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Oaktree Capital Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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  1. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oaktree Capital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, amazing culture, great work-life balance. Honestly, an all-around wonderful place to work.

    Senior Management also appears to be genuinely committed to the company (founding members taking $1 salary and still working full-time in the office, for example)

    Truly an incredible experience to work at this firm, and I have the highest respect for Oaktree's business integrity and adherence to its principles.

    Cons

    I wish HR would be a little more employee-focused and less company-focused sometimes. Sometimes seems like HR is focused less on current employees being happy, and more on cutting corners to maximize $$ for the company. This, obviously, is perfectly fine from an operational perspective, but with a company that stresses "people first" it'd be nice to see this play out in practice. Absolutely no qualms with senior management on this; they've worked hard to enact a lot of new changes that directly benefit lower-level employees and local communities. This, I feel, is a good embodiment of Oaktree's principles, some HR policies less so.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to set up meetings and lunches with low-level employees. They're some of the most memorable experiences, and instill enthusiasm and loyalty to the Oaktree brand.


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    "OCM"

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

    I have been working at Oaktree Capital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good experienced people work here.

    Cons

    With morale and compensation, OCM is about to lose those good people.


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    "Marketing Ops Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, collegiate environment, open to new ideas and processes

    Cons

    Working in the back office of marketing is always tough as you are seen as a non-income producing person.


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    "Top Talent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - High quality, talented professionals at every level
    - Family friendly culture
    - Comfortable, beautiful office space (LA office)

    Cons

    - Management mostly consists of those who did the best WORK in their grunt positions...NOT necessarily those that are best at managing and leading people
    - Upward mobility is limited in most departments for those at entry/junior levels

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate the talent within.


  6. "Review"

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, compensation is good

    Cons

    Personally found work not impactful/interesting


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    "Managing Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In general, very bright team members who work hard.
    Nice facilities to work in.
    Sharp portfolio managers in a wide variety of strategies which keeps it interesting.
    Still a good place for people early in their careers.

    Cons

    Undergoing cultural changes with founders becoming less engaged and on top of the morale.
    Political maneuvering is gaining importance over performance and contribution at the senior manager levels.


  8. "Portfolio Analysis & Reporting Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Among asset managers, Oaktree employs the most collaborative and driven people. It's rare to find anyone not 100% committed to their work throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Long hours are the norm for most groups and during this transition period with the CEO there are many changes popping up- mostly for the better.


  9. "Great Office Space. Very Professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oaktree Capital (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone knew what their objectives were at the company and the whole place didn't have any problem streamlining everyday goals.

    Cons

    There wasn't a lot of contact with the HR department among staff members. Although the company may be growing slowly, the consistency in the office can be a little paralyzing.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better communication within the office. Office efficiency seems to face no problems but I've seen some new employees having a difficult time adjusting to 8 hours of solitary desk work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good reputation and track record

    Cons

    Firm is focused on growing assets under management and removing costs then focusing on investments

    Advice to Management

    Add Mobility within firm to other strategies


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oaktree Capital full-time

    Pros

    Great people, free breakfast on Mondays and free lunch on Fridays

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, mid-level managers more concerned with sucking up to higher ups than looking out for their team

    Advice to Management

    Give more training to mid-level managers so they know how to best manage a team of people. Simply delegating tasks is not enough to keep up morale.



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