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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Real quant firm"

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    Former Intern - Quantitative Analyst Intern in New York, NY
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    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm for less than a year

    Pros

    Research and technology centered culture, with very smart people Friendly, cooperative, low pressure work environment. They hire for the long term and take good care of employees (i.e. benefits, work/life balance) Ethics and compliance are taken seriously

    Cons

    Seemed somewhat high inertia at times

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2017-03-14
  2. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook

    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

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    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2017-01-24
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Deshaw"

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

    Pros

    Great perks and smart people

    Cons

    Air conditioning was too cold

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2016-10-12
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Highest ethical standards and great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

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

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    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2015-11-19
  5. Helpful (31)

    "Not a good place"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    * Smart people. * Food surprises. * Nice snacks in the office. * Interesting work. * Good perks.

    Cons

    * Cut throat atmosphere. It's dog eat dog. Managers and their direct reports are competing for a slice of the same pie. Search for "I actually never really intended to stay in finance, it was just the only real job I could get with my number theory skills." using your favorite search engine. * Extremely high pay inequality. Entry quants and developers are making $200-250K while MDs are making $5-10M and the head honcho is making $50-100M. Meanwhile the original founder is raking in $500M+ and doesn't even show up to work any more. * Pay is opaque. You'll get a raise, you won't know why. Your pay will get cut, you won't know why. Bonuses given only annually. * Failure rate of projects is extremely high (90%+). * Nobody here knows how to manage well. You'll be micromanaged until you need to see a shrink. Stifling atmosphere. * All the best people have left owing to the above issues. Some groups have attrition as high as 30% / year. People leaving both from the top and the bottom. * Company's best days are behind it. * Amount of hard work required to be "successful" is insane these days. All the low hanging fruit has been eaten. You will have to achieve several Einsteins in a row to make money here. * Your success depends on not only how hard you work, but mostly on which projects get assigned to you. Projects vary widely in their chances of success and their difficulty level. If you get difficult, unlikely to succeed projects, you won't be successful. You will then be perceived as being stupid. This will lead to you not getting good projects in the future. The vicious death spiral will lead to you quitting. The people running the show don't want to understand this because they enjoy their feeling of superiority for having succeeded and being able to call you a stupid failure. * For developers - ancient tech stack. They laugh at the idea of contributing to the open source community. They are insular, outdated, and way behind the times. You will get tired of it quickly. * Laptops only by special request. You'll be chained to an aging Dell desktop machine running an old version of Windows. * Secretive. Little collaboration. Sharing of work and results limited to tiny peer groups (2-5 people). * Slippery recruiting. "Sell days" in which you'll be lied to in the face until you join.

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    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2015-06-12
  6. "Software developer"

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     in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of challenging work. Working with very smart people. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The project focus is mainly short-term. 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.

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    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2015-05-26
  7. "Internship experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
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    Negative Outlook

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart people to work with

    Cons

    Very demanding work and culture.

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2015-06-09
  8. "Not a great place to work"

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

    Pros

    - Perks, Salary and smart people

    Cons

    - Work is boring, very old technology. No scope to improve

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    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2015-01-15
  9. "Unique culture"

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

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

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    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2014-06-27
  10. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Intern - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm for less than a year

    Pros

    Very smart people, lots of freedom

    Cons

    the industry is a bit secretive, but thats part of the game

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2013-10-02

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