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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated Sep 20, 2019

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3.6
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Bridgewater Associates CEO Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio
193 Ratings
Pros
  • "Challenging, surrounded by smart people(in 52 reviews)

  • "Comp, benefits are second to none, free food, good people(in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "no work life balance, if you don’t drink the kool-aid (culture) you are out(in 28 reviews)

  • "Long hours, difficult to move beyond the curve(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging, but Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Surrounded by super-smart colleagues who are driven and hold a high standard for their work Clear care for you by management and colleagues (have made truly incredible friends) Great benefits People tell it like it is Constantly put in positions to receive feedback and grow

    Cons

    Culture can be overwhelming at times (difficult to always be engaged with it) Company is promoting work flexibility and runs shuttles for commuting purposes, but work/Life balance suffers due to location in CT (I live in NYC) Not clear career paths outside of tech/investment communities, which can make it more difficult to carve out future roles

    Bridgewater Associates2019-09-20
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fruitful experience at Bridgewater"

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    Former Employee - Investment Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unique management style: could be very efficient if it is done right

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, there need to be a "sync" for pretty much everything. There is no certainty, everything is subject to discussion and what makes sense. Could be more open-minded about new technology and don't just cherry pick LTCM as an excuse of why quant methods would always fail.

    Advice to Management

    Build more explicit clear guideline and more open-minded about new technologies.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-09-12
  3. "Difficult but can be rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    You learn a lot about yourself and others. Benefits are great. Importance on community.

    Cons

    You have to pretty much forget everything you know and learn a new way of thinking.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-09-12
  4. "A mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Investment Engineer in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Some incredibly smart people - Principles are good at the conceptual level - Good exposure to investment materials

    Cons

    - Poor implementation of processes and tools around the Principles - Not the best place to grow as an engineer - Horrible commute from NYC, even with the buses this is painful

    Bridgewater Associates2019-09-18
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible place for the exact right personality"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great comp, smart people, can create wlb in some roles

    Cons

    Environment toxic if you’re not wired just so

    Advice to Management

    Scrutinize the principles in action - a couple of them may just work for Ray and not be playing out well for the people at large

    Bridgewater Associates2019-08-14
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, culture, salary"

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    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary Culture People Location Flexibility Blah blah blah blah blha

    Cons

    Hard Work Competitive High expectations Not much room to grow

    Bridgewater Associates2019-06-13
  7. Helpful (11)

    "Incredible place!"

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Truly an amazing place to work, grow and evolve as a person, and develop meaningful relationships. Co-workers become family and are so invested in helping you become the best version of yourself.

    Cons

    The commute from NYC is not ideal (but still worth the drive for the experience!) but my group had relaxed WFH policies and some groups are opening up spaces in NYC to work from.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-04-30
  8. "Tremendous growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people – surrounded by some of the smartest, accomplished, and most interesting people in the world, always pushing you to be a better version of yourself. A diverse group of independent thinkers, with a lot of mentorship and care delivered at all levels of the company. The culture – there’s a real emphasis on ensuring the best ideas win out. That gives more junior people the opportunity to shine more so than... I’ve experienced elsewhere. Management and the tools that support it helps cut through a lot of the politics I’ve experienced elsewhere. Solving interesting problems – whether you’re an investment professional or not, there’s an emphasis on finding the right type of problem for everyone to solve.

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    Cons

    Commute isn’t great – I live in Manhattan, so daily commute to Westport isn’t easy. Work flexibility programs are making it easier though. Can be tiring at times – it’s a demanding environment with extremely high standards. If you’re able to take feedback constructively that helps, but at times it’s easy letting my your ego or wanting to look good get in the way of seeing that clearly.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-06-04
  9. "Go there to grow"

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    Current Employee - Chief of Staff 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good system and trying to build great culture

    Cons

    People are the linchpins. Your experience varies wildly depending on department and people.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-05-24
  10. "Great culture, but slow progress on decisions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent culture. You can raise concerns about problems without fear of retribution

    Cons

    Difficult to get decisions made with so much discussion

    Bridgewater Associates2019-05-01
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