AlphaSights Reviews

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AlphaSights Managing Director Max Cartellieri
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Pros
  • It is a steep learning curve and you gain a lot of responsibility very quickly (in 6 reviews)

  • Great place good work life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours for crappy pay packages (in 13 reviews)

  • The nature of the work can feel repetitive at times, but the constantly changing project dynamic helps mitigate that effect (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (18)

    Are People Serious?

    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a current employee that's been here around 1 year, I just want to weigh in regarding all the negative reviews that have cropped up recently. While we are no longer a start-up, we are still at a stage of growth where there a lot of issues and kinks to be worked out. AlphaSights allows people the opportunity to voice concerns and work toward enacting significant changes, and it's peoples' own fault if they're not taking those opportunities. I agree that more could have been communicated about exactly what the role entailed, but as far as I'm concerned that's an opportunity to be adaptive, flexible, and set aside entitled agenda in order to help contribute to a company's success. There's a lot that needs to be done between start-up and global powerhouse, and there are a lot of difficulties along the road. People need to recognize these difficulties in the context of what is, undeniably, an outstanding culture and an environment of very bright minds, and take steps to both efficiently handle the commercial responsibilities of the job and find the time to engage with and solve the problems that they find so repulsive.

    AlphaSights is not a place to come work if you expect everything to be handed to you. You need to work incredibly hard here because you have dual responsibilities - deliver our product to our clients, and help our business grow sustainably. People don't recognize that the job consists of both, and if you're not doing both, you're not doing the job!

    Cons

    Many cons have been expressed, but it makes sense for them to be thought about in this context.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being honest and open with employees about what their role entails and what a career at AlphaSights looks like.


  2. Helpful (10)

    Confused Fraternity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Young company. Most coworkers are 22-24 years old so great peer groups
    - Office is amazing
    - Free breakfast and cheap catered lunch
    - Work with very smart clients
    - Get to speak with very senior industry executives daily
    - Monthly team outings

    Cons

    Many of the Pros have recently turned into Cons. The young environment has created a Frat Party environment.
    - Summer trip was full of hookups and most people going to strip clubs and then bragging about it the next day. Many people went as they were peer pressured by managers.
    - Almost all events are alcohol focused and people get way to drunk, only to brag more the next day
    - There is always a fire drill amongst management with little transparency on issues.
    - Managers always seem stressed and there is a visible struggle between managers and VPs. Often the managers are right as they are the ones doing the job.
    - Entitled VPs who have no idea how to manage or lead
    - Office leadership has made it clear that they are not interested in helping those below them succeed
    - Recent demotions have caused uncertainty as VPs were demoted
    - Environment of blame
    - Layoffs and random firings
    - If not fired, people are quitting on a weekly basis.
    - A lot of manager turnover
    - Projects are interesting at the start but then you turn into a glorified secretary
    - The teamwork does not pay off for the entire team working on a project, especially if an angle gets cancelled or a client starts looking at a new angle.

    Advice to Management

    There are very smart, driven people at the company, but most have lost their drive. Start connecting with the people under you more. The drinking culture needs to end. It is very uncomfortable for many people yet there is no way to voice this concern. There are some great managers who are constantly standing up for their teams. Then there are managers who only care about themselves and have "written off" their responsibilities for managing. Stop trying to constantly self promote and promote the company as a such a great place to work without first attempting to fix the issues.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Unparalleled opportunities and a great place to start your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at AlphaSights

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AlphaSights provides a tremendous opportunity for front-line, client-facing work even in entry-level roles. This is a great place to kick off your career if you want to work with clients to help them make informed business decisions. You'll get great experience learning how to work collaboratively (both externally with clients and internally within project teams), how to project manage and juggle multiple priorities, how to manage existing relationships, and how to build new relationships. Coworkers are incredibly intelligent and motivated. Work environment is fast-paced, dynamic and high-energy. The great work space is an added bonus.

    Cons

    Like any other company, AlphaSights is imperfect -- hours can be long at times, clients can be demanding, etc. If you factor in the extraordinary growth we've achieved in the short time we've been in New York, issues about scaling the business have risen to the surface. However, our co-founders have demonstrated a sincere dedication to help address the problems with which we are struggling.

    Advice to Management

    We know that everything can't be perfect all the time, but the dedication that you have been exhibiting to help make AlphaSights the best workplace it can be for it's employees is inspiring. Keep it up!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good company but hours can be long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company does a good job of hiring very smart and ambitious people, and creates a strong collegial environment. Short project turnaround which keeps the job interesting especially once you get your own clients (although they can be demanding – see cons). Opportunity to learn a lot of soft skills that will be useful later in your career.

    Cons

    Sometimes can get lost in the work and find yourself working longer hours than you would like. Clients can be very demanding expecting you to get back to them within hours, and you might get projects late in the day. managers often in the office way past the normal working hours.

    Advice to Management

    identify areas where we can add people to ease the strain on time. Give people time off / breaks after long crunch stretches.


  6. Helpful (15)

    Lead Analyst

    Current Employee - Lead Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Freedom to make substantial change/improvements, albeit must take your own initiative
    - Company growth is significant so it's profile changes month by month

    Cons

    - Employees of all levels are babied and leadership is bad at having tough conversations/implementing difficult change
    - Day to day analyst role is repetitive, but almost immediate client interaction


  7. Helpful (10)

    Perks, yes. Future, no.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at AlphaSights

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks are the best part. Entry-Level analysts can expect to make $60K base, and as much as 100% of the base as a bonus, if you're a top analyst. So the pay is on par with the market, for the most part.

    Other perks include; a MacBook, bottles of Moet as Christmas presents, beer on tap in the office, catered lunches, office getaways to the beach, open tabs at bars, company functions every month, etc.

    These perks attract the best and brightest, and help to retain talent. AlphaSights recruits from the top schools in the country, and their younger talent pool speaks for itself. I mean what 21-year old college grad wouldn't want to come work at a company that starts drinking at 3PM on Fridays?

    Perks + high salary + NYC catered bars = tons of talented applicants per year.

    Cons

    Seeing as this company is a call-center on steroids, what can you hope to do afterwards? I don't know what their employees can hope to move on to after they graduate from the booze-filled halls of AlphaSights.

    Advice to Management

    Just try to keep your employees under control at public events, and not blacked out in the corner.


  8. Helpful (21)

    Cons and Pros

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at AlphaSights

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Very nice office
    - Stocked kitchen with beer for after work (which can be very late)
    - Good compensation
    - Frequent company events in and out of the office

    Cons

    - Upper Management is tenured and out of touch with what is actually going on. They don't add any value and don't do anything on a daily basis besides catch up with people (which helps no one)
    - Hours are getting longer and your success is largely up to what client accounts you've been given to run
    - Your interest in specific clients is not taken into account, you're staffed based on organizational needs
    - It is difficult to keep new employees motivated...consistently hiring curious, smart, driven individuals and then not challenging them creates issues for those trying to lead
    - The "opportunity" you get to lead is put on top of your other responsibilities so the longer you're here the more overwhelming it gets

    Advice to Management

    - Recruit people for a sales role, make sure they know what they're getting in to when they join
    - Be more open about an employee's career progression and future at AlphaSights
    - Hire an HR Department


  9. Helpful (9)

    Exciting opportunity, but there's room to improve

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

    I worked at AlphaSights

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people really are fantastic. Because you're put in a position in which you'll be interacting with potential advisors on a daily basis, they only hire people they know have solid interpersonal skills. As a result, it's a really social space. Coupled with the fact that they're increasingly only interviewing high-caliber academic individuals leads to an impressively social and smart work environment.

    It's also exciting that they are fighting to keep the startup vibe alive. From the get go the MD said to all of us that if we weren't finding a way to try and make the company itself more efficient and valuable we weren't doing our job.

    Cons

    At the end of the day, your primary role can be closely likened to working in a call center if you let it. Unless you work hard to really get a grasp on your project (the background, the players, etc) and actively try to learn as much from it as possible, it can quickly become repetitive.

    Because it's so young and has had incredibly high retention, there's some uncertainty about next steps for analysts that don't want to continue moving up the ladder.

    Finally, pay is not where it needs to be at all to be competitive with other internship offers.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to create more intellectual incentives for new hires as they continue to hire top tier graduates considering banking, consulting, or startups. They need to find the niche in which AlphaSights stands out, which just may be an incubator for future entrepreneurs.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Mentally engaging

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at AlphaSights

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friends at the firm make me enjoy every day

    Cons

    Lack of transparency with management

    Advice to Management

    Outlet for juniors to be heard


  11. Helpful (24)

    "Growing Pains" are not being addressed and scars are resulting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at AlphaSights

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - You enter with a class of entry-level analysts, which creates a fun and friendly environment for your first month or so during training.
    - Stand-out snack options. Lunch program is pretty good, too.
    - You join with a lot of ambitious peers, fresh grads from all over the country and East Coast eager to get their start in NYC.

    Cons

    - Management is not honest or straightforward about what is expected of you.
    - The evaluation system is very poor; not only is there no set standard for performance evaluation, even if you meet that performance evaluation, it does not preclude you from the fear of being let go without notice. There's developed a culture only driven by performance rather than quality, which means if you don't meet the company's standards of performance (regardless of outstanding circumstances/conditions), you are in fear of being let go.
    - The hours are long, and not necessarily correlated with how much you'll be compensated extra, which is what is advertised.
    - It's a hit or miss, project-by-project game, and if you're staffed on an account or project that spirals down unexpectedly through no fault of your own, you're penalized for it.
    - Leaders are driven solely by the bottom-line, without apparent respect or regard for how employees are respected or treated. Since fresh grads don't know much of anything else, they'll take it, too.
    - Not much opportunity for upward movement and growth, there's a quick plateau after 4 months where you either wait it out until a tentative promotion (which isn't much different from entry-level in terms of responsibility), or you leave. That's been the trend in the last year.
    - Most people do not seem to be happy, and I know many who are actively looking for other jobs and opportunities.
    - The stated values of the company are not reflected in how they treat their employees.
    - A lot of what AlphaSights prioritizes is in line with start-ups and start-up culture, however, it is no longer a start-up, rather a fully-fledged firm, and does not act according to these new standards.

    Advice to Management

    - Be honest about what you're selling to fresh grads. Don't market the position as something intellectually stimulating, but be honest about the internal sales focus and rote production.
    - Hire a full HR department.

    AlphaSights Response

    Apr 28, 2015Founder and CEO

    We’re sorry to hear the way you feel about your time at AlphaSights. While we deem feedback given privately to be more effective, we are reflecting on the issues you raise. Fast growth on a global ... More



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