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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated July 11, 2018
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Bridgewater Associates Founder, CEO and President Ray Dalio
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Pros
  • "Incredibly smart people in a culture that invests heavily in deep, honest relationships" (in 45 reviews)

  • "You learn a lot about yourself and develop a thickness to your skin" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "I commute from NYC to CT, which ultimately impacts my work/life balance" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Long hours, difficult to move beyond the curve" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    brilliant learning curve, great pay

    Cons

    no real cons for me love everything


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, Wonderful People Work at Bridgwater

    Cons

    The Hotter to Fire, The Harder the Steel. You Will be Stronger and Better After Working There.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible and great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Work with brilliant people every day

    Cons

    Often times those people lack EQ


  4. "Investment Associate"

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    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn a ton about markets.

    Cons

    Hard culture to live with for a long period of time. Very negative.

    Advice to Management

    Chill out


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard play hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Everyone's voice is heard. Praise and criticism are given freely. Free lunch, snacks, drinks, dinner if you work past 7pm, onsite gym/showers and fun team building events.

    Cons

    Criticism is given too freely. Expected to work 10+ hours a day, work life balance is non-existant.

    Advice to Management

    Value your subordinates more. Turnover is high, and would not be if everyone felt important not just department heads.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Challenging environment, bonus structure, benefits

    Cons

    Not for everyone. Extremely negative and competitive environment.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Pro/cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice rewards benefits and work environment

    Cons

    The management philosophy is flawed. which means you either buy into it and all is great or you are skeptical or otherwise and this place is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with yourselves, the world/ your company is not egalitarian!

  8. "Great Place to Start a Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best in class training program, very smart colleagues

    Cons

    CT location, Emphasis on culture has potential to distract from day-to-day


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Not as special as it thinks it is"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    People are genuine, they share their views openly (by and large) and you can really get to understand the different ways that different people think
    You learn a lot about yourself and are challenged to think more thoroughly, more strategically
    High salaries, good benefits (healthcare, 401K contribution)
    A lot of options for lateral moves within the company

    Cons

    Skills training for young talent virtually non-existent. Not even basics like excel/data analysis which are expectations in many jobs.
    Some departments go through huge turmoil and don't have stable leadership with all of the kinds of problems that leads to downstream
    Huge turnover, especially in management and administrative roles
    Some things about how the company runs just don't make business sense (use a lot of specialized software developed in house for various management process but don't use any project management software)


  10. Helpful (8)

    "A learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Bright people who challenge you all the time. You learn a lot about yourself and develop a thickness to your skin. I took a lot of learning away from my 3 year experience there.

    Cons

    Do not agree that you have to experience so much pain to progress and evolve as a professional. It's not practical for people to always be in pain.


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