Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated 4 Aug 2020

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Bridgewater Associates CEO David McCormick
David McCormick
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are a lot of smart people and you get to learn a lot(in 56 reviews)

  • "Incredible Benefits (401k, Medical, Free-Food, Transportation, Meditation rooms)(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Potentially poor work life balance(in 30 reviews)

  • "Long hours, not a ton of work life/balance particularly if you want to go far, career pathing could use some work, location isn't ideal(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates part-time

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    No complaints great place to work

  2. "Great place if you believe in the culture"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High focus on achievement Meritocracy seems to be universal High expectations and high opportunity to succeed

    Cons

    Not for everyone Political activism becoming more pervasive (no concrete evidence that it's hurting the company but it's annoying)


  3. "Excellent company to start your career"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly community, unparalleled benefits (healthcare, 401k, food/drinks/snacks, gyms), plenty of opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Long hours (50hr minimum per week), culture can be challenging

  4. "Incredible opportunity if navigated well"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Client Service and Marketing 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    lots of incredibly smart people, stimulating work, access to fascinating research and incredible institutional investors

    Cons

    historically poor women/minority representation within client services - though they are making progress. There is also a wide variety of integrity within the department. The best thing you can do for yourself here is to find people who have/are succeeding in their roles, and ask for their advice. If you're feeling frustration or suspect you are being mismanaged, ask people who have credibility within the department what they would do in your shoes.

  5. "Best learning experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with exceptionally smart people, you get out of it what you put into it. It is radically transparent, which some interpret as "tattling" but it breaks down your illusions about yourself and the self awareness is valuable. Atmosphere was energizing, Had a successful run.

    Cons

    Hard to get a decision made as things are debated for too long. Can be frustrating as an experienced hire who is used to a very different organizational structure and culture.

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  6. "Wonderful place for development and learning"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - 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

    Quick trajectory, strong community, wonderful benefits

    Cons

    not for everyone, commute can be challenging

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  7. "Great place if culture is right for you"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Westport, CT

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great training and development, fascinating work, smart and supportive colleagues.

    Cons

    Location in CT, sometimes can be tricky to navigate processes

  8. "Great place if you are a good fit"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Multiple Positions 

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are top of the line across the board Generally fair compensation

    Cons

    Potentially poor work life balance

  9. "Opportunity to work with driven and authentic people. Challenging and demands a lot of you but incredibly rewarding"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, no bs type of culture, lots of opportunity to grow and learn, authentic leaders, the ability to give upward feedback is really refreshing.

    Cons

    Long hours, not a ton of work life/balance particularly if you want to go far, career pathing could use some work, location isn't ideal. The culture is definitely not for everyone but can be incredibly refreshing and developmental under certain managers

  10. "Don’t believe everything you read"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Westport, CT
    Recommends

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pushes you to better yourself, hardworking peers, internal growth opportunities

    Cons

    Long Work hours. Not able to work from home.

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