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Updated February 21, 2018
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The Carlyle Group COO Glenn A. Youngkin
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  • Work-Life balance was non-existent for large portions of the year (in 9 reviews)

  • Long hours, but not uncommon to the industry on a whole (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic People, Challenging Work"

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

    I have been working at The Carlyle Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Carlyle is not a death by meetings environment. It has clever and talented people who care about your success. The work is always interesting.

    Cons

    From a back office perspective, Carlyle is just big enough to need enterprise solutions in many areas, but small enough to not already have them in places.

    Advice to Management

    Be bold as you evolve the strategy.


  2. "Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Carlyle rewards employees based on merit - if you do a good job it can really take you places

    Cons

    It's lack of corporate structure, while mostly a good thing, can sometimes make the decision-making process protracted

    Advice to Management

    Develop and encourage better interaction across offices and funds

  3. "Great Brand"

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

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

    Pros

    Carlyle is recognized as a leader in PE, and working for them affords you great exposure in the industry.

    Cons

    Not a ton of collaboration between group; mobility is limited

    Advice to Management

    Increase collaboration among groups to increase culture.


  4. "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good salary l. Very smart group of people and great managers

    Cons

    Long hours depending on your team. No work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Best managers I've worked with


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great! Carlyle carries a known/reputable brand/name.

    Cons

    Very long hours. No work/life balance. No compensation for overtime. Aren’t really supportive of you if you wanted change departments/teams.


  6. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Congenial Environment, Abundant Resources,

    Cons

    Long Hours, Executive Assistant's are typically not offered opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Promote diversity at all levels, create more professional development opportunities for mid-level employees.


  7. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Carlyle Group full-time

    Pros

    Big stage of opportunity to showcase performance.

    Cons

    Silo structure and limited mobility outside of career silo. Limited efficiency within teams and related systems. At this level, generally no flexibility with schedule or compensation.

  8. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Carlyle Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, young, ernergetic team environment that fosters growth for all.

    Cons

    Not that I know of

    Advice to Management

    Good job! Keep it up.


  9. "Senior Accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, great people, progressive corporate culture

    Cons

    navigating the office politics at the management level and above can be hard


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, if you want to work in PE"

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

    I worked at The Carlyle Group full-time

    Pros

    Strong reputation, feeder to top business schools

    Cons

    You know what you're getting. If you don't want to be in PE you won't like it. No surprise there


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