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AQR Capital Management Founding & Managing Principal Cliff Asness, Ph.D. (no image)
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  • "This is the best time to join the AQR Tech team(in 26 reviews)

  • "the work-life balance is pretty good(in 15 reviews)

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  • "But AQR really tried hard to create more bonding events which are pretty nice(in 16 reviews)

  • "Work life balance could be better (although it is great for finance)(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Intern

      AQR

      Oct 30, 2016 - Anonymous Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very smart people, challenging environment

      Cons

      Long hours, will be doing marketing work when first start out

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Regrettable. Lost a piece of myself. Burnt out.

      Mar 30, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Joke of a breakfast unless you live for bagels. Bad lunch options capped at $10 unless you love Chinese soup.

      Cons

      No career growth. No technical growth. Low comp. Incompetent conservative managers. Toxic, political environment. Blame culture, hypocritical. Long hours. Bad location. Low morale. No motivation. No sense of community - no one really talks to each other. Fake small talks. No interesting work. Micromanagement. No transparent promo path. Dreaded waking up each morning. Grateful it was not my first job to know this isn't normal working environment.

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      35 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great experience, hard hours to work

      Dec 7, 2019 - Analyst in Stamford, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People and culture were among the things that stuck out

      Cons

      Long hours worked and commute were things that werent great

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good company in greenwich

      May 13, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work with very intelligent people, and has lot of good projects

      Cons

      Bad location, sometimes long hours

      5 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      political mutual fund

      Oct 1, 2014 - Gaa Researcher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - free food and drinks - innovative culture in playing politics

      Cons

      - reviews have been manipulated, please leave the branding efforts out from Glassdoor, sorry I know the branding costs a few millions - turnover is extremely high, hiring is also crazy, "we are hiring all the time!" - horrible culture, there will be multiple people doing the same job, and they keep the most favorable one - long hours with little compensation increase, they make sure you are replaceable any time with no room for growth - first 6 month honey moon, and then the game starts - yet, it is still saying "innovative, academic, intellectually challenging"

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      16 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Easily one of the most political and hierarchical quant firms out there.

      Sep 11, 2014 - Analyst in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Solid benefits. Health, dental, and vision. Prime location. AQR is located literally right next to the train station, which often makes for a less taxing commute. Free meals. Breakfast (hard boiled eggs, cereal, cheese), lunch, and dinner. Stable business. Let's face it, AQR is not going anywhere anytime soon. That doesn't necessarily mean you have job security, but just that the firm itself will never blow out completely because of its diverse investments. AQR is becoming the next Vanguard.

      Cons

      Too academically narrow-minded. AQR favors PHd candidates as opposed to industry professionals. Many see this as a big benefit. I don't, frankly, because finance professors are only concerned with using non-PHd employees as code monkeys for their research. It's like working in a grad student lab, except there is no tenure track to look forward to. Lack of innovation. When Cliff goes and publishes a paper on "Top 10 Myths about Momentum Investing", you know that he's running out of ideas. Similarly, AQR is laser-focused on investing in new asset classes: strategies are (I kid you not) being ported over from one asset class to another, because, well, "Value and Momentum Everywhere"! Extremely political. Take a quick look at the partners. The vast majority of them are either young hotshot PhD's that Cliff gets along well with, or have stayed with the firm ever since the beginning. There are maybe 1 or 2 exceptions. This means it is nearly impossible to climb past the position of a VP (which, by the way, is a standardized role). Variable mentorship quality. AQR is a top-heavy firm (more VPs than Analysts or Associates). This means the mentorship can range from extremely poor to average. Each person looks out for himself, and only himself. There is very little desire to help you progress, because that will only mean more competition. Long hours. Employees average 60+ hours/week. They are lured to stay with free dinner, but this creates a herd mentality where employees leave later and later. AQR is very much becoming like a bank, and face time is a necessity (despite how much they tell you it isn't). Poor compensation. Relative to the other quant funds, AQR pays extraordinarily less (we're talking >50% pay cut in 5 years). AMG, in 2004, staked AQR while they were in need of additional funds. This position still remains today (you can find AQR on AMG's website), so they claim a gargantuan share of AQR's revenues. Furthermore, AQR is increasing AUM and number of employees at the same rate. This by itself would be no problem, except that AQR is moving towards becoming solely a mutual fund, which means the management fee is decreasing over time. Thus, revenues per employee decreases. It is also no secret that the founding partners claim the lion's share of profits. Finally, AQR is one of the few top-heavy firms, so more than 50% employees are in managerial positions (VP and above). How can compensation be competitive with all of these looming factors? HR manipulates reviews.

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      25 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Don't join if you have other options!

      May 31, 2014 - Associate Portfolio Manager in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I didn't like the place, and didn't spend enough time to find any pros.

      Cons

      I will cut the chase and list the departments to avoid. Avoid any position is GSS. They do bad research using tech infrastructure from the last century. Avoid any "Portfolio Management XXXX" positions. You will be a slave working unnecessarily long hours with no clue of what you are doing. Avoid IT because you won't find any inspiring colleagues. Job is mundane and support for the most part of it.

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      19 people found this review helpful
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