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KKR Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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KKR Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Henry R. Kravis
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Pros
  • Some of the best reasons to work at KKR would have to be the benefits and compensation which were competitive (in 3 reviews)

  • Great benefits and pay for employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Performance focus, culture of excellence, great to have George and Henry at the top

    Cons

    Some growing pains as the business have diversified


  2. "Interesting work, very political, be on the right team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KKR full-time

    Pros

    the people, genuinely hire "nice" people, everyone got along

    Cons

    very political, need to be on the right team/work for the right manager otherwise will not get recognized on promotion/comp


  3. "Riddled with company politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KKR full-time

    Pros

    Benefits - food, conferences

    Cons

    Work life balance, extremely political, hierarchical

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retaining junior ranks


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  5. "Great culture and values"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great care is taken to develop employees regardless of seniority.
    Culture of constant improvement where status quo is always challenged.
    Meritocratic and team-oriented culture

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be challenging. As said by others, not suited for everyone.


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    "Principal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong senior leadership. Innovative and entrepreneurial. Culture of the firm is held in high regard with consistent message from leadership. Growth opportunities for high performers.

    Cons

    Do more with less approach to staffing, work-life balance is achievable but takes a bit of work. Pay structure is attractive, but room for salary to increase.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership is strong with a consistent message on firm culture and values. Compensation assessments to peer firms should be conducted to provide transparency to employees.


  7. "Good on your Resume"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corporate structure
    Clear appraisal and reward structure
    Good lunch and location
    Nice offices
    Highly intelligent team and colleagues
    Excellent office support systems

    Cons

    Little to no internal development or promotion for existing employees - very hard to move up internally
    Huge divide between executives and staff that negatively affects corporate culture

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal promotion and learning and development to train existing staff for new roles


  8. "Principal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KKR full-time

    Pros

    Passionate place full of people who are at the top of their game. Doors are always open and collaboration between all levels is encouraged and expected. Excellent mobility options if you prove yourself and raise your hand.

    Cons

    High intensity may not be for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Continue making strides to have better work/life balance - many positive improvements in the last couple of years


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    "Principal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, aligned strategy, good comp, good opportunity for progression

    Cons

    Can be long hours, cyclical business not suited to quarterly / annual targets

    Advice to Management

    Focus on performance through the cycle


  10. "Unique and Wonderful Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KKR full-time

    Pros

    This company has exceptional professionalism, purpose, and quality of team members. I don't know of anywhere else with such a broadly strong team.

    Cons

    It's a hard working culture, so the work-life balance here can be challenging. Everyone has high standards. It isn't the right place for everyone if you don't really want to work hard and be the best.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! The firm continues to grow and mature, and they need to maintain the strong culture as they diversify to multiple business units and geographies.


  11. "Great Company, Hard Work Required"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KKR full-time

    Pros

    Great company at the forefront of private equity. Extremely talented and smart people working there. Everyone vested in company well-being due to stock awards.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up once established in a position and becoming a little too bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more internal mobility options.



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