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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated 1 Dec 2019

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3.6
53%
Recommend to a Friend
79%
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Bridgewater Associates CEO Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio
197 Ratings
Pros
  • "Challenging, surrounded by smart people(in 52 reviews)

  • "Incredible Benefits (401k, Medical, Free-Food, Transportation, Meditation rooms)(in 28 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. "Great place to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a ton... a lot of mobility laterally to move into different positions if interested. Great place for self growth and a heck of a challenge due to constant feedback (good and bad). It’s not for everyone, but for those who dare, I promise you it’s worth it.

    Cons

    Location (would still be working there if it weren’t based in CT). Overall, nothing bad to say.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-12-02
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard and interesting work. Coworkers are all very accomplished and smart.

    Cons

    Some people do not understand the principles and use them to manipulate people.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-11-14
  3. "Alright"

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    Current Employee - Management Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Above average pay, good work life balance

    Cons

    Poor business outlook for company

    Bridgewater Associates2019-11-22
  4. "You get what you put in to it. Have a plan and see it get totally turned upside down in a good way. Leave your"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible Benefits (401k, Medical, Free-Food, Transportation, Meditation rooms) Upward trend in training, guest speakers, public awards, diversity. Treats security as an enablement function You will be challenged on what you say and stand for and become a much stronger person (not just employee) for doing so. You form great relationships with co-workers who will push you (as a reference think about the bonds... you formed with prior sport teammates during grueling training camps) Business casual most of the time Data tools Recent added alumni activity ++

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    Cons

    Inconsistant communication from top of the house, games of telephone on what is what and delays Transformation initiatives take donkey ears and typically end in fire-drills Needs to improve diversity of background Multiple locations (travel between campus spots loses valuable senior management time but this is improving through technology) Quotas on data tools

    Advice to Management

    Focus on diversity of education/thought for hiring Continue to improve training initiatives

    Bridgewater Associates2019-11-02
  5. "Interesting but horrible"

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    Former Employee - Management Support Associate in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few good folks in the bunch Free food Big parties

    Cons

    Its like working at a reality TV show. Everywhere you look there is drama and the upper management blatantly ignores the principles/culture for their own interests. The news stories calling this place terrible never get it right when describing what it really is like when you find out how the true core management of the company operates. I worked here for a while and it took a long time away to understand this... companies particular style of gaslighting.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting or paying off the worst of the worst type people (The actual slimy weasels rise to the top, while good folks get kept down by the bullies and if those bullies are exposed the victims are blamed, get fired and the bullies get paid off. Lead by example instead of hiding behind the well meaning principles that are constantly weaponized so that the game players rise to the top.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-11-19
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging, but Great Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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
  7. 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
  8. "Difficult but can be rewarding"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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
  9. Helpful (1)

    "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
  10. 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
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