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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated April 1, 2018
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Pros
  • Incredibly smart people in a culture that invests heavily in deep, honest relationships (in 44 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 23 reviews)

  • shamed into working long hours in most roles (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Challenges, Opportunities for Advancement

    Cons

    Long hours, difficult to move beyond the curve


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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)

  3. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Client Service Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people - brilliant, accomplished and strive for excellence

    Cons

    The culture - it either is or isn't for you


  5. Helpful (22)

    "If there was a hell this would be it"

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

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free stuff, Free lunches, snacks, nothing else

    Cons

    The worst place I have ever worked in my entire life. They don't live in reality here. Creepy. Everything is so fake and everyone just walks around pretending it's all good. It's a cult basically. All white men btw. No diversity. Strict. human being experiment

    Bridgewater Associates Response

    Feb 22, 2018 – Eileen Murray, Co-CEO

    I’m sorry to hear that you are having this experience and would like to learn more. Our culture is built on everyone sharing their honest views, particularly when something may not be working. If... More


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Dog Years of Learning"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    BW is dog years of learning. You’re challenged intellectually and supported by incredible people who are deeply invested in your growth. BW is very much a place where the sky is the limit and the possibilities for your career are what you make of them. Through hard work, curiosity, and openness to learning, you can grow within the organization and take on more responsibility rapidly and will consistently be pushed and lifted.

    Cons

    For me, I was commuting from quite a distance to CT, which became too much on the work / life balance scale.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture, totally redeeming
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Long work hours can take a toll

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Best Career Decision I've Ever made"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    While at Bridgewater I was surrounded by some of the most brilliant, passionate leaders I have ever met. I was really pushed to think critically on a regular basis, and felt very supported by my colleagues and managers. It truly is an idea meritocracy and you can rise with in the organization pretty quickly as long as you lead with logic, results, high standards, and a bit of patience.

    Cons

    Not all people are bought into the culture and it's pretty clear, pretty fast, who is just "playing the game". This can be frustrating and exhausting for those of us who are all in.

    Diversity? No such thing.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to taste the soup and weed out those who are in it for the wrong reasons. Make the work more meaningful for managers. Contentless management is a sure call for high turnover. Make them feel like they can understand and own pieces of the content as well.


  9. "Great place to work learn a lot about yourself"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT

    Pros

    A good amount of self exploration. You have the opportunity to work with some of the smartest people in the world

    Cons

    Very hard to get things done. Bureaucracy is a bit nuts here. If you want to feel cushy in your job this is not the place.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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