One of the top reasons they love Bridgewater is company parties, because apparently, everyone parties really hard at them.
We’re actually surprised Dalio let some of this stuff be published. (One employee mentions blacking out. Another loves mud-wresting with his employees.)
'The parties at Bridgewater (holiday, Mardi Gras, summer picnic, and Halloween) are great because they are not stuffy corporate parties, but parties where letting loose is encouraged instead of discouraged.'
'Do I need to choose one event? That is a hard task because we are a company that likes to party and celebrate success. I had an excellent time at a party Client Service threw on a boat cruise along the Long Island sound. A combination of food, wine, ocean, and close group of people is hard to beat.'
Nick won a prize for dressing offensively at the Halloween party, now his favourite Bridgewater event.
'The Town Hall meeting - an all-company get together where anyone can ask any question they want of senior management. This event is a great chance to see the history of Bridgewater - to see some of the 'film' that is Bridgewater and not just the 'snapshots' that I have experienced... It is good to see how even the most senior people have made mistakes and how learning from mistakes is the key.
Warning: This might be NSFW, depending on how you read it.
'During that weekend, we had the sort of crazy fun that I didn't really expect to have outside of college, let alone at work. I even spent one night sleeping in a freezing cabin in the woods in a sleeping bag after Bob (co-CIO) convinced me and a few others to go on an adventure with him.'
Glen says that the Holiday Party is the best because it makes venues despair that they cannot even handle this.
'Bridgewater is surrounded by a lake and river. The challenge is trying to get through the several feet deep muck that's in the lake while trying to race/swim/run/dunk/jump on other people in your heat (seriously) to determine who gets into the finals. The winner gets a ticket anywhere in the world.'
'It's tough to pick one, but the top five would be: new hire karaoke at the Black Duck, our annual romp at the Belmont, the bwater softball team bar crawls, the 2005 Vegas trip, and the semi-annual Jensen extravaganza.'