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Highbridge Capital Management Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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  1. "Decent people, some issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Highbridge Capital Management full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good
    Hours are fair, as long as you don't fall behind
    Infrastructure is mostly solid

    Cons

    IT middle management has had some shake-ups lately, definite downward trend
    Developers are second-class citizens, compared to traders/PMs (Common in many hedge funds).
    The tech department itself is only a subsidiary of another group, and not represented properly on the board
    While the pay is good, bonuses usually aren't (For developers)

    Advice to Management

    Less micro-management for those who don't need it
    Less team-building / time-wasting exercises
    More honesty/transparency with bonuses
    Hire a dedicated CTO


  2. "Lost its mojo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Highbridge Capital Management full-time

    Pros

    Pros are a thing of the past

    Cons

    Quickly becoming just a sleeve of a large asset manager with very little to no autonomy. It is no longer a collegial, collaborative, growth oriented work environment. More so molded into a survivalist scheme run by executive management with no investment experience who would drown instantly if it wasn't for the few veterans still remaining pulling the heavy weight.

  3. "Decent place, but changed a lot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Highbridge Capital Management full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, decent culture, no big egos

    Cons

    Lots of management shuffling at the top ; unclear path to promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Better defined career paths for employees


  4. "Quantitative Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Highbridge Capital Management full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience for entry level

    Cons

    Work is not collaborative enough


  5. "--"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Highbridge Capital Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive comp, great relationships

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee retention


  6. Helpful (2)

    "What do you call a Hedge Fund that Can't make money?"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Don't worry about doing any work, there isn't any to be done

    Cons

    *No work and anything actually done has absolutely no importance.
    *The business can't make money if they are handed it on a silver platter. Quarter after quarter, the hedge fund has a negative return on capital, not exactly one of the bridge spots in the industry. Only thing keeping this place afloat is the constant influx of capital from JP Morgan(who owns the firm)
    *Many groups within the firm are very unskilled, but really try to hide the fact.
    *Leadership in the firm is non-existent. Since the firm continuously lose money, seems like the higher-ups just like to hide their face so they don't have to answer any questions about what is being done to change this fact.

    Advice to Management

    Hello, are you there?


  7. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Can't think of one Pro

    Cons

    A warning to all executive assistants that value being part of a team and want to be treated with respect, this is not the place for you. Management simply do not treat executive assistants with respect here. In addition they expect you to work the hours of a managing director with no overtime and want you to respond to emails on the weekends and after work within seconds. Executive assistants are an integral part of any team, and at this company you will feel completely undervalued and unappreciated for your hard work. They have a reputation for high turnover as it pertains to assistants.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your executive assistants with the respect they deserve.

  8. "Technolgy associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Highbridge Capital Management full-time

    Pros

    Good place with lot of smart people and great systems and an established name. Some good perks for the employees.

    Cons

    Heavy focus on cost cutting and waste of great talent in many cases. Very little focus on talent and its growth. Not sure of its long term strategy

    Advice to Management

    Please be more clear in terms of the firms direction and also better efforts on the business development side to raise more money


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Career Crippler? Caution."

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Highbridge Capital Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job you take afterwards will feel like a beautiful dream. I couldn't believe the relative level of meritocracy and flatness I encountered at my next employer - and that employer wasn't even a tech company. To this day I feel a gratitude for my current worklife that I wouldn't feel had I not experienced the sad world of Highbridge.

    Cons

    Are you a software engineer? Highbridge is not competitive with the tech sector on compensation. And yet, Highbridge's culture is as top-down, butts-in-seats, and hierarchical as it gets. "Imagine if the traders saw you," I often heard people being told. One day my manager said it to me because the shades of my black socks weren't quite the same. Sounds like a joke, I know. It wasn't. This place was my introduction to the working world and the one good thing it taught me was skepticism. Inside Highbridge they think they have strong technology chops (despite massive turnover and brain drain for the above reasons) because the ones who are left there have no frame of reference or are trapped for other reasons. *Alternate reality warning.* Run!

    Advice to Management

    Hire interns who don't know better and see how long it takes them to catch on.

    One time, addressing the whole technology team, the CFO/CTO offered the following advice after a (second) round of layoffs: "We have to make two plus two add up to more than four." That is verbatim. Don't speak in blatantly Orwellian ways when addressing engineers or you show your hand.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "so so"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Highbridge Capital Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people on the team

    Cons

    good talent is not being retained

    Advice to Management

    please, less micro more macro management
    give subordinates chance to shine and present an idea
    try to give each employee on a team a personal touch ( or a smile at least)


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