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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. "The best firm to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior MEMBER TECHNICAL in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Senior MEMBER TECHNICAL in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome compensation and perks.

    Cons

    I didn't find any con(s).


  2. "Good to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good to learn for a new joineee

    Cons

    No cons as per my experience at DE Shaw

  3. "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.


  4. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Amazing talent
    - Great culture
    - Wider opportunities, flexible working hours
    - Work life balance

    Cons

    - Not much to add, the environment is great.


  5. "Amazing firm"

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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

    good salary... good work life balance...brilliant colleagues.

    Cons

    fewer holidays..sometimes work pressure is more so keep your health in check


  6. "A mixed bag...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I joined the company was on the downward slope from the past successful number of years. Overall a vibrant bunch of intelligent and good people. the London office could have benefited from less interference from the US team but overall a pretty solid company.

    Cons

    A lot of hype from David Shaw and his expertise in the field. An incompetent London HR team and a hierarchy that would make your eyes water.... despite the collegial environment one is lead to believe exists. Some incompetence in the London management team and double standards.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear out and cut the bulls**t. Get back to doing what you were good at.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Smartest people in the world"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Overall good"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work
    lots of perks and parties

    Cons

    Some time long working hours


  9. "Systems develwpor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working culture, good supporting teams , free food, good remuneration.

    Cons

    There is nothing as such in particular to as a con for this company.


  10. "Excellent place to work and grow"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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