Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated May 8, 2020

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Bridgewater Associates CEO David McCormick
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Pros
  • "There are a lot of smart people and you get to learn a lot(in 53 reviews)

  • "Incredible Benefits (401k, Medical, Free-Food, Transportation, Meditation rooms)(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "no work life balance, if you don’t drink the kool-aid (culture) you are out(in 28 reviews)

  • "Long hours, difficult to move beyond the curve(in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (18)

    "Incredible place!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Operations Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Truly an amazing place to work, grow and evolve as a person, and develop meaningful relationships. Co-workers become family and are so invested in helping you become the best version of yourself.

    Cons

    The commute from NYC is not ideal (but still worth the drive for the experience!) but my group had relaxed WFH policies and some groups are opening up spaces in NYC to work from.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-04-30
  2. "Radical Transparency"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, lush setting and benefits, interesting work

    Cons

    Extreme pressure, not as much of a learning culture as they say

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-05-08
  3. "Tough place, but a great experience"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, always thought-provoking, cuts through, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Limited growth and development opportunities

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-05-06
  4. "Bridgewater"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Westport, CT

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great learning environment and compensation

    Cons

    Can’t work in finance for 2 years after quitting

    Bridgewater Associates2020-04-16
  5. Helpful (4)

    "So glad that I don't work at this place any more"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Decent Pay

    Cons

    Culture is toxic and cult like. No meaningful work or projects. All you do is critique each other on the principles and attributes that are a strong part of the culture. The employees walk around and talk about the principles as if their life depended on it. If you don't drink the kool-aid, the principled minions will eat you up. Just a bunch of people thinking that the world revolves around them and their opinions. Worst job experience for me.

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-04-13
  6. "great place"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Westport, CT
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    lots of drive and opporutnity here

    Cons

    tough place for many to work

    Bridgewater Associates2020-04-02
  7. Helpful (1)

    "If you value and can handle honesty and want to learn on any dimension, this is the place."

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Transparency including the ability to speak truth to power make this an interesting place to work. The ability to make a logical case for any course of action and have it debated almost entirely on its merits is quite powerful. Salaries - very well compensated, even in tech areas, and it's all cash . Benefits - best healthcare benefits in the world. 401k match is great.

    Cons

    You have to be willing to listen to and discuss your own faults, and make a logical case for anything! Not all lessons learned will be applicable to other companies. Small-ish company means limited opportunities for advancement or senior roles. Tech environment is dated.

    Bridgewater Associates2020-03-12
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Grow and learn about yourself"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Compensation and benefits - Learning to deal with tough situation/executives - Growth opportunities if you are aggressive - Amazing opportunity to actually get smarter and think at a very conceptual level

    Cons

    - A very tough environment where weaknesses are emphasized and shared with everyone - Change/Transformations are non-stop, which can be unsettling for most people - If you don't have a great manager who's willing to have your back, you will fail epically

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-02-13
  9. Helpful (2)

    "You have to buy in, and it's worth it"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits, health insurance, and salary. Working with exceptionally bright people (some of whom are awesome, some of whom are d$cks, like anywhere else) that raise the bar for you. Ruthless self-improvement.

    Cons

    If you resist the culture, and don't agree with it, you're going to have a tough time adjusting. There's a reason there's a 4 week Boot Camp before you start working. At the same time, don't think everything said in Boot Camp is the equivalent of Moses' tablets. There's a reason they hired you in the first place, so don't completely lose who you are and the value you're meant to bring.

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-01-19
  10. "Best work experience"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work alongside highly intelligent people Unique culture unites everyone Deep caring community Above average pay and benefits Deeper learning about myself

    Cons

    At times, difficult to navigate way of being including having to fight every fight, work assignments associated with culture, misuse/misinterpretation of principles.

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-01-19
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