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Safe to say that bridgewater traders can go anywhere they want afterwards? Also, I assume that they have their choice among b-schools as well.

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  • ....'s picture

    I just checked our directory, and there are no former Bridgewater employees in either MBA class (2012 or 2013) at HBS. There are three 2nd year students who interned there last summer, but that's it and none of the three are going back. Makes it doubtful they actually have their choice of b-schools, unless there are a ton of them at GSB.

    I've actually heard that Bridgewater's "special" culture is actually somewhat toxic on the resume as well, but I don't work in finance so I can't verify this one first-hand.

  • Determined's picture

    Redninja is right. The unique culture and strategies implemented at Bridgewater actually reduce the marketability of its employees. It's a very specialized group of individuals with very specific skill sets. Traders in general don't usually get their pick of b-schools because they develop skills that schools do not necessarily know how to value.

    Disclaimer: This is all based on what I've heard from others.

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    Derivatives's picture

    redninja:
    I just checked our directory, and there are no former Bridgewater employees in either MBA class (2012 or 2013) at HBS. There are three 2nd year students who interned there last summer, but that's it and none of the three are going back. Makes it doubtful they actually have their choice of b-schools, unless there are a ton of them at GSB.

    I've actually heard that Bridgewater's "special" culture is actually somewhat toxic on the resume as well, but I don't work in finance so I can't verify this one first-hand.

    Redninja, thanks for this input. That's quite interesting. I did see several HBS and Stanford GSB members of class of 2011 who are now senior investment associates at bridgewater. But that's very different from trading. Supposedly they only hire like 5 mba's per year.

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius's picture

    It's not safe to say that a Bridgewater trader can go anywhere he wants afterwards. They are just execution traders. Probably they would only be able to go to a similar role.
    The point raised by redninja is interesting. However, if you are getting out of Bridgewater you should be able to spin it like you are leaving because of the culture ans you should be fine right?

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    Derivatives's picture

    Maximus Decimus Meridius:
    It's not safe to say that a Bridgewater trader can go anywhere he wants afterwards. They are just execution traders. Probably they would only be able to go to a similar role.
    The point raised by redninja is interesting. However, if you are getting out of Bridgewater you should be able to spin it like you are leaving because of the culture ans you should be fine right?

    Yeah, this seems right. Bridgewater on resume is super impressive even if it's just execution trading.

  • marcellus_wallace's picture

    Why would anyone from Bridgewater leave it to go to HBS? Really wtf would you gain...

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    bfin's picture

    marcellus_wallace:
    Why would anyone from Bridgewater leave it to go to HBS? Really wtf would you gain...

    This.

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    Derivatives's picture

    marcellus_wallace:
    Why would anyone from Bridgewater leave it to go to HBS? Really wtf would you gain...

    For a career transition and network, i guess.

    Bridgewater trader is mostly execution, so i could see someone getting bored after 1-2 years.

  • she_monkey's picture

    hows the mobility within bwater after robotic execution for a few years?

  • she_monkey's picture

    hows the mobility within bwater after robotic execution for a few years?

  • In reply to ....
    Kanon's picture

    redninja:
    I just checked our directory, and there are no former Bridgewater employees in either MBA class (2012 or 2013) at HBS. There are three 2nd year students who interned there last summer, but that's it and none of the three are going back. Makes it doubtful they actually have their choice of b-schools, unless there are a ton of them at GSB.

    I've actually heard that Bridgewater's "special" culture is actually somewhat toxic on the resume as well, but I don't work in finance so I can't verify this one first-hand.

    Interesting - I have a friend at HBS right now who interned at Bridgewater and looks like she isn't going back. Haven't had a chance to ask her about BW's 'special culture' we've all read about though.

  • Kanon's picture

    ^ No I don't think so... But haven't spoken in awhile, so who knows.

  • Brady4MVP's picture

    There really is no exit opps. Bridgewater traders tend to stay there for a long time or leave within the first year or so because they can't stand it. The final interview at their office was bizarre to say the least.

  • she_monkey's picture

    I'm pretty sure their contract (trader or otherwise) has a 2-year noncomp.. ie. if you 'exit', you got nowhere to go for 2 years and I'm being told bwater actually holds exemployees pretty accountable if they violate the non-comp. Something to consider if you are ever thinking about getting a job there

    And ditto on the weird culture

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