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

Updated November 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Exceedingly careful to make sure each employee is happy with their work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • This could be a good strategy for smaller companies, but for such a big company they could probably allow themselves to do some longer term research (in 2 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great coworkers and work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Growth Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategic Growth Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation for a liberal arts major.
    Very smart, interesting coworkers.
    Great benefits and perks---you don't appreciate free snacks, 100% paid health, 401K matching and gym memberships until you leave!!

    Cons

    Managers aren't always the best people managers, just someone who's been there for a while and good at the other parts of their job.
    Much more standard corporate than it used to be.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful people, great compensation"

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

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

    Pros

    Best work environment, people, and compensation of anywhere I've worked in my 15 year career. I'd work there again if they had offices in the city where I currently live.

    Cons

    None. This company is an oasis.

  3. "Good employer."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good compensation, decent perks and work-life balance. Very ethical, strong emphasis on compliance and adherence to rules. Hard working and dedicated staff that works hard to do what is right for the investor.

    Cons

    Insular. A sense of not invented here when it comes to embracing external ideas.


  4. "Not your average hedge fund, in the best way possible"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, wonderful people, smart management, plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    Serious hours and expectations, average compensation for field.


  5. "Good firm."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Culture, compensation, perks, smart employees.

    Cons

    Not as many users since its just the D E Shaw traders using the products developed.


  6. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Xyz
    Current Employee - Xyz
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food, good facilities, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Growth plan for technologist is not clear.

    Advice to Management

    Focus to reduce attrition of strong technical people.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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