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

Updated February 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "nice first job."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good pay, smart and very nice people to work with, good learning experience.

    Cons

    not much sharing of knowledge. low mobility within teams. will be put into a certain area of focus at the beginning of your job and it is hard to move around.

    Advice to Management

    more communication.


  2. "Unique culture"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst 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

    Crazy smart people. Very thoughtful and engaged management. Strong, consistent culture. This is the Google of Wall Street.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as high as other firms. Slow to embrace change. Management can be a bit too hands-off.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to encourage more innovation structurally. Currently, new ideas are too easily stifled.


  3. "great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    extremely intelligent coworkers, great perks, a chance for career growth if you're interested and you're smart. office culture is geeky and great.

    Cons

    flattish structure can be confusing, salaries are not as good as comparable hedge funds, company went downhill a bit after the crash.


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  5. "Manager"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work culture & Challenging work environment. I have been working in this company for several years and really find this company to be a great place to work with. You get an opportunity to work with some amazing people here

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be improved


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, perfectionist work environment"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus on learning; challenging work; great colleagues with interesting backgrounds. This place is full of non-finance folks who know their stuff. The ecletic backgrounds make it a fantastic and interesting place to work. Upper management does a lot to make it a great place to work, offering lots of great perks and depending on the department, lots of room to grow, both personally and professionaly.

    Cons

    Some groups far more intense than others. Some managers very difficult to work for and it can go unnoticed or purposefully unnoticied. Most employees are very friendly, however it can be a bit snobby/elitist.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing recruiting and retaining amazing talent.


  7. "Great environment, brilliant people, probably only a great career choice for quants."

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent leadership, great culture, smart coworkers, a chance for non-traditional finance employees to apply their smarts on a blue chip stage. Decent perks, and, in many cases, humane hours.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement opportunities in many verticals, high-ish turnover, limited opportunities for mentor relationships, introverted employee base. Not an aggressive posture, has been fairly defensive since financial crisis.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management - the machine works great.


  8. "Brilliant experience"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work culture, brilliant people, opportunity to work on different things, good pay

    Cons

    narrow scope, limited exposure, long hours


  9. Helpful (2)

    "D.E. Shaw was a great place for me to begin and finish my career in finance."

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    Former Employee - Proprietary Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Proprietary Trader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture, smart people--very smarty people. learn a lot; get much more experience and responsibility than one would get at sell-side.

    Cons

    worked there during the financial crisis so I didn't always get the information and help I needed. much more institutional and "corporate" than they want you to think.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's been wonderful working here. I've learned a ton, been well compensated and received amazing benefits."

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    Current Employee - Generalist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Generalist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly smart, yet the culture is casual.

    Cons

    The opportunities for advancement are limited.


  11. "Intellectually rewarding experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Work with a collection of the brightest minds in the world. It's a fascinating computational biochemistry project. A small team so each member gets a lot of responsibility. Very generous with the compensation. The team members are very generous with their time and will share their knowledge with you.

    Cons

    These are very long projects when compared to the rest of the industry. You have to commit many years to get through one. While management professes to be open and transparent, they really are not.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more open about the future plans for your team.



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