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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated March 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Filled with smart people who know what they are doing" (in 49 reviews)

  • "You learn a lot about yourself and develop a thickness to your skin" (in 16 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 (10)

    "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. "Stay a while - learn a lot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, open-minded professionals, your voice is heard, loop and grow

    Cons

    Culture carrying consumes a great deal of team

    Advice to Management

    Establish an NYC office and avail yourself to a broader, more accessible talent pool.

  3. "Cult like environment"

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    Former Employee - Leverage in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Leverage in Westport, CT

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

    Pros

    great perks -free lunch, snacks food and compensation is higher than norm

    Cons

    no work life balance, if you don’t drink the kool-aid (culture) you are out. Way too many thinkers and not enough doers.


  4. "Good place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary

    Cons

    Culture can be overwhelming


  5. "A challenging place that will make you grow personally and professionally"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Deeply learn personal strengths and weaknesses for future use and evolution
    Work with the brightest minds in the industry

    Cons

    Too much time spent on institutionalizing and testing the culture
    Inefficient and redundant processes and technology


  6. "Not for everyone but it's great for me"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging, surrounded by smart people

    Cons

    Hierarchy still exists, it just has a new face. Wold say the meritocracy is still in it's toddler years


  7. "Unique culture/Not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    True meritocracy where you are expected to make and learn from your mistakes and improve on your weaknesses

    Cons

    Difficult to adjust to the culture if it's new to you

  8. Helpful (1)

    "This was an interesting experience"

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    Former Employee - Management Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people and you get to learn a lot

    Cons

    There is work and you need to stay on top of it


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Pretty horrible, stay away."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Westport, CT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and good pay, but you work your butt off and have lots of free stress, so make sure they are paying you more than any “regular” job. I would not look at anything more than double your current pay.

    Cons

    Needlessly combative and juvenile. All situations turn into cases with personal attracts aplenty, especially by the druids of the firm, those who’ve been there for more than a year. People act like they want to help, but that’s only bc they want a way to make themselves look better. Knowing what I know now, I would not recommend this place to my enemy. I repeat: stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Change. Develop an actual culture, not a bs system that encourages bulling and combativeness.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "One of many"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, lots of free food

    Cons

    Too many to share. Be wary