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Found 204 of over 224 reviews
3.9
75% Recommend to a Friend
Ares Management President and CEO Michael Arougheti
92% Approve of CEO

Found 204 of over 224 reviews

3.9
75%
Recommend to a Friend
92%
Approve of CEO
Ares Management President and CEO Michael Arougheti
Michael Arougheti
67 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Good pay, talented people in front office, some well meaning people in middle and back office(in 21 reviews)
  • "Smart people and nice location(in 19 reviews)
  • "Health Benefits are good.(in 18 reviews)
  • "Great culture, highly collaborative and deeply commitment to leading through our values.(in 15 reviews)
  • "Competitive salary, time(in 10 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee
    Featured Review

    Great place to work!

    Feb 23, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    You receive the resources of working for an established and reputable firm with a strong brand, while maintaining a small shop/entrepreneurial feel within immediate teams. People want to help each other; truly a familial culture with lots of mentorship opportunities. Leadership is approachable and transparent. Collective and thoughtful efforts towards DEI strategy and creating a more diverse and inclusive working environment. Excellent benefits - strong medical coverage, generous 401k match, PTO, lunch stipend, etc.

    Cons

    Ares is experiencing a lot of growth and there's great energy behind it but experiencing some growing pains along the way as any company would (ex. long hours, lean teams). Staffing accordingly/to scale would be a significant help and will positively impact work/life balance.

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

    Lengthy Interviews

    Jun 29, 2022 - Talent Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Appreciate the company is being picky on taking the time to get to know the candidate, but at the same time, the company needs to be respectful of the candidates time as well

    Cons

    misleading the candidate with too long of an interview process

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Decent

    Jul 6, 2022 - Associate 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Mentorship Pay was above the norm

    Cons

    Very long hours Office politics

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Good people, big company culture

    May 27, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people doing interesting work, intense environment

    Cons

    It's a big company with bureaucracy and politics

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Company

    May 23, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with, good culture.

    Cons

    Annual raise is not high.

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  6. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Good perks outweighed by the political and stressful work environment

    May 17, 2022 - Compliance 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Superior health benefits, food often provided in the office, job stability due to exponential growth and record firm earnings every year even during recessions, good on-boarding salary (always negotiate a counter offer).

    Cons

    Subpar raises, stagnant and restrictive promotional track with no transparency whatsoever. People will take title demotions because Ares is a big name and then they won't get promoted back for years despite doing solid work. It really seems like promotions are based off of how much your manager personally likes you and how willing they are to expend the political capital that comes with vouching for you during the annual year end all manager meeting where they discuss and agree on who is promoted. Requiring employees to work in the office with minimal transparency about COVID transmission rates among employees also working out of the office alongside of us. Extremely heavy workload, very high turnover. More than 20 people have quit or transitioned out of the department in just the past couple of years. Many of the people in compliance are extremely competent and a pleasure to work with. However, it seems like there is a substantial subset of workers that are retained only due to favoritism or bias, workers that do not seem to have a good grasp of basic financial industry concepts (this even applies to some senior members in the group who in my opinion should have never been rehired or promoted). This group also seems to have a patter of hiring, transitioning, and promoting ex-admin assistants into the wider compliance group across multiple compliance teams who also, in my opinion, should have never been hired because they are not adequately trained/monitored, lack fundamental critical thinking skills, and are now a net drag on the entire department when it comes to efficiency, quality of work product, and reducing the work load.

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    9 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Fair company but not solid

    May 7, 2022 - Building Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Lots of autonomy in this position.

    Cons

    Pay seems low for the various challenges.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Lack of career progression

    Apr 27, 2022 - Senior Associate 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Culture is getting better, but still needs work

    Cons

    Lack of career progression , too lean , burnout

    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Growing firm with natural growing pains yet a phenomenal place to work!

    Apr 12, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is kind and eager to help you. Benefits/Compensation package is amazing—best of its peers. Work life balance is a priority. Supportive of family lifestyles. Return to office post mask mandate has been handled amazingly with much flexibility and trust in employees’ ability to continue performing at top levels.

    Cons

    There are no core competencies for performance standards which seemingly makes it challenging for an employee to forge their path for promotion. The organization has grown substantially in a short amount of time. As a result, there are various pain points as systems and processes are very manual. If you are willing to roll up your sleeves, though, there is lots of good work to be done.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good Place

    Apr 17, 2022 - Receptionist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is great for the role

    Cons

    Can be Unorganized at times in the office

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Ares Management has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on over 224 reviews left anonymously by employees. 75% of employees would recommend working at Ares Management to a friend and 79% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 5% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Ares Management employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Ares Management. This rating has improved by 8% over the last 12 months.

75% of Ares Management employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Ares Management 3.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.0 for culture and values and 3.6 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Ares Management to be career development, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, culture, management.

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