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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated September 18, 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 46 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I get to work with some of the smartest, most driven people I have ever known. As a result, I'm constantly learning, growing and invigorated by the work I do. In my several years working at Bridgewater, I've also had the ability to transition into different roles which has allowed amazing experience and continued development.

    Cons

    This is a challenging place with a lot of focus on our weaknesses in order to help constant growth and achievement. That can be difficult and not for those uncomfortable with accepting their own limitations or potentially not for those who prefer to have a job that is defined and within the limits of their abilities.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Enjoyed my time there, but make sure you know what you're getting into"

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    Former Employee - Investment Associate in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Investment Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting problems, core of 'honesty' culture good.

    Cons

    Weaker on diversity, gender issues. Culture training can add a lot of overhead.

  3. "Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Very smart folks. People from the world’s top universities are average joes here. Expect to be challenged daily on your thoughts, practices, the why, the how, etc.

    Cons

    Constant debate and negotiation can become tiring. I initially enjoyed this approach, but after a while, i felt it led to over analysis, wasted time explaining and debating the why and how of things over and over again.


  4. "Overall good company but not everyone's cup of tea."

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    Former Employee - Critical Infrastructure Support Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Critical Infrastructure Support Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall great company, especially if your values are in line with the companies value. I know this holds true for most of the companies but for Bridgewater (BWater) its principles are its CORE.

    Before accepting the offer, would recommend to read a brief about its principles.

    If you want to work at a place where you are not shy to learn from your mistakes, loop and improve then this is the best place for you to work. I have personally learned a lot about my strengths and weakness while working at BWater. Your colleagues (regardless of junior or senior) will point out your mistakes and if you are ready to face them, learn from it you will love working at this place.

    Compensation, Benefits and Company events are the best I have ever seen.

    Cons

    Make sure you get a 100% clarity of your job responsibilities.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "hypocrisy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    +pay
    +hours are mostly controllable outside the core investment groups
    +lots of people who were wildly successful in their former lives wandering the halls so there is interesting stuff to learn

    Cons

    -you'll have to watch hours of videos per week training you on a culture that seems like largely common sense
    -you may get a good one, but most managers will isolate, torment, and eventually fire you if you try to act in accordance with the "culture" by criticizing your boss
    -senior management lies about basic business facts that are widely known and you have to deal with the gaslighting effect of all your peers ignoring that

    Advice to Management

    stop pretending to be something you're not - lots of people would happily work just for the money you're willing to pay, but the hypocrisy in the culture is just soul crushing. Evidence for this: how easy is it to hire a consultant vs. an employee, and in most cases you happily just hire the consultant.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (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


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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


  10. Helpful (8)

    "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.


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