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Intense and rewarding work environment
Chief of Staff (Current Employee) –  Westport, CTSeptember 5, 2017
BW offers a great opportunity to learn about yourself and push your limits to the max. The culture is not for everyone especially if you have thin skin.
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Great place to work
Senior Process Lead (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTAugust 8, 2017
Great place to work. They really take great care of their employees. While it can be a tough place to work, everyone is so smart and really wants to do well so it's a great environment to be in.
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Overall great company
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJuly 19, 2017
I enjoyed working for this company. The management cares about their employees which makes a huge difference. There are chances to move up within the company which is great.
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Individualistic culture
Manager (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTMay 3, 2017
Extremely unusual/eclectic culture, it either works for you or doesn't, no in between. Overall a fascinating experience, but not a very team oriented culture. Collaboration carries more risk than reward. But good for individualist types who want to completely own their own victories AND failures.
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Not your typical firm
Investment Associate (Former Employee) –  ConnecticutApril 25, 2017
A lot has been written about Bridgewater Associates online, so I won't delve too deeply here. The culture is intense, but can be very valuable if you are the right type of person.
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Overall Good Company
Ops Analyst (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTApril 17, 2017
Overall the company is unique and very different from others, but it is not for everyone. The company operates based on a set of principles written by the CEO himself.
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Challenging place with great and smart people
Research - Data Analyst (Current Employee) –  Westport, CTMarch 24, 2017
The culture is unique and takes time to get used to. However the people I worked with are genuine and great. Good perks such as free lunch, snacks and drinks, Friday happy hours etc. Good benefits. Hard to advance in the company.
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Great if you like talking about work more than you like doing it
Project Associate (Current Employee) –  Westport, CTMarch 6, 2017
A lot of spinning wheels instead of getting stuff done. "Triangulation" often takes the place of moving forward with a course of action. This may make sense for investing, but probably not for general business management.
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Difficult environment forcing self awareness.
Administrative Assistant to Head of Operations (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJanuary 10, 2017
Bridgewater is very unique in their culture as has been publicized. Those who choose to fight it, fail, while those who also try to embrace it without questioning also fail. The culture envokes an unparalleled journey of self awareness, which in my experience allowed me to evolve more in one year than ever in my life. You can build strong relationships as as a result of the unique culture and it can be difficult if you don't. You need a like minded support system that understands the environment to help you through the extreme difficult times or "valley of despair." Bridgewater is not a place for the faint of heart.
Pros
Free lunches, fun company events, company clothing, sense of community
Cons
Work/life balance, individuals who abuse the principals
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Ok place.
Linux Engineer (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTDecember 8, 2016
Difficult place to work, but lot of benefits. Very well taken care. But you need to be really smart, and should be constantly evolving. You need to be creative,
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A great place to learn but for a specific type of person.
Investment Associate Intern (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTOctober 23, 2016
Great place to work and grow but only if you're are naturally very intelligent and rely on your smarts more than hard work on a day-to-day basis.
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Great place for those that work hard and can appreciate constructive honest feedback
PROJECT MGR / MARKET DATA & LIQUIDITY CONNECTIVITY (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTOctober 3, 2016
It's a great place for those that like to work hard. Understanding how to delivery and being able to deliver is key amongst the overabundance of personal feedback you will receive.
Pros
Overabundance of personal feedback
Cons
Overabundance of personal feedback
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Unique Values-Based company
Event & Talent Manager (Current Employee) –  Westport, CTSeptember 19, 2016
Really interesting place to work, you will meet some of the most interesting and smart people at Bridgewater. The campus is beautiful, in a forest surrounded by water. Long commutes though and the work life balance isn't great.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
long commute
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Strong culture along side so many free things and great parties.
Mac Endpoint Engineer, Consultant (Current Employee) –  Wilton, CTAugust 29, 2016
Bridgewater will definitely help you grow, but you may not like what you hear to push that growth. Some people at the company take it too far with only speaking in the lingo, but for the most part the culture definitely promotes growth within yourself and to identify the things that can hold you back, not only at bridgewater, but anywhere else you go as well.

I had a great time there, stumbled a few times, but for the most part my time there was great. I would have loved to have stayed because the money isn't bad at all, but I'm also relieved that I don't have to go any deeper in that rabbit hole. It's very much a love hate relationship with Bridgewater
Pros
Free Lunch, Free booze on Fridays, awesome parties
Cons
Don't expect to have much of a life outside of Bridgewater, be ready to want to quit on a daily basis.
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Highly Competitive Rough and Tumble Culture
Sr. Leverager, Contract Specialist, Sourcing Mgr (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTAugust 4, 2016
This is the largest hedge fund in the world and the most successful. The place is governed by a set of "Principles" that are used in various ways, some of them good. Its a competitive place and the culture is an acquired taste and it is not for everyone.
Pros
benefits and compensation
Cons
difficult environment and culture.
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Very challenging place to work but the right person can learn about themselves
Sr. Procurement Specialist / Contracts Analyst (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJuly 1, 2016
The "Culture" and "Principles are good when properly applied but, the problems around those who misuse them can make it a toxic environment.

Working at the world's biggest hedge fund has its advantages but the expectations are sometimes too high and unrealistic, which makes your goals difficult to obtain.

What I learned about myself in the 5 years being there was worth the challenge but now I need a more collaborative environment.
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Very mature process Company
SENIOR QA DATA ANALYST (CONSULTANT) (Current Employee) –  Westport, CTApril 5, 2016
Progressive, process-mature company with a distinctive corporate culture. Employees are very good at articulating problems, solutions, and approach to solutioning problems. There is a shared vocabulary with understood meaning which fosters effective communications.
Pros
Free Lunch, mature peers
Cons
heavy hours
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Unique Culture
Business Process Analyst (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTMarch 8, 2016
The culture is the toughest part about working at Bridgewater. But you get to lear a lot about different types of people and personality and adjust yourself to get work done in a professional manner. Wish there was more growth opportunity there.
Pros
P&M Team & awesome free lunches
Cons
Fighting to get in sync
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Great Growth Opportunities
Leverager Process & Metrics Engineering (Current Employee) –  Norwalk, CTOctober 14, 2015
Bridgewater isn't for everybody, but it is one of the best companies I have ever worked for. If you want to really know who you are, your weaknesses and strengths, you will learn about them here.
Pros
Free lunches, open transparency
Cons
Harsh, long work hours
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Amazing chance for self-exploration and growth
Department Security Manager (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJuly 27, 2015
Google "Bridgewater" and "Principles" - read them and you will understand this most unique company where truth rules above all and everyone - even the "lowest level" person is expected - required - to speak their mind if they disagree with something. Your personality and your reasoning will be probed, you will be questioned, logic rules. What an amazing place to grow and learn.
Pros
Opportunity for great self-explorations and self realization (and yes, free lunches)
Cons
It can be painful to learn hard truths about yourself. Must put the ego aside. That's not a con, but could be for some people.
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