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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Reviews

Updated Nov 3, 2019

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4.4
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D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm CEO David E. Shaw
David E. Shaw
61 Ratings
Pros
  • "Smart people, interesting work, good culture(in 18 reviews)

  • "Exceedingly careful to make sure each employee is happy with their work/life balance(in 13 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Good place to work at"

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    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

    Pros

    Decent comp, generally nice and mostly smart people, trusted to get on with the job

    Cons

    Tenure matters more than it should

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2017-12-04
  2. Helpful (3)

    "A mixed bag...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When I joined the company was on the downward slope from the past successful number of years. Overall a vibrant bunch of intelligent and good people. the London office could have benefited from less interference from the US team but overall a pretty solid company.

    Cons

    A lot of hype from David Shaw and his expertise in the field. An incompetent London HR team and a hierarchy that would make your eyes water.... despite the collegial environment one is lead to believe exists. Some incompetence in the London management team and double standards.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear out and cut the bulls**t. Get back to doing what you were good at.

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2017-05-25
  3. "Best company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time

    Pros

    Amazing infrastructure and work culture.

    Cons

    Mostly will be working on the same project for longer time.

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2019-11-03
  4. "Great firm smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Intelligent people, nice office, nice perks (nap pods, treadmill desks, etc) Great culture and food offerings

    Cons

    Pay is slightly below market

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2019-07-22
  5. "An unconventional HF"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time

    Pros

    Unique longevity and awesome culture of learning.

    Cons

    Reward mechanism is very normalised thus is not as gratifying for performance and not harsh for non performers

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2019-06-15
  6. "D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm Review"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary, great benefits but greater people.

    Cons

    None specificly, I am satisfied.

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2019-04-21
  7. "Everything is awesome except the work quality"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Hyderābād
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Competitive pay - Awesome people

    Cons

    - An environment which promotes staying extended hours in office. - Poor work quality.

    Advice to Management

    - Create a work life balance don't just say it.

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2019-04-14
  8. Helpful (19)

    "Sinking boat"

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    Former Employee - Quant in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good culture. Flexible working hours and good people.

    Cons

    The return of portfolio is not good compared with competitors. Too much advertisement while new people comes in only to find limited job duty and lower pay compared with competitors. Many people leave.

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2018-11-30
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great, positive place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator 

    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great collegiate environment with interesting work and caring coworkers. A firm culture of excellence pushes you to be the best you can be.

    Cons

    Depending on the position, work hours can be lengthy and not as structured as a 9-6 position. Most people are very work focused and can be seen as workaholics.

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2018-09-17
  10. "prestigious company"

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    I have been working at D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm

    Pros

    very good salary and intelligent people

    Cons

    high expectations and steep learning curve

    Advice to Management

    Focus on female representation on trading floor

    D. E. Shaw & Co. - Investment Firm2018-09-29
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