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Carlson Capital Reviews

Updated Jan 30, 2020

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3 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Best Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carlson Capital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The employees of Carlson Capital are the smartest, most professional and talented people I've ever met in this industry. The leadership is particularly thoughtful in its approach to new opportunities in the market and it's approach to managing risk. A true meritocracy where good ideas are always heard. One of the few places where a work/life balance is truly appreciated and respected. Benefits include free health care, vision, dental, free money applied to your FSA, free lunch, free parking, profit sharing etc.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything worth complaining about.

    Carlson Capital2018-08-06
  2. "Company going downhill fast"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Carlson Capital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Free lunches and free parking

    Cons

    Investors pulling out in droves Returns horrible No working from home Incompetent management team Big brother watching everything

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    Carlson Capital2020-01-30
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Plan for The Future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Carlson Capital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Health insurance is awesome. People for the most part are fantastic. You will learn a lot

    Cons

    No sense of direction in terms of career progression. Allocation of resources seems to be on office space and not employees. You don’t need Greenwich when you have New York. You don’t need Houston when you have Dallas (HQ). Compensation is below similar firms.

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    Carlson Capital2019-10-26
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place too work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carlson Capital full-time

    Pros

    Easy work, no brainpower needed Free lunches and parking

    Cons

    Incredibly inept management team No room for advancement or career development No work from home policy

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    Carlson Capital2018-09-18
  5. "Great firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Carlson Capital full-time

    Pros

    Excellent culture, stable platform, ability to work from different offices

    Cons

    Career path is a bit unclear

    Carlson Capital2018-06-26
  6. "Great Company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Capital full-time

    Pros

    Loved working here, great atmosphere, lots of perks

    Cons

    While they don't actively offer career development internally, if you are assertive they will support your learning through collaboration, questions and course reimbursement but its case by case and you have to ask.

    Carlson Capital2018-02-12
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Capital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Nice Office,Free Lunch

    Cons

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

    Carlson Capital2016-09-16
  8. Helpful (3)

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

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    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

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    Carlson Capital2014-08-11
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Lack of moral at the firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Carlson Capital full-time for 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.

    Carlson Capital2014-05-17
  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carlson Capital full-time for 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

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    Carlson Capital2014-03-14
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