AQR Capital Management Reviews

Updated Aug 2, 2021

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AQR Capital Management Founding & Managing Principal Cliff Asness, Ph.D. (no image)
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Pros
  • "Free lunch, convenient location for CT residents(in 12 reviews)

  • "good work - life balance possible(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance could be better (although it is great for finance)(in 9 reviews)

  • "Bad location, sometimes long hours(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good company

      Apr 10, 2021 - Associate in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Culture in the US was great.

      Cons

      Performance of the funds needs to improve

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Great Company facing challenges

      Dec 2, 2020 - Associate 
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      Pros

      Thought leader in portfolio diversification and management. Working with very smart and experienced people. Excellent internal learning resources.

      Cons

      Poor performance in key strategies over the last few years has brought uncertainty to job security.

      5 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great brand now in decline

      Sep 4, 2020 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart and motivated colleagues, free breakfast and lunch..

      Cons

      Work/life balance, culture and innovation not what it once was

      9 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Learn a lot, but awful management and extremely tough environment

      Apr 9, 2019 - Analyst in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Learn a great amount about investment management, business development

      Cons

      -Awful management and senior leadership does not care about junior's happiness -Awful hours, really no work/life balance

      9 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Inclusive & collaborative, growing & learning culture

      Jun 24, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
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      Pros

      Working with this firm for nearly two years , we have seen our share of "not so good phase" whether it was declining AUM, early churn and few other challenges . Few things that stood out in these testing time are rare for any employer. - Focus on quality than quantity, learning from own mistakes of past years - Upgrading of tech stacks eg, moving to cloud , rearchitecting legacy stuff etc - Continues to invest in academia and building learning culture - Trust and Transparency in employees at every level - Exceptional level of support extended during pandemic - As a company we are back on growth trajectory having learned from our own share of success and failures in past years Talking about Bangalore office , lots of good work happening since past few years and more interesting and challenging work is lined up in coming days as we are in redefining phase of Engineering tech phase. We have a vibrant office located in ORR and what makes it awesome is awesome people (especially fresh hires) joining team .

      Cons

      Few cons one can think of - Late meeting few days as things need to overlap from other geography - Traffic condition in Bangalore office, reaching/leaving office becomes pain

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good employee base with questionable leadership

      Aug 2, 2021 - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Good employee base- people are nice, smart and hardworking

      Cons

      Questionable leadership- some tend to micromanage

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Software Engineer

      Jul 28, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      My immediate manager is great.

      Cons

      The engineering team I work on has become incredibly toxic with absolutely no respect for personal boundaries. Deadlines have become less and less realistic and there has been no plan by the business to provide more support or properly increase headcount. I am also certainly underpaid. There’s a scary downhill trend here. Also the location in Greenwich is not great.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Cloud Services and DevOps at AQR

      Jul 4, 2021 - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      I have been at AQR for close to 2 months. It has been a wonderful experience in Cloud services area. Lots of opportunities to learn and contribute. Engineering focused firm. Team is great. Very helpful. Open to ideas. Flexible in terms of hours. Employee benefits are great. I enjoyed the interview process as well. Great firm to work with. Covid benefits are also very good.

      Cons

      It has been wonderful experience so far. No Cons.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

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      Jun 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      AQR is a great place to work and I have a wonderful experience working here. I can list down few pros and cons of working at AQR. Pros: - Proper work life balance. - Good employee benefits are provided like medical insurance coverage, seperate Covid-19 insurance coverage, telemedicine, counselling services like Employee Assistance Programme - Excellent online and classroom trainings are provided for technical and personal development. - Good quality candidates are hired from top rated academic institutions like IITs. - Technically sound hands on managers and leaders

      Cons

      Cons: As AQR is located in the heart of the city, traffic jam can be bad during peak hours (pre -pandemic).

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Not a good place for developers

      May 12, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      I enjoyed the open and collaborative culture, especially now that I work somewhere that is much more “everyone for himself.” I got the impression that the people in charge truly cared about the average employee’s quality of life. There were interesting talks and learning series, and free breakfast, the quality of which declined over time. The work-life balance was great, but that, and everything else, started to go downhill once performance declined.

      Cons

      Compensation doesn’t even come close to market. Ancient codebase riddled with technical debt. The firm is clearly trying to outsource as much tech talent as possible. Senior leadership lacks an understanding of the importance of technology. There are some long-tenured, powerful people on the research/portfolio management side who do their best to stifle all change that threatens their turf. This, more than anything else, is what makes AQR a bad choice for developers.

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      12 people found this review helpful
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