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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 Employee, more than 1 year

      Good

      Oct 18, 2021 - Software Engineer in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      the people and pay are great the work-life balance is pretty good

      Cons

      >40 hours may be expected on-call can require early morning work

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Learned a lot

      Nov 7, 2021 - Lead DevOps Engineer in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great compensation and opportunity to learn in a high paced environment

      Cons

      Almost no Work/Life Balance, the culture is to work as much as possible to the point you will probably burn out.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Not a good place for developers

      May 12, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I enjoyed the open and collaborative culture, especially now that I work somewhere that is much more “everyone for himself.” I got the impression that the people in charge truly cared about the average employee’s quality of life. There were interesting talks and learning series, and free breakfast, the quality of which declined over time. The work-life balance was great, but that, and everything else, started to go downhill once performance declined.

      Cons

      Compensation doesn’t even come close to market. Ancient codebase riddled with technical debt. The firm is clearly trying to outsource as much tech talent as possible. Senior leadership lacks an understanding of the importance of technology. There are some long-tenured, powerful people on the research/portfolio management side who do their best to stifle all change that threatens their turf. This, more than anything else, is what makes AQR a bad choice for developers.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Am great people tough work

      May 23, 2021 - Administrative in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People are very smart. Can be a bit nerdy however. That being said, it’s to be expected. Just off the Greenwich train station.

      Cons

      Salary. Upper management doesn’t always help out young employees. Need better work life balance. People are working hard and deserve to be rewarded.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Jan 29, 2021 - Associate in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture, People, Volunteering, Work/Life balance

      Cons

      There really aren't many - every company/role has it's downside and even though I was laid off as part of downsizing, I still think of them in the highest regard

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great company to work for, the people and the culture are top notch

      Feb 12, 2021 - Project Management in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great collaborative environment, ability to contribute at every level, great work / life balance

      Cons

      No cons to share at this time

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Great benefits, but with serious drawbacks

      Apr 15, 2020 - Analyst in Greenwich, CT
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      Pros

      - Benefits and pay are very generous, hard to beat - One of the most respected names in finance - Close interaction with senior mgmt, some teams have excellent mgmt - Free breakfast, lunch, dinner, cell phone and gym reimbursement, other perks

      Cons

      - Many demoralizing teams and managers, lots of internal politics, not a surprise there is an extremely high turnover rate - Culture has suffered heavily in recent years - Internal systems are outdated, though improving - Lack of work-life balance depending on team - Roles aren't initially made clear to many, leads to higher turnover and other problems, make sure you know what you're signing up for

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      21 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Restructuring

      Dec 2, 2020 - Managing Director in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits, work life balance

      Cons

      Brand has fallen from grace with most of quant, will come back. Finding good people mentors is at times hard as people are often promoted (to lead others) based on their competence as an employee and not their abilities to lead/manage people.

      5 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Decent

      Nov 25, 2020 - Intern in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits Great compensation Lots to learn and lots to do Great place to grow career Incredibly smart coworkers Huge learning culture

      Cons

      Work life balance could be better (although it is great for finance). Wouldn’t be uncommon to see people work 10-11 hour days regularly. Doesn’t seem to put employees first

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Positive Culture - Dynamic Learning Environment - Evolve to the Next Level!

      Feb 11, 2020 - Vice President in Greenwich, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Positive, dynamic culture working among the most talented and brilliant in the industry - Exceptional learning and collaborative environment - Opportunities for growth and development at every level - Excellent compensation and benefits - well above industry standard - Work/Life Balance highly encouraged - AQR Management perseveres through adversity with patience, optimism, humbleness, and transparency. The confidence, trust, and belief in their people and products sustains the Firm's commitment to excellence with integrity and authenticity in providing a world-class environment for their employees year after year since day one.

      Cons

      Potential weight gain = con - from all the FREE breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. However, AQR provides a monthly gym membership allowance = PRO!!!

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