Bridgewater Associates Employee Reviews

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Great place to educate yourself and build your career
Junior Product Integration Engineer (Current Employee) –  Westport, CTMarch 12, 2019
Bridgewater allows individuals to self assess their goals and strategy at an unprecedented level. The culture promotes you to be an extrovert and voice your opinion rather than go with the flow. You do sacrifice a lot of time working there (sometimes up to 60 hours a week), and critique can at times go a little too far, but you do development great relationships with people there.
Pros
Free Lunch, Great work environment and ethic
Cons
Poor Work/Life balance, career plans to grow take much longer than expected
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work day
Facilities Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTMarch 10, 2019
Purchased and maintained document for food delivery.Coordinate moves throughout the two offices. Monitored inventory of janitorial , kitchen and food, Snacks and lunch.
Pros
Learning
Cons
Culter
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2.0
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wish it lived up to the hype
Investment Associate (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJanuary 11, 2019
Found work to be tedious, rating system is easily manipulated and there are "principles lawyers" everywhere you look. The best ideas sometimes get overlooked because everyone is so focused on metrics and ratings.They probably don't get overlooked any more than another institution, but it should be far less if the mission was carried out effectively. Blame is a big thing here, getting stuck on blame often leads to hours if not days chasing down who best to blame. One word to describe working here: Trying
Pros
Tons of smart people to converse with
Cons
see review
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N/A - Temp Job
SQL server DBA (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJanuary 3, 2019
Very secretive company.
Any paper on desk has to be shredded.
Some coworker were not cooperative and didn't want to share information. You need 2 people for all passwords which I find it very hard to work like that.
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N/A - Temp Job
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N/A - Temp Job
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The Biggest Hedge Fund in the World
Investment Associate Intern (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTDecember 21, 2018
If you want to work in finance and you're lucky enough to get a job at Bridgewater, there's really no better place to work. Hours are great, work and people are super interesting.
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Tough, but I never regert the oppurtunity
Technical Lead (Current Employee) –  Wilton, CTNovember 28, 2018
Bridgewater is a special place. You work with the best I've ever seen, you're challenged constantly and pushed to be what you can be. Thin skinned, people who want to be coddled, don't survive long, but if you're good, comfortable in growing and being what you can be, it can be a good step.
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Stay away
Senior Management Associate (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTNovember 8, 2018
The money isn't worth it. I'm really trying to think of how to review Bridgewater as negatively as possible without making you think I'm just a crazy person with sour grapes. The culture is poison, mostly because for managers and leadership the culture means regularly humiliating their employees but never allowing or listening to criticism (even though they say they do).
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Bridgewater Associates an amazing place to learn about you.
Third Party Risk Management Professional (Current Employee) –  Westport, CTOctober 31, 2018
Culture is very unique, mysterious to the outside world and yet it teaches you more about yourself than any other organization I have ever worked for.
Pros
Amazing benefits, free meals, very fair compensation
Cons
Environment is very, Very, high stress with long hours if you want to succeed.
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Great place to work for the right person
Chief of Staff (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTOctober 30, 2018
Great place to work for the right person. High paced, cut throat environment but very fulfilling when you have the right team and mentor. Manager is your ticket to success, so ensure there is a good click.
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Not for Me
IT Procurement Associate -Software/Hardware (Former Employee) –  Norwalk, CTJuly 18, 2018
The company tended to focus more on psychoanalysis and fault-finding than mental health of their employees. Although the culture is fully transparent in regards to its structure and expectation, the individuals there seemed programmed to believe their culture was ideal for use outside the company.
Pros
Free Food, free car service
Cons
Culture
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The most transformative experience I've ever had
Chief of Staff + Special Projects Manager (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJuly 12, 2018
I describe Bridgewater as an incubator for personal and professional growth. I couldn't recommend it more highly. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
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Great place to learn about your self objectively
Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJune 9, 2018
A lot of other places I've worked, you could coast by doing the routine stuff. Not at BW, constantly challenged and learning about yourself and others in a very open and honest culture.
Pros
Free lunch, Great benefits
Cons
Long hours, Long commute
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Not for everyone
Lead Technology Recruiter (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTJune 5, 2018
If you are special and can pass the interview the growth is exponential. If you choose that you are happy as is and do not want to grow. This is not the place for you.
Pros
Free lunch working with very talented individuals
Cons
Lack of caring about people.
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A great place to work if you can fit into the culture
Facilities Coordinator/Assistant Building Manager (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTApril 10, 2018
Bridgwater is known well amongst people in the financial world. They are known not only for their success as the number 1 rated Hedge Fund in the world, but for their curious company culture. It was hard for me at first to adjust but in my opinion every company should be run the same was as BW. The culture was simple if you understood what the goals were. Just getting to the best information possible, the best possible outcome, the best results require ULTIMATE truth, transparency, and not letting your emotions get in the way of constructive criticism. There is more to it than that but there was a set of 200+ principles that employees are to understand and try and live (or at least work) by those standards. These principles make sense. For example, principle #9 "Trust in truth" while truth itself may sometimes be scary (like you are bad at something) it won't change reality and it will allow you to deal with it better. It always leads to the best outcome. This may seem a simple obvious concept but it's not in reality. People who are one way on the inside and believe that they need to be another way outside to please others become conflicted and often lose touch with what they really think and feel. It's difficult for them to be happy and almost impossible for them to be at their best Thinking sole about whats accurate instead of how it is perceived helps youth be more straightforward and focused on important things.
Pros
great culture, great benefits, great salary, great pad vacation, free lunch daily (quality food too)
Cons
long working hours but that isn't necessarily the companies fault, it could be how your handling your position.
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Accommodating
Administrative Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTApril 6, 2018
Supplied food, gym, dry cleaning pick up and delivery service and meditation rooms. Lots of perks. Very smart people work there and for the most part, a pleasure to be around.
Pros
Supplied food, gym, dry cleaning pick up and delivery service and meditation rooms., and community celebrations and events.
Cons
Long hours
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Culture is very unique.
Sr. Employee Relations Associate (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTApril 4, 2018
Be sure to do your homework on culture expectations before applying as it is not for everyone. Long hours. Excellent benefits & compensation package. High turnover but not a concern of the company.
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Excellent people
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTMarch 31, 2018
very good place to work at. Very collaborative. bit of a learning curve but thorough training. people think through everything and get feedback from all partis involved.
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Great place to learn about and better yourself
Service Manager (Current Employee) –  Westport, CTMarch 23, 2018
My time here has been the most valuable experience in my life. The best thing I have learned is about my weaknesses and strengths and how to leverage them to my advantage. This isn't the place that you should go to try and learn new tech, or really evolve your skills, but more a way to learn how to manage, cut through in logical ways and think about things in ways that others usually don't - ways that will help you to not just look at the thing in front of you but how to best achieve the goals you are really looking to achieve and what the down stream effects of that call is. Honestly the things that I have learned here will help me in the next chapter of my life - which honestly is only because I want to move coasts.
Pros
learn about yourself, leverage logic and common sense over all
Cons
mgmt at times is all over the place
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To be successful, try not to be a human.
Program Manager (Former Employee) –  Westport, CTMarch 11, 2018
The culture, in theory, makes total sense - get to what is true, root cause analysis and then fix that, be honest with each other, and strive for the best you can be. If only all companies could be this way. But, to be successful, you need to be like a robot and not have any emotional reaction to being criticized (a lot). So, if you are sensitive, you will not do well, if you have no emotions, you will have a head start.
Pros
Free food, great parties, good pay, values family.
Cons
Negative working environment.
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All about the culture
Technical Associate (Current Employee) –  Wilton, CTFebruary 26, 2018
Incredible growth opportunity, great for fast-paced learning about yourself and your abilities.

Be prepared to be analyzed and to analyze, but all for personal growth and advancement. If the culture doesn't seem right to you - don't come to Bridgewater.
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