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Updated Jul 20, 2021

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Ares Management President and CEO Michael Arougheti
Michael Arougheti
37 Ratings
Pros
  • "Catered lunch at Culver location(in 14 reviews)

  • "executives working under; health benefits; free lunch(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "long hours sometimes no work life balance(in 19 reviews)

  • "It's a growing firm which can pose challenges for work-life balance(in 9 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years
      Featured Review

      Simply an Awesome Place to Work in Alternative Asset Management

      Jan 12, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      - Fantastic CEO - Strong people-oriented culture - Truly collaborative - not just lip service - Management of COVID crisis has been exceptional - Lots of opportunity to grow and learn - high performing and a much more supportive environment than other peer firms - in my opinion

      Cons

      - Need to invest more and formalize employee training & development - this is starting to happen with the new elevated HR team, but employees would benefit from more of it - It's a growing firm which can pose challenges for work-life balance. Leadership has been increasingly focused on making this more of a priority though and even did meeting-free Friday afternoons this summer, which was great

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      5 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Culture, Meaningful Work

      Jun 29, 2021 - Associate Vice President 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly, high-performing people that truly want to see you succeed. Management cares and wants to build relationships with the most junior of employees, which leads to a ton of opportunities for growth and a long term, meaningful career. It's the place to be right now with how quickly the business is growing.

      Cons

      Fast growth against not being able to be face-to-face with new colleagues hasn't been ideal but that's to be expected until we are back in person.

      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Tough place for ppl of color

      Jun 25, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Some folks are genuinely trying to create systemic change

      Cons

      Incredibly difficult for people of color to advance. If you’re white, you’re able to move up the ladder based on potential. If you’re a person of color (more specifically Black), advancing in your career at Ares requires perfection and that you check every box before even being considered for a promotion. Even more specifically, expectations for Black women are much higher than those of white women. If you are lucky enough to get an opportunity for advancement as a Black person, then you are expected to take whatever is given, be grateful and be quiet. Oftentimes, when you speak out against inequities, you’re viewed as never satisfied or a problem. You’re also constantly reminded that you’ve been promoted as though they’ve done you a favor when in reality you’ve worked hard for years just to receive crumbs. There are several efforts underway around DEI yet the organization is still getting it wrong by not aligning their actions with their words. It’s not helping that there is very little diversity in the HR organization and only two Black senior leaders in an organization of almost 1400. It’s hard not to see the DEI efforts as window dressings when the inequities in hiring, career progression and promotion practices are so blatant.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Solid Reception Positon

      Jul 20, 2021 - Receptionist in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Slow office, allowed for a lot of outside tasks to be done

      Cons

      Cant think of any right now

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing Opportunities to Grow!

      Jun 26, 2021 - Principal in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Ares is rapidly growing and the opportunities to progress and grow are unparalleled. The leadership of the firm creates an incredibly inclusive and transparent environment and recently announced the creation of AltFinance, in an effort to support students at HBCUs and educate them about opportunities in Alternatives. Everyone works hard but is incredibly respectful. I feel honored to work here!

      Cons

      Rapid growth and lean operational teams can prove challenging. Align headcount growth in the support functions to the success of the business.

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work

      Jun 14, 2021 - Vice President in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great culture with a lot of great people, business is growing rapidly which presents lots of opportunities for advancement

      Cons

      Business growing so quickly that are often some growing pains to work through

      1 person found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      24/7 Availability Expectation is Disrespectful

      Mar 5, 2021 - AVP-Operations 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pre-covid: provide daily food & beverages, clean safe workspace. Difficult or poisonous personalities are not welcome. Good health benefits. Emphasis on diversity and inclusion programs. Company is aggressive in growing.

      Cons

      Expected to be available for work and to attend meetings late into evenings, when on vacation, holidays and weekends has gotten worse since Covid. No attempt from top to push back or try to manage expectations or hours. Everything is a fire that needs immediate attention. Annual pay raise at mid-lower levels are not reflective of expectations or the 'phenomenal' success of the firm in recent years. Lack of transparency with regard to review process, compensation and bonus. Managers do not go to bat for all employees given the amount of work and time on the clock expectation, unless you are favorite. Aggressive firm growth means more work and resources haven't kept pace. No consideration for firmwide or cross platform coordination or enhancement evident. Little room for promotion in some departments.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great firm, okay pay

      May 27, 2021 - Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good culture, work/life balance, and friendly colleagues

      Cons

      unclear career trajectory, lower pay relative to peers

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Contractor position

      Jun 24, 2021 - Senior Budget Analyst in Cleveland, OH
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      Pros

      Local company, accessible to senior leader.

      Cons

      Not a lot of room for advancement.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      great place to work

      Apr 28, 2021 - Great Place to Work in Culver City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      supportive work culture with opportunity for growth

      Cons

      younger company in process of defining its culture

      2 people found this review helpful
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