Bridgewater interview experience?

Microsoft blind2
Oct 27, 2017 49 Comments

Going to on-site soon. Any insight on interview type or compensation? What should I expect during the interview? Never interviewed with a hedge fund before.

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  • Apple
    Crackajack

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    Crackajackmore
    They’re a cult. If you don’t match their required personality you’re automatically rejected
    Oct 27, 2017 2
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Elaborate please?
      Oct 27, 2017
    • Amazon FUMx01
      Read Principles by Ray Dalio
      Oct 29, 2017
  • Apple
    alias ls=l

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    alias ls=lmore
    I have a friend who works there. They have have this mentality, which I’m sure you can google about, where basically if someone fucks up and you know. It’s your job to throw them under the bus. And if it’s found out that you knew and didn’t fuck them over. It’s your ass on the chopping block. This doesn’t apply to just production issues. This mentality flows down all the way to the meetings. If you accidentally make a dumb comment you will be ridiculed.
    Oct 27, 2017 1
    • Asynchrony mHkd31
      You will be diagnosed and probed along with dots being added to your profile.
      Oct 30, 2017
  • Uber Budada
    300k is the standard package. You could get up to 600k as a senior engineer. If you get a director position, you are paid a million.
    Oct 29, 2017 3
    • Capital One / Eng
      C1ROCKS

      Capital One Eng

      BIO
      Working with Java, JS, go in AWS
      C1ROCKSmore
      Bull
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      That’s really good! I think the interview is for a lead position. Not sure about the level.
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Uber Budada
      Lead is not director, just be aware.
      Oct 30, 2017
  • Vonage 72938279
    That place is a revolving door. Stay away.
    Oct 29, 2017 3
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Why is that?
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Vonage 72938279
      I used to recruit for them ten years ago. They have this culture where they say it is flat, but it is not. If you challenge anything, you are gone. They keep a log of mistakes. And the recruiting team is horrible. It's like the palantir of the east coast. Their interview process is also exceptionally morbid. You'll be asked ridiculous questions just to see how you react and if you will actually stand up for yourself. It's just a bad culture.
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Any example of a ridiculous question?
      Oct 29, 2017
  • Pandora Mnbfjvf
    Did an on-site with them and it was pretty bizarre. My background is obviously technical, but they thought I was an mba, and routed me through an mba loop.

    Started with an on-site at a hotel, which involved a group interview and a behavioral 1-1 in a suite. Then they switched my track and just put me in a taxi to go their actual campus. Talked to like the most junior guy ever while they figured out what they were doing. Got asked a question like how would promote a 10000 concert in a few days. People didn’t seem that weird though.
    Oct 29, 2017 2
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Interesting! What position was the interview for?
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Pandora Mnbfjvf
      I think it started as investment associate and then I don’t remember what it became after, was a long time ago.
      Oct 30, 2017
  • Apple
    alias ls=l

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    alias ls=lmore
    But the pay is good 😁
    Oct 27, 2017 1
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Yeah I think I heard that before. How good is the pay? I am looking around 400k total comp!
      Oct 27, 2017
  • Uber Budada
    Do you think if it is a good idea to torture an enemy to get the urgent information ? Pick a side and they will get two guys to debate you. If you say no but or yes but, you will be shown the door quickly.
    Oct 29, 2017 0
  • Apple
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    Idk those details about the interview or $$. The culture is across the company. My friend isn’t an SDE he does networking.
    Oct 27, 2017 0
  • Advisory chrischuc
    I had offer from them.... interview was one kind of a experience!!! expect a lot of behavioral questions.. generally for those type of questions you probably need to say totally opposite than you generally would say for other companies... be very bold and open... read Ray's principles carefully... they follow those principles every single day.. pay is pretty good though if you can deal with their cult culture.. it's not for everyone
    Oct 28, 2017 7
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      And non tech means all culture fit stuff? Or anything else?
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Advisory chrischuc
      Yes, did you do their culture quiz thingy? They generally sent an email before the interview and during interview they go over on that
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      I did one of them at the very beginning. They sent another one but have not done that yet! Do they ask the same questions again? I can’t remember what I answers last time. It was really long :)
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Forgot to ask! Why did not you take the offer?
      Oct 31, 2017
    • Advisory chrischuc
      It was pretty easy... location and culture...
      Oct 31, 2017
  • Uber Budada
    Most people get 0 promotion in 10 years. You may double your pay now but 10 years later, you will be paid a third of what you deserve.
    Oct 29, 2017 4
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Interesting! But you can always leave if you are not happy!
      Oct 29, 2017
    • Facebook Thhytg
      Leave with 0 growth. You will get back to your current level if you leave and come back after wasting xx years of your career.
      Oct 30, 2017
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      How does the leveling works when you come back to major tech companies?
      Oct 30, 2017
    • Facebook Thhytg
      Based on interviews and relevant experience. Irrelevant experience = 0 experience
      Oct 30, 2017
  • Microsoft Puppymonky
    Great company to work for! Be open minded and know they care about how you think, not what you did. - I worked there
    Oct 27, 2017 4
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Wow great to hear a positive feedback? How is the pay compared to MSFT? What made you switch?
      Oct 27, 2017
    • Microsoft Puppymonky
      Contract wasn't renewed lol. I was only there for a specific project. BW will always pay more. But it's mandatory to be onsite last I checked. Look if you can't handle giving a presentation and someone blurting out that you might be wrong and needing to defend your work right then and there... it's not for you. If you don't have the balls to call out your Skip's manager.... it's not for you. If you can't learn to NOT trust co-worker because they may be the enemy, It's not for you. If you can't handle the mandatory 10+ hour day requirements + increases in that requirement based on your level... it's not for you. If you can't understand that your responsibility is not your managers or your subordinates (I.e. Your manager can't dictate how something gets done if it isn't their responsibility), it's not for you. If you can't process (machines) your activity and you do everything adhoc.... you will fail miserably.

      Also for fun you should read Ray Dalio's book Principles.
      Oct 28, 2017
    • LinkedIn hbdi78n
      In fact, reading Ray Dalio’s book is even better.
      Oct 28, 2017
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Great advice! Thanks :)
      Oct 28, 2017
  • Microsoft Puppymonky
    Do I get an agent fee?
    Oct 30, 2017 1
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Sure! ;)
      Oct 31, 2017
  • Tableau NXFM73
    Read “principles” by the founder
    Oct 30, 2017 1
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Started reading it :) Hopefully I can finish it during the flight!
      Oct 30, 2017
  • Asynchrony gneb
    I helped create their new recruitment system. PM me if you want to know more.
    Oct 30, 2017 1
    • New xoeT24
      Hey there, what are different levels in engineering? What’s the TC for different levels?
      Nov 5, 2018
  • Yahoo FakeDonald
    What position?
    Oct 28, 2017 1
    • Microsoft blind2
      OP
      Dev
      Oct 28, 2017
  • I have an interview coming up with BW. Any tips can be appreciated
    Jun 8, 2018 0
  • Uber Budada
    They worship regex like a god. If you say something like regex is slow as hell, they will kick you down and torture you to death.
    Oct 29, 2017 0
  • Microsoft blind2
    OP
    And how is the interview loop? Too technical or mixed?
    Oct 27, 2017 0

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