Partners Group

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Partners Group Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
24 Reviews
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    Hard to advance if you are in a junior role, not much opportunity without a masters degree

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Partners Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Swiss based company, Twenty five days of paid time off, lunch credit every day, great coworkers and personalities in the offices around the world, good friendly environment, holiday party

    Cons

    Hard to grow after a couple years, some employees give trivial tasks onto you that they can do themselves, some gossip in the work culture,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase insulting starting salary

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Culture Issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful offices, hours aren't bad, travel to Europe, a LOT of vacation time

    Cons

    Employees don't feel valued. There is more of a mentality that you can leave whenever because you are replaceable. Salaries are below industry standards. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to imagine what it is like to be an associate, an analyst, even a VP. Put yourself in the shoes of your employees. Happy employees = productivity and low turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Partners Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    cultish 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but can do better

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Management Investment Writer
    Current Employee - Product Management Investment Writer

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time

    Pros

    benefits are great (20+ days of leave, good medical coverage, etc), plenty of internal job postings available which (depending on your department) may be within reach, lunch allowance, good senior management, smart people, solid and thorough training, great work-life balance, 1 month paid sabbatical after every 5 years of service

    Cons

    can be a little "stiff" - some level of micromanagement, internal mobility depends on your department, compensation is below market rate, shares and options take forever to vest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote/encourage internal mobility to retain staff, pay to retain/hire top talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Would not recommend

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Partners Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lunch allowance, medical, good number of days holiday (25), average salary etc. Nice offices in good locations.

    Cons

    Favours Swiss over other nationalities, very process run company.
    Unhealthy company culture with high turnover as the market has picked up.
    Poor communication between teams and from management regarding other staff, it is not a very honest culture at all, there were occasions where people had left and it was not mentioned within the same team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    So so experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Partners Group

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful colleagues even across departments.
    Presence of work life balance as company holds recreational events regularly.

    Cons

    Disappointing remuneration, job scope is too specific such that there is not much to learn within each department, unwillingness to promote employees and would rather hire externally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better to have more efficient organization structure as current work allocation is too specific.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good company to make friends

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fund Administrative in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Fund Administrative in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Avoid at all costs - hemorrhaging staff and dishonest HR professionals

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some people are friendly and seem happy in their roles.
    Small benefits such as lunch allowance good.
    Offices facilities are nice.

    Cons

    HR staff are not trustworthy and do not stick to their word.
    Investment team losing staff at an alarming rate as job market bounces back.
    Roles and compensation potential mis-sold.
    Swiss and non-Swiss staff treated differently, less potential if you are not Swiss sadly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and invest in good people and proper systems. Cut the bureaucracy and devolve power to your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Entrepreneurial, dynamic and challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Director
    Current Employee - Managing Director

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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