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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 128 reviews)
  • "Benefits are great.(in 56 reviews)
  • "Pay is good.(in 27 reviews)
  • "Free food (but who cares besides kids out of college?)(in 21 reviews)
  • "good compensation and perks/benefits.(in 16 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Very good

    Oct 28, 2020 - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very smart people around me

    Cons

    Too much work and stress

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Some Good- but decent amount of bad

    Aug 5, 2021 - Project Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -You will learn a ton about yourself and develop like crazy (if you can find your groove in the culture) - Generous comp (assuming you're in the right department) and great healthcare - Lots of amazing and smart people

    Cons

    -comp isn't standardized and highly dependent on your department. There is no universal definition of "impact" to dollars, so people can be paid way more than you, but have much lower expectations. - culture is deteriorating (and there are times that it seems like management is okay with it). It is their right to change the culture, but they should be explicit about it (both internally and to candidates) - Lots of "power" politics at play within senior ranks (people always angling for power/influence). If you're a junior person and your management is on the wrong side of "power", it could hurt your career and internal mobility prospects - The organization is always changing. Every time a new senior manager comes into a role, they almost always completely redesign the team. This is sometimes needed and other times just "another way to skin a cat" or managers thinking that nothing is good, unless they created it. This causes a decent amount of volatility for more junior people. Then, oftentimes when managers "fail", which happens frequently-it just becomes like an "oops"/learning opportunity and there is no accountability or acknowledgement of the chaos/disruption they caused to the team. This chaos oftentimes means people leaving/losing their roles, transferring to other teams, etc.. - very few people can make decisions and every decision takes a long time. The majority of people are just teeing things up for decisions - Level of transparency is decreasing, which sometimes causes distrust is how decisions are made (you can't sense check it for yourself) - They talk a ton about D&I, but the firm is still very white and male. It seems harder for diverse employees to reach top roles (its kinda a "guys" club). Success in the culture requires a certain level of confidence and ability to debate- I think this advantages a certain type of background (that isn't oftentimes a diverse person) - the commute (if NYC based) kills your work/life balance

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Fine place to work

    Nov 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits are great, smart people

    Cons

    Many young / inexperienced managers, bureaucratic

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  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Brutal Environment with Little Upside

    Oct 27, 2020 - Management Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Competitive/generous salary & good benefits Work with really smart people who (outside of work roles) are quite decent people Aspirational values of truth & transparency, when actualized, are quite powerful It is incredible to actually have the time to understand myself better and talk through challenging topics openly

    Cons

    Extremely corporate, bureaucratic, slow moving, and -- to be blunt -- uninspiring Culture felt brutal and unnecessarily unkind, and definitely leaves scars. I learned a lot about my weaknesses, but don't feel like I had the support to actually evolve as a leader. In a struggling/shrinking stage of its lifecycle, with little opportunity for internal growth or mobility Behind the times on many important topics such as diversity and inclusion Handled layoffs very poorly. Though they espouse "meaningful relationships," this is not consistent with how the firm operates.

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    16 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Unstructured but smart people

    Jul 25, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent pay Smart people Culture concerns are overblown Good place for end of your career

    Cons

    Too academic with decision making Unstructured in everything - decision making, comp, career trajectory Few people have actual impactful work. Rest is window dressing Diversity is bad

    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

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

    Apr 18, 2021 - Project Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommend
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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
    Formerly Self-employed

    Lots of learning but tough environment

    Jan 28, 2021 - Researcher in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    You're surrounded by lots of smart people. The Principles are a fascinating way of operating and thinking.

    Cons

    Your experience will probably vary quite a bit depending on what department you work in. The environment is very demanding, and it takes a while to get used to operating within the Principles, especially the pull-no-punches feedback culture.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Smart people - Great Pay - Good training and a lot of other bad things

    Aug 13, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Westport, CT
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    Pros

    Pays very good with little or no experience. Great training. A lot of opportunities to bond with colleagues. Most of the people are exceptional in the investment engine. Culture is solid, transparency is real and rewarding. You always know where you stand. So the law of no surprise is strictly adhered to.

    Cons

    Work is bad, boring, and outdated. For at least for first 3-4 years, the projects are quite bad. You end up losing your skills and forgetting everything you know. The longer you stay, the more irrelevant you become for the rest of the world. That's not really a problem because if you stay longer they keep making you sign stricter and stricter non-compete agreements. They are so secretive and paranoid about everything. It results in junior employees getting no exposure to the investment process. It also restricts freedom and flexibility. It's sad to see some really smart people doing mundane tasks with crappy tools and technologies, wasting time-fighting the bureaucracy and slow-moving tech. The culture makes the place very verbal and argumentative. That means if you're a Chinese Phd student with not very fluent English, you won't be able to argue back to make your point clear and you will be marked as a bad communicator. The place is very white top to bottom. That is very rare these days for math and tech-driven places. (The purpose of this comment is to help you steer away if you don't love arguing. There is no discrimination or preferential treatment. Everyone is treated equally.) Employee turnover is very high. They use culture as an excuse to justify the turnover. But, that mostly comes from an easy interview process with no real testing of skills and only culture testing. For more stats, around 20 people joined on the same day as me and we all went through the same training program. Only 2 still work there. You already know this before you join. But the struggle is real when you're actually fired. Nobody wants to hire ex-Bridgewater people because of the lack of any real useful skills and non-compete problems. You may run into more logistical problems because you moved to Connecticut, visa status, school changes for children, and opportunity cost. I know people who rejected four, five job offers to come here and hate every single day at work.

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    19 people found this review helpful
  10. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Trading at Bwater

    Feb 17, 2021 - Trading 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart people, good reputation, well known

    Cons

    Cult like atmosphere, disadvantage if you don't want to live in CT

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  11. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Na

    Feb 1, 2021 - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart people and lots of follow through

    Cons

    Small jobs and lots of politics / slow progress

    1 person found this review helpful
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