Bridgewater Associates WESTPORT, CT

Bridgewater Associates

  • Hedge Fund headquartered in Westport, CT
  • Founded by Ray Dalio in 1975
  • Manages $150 Billion for approximately 350 clients

What is a Hedge Fund?

A hedge fund is an alternative investment vehicle available only to sophisticated investors, such as institutions and individuals with significant assets. Like mutual funds, hedge funds are pools of underlying securities.

Mission Statement - Bridgewater is a community of people who are driven to achieve excellence in work and their relationships through radical truth and radical transparency

Radical Truth & Transparency - Openly and thoughtfully disagreeing on important issues is the most powerful way of creating meaningful work, meaningful relationships, and great outcomes

Principles & Culture make Bridgewater so unique

Bridgewater Headquarters
  • Meritocracy
  • Transparency and elimination of decision making hierarchy
  • Total honesty and accountability
  • Discussion about mistakes and disagreements stimulate learning and progress
  • Pressure to perform
Team building

Competition:

Bridgewater is the largest hedge fund

Ranked #1 Hedge Fund by Institutional Investor

Location: Westport, CT

I have been passionate about investing my entire life. Since deciding I want to work with investments, my goal is to work at a hedge fund.

Investment Associate - The entry level investment position at Bridgewater. The four investment departments include Research, Client Service, Account Management, and Trading.

Requirements:

  • Deep curiosity
  • Outstanding intellectual ability
  • Strong drive and high standards
  • Great character

Finance experience is not required, however, my experience with Mergers & Acquisitions will be beneficial. Associates can be placed into a rotational program between the departments, but Trading interests me most. Bridgewater provides world-class education in economics, markets, and investing through on-the-job training and the Investment Associate training program.

  • Within 2 years, 1/4 of new hires are gone
  • Jobs are easy to come by with Bridgewater experience
  • Those who remain are compensated significantly
  • Possible to rise in ranks, evidenced by the current CEO Greg Jensen, who began as an intern while at Dartmouth College

Summation:

It will be a dream come true working for Bridgewater Associates. It is the best possible job to begin my career due to the wealth of knowledge I will acquire. The intense culture excites me and draws me to the unique company. However, if I decide that it is not for me, I will have numerous opportunities after working for Bridgewater Associates.

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