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Updated Jun 13, 2019

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Bridgewater Associates CEO Ray Dalio
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Pros
  • "Challenging, surrounded by smart people(in 50 reviews)

  • "Comp, benefits are second to none, free food, good people(in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "no work life balance, if you don’t drink the kool-aid (culture) you are out(in 27 reviews)

  • "Long hours, difficult to move beyond the curve(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Cult like environment"

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    Former Employee - Leverage in Westport, CT

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

    Pros

    great perks -free lunch, snacks food and compensation is higher than norm

    Cons

    no work life balance, if you don’t drink the kool-aid (culture) you are out. Way too many thinkers and not enough doers.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-03-13
  2. Helpful (10)

    "Stressful, Micromanaging, and Closed Minded"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stocked pantries, interesting work from time to time.

    Cons

    Run away from this place. People don't live in reality here. No matter what you say or how you say it, it will never be right - you will be criticized for everything you do or even think about doing, day in and day out. It will almost certainly be a step back in your career. Non-existent work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    Bridgewater Associates2019-03-23
  3. Helpful (3)

    "If you can deal with the culture, you will thrive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Culture, friends, compensation, parties are great

    Cons

    Culture, working with people can be difficult, decisions are slow, work-life balance

    Bridgewater Associates2018-11-02
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Work hard play hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Everyone's voice is heard. Praise and criticism are given freely. Free lunch, snacks, drinks, dinner if you work past 7pm, onsite gym/showers and fun team building events.

    Cons

    Criticism is given too freely. Expected to work 10+ hours a day, work life balance is non-existant.

    Advice to Management

    Value your subordinates more. Turnover is high, and would not be if everyone felt important not just department heads.

    Bridgewater Associates2018-06-07
  5. Helpful (11)

    "Dog Years of Learning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    BW is dog years of learning. You’re challenged intellectually and supported by incredible people who are deeply invested in your growth. BW is very much a place where the sky is the limit and the possibilities for your career are what you make of them. Through hard work, curiosity, and openness to learning, you can grow within the organization and take on more responsibility rapidly and will consistently be pushed and...

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    Cons

    For me, I was commuting from quite a distance to CT, which became too much on the work / life balance scale.

    Bridgewater Associates2017-12-15
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great development experience"

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    Current Employee - Management 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The learning. I'm surrounded by smart, talented people who challenge me, and invest heavily in my personal development. I see real progress in my ability to structure/solve problems and communicate with senior mgmt. I equate many of my experiences to a practical business degree. The culture. Yes, a culture of transparency & accountability can feel intense, but for me, the many benefits far outweigh any cons. I'm encouraged...

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    Cons

    I commute from NYC to CT, which ultimately impacts my work/life balance. But this is my choice, and is more than justified by what I'm gaining from the experience. The firm is at important point in its story (i.e., the institutionalization of a boutique, founder-led firm). Rapid growth over the years has led to a lot of organizational inefficiency, redundancy, & waste. Senior...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on what's most important.

    Bridgewater Associates2017-11-20
  7. Helpful (18)

    "BW a great company, (but...)"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open, honest work environment. Hard working smart people who care deeply about their work and each other (most of the time)

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge. Principled bullies do exist.

    Advice to Management

    When someone is really unhappy or even traumatized, instead of saying "another one of those" go and truly look at the cause- it could be one of your principles bullies

    Bridgewater Associates2016-08-08
  8. Helpful (19)

    "Ray would love if you were a machine. Leave your emotions at the door."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Amazing ℅-workers, free lunch and snacks, quality friendships. The promise of speaking your mind, holding people accountable, asking questions.

    Cons

    Min 50 hrs a/week, no work/life balance, under daily intense pressure and stress, outdated technology - excel over used, large turn over, constantly training newbies or taking on the workload of those that management deems below the bar. Losing your job is always just around the corner. Money making departments (employees - bonuses) favored over non-profit support or back...

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    Advice to Management

    The high turnover is ridiculous - it's a strain on moral, inefficient on workloads and work flow. Invest in technology to make working and getting things done easier.

    Bridgewater Associates2016-07-05
  9. "Bridgewater"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates

    Pros

    Learn about yourself, learn to think better and more efficiently, ability to work lots of overtime

    Cons

    work life balance, easy to get fired if your not a superstar in your role

    Advice to Management

    n/a

    Bridgewater Associates2016-03-19
  10. Helpful (9)

    "Amazing Company if you share their values"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ray's Principles aligned really well with the way I think, and I still believe in operating the way that I did while at Bridgewater. I was surrounded by brilliant people who constantly challenged my thinking down to the core of who I was, and helped to shape me and improve it. The perks and benefits were fantastic from health insurance coverage to lunch and snack provided with fully stocked kitchens.

    Cons

    There was a great deal of expectation around acting like an owner for your role, yet it felt like they didn't treat you like an owner. There was also a heavy emphasis on believability. The concept makes sense, where your opinion on something is taken into account only as much as you are a beliveable and reliable subject matter expert. For instance, I was an admin, so my believability on many things was fairly low compared...

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    Advice to Management

    See the cons above. The biggest challenge I experienced there, as did other former employees, was moving up in the company. Many have done it, but they seem to be the ones who came on board very early on before the company became too big.

    Bridgewater Associates2016-01-29
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