
    - Strong focus on clients and its fiduciary duties.
    - Collaborative environment

    Cons

    - Commute to NYC, but you get used to it and make good use of the time on the train.

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to invest in employees.

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at AQR Capital Management (Greenwich, CT) in October 2018.

    Interview

    Applied through campus recruiting, first round interview on campus (behavioral and technical, relatively simple stats). Then, if accepted, you go for a superday at their headquarters in Greenwich CT which lasts 8 hours, with several different interviews.

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AQR Capital Management Awards & Accolades

  • Most Innovative Hedge Fund, Hedge Funds Review, 2013
  • Smart Beta Manager of the Year, Financial News, 2016
  • Connecticut's Magazine Great Places to Work, Connecticut Magazine, 2016
  • Hedge Fund Trading Desk of the Year, Markets Media Markets Choice Awards, 2018
  • P&I Best Place to Work in Money Management, Pensions & Investments, 2018
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Pledges & Certifications

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

Returnships

Offer formal "internships" for mid-career people or those returning to the workforce

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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