Bridgewater vs. D.E. Shaw

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I'm a current business school student at an M7 (one of the perennially top ones, if that contributes) who intended to go through MBB recruiting, didn't take networking sufficiently seriously for my demographic, ended up with just one first round interview, got a final, but got dinged.

Subsequently I took the throw-shit-at-the-wall approach, and mysteriously / virtually miraculously landed offers at D.E. Shaw and Bridgewater. For D.E. Shaw, it's as a generalist (in either corp dev, macroeconomic research, or office of the COO - my choice to be sorted; suffice it to say, I'm not going to be a quant or a trader); for Bridgewater, senior management associate. The purists on this forum may be retching right now; please bear with me, as I'm a total f****ing n00b and need your sage advice even though I won't be "front office".

I feel more irrationally attached to the D.E. Shaw role because the interview was more technically strenuous (drawing binary trees, some moderately difficult probability and discrete math) whereas Bridgewater seemed totally satisfied to simply probe my subconscious. Fine.

What I want to know is: 1) what do people here actually know of and think of these sorts of roles, even at traditionally otherwise elite firms? Is their skill development transferable to roles in other industries, as MBB consulting allegedly is?
2) If I had to accept one, even for only the summer, which should I accept - especially if I were interested in re-recruiting for MBB full time in the fall?
3) It seems D.E. Shaw's generalist program may be better regarded, at least by virtue of selectivity, than Bridgewater's senior management associate internship. Is there any truth to that? Would it matter for development or exit opps?

Thanks for any help on this... these programs lack a ton of discussion.

Comments (9)

Mar 1, 2018

Take DE Shaw, go for macro research.

Mar 1, 2018
Tryna Trade:

Take DE Shaw, go for macro research.


just google're welcome

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Mar 1, 2018

By all accounts Bridgewater has a very, very odd culture. Look at the reviews on Glassdoor to get an idea of what I'm talking about.

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Mar 2, 2018

DE Shaw macroresearch all the way an don't look back

Aug 13, 2018

where did you end up? I've curiously landed interviews for both those roles and am going through the process right now.

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Aug 13, 2018

Just curious, is this for MBA or experienced hiring?

Dec 17, 2018

MBA summer internship

Nov 21, 2018

First of all - Congrats ! Which role did you wind up taking?

Anyone have particular experience with/opinion on Office of the COO type roles (ideally at D.E. Shaw)? Was approached for a similar role and trying to get a feel for the role/growth/exit opps.

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Dec 17, 2018
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