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Ares Management Reviews

Updated May 23, 2019

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Found 85 reviews

3.1
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38%
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78%
Approve of CEO
Antony P. Ressler
49 Ratings
Pros
  • "Catered lunch and good benefits(in 13 reviews)

  • "executives working under; health benefits; free lunch(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very deadline-driven work environment with long hours and high expectations(in 15 reviews)

  • "Little respect for work/life balance, demanding senior people, difficult to get promoted(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "good"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

      Pros

      Good place to work at

      Cons

      not a bad place to work at

      Ares Management2019-05-23
    • "So far so good.."

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      Current Employee - Assistant 

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

      Pros

      Been working here for less than a year but so far so good. Pay is competitive although I do feel like they low ball you when making offers with little room for negotiation. Haven't been here long enough to know about bonuses, but working hourly receiving OT definitely helps. Hours are very good, never take my work home with me. Lunch is catered 4x a week, bagels in the morning and kitchen is stocked with water, juices,...

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      Cons

      Can only think of small cons.....Can be hard to get to know colleagues if they're not in your department. People are pretty much in their own world - some with their noses up if you're new. PTO is 15 days a year if working at ARES under 5 years. Not sure if you can carry over any unused PTOs for the following year as the PTOs are accrued. Unable to use any sick days until after 90 days of employment, if sick need to...

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      Ares Management2019-03-19
    • Helpful (5)

      "Bad culture and mismanagment"

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      Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Ares Management full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Catered lunch and good benefits. The compensation is good but that's about it. there has been a lot of growth but there is a cut throat culture with very poor management or clear message on strategy. Lots of infighting between the different groups.

      Cons

      The biggest problem at Ares is the lack of infrastructure and ongoing mismanagement. While growth had been strong, the company has failed to build an infrastructure to support the business. Lack of access to information makes it difficult to do job effectively. Hours are tough and people are rude. Worst part of all is the infighting between groups. Constantly infighting between direct lending, liquid credit and PE. Real...

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      Advice to Management

      Improve infrastructure. Create clear message. Stop the infighting between groups.

      Ares Management2019-04-06
    • Helpful (8)

      "Horrible Culture - Zero Management"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Ares Management full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Bagel breakfast in the mornings, catered lunch 4 days a week, snacks and beverages. Pretty much the only pros there

      Cons

      Most horrible office culture amongst many departments. Highest turnover I’ve ever seen in my life so something is clearly wrong with the place. Multiple changes in management too that nobody communicates about. Even when you speak up about issues nothing changes so almost pointless to even say anything at all

      Advice to Management

      Listen to your employees and make some positive changes. There must be a reason why Ares has the highest turn over in the Investment world and the lowest rating on Glassdoor. The people who think they’re high and mighty need to go. Management keeps changing and half of them don’t even know how to manage their group. Some of the weakest EAs think they’re untouchable and some of the strongest investment professionals are...

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      Ares Management2019-02-10
    • "Great company, Great Culture"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Ares Management full-time

      Pros

      Growth oriented and entrepreneurial. Business has scaled while keeping an entrepreneurial and highly collaborative culture

      Cons

      Opportunity to continue to invest to support growth

      Ares Management2019-01-29
    • Helpful (4)

      "It's all about your manager"

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      Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Culver City, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Ares Management full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Lunch, beautiful surroundings, good resources so that you can do you work

      Cons

      sterile environment, it's very impersonal and if you don't have a good manager and a good backup team, it won't be pleasant

      Ares Management2019-01-29
    • Helpful (1)

      "Lots of Work, Lots of Opportunity to Learn"

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        Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

        Pros

        Work with some of the brightest minds in investing.

        Cons

        Top heavy culture makes earning promotion quite difficult.

        Ares Management2019-01-02
      • Helpful (1)

        "Overall a good place to work"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Ares Management full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Nice office, smart co-workers, good pay. Plenty of opportunities to expand beyond your role.

        Cons

        Titles are not consistent with experience (and the MDs will tell you 'titles don't matter'). A lot of management turnover and changes every year

        Ares Management2018-12-05
      • "Receptionist"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Ares Management full-time

        Pros

        friendly coworkers, beautiful offices, stocked kitchen

        Cons

        No benefits or paid holidays for temps

        Ares Management2018-11-16
      • Helpful (4)

        "Avoid working in operational compliance at all costs"

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        Former Employee - Compliance in Los Angeles, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

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

        Pros

        -- Good Salary -- Amazing Benefits -- Good name recognition

        Cons

        -- Ares has rapidly expanded in the past few years but management still runs compliance department like a start-up with years of backlogged issues that need retroactive processing/fixing. -- Sink or Swim business culture. Management has no interest in developing and cultivating talent and expect you to hit the ground running. -- Very non-collaborative, isolating environment with unrealistic expectations. Be ready...

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        Advice to Management

        You will always have turn over until you fix the structural management issues endemic to this compliance department. Replace department heads with people that actually manage their department and make an effort to invest in the stellar talent that Ares is so good at hiring.

        Ares Management2018-11-15
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