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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Real quant firm"

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    Former Intern - Quantitative Analyst Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    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. "Top notch working environment"

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

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

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    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2016-03-16
  3. "Finance Associate"

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     in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good culture and benefits, friendly colleague

    Cons

    work life balance. Can work long hours

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2015-12-14
  4. "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    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.

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2015-12-09
  5. "Software developer"

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     in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to work for a quant"

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely Intelligent and hardworking coworkers Great work/life balance Great compensation if you contribute All around classy organization

    Cons

    The food court can be improved (where are my pistachios?)

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2015-01-22
  7. "Good employer."

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

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

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2014-11-05
  8. "Manager"

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

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

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2014-03-18
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great perks but weak human capital management"

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     in New York, NY
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    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

    Pros

    - Casual Dress Code - Great health benefits - Competitive compensation - Stocked pantry(ies) - Fun work perks (in-house happy hours, surprise treats, etc) - Smart, motivated co-workers - Academic culture - Flexibility in maintaining a good work/life balance - No holiday policy

    Cons

    - Becoming very political - Working in an atmosphere of distrust among departments and managers - No holiday policy - Some people are too smart for their own good, therefore making real-world solutions hard to implement. - Historically have seemed to value people with pedigree instead of assessing who would be a best fit for the job - even if she/he graduated from a state school, etc ...

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2011-11-10
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place, but culture is deteriorating"

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     in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - colleagues are smart, engaging, well-rounded people - fabulous benefits - work/life balance is encouraged

    Cons

    - culture is less supportive/collegial than it used to be a few years ago - complete lack of career development for people who don't have prior background in finance - your experience/development at the firm is completely determined by your immediate manager, and they are a mixed bag

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    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2010-09-29
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