Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated May 9, 2022

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  • "smart people and generally the quality of conversation is an order of magnitude better than other places I have worked at.(in 122 reviews)
  • "Benefits are great.(in 50 reviews)
  • "Pay is good.(in 23 reviews)
  • "Free food (but who cares besides kids out of college?)(in 20 reviews)
  • "You work with lots of smart people(in 14 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    An incredible place to work and grow

    May 9, 2022 - Attorney 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The work and people at Bridgewater are incredible. It is a challenging place to work - you never feel like you can rest on your laurels - they consistently push the organization and each employee to get better. They have been in business for 40+ years, so all of the easy questions have been asked and answered, so all that is left are tough questions, puzzles and challenges. The employees are exceptionally smart, talented, intellectually curious, funny, and more humble than I ever would have expected. It is one of the few places I have worked where I hop out of bed and am excited about the day and who will be in the trenches with me. The feel is like that of a highly-functioning competitive sports team. Everyone "coaches" each other with direct feedback with the goal of getting better both individually and as a team. I've never seen a company take such good care of their employees - the employee benefits are truly as good as it gets and they keep adding to them each year.

    Cons

    There is a ton of critical feedback here, even for very high-performing individuals. If you are someone who stays up at night tossing an turning after getting some criticism at work, this probably isn't the place for you.

    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Top-tier people & pay, terrible work-life balance.

    May 7, 2022 - Research Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Top-tier talent; BWA is full of interesting and brilliant people. Comp & benefits are excellent. Very educational.

    Cons

    Horrific work life balance. Management can be bureaucratic. Commuting to Westport isn't ideal.

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great

    Apr 29, 2022 - Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place to work. Meaningful

    Cons

    None at this time. Truth

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Decent for a new grad, but experience varies by group

    Apr 30, 2022 - Investment Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, stable workplace. Depending on the group, exposure to learning opportunities is good.

    Cons

    Dots system isn't for everyone. Lots of red tape that can seem arbitrary. Lots of turnover in upper management.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place to work

    Apr 10, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Decent compensation - Very good benefits - Work life balance. You are not expected to work after office hours, during your vacation and are always encourage to take vacation - You work with really smart people - Transparency at all level. You will hear any information impacting you, your team or company directly from the source / Management rather than from rumors or market. - Feedbacks are given on face - Flat organization structure - every employee is treated with respect irrespective of where they are in the hierarchy

    Cons

    - It takes time to get used to BW culture.

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  6. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Awesome place to work

    Mar 31, 2022 - Founder 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits, wicked smart people.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance [self imposed IMO]

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A Workplace Like No Other

    Apr 23, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer in Westport, CT
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The pay is very good.

    Cons

    Constant surveillance, and management's obsessive need to know your every thought, made this the most bizarre work experience, ever. Bullying based on superior grasp of Ray Dalio's "Principles" was extensive. Being able to view recordings of top management meetings was fascinating, mostly because it showed how the "Principles", in practice, were applied not as tools for understanding, but as tools of dominance.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    good pay

    Mar 31, 2022 - Human Resources Analyst in Westport, CT
    Recommend
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    Pros

    very good pay and benefits

    Cons

    long workdays, lots of egos

    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Not worth it

    Mar 23, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart people Very good perks Nice campus

    Cons

    Culture is bizarre - not enforced how they sell it Comically low compensation compared to street

    3 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Some good

    Mar 26, 2022 - Program Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart co-workers and good facilities (when open)

    Cons

    Your manager will determine your whole experience. This can be good or bad. I had four in a very short time, so it was very painful. Culture is not consistent.

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Bridgewater Associates Reviews FAQs

Bridgewater Associates has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5, based on over 531 reviews left anonymously by employees. 83% of employees would recommend working at Bridgewater Associates to a friend and 70% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 7% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Bridgewater Associates employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Bridgewater Associates. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

83% of Bridgewater Associates employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Bridgewater Associates 3.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.3 for culture and values and 3.9 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Bridgewater Associates to be career development, benefits, coworkers and the cons to be senior leadership, management, culture.

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