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Originally posted by Willy Franzen on June 24, 2008. Updated through a sponsorship agreement.
You’d think I’d pay enough attention to notice a company that does a ton of college recruiting, has a great work culture for young people, and is right in my “backyard.” Apparently I don’t. I came across a job listing for Bridgewater Associates and was intrigued because they are located in Westport, CT – the town where I went to high school. I figured I must have heard of them at some point and since forgotten about them. My curiosity continued, and I checked out their location on Google Maps. Then I saw this photo tagged for their location, and it hit me. This company is located on the banks of one of my favorite trout streams! So right off the bat, we know that Bridgewater’s people get to work in a beautiful location and have a great way to spend their lunch breaks if they’re interested in piscatorial pursuits. I’m sure that my anecdote has left you wondering what exactly Bridgewater does. They currently manage “approximately $160 billion in global investments for a wide array of institutional clients, including foreign governments and central banks, corporate and public pension funds, university endowments and charitable foundations.” Their goal is to “understand the world,” discovering “timeless and universal truths” about the economy through a culture of “radical truth and radical transparency.”
They’ve beaten global markets for 20 years, so it is apparently working for them. I also found a pretty cool video that illustrates some of the work that Bridgewater is doing…
Bridgewater is all about being different. Given their unique culture and self-identification as an idea meritocracy, they seem to do a lot to encourage the free flow of ideas. They’re not offering your typical finance jobs and are enthusiastic about hiring people from all academic backgrounds, not just Finance or Business majors. This approach extends to the look and feel of the place with the landscape appearing to be less corporate than most others, with a casual dress code and emphasis on work life balance. I am guessing that is part of why they are located in Westport, CT, which while is certainly not a hotspot for social opportunities, it is certainly beautiful and has a good trout stream. New York City is just an hour train ride away and I’ve heard that they have a shuttle bus for employees who live in the city.
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