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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated 13 Jun 2019

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Bridgewater Associates CEO Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio
190 Ratings
Pros
  • "Challenging, surrounded by smart people(in 50 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 27 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good conditions very clear sense of direction. Easy to work with people. Generally very positive enjoyable happy place to be and work

    Cons

    Like all places there can be some frustrating times and I will be able name a few but they are not overall leading to a bad experience which is overall good

    Bridgewater Associates2015-06-12
  2. Helpful (22)

    "Good Luck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates

    Pros

    Excellent Training Program for Investment Associates

    Cons

    Company is divided into Investment Associates and Management Associates. Management Associates are in charge of everything despite having zero knowledge of the business-- which is investing-- and zero formal training in management other then Bridgewater's own in-house principles, which typically don't produce great results. Management Associates are also paid extremely well relative to a) their other opportunities...

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    Bridgewater Associates2014-06-21
  3. "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
  4. "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...

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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
  5. "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
  6. Helpful (4)

    "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
  7. "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
  8. "Amazing growth opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Management Associate in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Invest in individual development more than any other company. They will teach you how to think and problem solve.

    Cons

    Can be emotionally draining, not for everyone

    Bridgewater Associates2019-04-17
  9. "Good place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

      Pros

      Interesting culture, lots of development opps

      Cons

      Can be stressful at times

      Bridgewater Associates2019-04-17
    • Helpful (10)

      "Don't Believe what you see and hear --- look into this place"

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

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

      Pros

      Tries for truth, some good thinking people

      Cons

      Terrible treatment of people, hard to get the most basic things done without being questioned and condemned. People are afraid of making mistakes and to look good know they have to criticize others. I know for a fact a lot of the reviews here are deliberately seeded as positive; you don't even have to believe me, just look at the common threads between the positive and the negative reviews, even the positive ones hint...

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      Advice to Management

      Little you can do, it is not a publicly traded company, but privately held. Spend less time worrying about the Alumni and try treating people nicer in the first place preventing them from becoming alumni

      Bridgewater Associates2019-04-27
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