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Partners Group Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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Partners Group Co-CEOs André Frei and Christoph Rubeli
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  • Still some growing pains and cultural issues to work through with senior management out of Switzerland (in 6 reviews)

  • More development opportunities in the investment teams (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "You get out what you put in"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    100% paid health insurance for employee, management is approachable, office manager is caring and listens, 25 paid vacation days, 12 paid holidays

    Cons

    small 401k matching, Swiss headquarters is sometimes a bit too old school


  2. "Financial Analyst - Rotating Program"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None in the Partners Group!

    Cons

    Terrible rude foreign co-workers, no respect from the manager. Also, the company doesn't provide a good health insurance and benefits to employees. Try to think before you will accept the offer.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Y1 Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Reasonable work hours for PE
    5 weeks vacation
    Interesting mix of Swiss and American culture
    Long term oriented compensation package

    Cons

    Extreme focus on perfect processes can be frustrating
    Long term oriented compensation package requires patience


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  5. Helpful (2)

    ""What You Make Of It""

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Partners Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Great exposure to markets
    Lean teams mean serious responsibilities

    Cons

    Below market pay
    Swiss Culture can be stifling to creativity and objectivity

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people and retain the great talent that you bring in. Your public shareholders will understand in the long-term.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Unethical and lazy corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Investment Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Professional in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    *relatively safe job if you suck up to the senior folks
    *offices across the world
    *25 vacation days and decent insurance plan

    Cons

    * unethical senior management and the company blatantly lies and misrepresents facts in its marketing materials
    * middle to senior level professionals would be unqualified to serve in investment roles in most other investment shops
    * senior management is full of conceited and non-investor types who play with their clients' money by literally betting with it. the senior team is full of fund of fund professionals who don't know the very basics of investing
    * serious level of nepotism and favoritism promotes a feudal culture
    * compensation is 50% of what people make in similar

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and please stop being thieves


  7. Helpful (2)

    "AVP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tried to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment
    Management is approachable and wants to hear from all ranks
    5 weeks of vacation plus lots of holidays
    A one month sabbatical after five years of service
    Stock options
    Global firm - opportunities to travel and try living/working in a different country

    Cons

    Swiss based firm - many of the decisions are made by Swiss management which does not always align for US employees
    Base salary and bonus are under-market - if company does well though the stock options help get back up to average range.
    Many firm meetings start very early in the morning due to being Swiss based
    They have been losing a lot of good people from the US offices in recent years - attrition has seemed to slow down however

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people decent salaries and bonuses
    Put more trust in your people on-the-ground in their markets


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Top tier PE firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Private Equity Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Private Equity Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, talented co-workers, competitive environment and a constant focus on improvement make it an exciting place to work. Definitely a great place to grow professionally.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of work/life balance is not for the faint of heart. Benefits only recently came up to market standard.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Culture Issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Partners Group full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful offices, hours aren't bad, travel to Europe, a LOT of vacation time

    Cons

    Employees don't feel valued. There is more of a mentality that you can leave whenever because you are replaceable. Salaries are below industry standards. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Try to imagine what it is like to be an associate, an analyst, even a VP. Put yourself in the shoes of your employees. Happy employees = productivity and low turnover


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Dysfunctional company where it is incredibly difficult to build a satisfying career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Partners Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good work / life balance
    - Excellent job security
    - Most people friendly and nice
    - Quality brand name in certain areas
    - Company has performed well in recent years

    Cons

    - Salaries intentionally below market by large margin and divergence only widens over time
    - Significant portion of bonus compensation starting at the Associate level is in a long-term stock and option plan that takes 3-5 years to vest; two-year Swiss jurisdiction non-compete must be signed when the vesting begins
    - Management deceptive on personal advancement; strict new rules on required tenure before eligibility for promotion discourage working hard and taking initiative
    - Junior-mid level employees not trusted and responsibilities tightly limited in contrast to the typical private equity company where such people have much more latitude to get things done
    - Culture is not performance-driven with a passive, reactionary attitude to business issues
    - Bureaucratic, process-oriented approach is fatiguing and limits competitiveness
    - Too much control continues to be held centrally in Switzerland and management is generally disengaged with needs of the regional offices
    - A love of lengthy, time-wasting meetings
    - Focus on excellence in fundraising without the same enthusiasm for investing and client service

    Advice to Management

    - Adopt market standards for compensation and management of human capital in general
    - Grant greater autonomy to investment teams and regional offices
    - Better incentivize performance and leadership at all levels
    - Weed out the non-perfomers and hangers-on who are dead weight
    - Re-orient company so that investing is actually the first priority
    - Streamline the bureaucracy


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Makes sense for people looking for career stability"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Partners Group full-time

    Pros

    Broad range of experience available mixing investments and sales. Lots of travel potential with ability to move offices. Long term oriented. Those with traditional banking / private equity experience have a leg up as the firm is young in its institutional development. Get promoted every few years.

    Cons

    All decisions are made from Switzerland, process driven, outdated technology infrastructure, below market compensation. Extremely cost conscious to the detriment of efficiency. Some people are difficult to work with.


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