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

Updated July 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Exceedingly careful to make sure each employee is happy with their work/life balance" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Smart people, interesting work, good culture" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "narrow scope, limited exposure, long hours" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Lack of transparency from senior management" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Team Member in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Team Member in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Impressive peers, ethical, challenging and rewarding work. Strong in culture, compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, can feel bureaucratic at times.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart and friendly people. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Some teams work pretty long hours.


  4. "Intellectual elitists"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks, dress code, laid back office environment.

    Cons

    Lack of structure day-to-day. Ossified bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in professional managers.


  5. Helpful (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.


  6. Helpful (13)

    "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Emerging Market Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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


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