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  1. "Was a great place to work once upon a time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Capital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation (Salary, Health, Dental, Bonus)

    Cons

    - Once upon a time this was a great place to work. Then someone decided that being a 10-15 billion dollar Hedge-Fund was more important than being an awesome 5+ billion dollar hedge-fund
    - They only care about the money

    Advice to Management

    If you've found your niche where you are a great company and great to work for and were very successful at what you're doing, why change?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Capital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Nice Office,Free Lunch

    Cons

    C Level Suite has no clue on how to run the firm.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good at what it does but not a fit in my case"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carlson Capital full-time

    Pros

    - Nice benefits (food and health benefits provided)
    - better culture than many comparable firms (not always warm, but much more collegial than many places in the industry)
    - good work resources (any research and tools you could care to name)
    - I admire the founder
    - Better work-life balance than many places in the industry

    Cons

    - Short-term focused, it's part of the business model (which the firm as a whole does well) but this either works well for you or it doesn't. There are plenty of worse places for this, though.
    - Focus on batting average as opposed to slugging can be frustrating - but again, that's the model
    - Experience very much dictated by your PM - if you don't get along or don't see eye-to-eye you won't last long
    - Compensation highly variable but there are certainly places that pay better
    - Mid-level decision makers seem to struggle with dual role
    - Limited interest in improving your skills

    Advice to Management

    I think you have a very sensible model, it is just not for everyone.


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  5. "Lack of moral at the firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Carlson Capital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice to be able to live in Dallas, and Clint Carlson is one of the best guys in the business.

    Cons

    Lower payouts than peer hedge funds.


  6. "Good Job Great People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Recommends

    Pros

    Much more cost controlled and metrics driven. Decisions are not made based on emotion or gut feeling. Great team work.

    Cons

    Working hour is not flexible compare to the job nature. It is more like a supporting role at some points.

    Advice to Management

    Create new avenues of communication between front office and back office people. The hierarchy is so strictly enforced that ideas rarely make it to the executive levels.