Partners Group
3.2 of 5 19 reviews
www.partnersgroup.com Baar, Switzerland 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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    A good company to make friends

    Fund Administrative (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsSenior managers are very friendly to juniors. A very good company for fresh student. work - life balance. there are 20++ on leave days

    ConsThe pay is below the market on every level although the benefits are quite good. Not suitable for people who seeks challenges and opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dysfunctional company where it is incredibly difficult to build a satisfying career

    Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- Good work / life balance
    - Excellent job security
    - Most people friendly and nice
    - Quality brand name in certain areas
    - Company has performed well in recent years

    Cons- Salaries intentionally below market by large margin and divergence only widens over time
    - Significant portion of bonus compensation starting at the Associate level is in a long-term stock and option plan that takes 3-5 years to vest; two-year Swiss jurisdiction non-compete must be signed when the vesting begins
    - Management deceptive on personal advancement; strict new rules on required tenure before eligibility for promotion discourage working hard and taking initiative
    - Junior-mid level employees not trusted and responsibilities tightly limited in contrast to the typical private equity company where such people have much more latitude to get things done
    - Culture is not performance-driven with a passive, reactionary attitude to business issues
    - Bureaucratic, process-oriented approach is fatiguing and limits competitiveness
    - Too much control continues to be held centrally in Switzerland and management is generally disengaged with needs of the regional offices
    - A love of lengthy, time-wasting meetings
    - Focus on excellence in fundraising without the same enthusiasm for investing and client service

    Advice to Senior Management- Adopt market standards for compensation and management of human capital in general
    - Grant greater autonomy to investment teams and regional offices
    - Better incentivize performance and leadership at all levels
    - Weed out the non-perfomers and hangers-on who are dead weight
    - Re-orient company so that investing is actually the first priority
    - Streamline the bureaucracy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible Staffing Agency

    Legal (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsPaychecks will come on time.

    ConsThey will lie to you and say you will be employed for at least 1 year but let you go after 3 months of working for no legit reason. Oh yeah, they will let you go after you have already spent your gas money driving to work only to tell you that your not needed..... and after you signed a contract for 12 months of work. Go with a more reliable agency if looking for work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't give the run of the mill excuse as to why you are being "let go".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company motto be "humble", NOT! self-indulgent corporate culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosfree meals, free travel, technologically-challenged firm so most work done manually(easy on brain for non-techies), incompetent, employees so makes work easier

    Conscultish corporate culture, cowboyish management, subservient employees, sum it up it's SWISS!!! Come here if there's no where else to go, at least you have a job for the time being.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is full of holes like Swiss cheese, US partners are robots, sell the firm before it crumbles. You can't compete with the big boys.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Entrepreneurial, dynamic and challenging

    Managing Director (Current Employee)

    Pros- Very strong track-record in fund raising and investing has built a strong foundation for future growth
    - For a private equity fund the culture is a-typically flat and entrepreneurial
    - Smart, motivated colleagues
    - Open to innovation and challenging the status quo

    Cons- (In the past) it has been easier to build a career in the HQ in Zug then in the satellite offices

    Advice to Senior Management- Continue to push to increase diversity in management and decision making
    - Invest more in training and coaching of junior and mid-level professionals

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice people, conservative company

    Assistant Vice President (Current Employee)

    Pros- Large AuM gives outsiders a good impression (USD 40bn, compared to TPG USD 60bn, KKR USD 90+bn)
    - Good financial position, high profitability, stable company and career, no retrenchments
    - Fundraising teams are world class (AuM up 20% every year), investment teams are alright (the few famous MDs hired from large funds are great, but the rest still need work, except for a few senior guys)
    - Nice environment, less aggressive than in usual large PE funds
    - Good benefits, lots of vacation days
    - Management appears to be nice, politically-correct, neutral Swiss people (not Wolf of Wall Street material)

    Cons- Compensation is 30-50% below market (even after considering stocks which take 5 years to vest)
    - Overly centralized decision making, Swiss investment decision makers do not understand non-EU markets and have missed many good opportunities, frustrated teams in non-European offices
    - Professional and sterile environment, people seem not as outstanding compared to those in BB I-banks (except for a few bright sparks)
    - Slow decision making, overly bureaucratic and lots of time wasted in useless meetings
    - Slow career progress, difficult to climb up the ladder as senior people don't leave after 5+ years (or can't as by the time the stocks will start vesting and also they seem to be not very competitive in the job market)

    Advice to Senior Management- Loosen the purse strings, pay more to keep top talent. Too many people have left recently given the improving job market, and this will just get worse
    - Be more open minded and humble, empower regional teams, or at least get out of the Zug office 3 months per year. You don't see much being in foreign offices just a few days here and there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    awesome experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    Proscollegiate working environment and nice office to work in

    Consthe wages are approx 10% below market average

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Generally positive (glass half full view) but a lot of room for improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, stable career, nice people, professional environment, fairly positive external reputation, approachable senior management

    ConsOverly risk averse corporate culture, glaring ignorance and lack of competitiveness in certain markets, decision making too centralized in HQ, pay lower than industry standards, slow / limited career progression, not for ambitious people, too much bureaucracy

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job so far, but time to grow up and be a real global firm

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent - Work hard, gain experience, travel the world

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProfessional environment where it is easy to get work done. Expectations are high, but the team around you helps to make sure that are in situation to succeed. International company where employees travel to meet with team members and clients.

    ConsI had to by a couple new suits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to communicate and innovate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Successful business model provides opportunities for professionals

    Professional (Current Employee)
    Z├╝rich (Switzerland)

    ProsStrong, meritocratic culture. Long-term oriented firm and approach to business. Clients come first. Long-term secured revenues allow to strategically build and develop the business. Professionals get coached and their career developed.

    ConsNot the place where it is enough to just swim with the stream.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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