Goldman Algo Trading Strats vs Bridgewater Investment associate

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I am an Ivy undergrad. I interned at Goldman and received an offer from their Algo Trading team for FX Market making. I also received an offer from Bridgewater as an investment associate. In long run, I want to work on data-driven trading/research roles may be at a place like Citadel or Two Sigma (or the new cooler hedge fund). Also, I am very comp sensitive in the medium term.

Which one should I pick? Or what should I consider before making my decision? Where can I grow faster in terms of comp, decision-making power? Which role gives me more mobility and credibility? Where would I get a better piece of the pie?

(I would be fine in both places culturally.)

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Aug 28, 2018

I'd take Bridgewater here if you're comp-sensitive in the medium term. I don't think it would be all too difficult to end up at a more "hip" quant fund. Potential problems: internal mobility (I've heard that the place is very hierarchical and top-down) and the firm's non-compete.

Aug 28, 2018

Bridgewater, without a doubt. Sell-side algo trading is either technology or sales, Goldman or not.

Aug 29, 2018

I think it's FX market making rather than sell side electronic trading, but it is a strats role. There's no way I'd want to be a strat over an IA. It's not even close and I'm not even interested in HFs.

Aug 29, 2018
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