Ares Management Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Amazing company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ares Management full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Breakfast provided, budget for lunch, gym, great coworkers.

    Cons

    When it's busy it's insane.

    Advice to Management

    No advice neededz

  2. Facilities and corporate services

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ares Management full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, catered lunches, young and active workforce

    Cons

    Very structured and formal environment

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great experience as an intern at a top investment firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Market Risk(6 Months) in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Market Risk(6 Months) in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ares Management as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly and smart colleagues.
    Great perks (top location in Century City and superb catered lunch - every day!).
    As an intern I felt part of the team and I worked on very interesting and challenging projects.

    Cons

    The company just went public before I started working there and I noticed that all processes became more burdensome sometimes to the frustration of employees who had been working there for a longer time when the company was still private

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  5. Helpful (2)

    No culture, silos are growing, each department is its own organization, little oversight - management disconnected!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ares Management full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Newly public company gives you an opportunity to possibly to grow; but you need to push and play the game. Competitive salary, time-off (if you can get it) and bonus, nice working environment (offices are modern), catered lunch & breakfast, opportunity to travel for many and dedicated assistants to mid-level employees. Company is growing (which can also be a sign of poor planning and excessive need).

    Cons

    Favoritism rules. Departments do not really interact, nor is cross functioning encouraged. IT lives up to the stereotype; full of impatient know-it-all's. HR is slow and poorly managed, stuck in their offices and usually helpless; slow processes and some incompetent people; recruitment process lags. Management does not seem connected outside of their specific departments. No one is creating a culture. A lot of useless titles and mid-level management. Anyone familiar to investment firms should be prepared for poor work/life balance. As usual, if you're not making the company millions of dollars, you're just a lukewarm body that better kiss the right butt.

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture; it starts at the top - show that you care and are truly invested in all employees. Grow your top employees and fire the ones coasting along wasting space and money. Make your department heads accountable and aware of what's going on. Decentralize - it's a perfect place for an entrepreneurial environment and should be encouraged.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Senior Staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ares Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch, good pay and bonus, good benefits, compliance and Human resources departments.

    Cons

    Micro management, high turn over, people are promoted for knowing the right people not performance. Unprofessional culture lots of behind the wall criticism, long hours, management doesn't promote careers and casts lots of blame on others, very sensitive and stressful environment. Accounting is by far the worst department in the entire company with the worst management followed by operations. If working for this company choose any but these two departments.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more seasoned and experienced managers that communicate with their employees. Less hierarchy and pointing fingers. Work on cross groups relationships.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful Environment - A Place to Grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Ares Management full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like-minded, career-focused, motivated coworkers
    Positive and friendly work environment
    Encouraging superiors, potential for upward mobility
    Generous compensation, full benefits
    Free breakfast, lunch, and overtime meals
    Beautiful setting, clean bright offices, lovely office park (LA office)

    Ares has been an incredible working environment in that it has challenged me and stretched me in terms of handling new information and tasks, but has still been the right pace so that I can work effectively and efficiently without being pushed to my limits. It is exciting to be a part of this always growing team, and I am happy to say that every day I feel more a part of the community.

    Cons

    Distance both literal and figurative between offices is inconvenient, but not unmanageable (there are however opportunities to connect across departments if you act on them!)

  8. Helpful (2)

    Hard Working Place, Long Hours, and Lots of Unhappy People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ares Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent, but get in with a high salary and the location is nice and a nice lunch is provided

    Cons

    Long hours, demeaning work environment and hostile work environment, reviews are focused on the negatives from anything you have ever done wrong, those negatives are then used to knock down your bonus, positives are never to rarely rewarded. Taking a lunch is frowned upon. Taking time off is frowned upon and sometimes denied. During projects, which are always occurring, employees will be asked to cancel vacation and the company will pay you whatever you lost in canceling. You are expected to know everything and if you ask a question of an analyst they cannot be bothered to explain to you what they have spend months researching as you should read their minds (this is the attitude)

  9. Helpful (3)

    Not a great culture, but if you keep your head down, you'll be okay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ares Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working here would be the benefits - 401k, health insurance, pto, etc.

    Cons

    Cons: Management, HR transitions. If you are staff/administrative, the manager (which is corporate services, for some reason) is interested in one thing - no change. If you are looking for an entry level position with room for true growth (monetarily or professionally), move on. This manager doesn't foster growth for any of the positions under their umbrella. This company is notorious for firing people on the spot (don't EVER expect an exit package). Reasons are usually 'headcount', but have seen it happen for simply being disliked by someone with enough power to pull strings. The HR onboarding is sub-par at best. They need to get organized. The HR exit process is absolutely dreadful. Keep track of everything: your expenses, pto pay out, transit reimbursement, etc. Good luck getting paid for these things once you leave, since there is never a designated person in HR to process anything.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Ares Management full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Holds employees to high standards to provide our clients with top-notch service. Professional development and other learning initiatives, corporate philanthropy, and upward mobility. Great overall culture and benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and little training.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great culture, lots of opportunities to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Century City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Century City, CA

    I have been working at Ares Management full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    free breakfast, lunch and snacks
    admins for every group
    awesome office building top floor in Century City
    opportunity to meet with a lot of senior executives if you work at the century city office

    Cons

    just went public, it will take sometime to shift from small company mentality to a public company focus, but management knows this and focused on it.
    for newly established functions, there might be a need to occasionally work longer hours

    Advice to Management

    I personally find the development opportunities to be plenty, you just need to know to be proactive, maybe a more clear career pathing would be helpful for those employees with less years of work experience.

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