The Carlyle Group Reviews

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The Carlyle Group COO Glenn A. Youngkin
Glenn A. Youngkin
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  • Front Office and Comp are great. Back Office and Culture needs work.

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Carlyle Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
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    The good talent is world class
    Front Office is top notch - Fundraising, Investment Professionals, Operating Executives are great
    Ability to work on unique and challenging problems
    Fantastic reputation
    Great compensation
    Great Offices and locations
    Willingness to spend


    Back Office lacks maturity and is broken - people chase bonus not business objectives
    IT is a low performing, top heavy powerpoint mill
    Non-private equity, non-DC business units are isolated and ignored
    Not a fail fast organization - willingness to continue with bad businessess, projects and employess even in the face of overwhelming evidence
    Passive aggressive, gossipy, non-confrontational culture
    Poor leadership in back office functions - Acct, HR, IT are full of overpaid, low contribution employees
    Unneccessarily complex organization with high cost structure
    Superficial - looking the part is as important as playing the part

    Advice to Management

    Fail Fast - cut your losses quickly
    Have the same patience and commitment to the non-Buyout businesses
    Bring in better operational talent from outside - golden handcuffs prevent turnover of over-promoted back office executives
    Change the culture to be more data driven

The Carlyle Group Interviews

Updated Jan 17, 2015

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    Service Desk Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at The Carlyle Group.


    Pretty easy, external recruiter talks with you over phone, then you talk with HR and an IT manager. In person interview was a breeze, present yourself nicely and be personable, they will eat it up. The technical questions were not difficult at all.

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    Went through recruiter. They suggest you accept the initial offer, since they will get paid once you accept.

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1987
Type Company - Public (CG)
Industry Finance
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors KKR, The Blackstone Group, TPG

The Carlyle Group, with some $150 billion under management, is one of the world's largest private investment firms. Activities include management-led buyouts, minority equity investments, real estate, venture capital, and leveraged finance opportunities in the energy and power, consumer and retail, and technology and business services industries. Other target sectors include financial services, health care, infrastructure, aerospace and defense, automotive, transportation, telecommunications, and media. Since its founding in 1987, Carlyle has made more than... More

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