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

Updated August 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Exceedingly careful to make sure each employee is happy with their work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • great culture, smart people--very smarty people (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance could be improved (in 4 reviews)

  • sometimes work pressure is more so keep your health in check (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "N/A"

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    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly bright people, who are also kind and interesting.

    Excellent compensation and benefit structure.

    Formed lasting friendships at this company.

    Cons

    Subject to performance downturns and ensuing labor cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the upward mobility for staff at the company, don't let folks get so pigeonholed.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Smartest people in the world"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with the best thought leaders in the field, in a true meritocracy.

    Cons

    Imposter Syndrome is common. Most new hires are used to being the expert at what they do. It can require adjustment to get used to the impressive peer group in the firm.

  3. "Great"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, good culture

    Cons

    Not great at transparency, more people who are good at jobs but not good at managing

    Advice to Management

    Give more training to managers


  4. "Excellent place to work and grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Great workplace
    * Good technologies
    * Extremely smart and high caliber people

    Cons

    * Work pressure is sometimes high

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  5. "Emerging Market Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Encourage independent work and a strong drive for success. The managing directors are very hand's on and helpful in day to day tasks.

    Cons

    The environment can be pretty daunting. The stress level is very high but the rewards are even higher.


  6. "Deshaw"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great perks and smart people

    Cons

    Air conditioning was too cold


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everything you would want in terms of an organization. Great perks and great benefit. Constantly shifting to adjust to industry standards. Competitive salary.

    Cons

    Not much I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  8. "Excellent company & Culture"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Competitive pay
    - Great and relaxed company culture
    - Highly intelligent employees
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Very flat Hierarchy, so not too much room for promotion.
    - Company lunches are very limited most of the time to a specific type of food.


  9. "A great team!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely talented people and great benefits.

    Cons

    Expectations are high but that's more of a challenge than a con.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Rigorous work environment with brilliant peers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -High standards - A great environment for those early in their careers--you will learn how to hold yourself to higher standards, make thoughtful, data-driven decisions, and deliver highly analytical work. In turn, you work with people who are similarly hard-working.
    -Brilliant coworkers - D. E. Shaw has very high hiring standards, so you are surrounded by incredible people. Not only are the employees brilliant, but they are also often talented beyond the workplace--D. E. Shaw prizes those with "other agendas", be it music, art, theater, etc.
    -Lenient work hours - As a perpetual night owl, the flexibility here has been a godsend. Managers tend to be very understanding with PTO and working from home.
    -Amazing benefits - They care about taking care of their employees. Not only are there intellectual talks onsite, museum memberships, an onsite gym and fitness reimbursements, ergonomic assessments, loaded pantries, nap pods, incredible swag, etc. BUT the folks in HC are incredibly attentive and accommodating. They gave me passport renewal advice, helped me sort out an erroneous out-of-network charge, and took my suggestion for a speaking event.

    Cons

    - You can't phone things in; you are accountable for your work and will know when it's not up to snuff.
    - The salsa should be on the same floor as the tortilla chips.


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