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

Updated July 13, 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. Helpful (3)

    "A collegial and welcoming environment where smart people of any background are wanted."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President 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 5 years)

    Pros

    People here are smart. The culture rewards asking questions and thinking rigorously, and collaboration is common. Not a lot of hierarchy compared to many other firms. Stable and low turnover. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Stability and low turnover mean that it's probably harder to move up and make a lot of money relative to some other places. Another way to look at that is that you need to be really impressive to meaningfully progress here. Also, there isn't necessarily a set path for progressing, and self motivation is probably more important here than at larger institutions with predefined tracks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Top notch working environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    -Uncompromising on ethics, intellectual rigor, meritocratic values, and effective communication
    -Excellent snacks!
    -Casual work environment, both in dress and in style of interaction
    -Exceedingly careful to make sure each employee is happy with their work/life balance
    -A totally unique culture which promotes work satisfaction as well as cohesion within groups as well as across departments

    Cons

    -The ping pong area is a bit small, though I'm excited to see what it looks like after the renovations are done!

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin' on

  3. "Fantastic company- great opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Intellectually charged work environment
    -Highest caliber technical talent
    -Colleagues who are eager to help one another and collaborate
    -Great HR and company infrastructure
    -Interesting problems/real world solutions

    Cons

    -Ambiguous identity, toes the line between Finance, Tech, and Academia.
    -Demanding interview process.


  4. "Member technical"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nice platform to leverage your Financial Learning by using technology.

    Cons

    Not much technically Sound company.


  5. "Best job ever!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I was never questioned about how/why I performed any aspect of my job. Had full trust of all senior managers. A truely liberating experience! In addition, the background diversity, and brilliance, of my co-workers made for an amaxing work environment. Excellent benefit package, and very generous bonus.

    Cons

    None. Zero. Zip. Nada.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do.


  6. "Finance Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Good culture and benefits, friendly colleague

    Cons

    work life balance. Can work long hours


  7. "Overall great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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

    -Great people.
    -Great benefits.
    -Opportunities for growth.
    -Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    -More direct feedback from managers would be helpful.
    -Larger company so more politics to deal with than you might find at smaller company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Highest ethical standards and great people"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 a year)

    Pros

    The people are not only brilliant, but interesting, quirky, and kind. I feel well taken care of as an employee. D. E. Shaw also holds itself to the highest standards in everything they do: work, ethics, care for employees.

    Cons

    None that I can really think of! It can be a little intimidating to be around so many smart people and you have to hold yourself to the same high standard that the firm sticks to I guess but that's a good thing.

    Advice to Management

    None!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    +smartest people I've ever worked with
    +relentless drive to be the best investment management firm
    +strong emphasis on developing employees

    Cons

    - nothing comes to mind

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great results


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Best of the best"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people --some of the brightest I've encountered in my life-- and a very competent CEO. The workplace is definitely competitive and relentless, but in a way that pushes you to do better. Good management and room for career development is also clearly shown.

    Cons

    Everyone is on their 'A' game... so don't expect anyone to treat you like a child and hold your hand. People are definitely not as lenient and "friendly", and everyone expects immediate results.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the progress and


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