Marshall Wace North America Reviews

Updated 22 Feb 2020

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  1. "Best in Class Firm"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Marshall Wace North America

    Pros

    - Marshall Wace North America takes the hiring process very seriously, and aims to hire the very best people. - CEO encourages innovation. - True meritocracy. - Great benefits (catered breakfast and lunch, 401k, health insurance, gym reimbursement, and more). - The best part of the firm is the people you work with.

    Cons

    This is a best in class organization, and there are no “cons” that come to mind.

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  2. "Good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Marshall Wace North America full-time

    Pros

    Great culture. Flat organization and everyone is well heard/respected

    Cons

    Can seem slow moving at times on certain things


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Glad I ended up here, good growth opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Marshall Wace North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging work, smart/driven employees, collaborative/down-to-earth environment, innovation is promoted, spends on tech, spends on personal development coaching, focus on employee welfare and happiness (especially office perks), pay is competitive and benefits are great, management encourages a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Flat(ish) and lean structure means you have to be OK with a more indefinite career trajectory although they have shown dedication to promoting across teams. A few out-sized personalities.

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  4. "Startup energy with the stability of a big firm"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Marshall Wace North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Consistent fund performance drives consistent asset growth - pretty much the best type of hedge fund to have as your employer. -Smartest collection of people I've ever worked with. -Focus on continuous improvement is real, with a willingness to spend on necessary technology/resources to drive it. -Health/Retirement benefits are incredibly generous including FULL 401k match. -Breakfast and Lunch onsite every day plus coffee drinks made to order. -Firmwide focus on philanthropy comes from the top, with a very generous matching gift program.

    Cons

    -Some very big personalities at the senior/managerial ranks. They're very smart, but they can be a little bit too aware of that fact. -If you're looking for frequent detailed feedback, look elsewhere.

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    "Just watch out for senior management..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Marshall Wace North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The office is beautiful and the benefits are some of the best i've ever had. If you work hard you are rewarded well & the IT systems/support is second to none

    Cons

    Senior management... they're highly strung, condescending, rude and they will treat you like you're something they stepped in.

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  6. "Best firm I ever worked for. Only left because I started my own business"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quantitative Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Marshall Wace North America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They promote from within, everyone who works there is bright but with little ego, they are working on cutting edge research, growing AUM, opportunities to work in London office , beautiful new NYC office

    Cons

    No whiteboards, they are 20 years old so if you are looking to join a firm that is more of a start up then this is not for you

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  7. Helpful (10)

    "Good place starting out as a quant"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Marshall Wace North America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Marshall Wace is a great place to learn fresh out of university, also generally early on in one's career. The setup is very collaborative and one can learn a lot quickly.

    Cons

    The firm relies rather heavily on the quant strategies for its bottom line, but there is generally little appreciation of quants by the senior management. I got the impression quant was seen as a sort of backwater. It compliments the main business but is not considered on par with the other front office teams. Maybe it's changed since but likely not. In a sense that is expected, given the firm's DNA is essentially in non-quant and fundamental investing. That is what has helped them grow into one of the most successful hedge funds at the moment. It is mushroom management a bit though. It's more keep your head down and keep producing good research. This setup has probably contributed to the large number of departures from the quant teams of people with up to around 3 or 5 years of experience. Normally over 80% of team comprise of graduates and people with a few years of experience. Beyond that level people generally move on elsewhere. I got the impression that management weren't particularly bothered by this situation. The churn is sort of factored into their hiring decisions. Like I said earlier though, it is a great place to be early on in one's career. As long as you approach it as such you are unlikely to be disappointed. The quality of people that work there is very high. I definitely do not regret the years I spent there.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Portfolio Manager"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Marshall Wace North America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Brilliant people and a true meritocracy.

    Cons

    Runs a risk of growing too fast

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  9. "Excellent"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Marshall Wace North America for less than a year

    Pros

    I loved MW. Super fun team to work with. All great people.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work got a bit repetitive

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  10. Helpful (12)

    "Analysts treated poorly"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Marshall Wace North America full-time

    Pros

    Very nice office, free meals. Big firm with good resources.

    Cons

    Zero concern for analysts. Lousy pay. Recruiters exaggerate bonus potential during hiring process without disclosing unfavourable deferred comp structure. Analysts get fired on a whim. Partners and PMs hoard most of the profit and throw chump change to analysts. Management could care less about developing analysts.

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