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Bridgewater Associates Reviews

Updated Feb 13, 2020

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3.7
66%
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83%
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Bridgewater Associates Founder, CEO and President Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio
201 Ratings
Pros
  • "Challenging, surrounded by smart people(in 53 reviews)

  • "Incredible Benefits (401k, Medical, Free-Food, Transportation, Meditation rooms)(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "no work life balance, if you don’t drink the kool-aid (culture) you are out(in 28 reviews)

  • "Long hours, difficult to move beyond the curve(in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Technology Associate"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates for more than a year

    Pros

    good place to learn how to work. lots of smart people. good compensation and perks/benefits. teaches you how to deal with conflict.

    Cons

    culture doesn't quite make sense (if you haven't already been brainwashed). company cares just a bit too much about its own good than that of its employees. shamed into working long hours in most roles. only rewards given are monetary -- don't expect much of a pat on the back for good work.

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    Bridgewater Associates2016-09-22
  2. "Grow and learn about yourself"

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    Current Employee - Technology 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

    - Compensation and benefits - Learning to deal with tough situation/executives - Growth opportunities if you are aggressive - Amazing opportunity to actually get smarter and think at a very conceptual level

    Cons

    - A very tough environment where weaknesses are emphasized and shared with everyone - Change/Transformations are non-stop, which can be unsettling for most people - If you don't have a great manager who's willing to have your back, you will fail epically

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-02-13
  3. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates part-time

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    No complaints great place to work

    Bridgewater Associates2020-01-29
  4. "Best work experience"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work alongside highly intelligent people Unique culture unites everyone Deep caring community Above average pay and benefits Deeper learning about myself

    Cons

    At times, difficult to navigate way of being including having to fight every fight, work assignments associated with culture, misuse/misinterpretation of principles.

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-01-19
  5. "You have to buy in, and it's worth it"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Westport, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits, health insurance, and salary. Working with exceptionally bright people (some of whom are awesome, some of whom are d$cks, like anywhere else) that raise the bar for you. Ruthless self-improvement.

    Cons

    If you resist the culture, and don't agree with it, you're going to have a tough time adjusting. There's a reason there's a 4 week Boot Camp before you start working. At the same time, don't think everything said in Boot Camp is the equivalent of Moses' tablets. There's a reason they hired you in the first place, so don't completely lose who you are and the value you're meant to bring.

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    Bridgewater Associates2020-01-19
  6. "The gift of transparency"

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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I've been at BW for over a decade. Two of the things have kept me here: 1) The people - nowhere else have I found a more genuine and talented group of people that trust each other enough to call out the good and the bad and 2) the transparency and encouragement to rationalize for yourself what is going on around you - by virtue of being able to see and understand decisions at every level you are 'gifted' the opportunity to shape the outcomes for yourself vs. being 'had' by them.

    Cons

    1) The agility, particularly in the space of innovation, can be limited by the need to make very clear logical connections to rationalize for others why an idea makes sense to invest in. There is limited autonomy to go from the gut... Conversely this is also a strength for BW wrt managing risk and increasing the probability of being right - very appropriate for working in markets 2) It can be hard to distinguish who is right vs. who is a better debater. I.e. open debate is encouraged, but some people are better at it and can push their ideas forward as a result - but they're not necessarily right and often proven wrong after significant investment

    Bridgewater Associates2020-01-08
  7. "not bad"

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    Current Employee - Investment Associate 

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

    Pros

    good pay, interesting work, smart people

    Cons

    generally stressful, long hours, lots of uncertainty

    Bridgewater Associates2019-12-23
  8. "Great place to grow"

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    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a ton... a lot of mobility laterally to move into different positions if interested. Great place for self growth and a heck of a challenge due to constant feedback (good and bad). It’s not for everyone, but for those who dare, I promise you it’s worth it.

    Cons

    Location (would still be working there if it weren’t based in CT). Overall, nothing bad to say.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-12-02
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Westport, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard and interesting work. Coworkers are all very accomplished and smart.

    Cons

    Some people do not understand the principles and use them to manipulate people.

    Bridgewater Associates2019-11-14
  10. "Alright"

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    Current Employee - Management Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgewater Associates full-time

    Pros

    Above average pay, good work life balance

    Cons

    Poor business outlook for company

    Bridgewater Associates2019-11-22

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