D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2020

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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Chairman David E. Shaw
David E. Shaw
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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time

    Pros

    Good Company and good people to work with

    Cons

    Limited resource which makes work life little hectic

  2. "best company to work at"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Your cow worker will be very kind and supportive.

    Cons

    There will be times when the work is tough,but remember to stay focused

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Smart and generally kind people, pretty meaningless work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Investment Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment for an investment firm Staff are bright, interesting and generally kind people Pay is very generous relative to most industries (not sure about relative to other hedge funds)

    Cons

    Work is pretty meaningless - if you seek a sense of purpose in your work, this probably isn't your industry As of a few years ago, investment in diversity, equity, and inclusion was poor Perspective of leadership was over-focused on finding "smart" people rather than developing people and team

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm smart people"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Intelligent people, nice office, nice perks (nap pods, treadmill desks, etc) Great culture and food offerings

    Cons

    Pay is slightly below market

  5. "D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Review"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary, great benefits but greater people.

    Cons

    None specificly, I am satisfied.

  6. Helpful (19)

    "Sinking boat"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Quant in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good culture. Flexible working hours and good people.

    Cons

    The return of portfolio is not good compared with competitors. Too much advertisement while new people comes in only to find limited job duty and lower pay compared with competitors. Many people leave.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great, positive place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator 

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great collegiate environment with interesting work and caring coworkers. A firm culture of excellence pushes you to be the best you can be.

    Cons

    Depending on the position, work hours can be lengthy and not as structured as a 9-6 position. Most people are very work focused and can be seen as workaholics.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "prestigious company"

    4.0
     

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

    Pros

    very good salary and intelligent people

    Cons

    high expectations and steep learning curve

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  9. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment and great culture. It is the idea job I can expect.

    Cons

    Horrible AC temperature and the special snacks are not available for the holiday weeks.

  10. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time

    Pros

    The company is as close to a meritocracy as I've experienced in my professional life--a good idea is a good idea regardless of who is recommending it.

    Cons

    Some people find the rigorous approach to problem-solving to be onerous and overly tedious. Anyone who's not detail oriented will not enjoy working here.

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