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Ares Management Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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Antony P. Ressler
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Pros
  • Employee focused with great benefits, free lunch and parking (in 14 reviews)

  • The benefits are outstanding- free catered lunch every day (in 9 reviews)

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

  • No one will sit you down and lay out your career path for you, it's up to you to manage it (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "VP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work Environment, Full Autonomy with Accountability

    Cons

    presently no exceptions to report


  2. "Rewarding experience but depends on which group you draw"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ares employs some of the most intelligent financial professionals in the business, be it in credit, private equity or real estate. Learning from these people is, no doubt, a rewarding experience. Senior executives are generally friendly and have an open door policy, and the firm's private credit and private equity businesses are generally enjoying success relative to the broader industry. Unlike other firms in the industry, young professionals have an opportunity to grow within the firm if they speak out.

    Cons

    The liquid credit business in which I worked is more insular than the other parts of the business, such as private credit, private equity and real estate. Cross-functional interaction is pretty limited, resulting in my interacting with two to three Principals/Managing Directors >90% of the time. As the firm grew, more emphasis was placed on tight procedures than on thinking through complex, new investment opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Try to restore the culture of the firm ~5+ years ago! I think people who worked at Ares during the 2008-2009 financial crisis found themselves thinking through tons of investment opportunities (often successful investments too). Less structure could create a more cerebral culture.

  3. "Good pay, competent people, growing pains"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Very Nice Office w/ gym, Co-workers are smart and driven. Mostly reasonable hours. Nice views from the top floor.

    Cons

    Growing by acquisition so still figuring out how parts fit together. Going too compliance-heavy, which bogs the business down. Some senior partners leftover in acquired businesses have checked out but still want to maintain titles and decision making responsibility on a pick-and-choose basis.

    Advice to Management

    See cons above.


  4. "Multi Strategy Credit/Private Equity Fund"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ares Management full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large dynamic organization with multiple investment strategies. Flexible vacation policy.

    Cons

    Private equity with public shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Cross pollinate professionals.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary & employee perks.

    Cons

    Lots of difficult personalities. Moving up can be a challenge if you don't know or kiss up to the right person.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair in all of you employment practices.


  6. "Great firm!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, nice people, free breakfast, in-office gym

    Cons

    High expectations, longer hours (but standard for industry)

    Advice to Management

    The firm is growing rapidly, continue to be transparent and communicate openly


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, great experience, market leader

    Cons

    Little respect for work/life balance, demanding senior people, difficult to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in junior people

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Top-class Culture at a Top-Tier Buyside Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The culture is truly what sets this firm apart. Despite the rapid growth, Ares still maintains a "small-firm" feel in that there is so much collaboration between groups/departments. The firm does not have the hierarchical system that is commonplace at the NY-based financial services firms because employees here are given the oppty to challenge themselves and develop their skillset. Employees who take on more are rewarded because this firm prefers to promote from within than hire lateral talent. In addition, the benefits are top-notch, the compensation is on par w/ the best-in-class firms and the firm is continuing to expand.

    Cons

    I have not come across any that are worth noting.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the Management continues to be transparent with their vision - it will foster a great sense of community and employee engagement.


  9. "AVP Infrastructure Architect"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Infrastructure Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Infrastructure Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well funded company. Very viable future.

    Cons

    There are not very many cons for this company


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Recognize employees more frequently & develop career paths."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ares Management (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Will be challenged - and have access to top leaders. Growth thru acquisitions is exciting.

    Cons

    Company is not focused on development of skills. You will have to figure it out yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Consider semi-annual or quarterly bonus programs as a means to retain top talent.


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