Diversity & Inclusion
Some say great minds think alike. At AQR, we believe diverse perspectives generate non-correlated thinking, which inspires our ability to engineer creative, differentiated solutions and build trusted relationships with our global clients.
We aim to foster an inclusive environment where the contributions of all of our team members are recognized and valued, and employees are encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work. Our diversity initiatives are designed to attract the best and brightest talent to our firm, create a true sense of belonging, and give all our employees opportunities to excel and thrive in their careers. Diversity and inclusion are supported at the highest levels of our firm, with our Founders and Partners serving as executive sponsors of our diverse networks, recruiting and talent initiatives.
What makes AQR such a special place to work?
Let our employees tell you what has helped make us one of Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work in Money Management for the past two years:
Creating a sense of belonging
Communities at AQR play an important role in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. Our communities welcome and engage our employees and bring expertise and input to our broader firm, which helps to advance recruiting, retention, engagement, and overall cultural awareness. They also enable our employees at all levels to enhance their personal and professional lives.
AQR Pride supports the success of AQR by fostering an inclusive community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer employees and allies through efforts in recruiting, philanthropy, networking and education. In 2019, AQR received a 100% in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey measuring LGBTQ workplace equality, making our firm one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality".
Our recruiting strategies are comprehensive and aimed at attracting exceptional diverse talent to our firm. We strive to create a welcoming interview process for each candidate, incorporate a diverse slate of interviewers and utilize a structured interview process to drive consistent candidate assessment and reduce bias in the interview process.
AQR partners with various organizations to reach a broader, diverse candidate base and expose them to opportunities at AQR. Recent efforts include partnerships with Disability: IN and Student Veterans of America. Additionally, our own signature recruiting initiatives include our Early Engagement Women’s Summit and our AQR Return-To-Work Program.
AQR Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)
AQR WIN supports, engages and encourages our community of professional women at AQR.
Other AQR Communities
We have active Chinese, Indian, and Latino communities that meet several times a year, focused on engaging members of the community, helping with recruiting efforts, and leading the celebration of cultural traditions at the firm.