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3.9
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Bridgewater Associates CEO David McCormick
David McCormick
32 Ratings
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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)

  • 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
      Former Employee

      Very good

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

      Very smart people around me

      Cons

      Too much work and stress

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    2. 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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      13 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Love it or hate it

      Dec 8, 2020 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work with really smart people

      Cons

      ‘Jerk’ actions acceptable when giving feedback

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    4. 2.0
      Former Intern

      Intern

      Jan 18, 2021 - Intern in Bridgeport, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people in work office

      Cons

      Was an intense work enviornment

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    5. 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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      15 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Best learning experience

      Jun 24, 2020 - Senior Recruiter in Westport, CT
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      Pros

      Work with exceptionally smart people, you get out of it what you put into it. It is radically transparent, which some interpret as "tattling" but it breaks down your illusions about yourself and the self awareness is valuable. Atmosphere was energizing, Had a successful run.

      Cons

      Hard to get a decision made as things are debated for too long. Can be frustrating as an experienced hire who is used to a very different organizational structure and culture.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great pay, smart people, somewhat boring work, dysfunctional bureaucracy

      Oct 14, 2020 - Investment Associate Intern in Westport, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very high pay, lots of smart people, hours are pretty short

      Cons

      They call it the 'machine' for a reason, you're just a cog. Management structure very ineffective, few if any employees live up to the radical transparency ideal

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    8. 4.0
      Former Intern

      Culture-oriented, focused on

      Jun 7, 2020 - Technology Associate 
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      Pros

      For those that can thrive in the culture - be resilient and able to take and give feedback productively - then it's a good place to grow. Lots of smart people who you can learn from, and they'll invest in your growth.

      Cons

      I feel like in some situations, they could put their principles before their people, so you also have to be able to show that you're the best of the best.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good

      Sep 1, 2020 - Data Analyst in Westport, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - smart people - lots of work - good culture

      Cons

      - monotonous - culture can be intimidating

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Variability

      Oct 27, 2020 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people, great training, free food

      Cons

      Variability in quality of management, feedback masked as objective

      3 people found this review helpful
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