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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Overview

New York, NY
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Since its organization in 1988 by a former Columbia University computer science professor, David E. Shaw, the firm has ... Read more

Mission: We offer the benefits of being one of the world’s largest, most established alternative investment managers, with a world-class technology infrastructure, deep research capabilities, and programs that facilitate the ongoing growth and internal mobility of staff. We ... Read more

D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm – Why Work For Us?


THE D. E. SHAW GROUP is a global investment and technology development firm with more than $39 billion in investment capital as of November 1, 2015, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Since our founding in 1988, our firm has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of our staff. We have a significant presence in the world's capital markets, investing in a wide range of companies and financial instruments in both developed and developing economies.

Our culture demands and rewards analytical rigor and adherence to the highest possible ethical and legal standards, and we've cultivated a collegial work environment that promotes collaboration across disciplines, geographies, and investment strategies. Our firm has been built in part by attempting to do what other companies might consider impossible, or never imagine at all. A single transformative idea that ultimately works—for a new business, a new trading model, or an improved back office process—is worth a dozen ideas that lead nowhere. We've learned that when an extraordinary team sets extraordinarily ambitious goals, astonishing breakthroughs can be expected.



OUR FIRM AND OUR STAFF ENGAGE in both formal and informal philanthropy. One way the firm supports employees’ interests in innovative social programs and community service through our Social Impact Forum, a grassroots program created and run by staff. The forum’s lecture series invites leaders and thinkers to speak on topics ranging from global health to education to criminal justice, and is designed to spark conversation and promote community engagement. The forum also offers employees the chance to work together on service projects in education, environmentalism, and poverty relief.

We sponsor various non-profit academic conferences, organizations, and competitions, including:

  • 100 Women in Hedge Funds
  • American Regions Math League (ARML)
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
  • Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Foundation
  • Stuyvesant High School Robotics Team
  • United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO)

We further our commitment to social responsibility by:

  • Matching employees’ charitable donations for both volunteer time and financial contributions
  • Making a year-end grant to a charitable cause
  • Purchasing renewable energy credits and verified carbon offsets to neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from our business activities
  • Achieving the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold certification for our New York City headquarters


WE BELIEVE OUR DECISION MAKING is improved by employing a team leadership model, which also reduces dependence on any individual. Our firm is led by an Executive Committee of four experienced individuals who have worked together for over two decades. The Executive Committee determines overall firm policy and strategic direction, while managing the execution of the firm's business plan on a daily basis. Working closely with the Executive Committee are approximately 25 other managing directors, each with an average tenure of over a decade, who are responsible for specific investment and business activities of the firm.

The firm's Risk Committee is responsible for establishing the desired risk profiles of our investment vehicles, monitoring and managing exposures relative to those targets, and allocating capital and risk among our investment strategies. The Risk Committee consists of our Chief Risk Officer, the four members of the Executive Committee, and two rotating senior investment professionals.

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    Incredibly bright people, who are also kind and interesting.

    Excellent compensation and benefit structure.

    Formed lasting friendships at this company.


    Subject to performance downturns and ensuing labor cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the upward mobility for staff at the company, don't let folks get so pigeonholed.

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    Had 4 interviews here for various EA positions. Was recommended for the first 2 then was reached out to by recruiters of DE Shaw for the last two. Recruiters seem very unorganized as they had to me take the same editing test 3 different times - i didn't mind as I feel like I knew the document very well. They also passed me along to a different recruiter who didn't seem to know anything about me or that I have been there previously. Unfortunately, It has gotten to the point where as much as i would love to work at DE Shaw, I refuse to come back in for an interview. Either they want me or they don't, but I won't waste my time (or PTO at my current job) for a place that doesn't want me. I know I would make a great EA for the company of DE Shaw, but at the end of their day it's their loss.

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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Awards & Accolades

  • Multistrategy Hedge Fund Manager of the Year, Institutional Investor, 2015
  • Hedge Fund of the Year, Risk, 2007

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