It Only Takes A Year And A Half To Get Adjusted To Bridgewater Corporate Culture: Ray Dalio

  • June 6, 2014: Sign contract
  • June 9, 2014: First day on the job
  • June 19, 2014: Receive July Metro North pass in mail (paid with pre-tax dollars)
  • August 1, 2014: Approached on the way to the men’s room and asked how the struggle between your upper level you and your lower level you are coming; have no idea WTF this means
  • September 22, 2014: Overhear Ray talking to a lieutenant about a healthcare PM being one part Socrates, one part armadillo…scratch head
  • November 10, 2014: November 10, 2014: Confess to co-worker that it’s been months since you started and you still feel like you were just dropped onto a new planet with no instruction manual…are told this is normal
  • December 6, 2015: Acclimate to corporate culture

For most new Bridgewater employees, “it’s a little bit like entering the Navy SEALs,” says Mr. Dalio. “There’s a period—usually about 18 months—of sort of adaptation to this. And some make it and some don’t make it. And so we call it ‘getting to the other side.'” He adds that “the other side looks like: They can’t work anywhere else and the reason they can’t work anywhere else is they don’t know what anybody’s thinking anywhere else. They don’t have an ability to speak their mind anywhere else. They don’t have the guardrails of their weaknesses. Everybody’s got weaknesses. They can’t candidly address weaknesses. “We describe it as: there’s the upper-level you and the lower-level you. The human brain is part thoughtful man,” he explains, “and part animal. And you have to drag yourself. And we see the struggle as between the upper-level them and the lower-level them.” In other words the brain wants honest feedback but the emotions aren’t always ready to handle it. “It’s not a struggle between us and them typically. It’s a struggle between what do they want” and “what happens in their emotional reactions to that.”

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32 Responses to “It Only Takes A Year And A Half To Get Adjusted To Bridgewater Corporate Culture: Ray Dalio”

  1. Concerned says:

    Where are the clients' self-aggrandizing cult leaders?

  2. T Cruise says:

    Sound like scientology

  3. Shecky Descartes says:

    Two Bridgewater traders are having sex in a company broom closet. One says to the other, "Well, that was obviously good for your lower-level you. Was it good for my upper level struggle to get what I want?"

  4. Captain Oblivious says:

    I hear it is a humiliating place to work. Until you receive your first paycheck. Then you would let Ray shit in your mouth and give you the arabian goggles on the daily

  5. guest says:

    And just like the Navy Seals, most of the people that can't acclimate are those smart enough to wonder what the hell they were doing there in the first place.

  6. Guest says:

    Whole-heartedly looking forward to our new summer retreat house to be finished in Waco this July.

    – R. Dalio

  7. AI says:

    Mr. Dalio: You are a stock picker. Good fucking Lord.

  8. Captain Oblivious says:

    We are Unsullied. We work for Dallio – Grey Worm

    • BNP Banking Giant says:

      Comparing people who work for you to Navy Seals??Big difference Ray. In the Seals they don't walk up to your desk and yell"GET ALL OF YOUR SHIT AND GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!" They die in combat dickhead

  9. Wideclops says:

    So a friend of mine interviewed there late last year. Was told there is 40% turnover in the first 18 months. So – is the problem the HR people who recruit the wrong people, or the unwelcoming "we have it all figured out but you don't" culture?

    • Devils Pie says:

      Only way you can claim Bridgewater is soft, is if you get up off your ass and pop shit in a bunch of managers face. If you not doing none of that, and only claiming Dalio soft cause you aint see the action you was expecting, than you really cant say shit cause ass is soft. These dudes aint Wu-Tang. Time to close down all these regional offices and get all my jewiah brothers back in Nyc. Jewish mothers going apeshit cause all the Jewish men taking offers in regional offices, and thet daughters have no one to marry.

  10. Guest says:

    So what he is saying is essentially that short people have only lower-level yous since there is no room for the upper-level?

    What a douche.

  11. Guest says:

    I went to the whole Principles thing and here is what i found:

    My upper-level you is obsessed on slaying only grade-A poontang, while my lower-level you just wants to slay poontang. So, as it turns out, my upper-level you is substantially hindering my flow.

  12. C. Gasparino says:

    I am two parts animal.

  13. guest says:

    Gawd he looks like Gollum.

    -B. Gross

  14. Quant me maybe... says:

    He must be doing something right. He's the richest guy in Connecticut.

    > I looked it up.

  15. C Gasparino says:

    My wife is an animal in bed. And out of it.

  16. Lucky says:

    Bet 20 billion on "red" and damn if it doesn't come up "red" so we're fucking geniuses and then we talk shit to deflect from our luck.

  17. Poppa Topagin says:

    Drunk Ernest sounds like he worked for Dalio.

  18. Jeffrey Lebowski says:

    Sounds Exhausting

  19. jack p says:

    we have it all figured out, then spewed coffee all over my monitors.<img src=""/&gt;

  20. jack p says:

    we have it all figured out, then spewed coffee all over my monitors.<img src=///""/&gt;

  21. RayRay says:

    "They can’t work anywhere else and the reason they can’t work anywhere else is because no one will ever hire them after working for that shithole"
    There, I fixed it….

  22. JMMM says:

    Pass the Kool Aid please. Oh, and apologize for your existence while you're at it.

  23. Pak Word says:

    Great effort by Ray Dalio. THank for nice post.

  24. Guest says:

    A recruiter declined to forward my resume, saying I was "too nice" to work there. I explained the personal weakness she exposed in making assumptions after a 5 minute meet-and-greet conversation. She was done with me at that point.