Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated May 10, 2021

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Pros
  • "Work with exceptionally smart people, you get out of it what you put into it(in 63 reviews)

  • "Comp, benefits are second to none, free food, good people(in 28 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Potentially poor work life balance(in 31 reviews)

  • "Long hours, not a ton of work life/balance particularly if you want to go far, career pathing could use some work, location isn't ideal(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Excellent place to work

      May 10, 2021 - Software Test Engineer in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Great culture, great people, fun work.

      Cons

      Commitment to excellence is not for everyone

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great day to day; too much bureacracy

      May 5, 2021 - Investment Engine in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Really smart, motivated people that give a lot of leeway to explore new ideas and run with them. Very open and non-hierarchical atmosphere. Really competitive pay and amazing benefits.

      Cons

      Take themselves a little too seriously with the principles tools. Tons of wasted time on processes that do little to help

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Hard place to work, but worth it

      Feb 5, 2021 - Management Support Associate in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Overall great benefits and many more improvements. Community is a big part of this company. Company is going through restructuring right now, but they are smart decisions for the future.

      Cons

      It’s hard to work here! You will be tested with your thinking, but that makes you better off overall. The hardest part is knowing how many people get fired and always being very uneasy about that. Your manager will determine if you have a good experience so there can be “teams” of people. This will either work for you or against you. No true internal promotions, leads to lack of career path. If you are “ upper management” you will be on day one. The days of being able to start as a receptionist or Mail room and work your way up, are no more.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Place - Be prepared to think

      Apr 20, 2021 - Financial Controller in Stamford, CT
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      Pros

      Unified Culture, Development Opportunities, make connections

      Cons

      Extremely High expectations, you have to use your mind constantly , do not take things too personally

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Company

      Apr 27, 2021 - Senior Counsel in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      overall a great company, highly recommend

      Cons

      bureaucracy, lack of career movement

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      There is no place like it

      Jan 27, 2021 - Client Service Coordinator in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      It is not your standard hedge fund -- in fact they don't even call themselves that. The company pays as much attention to the culture as some of the major tech companies like Google or Facebook and it shows. Things are different there. Personal development comes quickly if you are willing to dive in. Management is very open and trusting. They share more with employees than I have ever seen elsewhere.

      Cons

      The company is rather established, so don't expect to progress quickly. You will need to be there a solid 5 years to get out of entry level status in many departments. The company would be great IF everyone actually lived by the Principles - the book written by the founder that describes the ideal culture. Despite the mandatory training for all employees on this point, many people just superficially put up with the principles and don't fundamentally change their behavior. The place only works if you buy in and take responsibility.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Overall great if you have a good manager and click with the culitre

      Apr 18, 2021 - Project Manager in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Benefits Community Very smart people to learn from

      Cons

      Not programmatic on things like talent development Compensation is questionable depending on the role

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      An experience like no other

      Mar 23, 2021 - Engineer in Wilton, CT
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      Pros

      Culture - interesting culture that promotes high-quality work Compensation Interesting projects

      Cons

      Culture - Easy to get mired in analysis paralysis. Way too many cooks in the kitchen. Bizarre management structure Medium-size business (in terms of employees) that tries to operate like it's massive.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Working at the #1 Hedgefund in the world

      Apr 28, 2021 - Receptionist in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Great benefits Catered lunches Company events

      Cons

      Work life balance Company culture extremely stressful

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      The culture is everything

      Jan 29, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Bridgewater really takes care of its people. The way the firm handled COVID was super impressive and way better executed than anything our government did. If you vibe with the culture of direct, honest feedback and intellectual rigor, you might find it hard to work anywhere else. It's a special social contract that makes you realize how petty and unfair other people in the outside world can be.

      Cons

      The work culture still very much glorifies working long hours. Work life balance in some specific areas of the company just does not exist.

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