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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated November 2, 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 47 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 25 reviews)

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

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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mysterious place"

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

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Comp, benefits are second to none, free food, good people

    Cons

    High Stress, REALLY High stress, constantly focused on what you do poorly

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and stop telling people their advancement is capped.

  3. "If you can deal with the culture, you will thrive"

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

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Culture, friends, compensation, parties are great

    Cons

    Culture, working with people can be difficult, decisions are slow, work-life balance


  4. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Community, Events, Free Lunches, Benefits

    Cons

    Commute if you're in NYC, high stress, the culture


  5. "On this island of “truth” prepare to be outwitted, outsmarted or outplayed."

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

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, potential for interesting work in some areas

    Cons

    Smart people doing stupid things, the feeling you’re in a bad remake of 1984

    Advice to Management

    Seriously?


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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


  10. 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.


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