Bridgewater Associates Employee Reviews about "long hours"

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  • "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)

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  • "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, more than 3 years

      Opportunity to work with driven and authentic people. Challenging and demands a lot of you but incredibly rewarding

      Jun 11, 2020 - Project Manager 
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      Pros

      Great people, no bs type of culture, lots of opportunity to grow and learn, authentic leaders, the ability to give upward feedback is really refreshing.

      Cons

      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. The culture is definitely not for everyone but can be incredibly refreshing and developmental under certain managers

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Excellent company to start your career

      Jul 10, 2020 - Business Analyst in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Friendly community, unparalleled benefits (healthcare, 401k, food/drinks/snacks, gyms), plenty of opportunity for advancement

      Cons

      Long hours (50hr minimum per week), culture can be challenging

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      not bad

      Dec 22, 2019 - Investment Associate 
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      Pros

      good pay, interesting work, smart people

      Cons

      generally stressful, long hours, lots of uncertainty

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Direct, open, honest, bad management, poor implementation of principles, used to be better place to work

      Mar 25, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      - Lots of bright, smart people - Lots of perks (free lunch, snacks, drinks, company events, etc.) - Transparency into senior management thinking, company strategic direction, etc. - Direct, open, honest feedback to almost everyone can be useful in learning about yourself & others

      Cons

      - Very inefficient. Everything is a process that demands wide-spread approvals - Long hours (in some departments, upwards of 14-16 hour days) - Very restrictive non-compete with a very lengthy process to get anything approved - Implementation of Principles is sporadic / inconsistent, and can be "gamed" - Heavy-handed approach to principles & management - Attempts to distill an individual into a set of rankable/ratable attributes that is used for hire/fire decisions - Despite what others may say, pay is only average for NYC region -- probably slightly higher if you're only comparing w/in CT - Management that is constantly "failing" - Revolving door of hires

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      10 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Analyst

      Jan 4, 2016 - Analyst in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Superlative intellectual company. Opportunity to learn a lot about both investing and general business/life management skills. You'll be pushed harder intellectually than you will almost anywhere else.

      Cons

      Long hours. The guiding philosophy of the firm is one that not everyone will agree with or tolerate, and it's present in almost every aspect of the day to day work. In other words, you have to be a solid culture fit to make it. If you're not excited by the idea of testing yourself in the culture they describe, it's probably not for you.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee

      You're going to either like or leave really fast

      Sep 23, 2014 - Administrative Assistant 
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      Pros

      - People are all great humans - I'd rather hang out with Bridgewater people than most of my actual friends. They are also really smart - basically 0% chance I go anywhere else in the world where people are on aggregate smarter than they are at bwater. - Benefit of the culture, you always know where you stand with everyone - there's no BS, there's no talking behind people's backs, etc. Great camaraderie among the people there, although occasionally someone will be sacrificed in the name of the principles. - people are generally really good at their jobs there or they leave. So there's probably less crap to put up with than at other places in that respect - great place to learn a lot about yourself, how you think, how you like to work/operate, etc. Free candy everywhere. If you like candy you are going to love Bridgewater. - Great parties, company events, all that stuff. Fun atmosphere

      Cons

      - lots of company related homework/chores to do that have little to do with the actual doing of your job - really high turnover - as my friend said, "it's hard to get the meaningful relationships part of the 'meaningful work/meaningful relationships' tagline they use if they keep firing all my friends." - principles/culture probably started out organic and great, but they're being instituted across the company in ways that are clunky and can be ludicrously bureaucratic - the culture is great but pervasive to such an extent that people over think doing pretty basic stuff - imagine spending days trying to set up a meeting and then Lord Dalio spends half of the allotted time haranguing someone over how he phrased a sentence. That kind of stuff happens way too often... lots of time wasted for low value conversations. But then again he also has 15 billion more dollars than me so what do I know. - people help each other out less - really long hours for everyone - I basically - it's in CT, the worst state in the union

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      20 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great experience, tough but rewarding

      Dec 20, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Emphasis on firm culture which is based on being open and forthright with one another, smart/bright employees, great benefits, no surprises backstabbing etc., if you like the culture and like your day to day job no better place to be, above average pay

      Cons

      Not for everyone, read up on the company culture before you apply, long hours, systematic processes stifles innovation somewhat

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      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Open, Honest, Uneven

      Jan 13, 2010 -  in Norwalk, CT
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      Pros

      They really mean the culture stuff. Lots of very smart, motivated people. Predictable but non-wow bonus structure for most employees. Good catered lunches every day. They try to find ways to enable interesting extracurricular activities.

      Cons

      Long hours more or less every day for everybody. Not much of a maternity leave policy. Very restrictive non-compete agreement. Don't expect a 'Wall Street bonus' to retire on, ever.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great place if you're comfortable with the culture

      Jan 19, 2016 - Delivery Manager in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Extreme transparency at all levels. Smart people. Very successful firm. Work hard and play hard. Meritocracy. Excellent principles to guide and strive for consistent management.

      Cons

      If you're not comfortable with the culture it could be a very difficult place to succeed. Long hours.

      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great management

      Apr 28, 2013 -  
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      Pros

      Best series of managers I've ever worked for. Genuinely wanted to bring out the best in employees. When I met Ray, I found he was a great person as well.

      Cons

      Potential long hours, must have tough skin, an ego that does not impede, and/or ability to handle constructive criticism.

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