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Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
62 Reviews
2.7
62 Reviews
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Mohan Alexander
34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and compensation (benefits) is very fair (in 10 reviews)

  • The work environment is unmatched elsewhere in Sri Lanka (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • poor work life balance as work is hectic (in 5 reviews)

  • Even the senior Management is not ready to hear your concerns (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good experience, 5days a week

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Loan Processor in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Loan Processor in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Amba Research full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work ....talent is appreciated

    Cons

    Sometimes there will be nightshifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary must be hiked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a Great Place to Work, Especially if you're just starting your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amba Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and compensation (benefits) is very fair. People are great to work with and office location is central and convenient.

    Cons

    No professional development plans for employees, poor senior management communication, lack of company direction/strategy, incompetent product managers and senior managers. Poor communication from management to employees and lack of company org structure and individual accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable! Have more transparency with employees - communicate, communicate, communicate. Motivate the employees that are ambitious and desire to outperform. Work on employee retention and better people-servicing (HR function). Company is very defragmented and also lacks culture and a unified mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An OK experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SAVP in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - SAVP in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Amba Research full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning curve and spread of verticals

    Cons

    Awkward designations and growth path is limited. Politics in mid management is a big turnoff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lack of career growth, low level work, absolutely zero learning!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice-President in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice-President in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Amba Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In some account work life balance is good. Office culture is ok type. All the legacy employee is at top level and living a retirement life here. Good for older experience guy, come here and chill!!

    Cons

    Management has created a process so that they do not promote people.
    Promotion is based on L3, L4 internal certification and not on your performance. And passing is subjective and its in your manager's hand.

    Worst HR policy - e.g. in Jan you can take only 1 day leave so if you need more days than that will be loss of pay.

    Culture is same even after becoming Moody's subsidiary. Sycophancy is rewarded.

    Most of the work is number punching without using brain, after sometime you will become machine.

    My advice is that don't join this company If you really want to preserve your talent, confidence and self-esteem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and respect the talent. Scrap the useless TDA department they are good for nothing. Streamline the promotion process otherwise, after sometime no one will join Amba- except freshers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great place to work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amba Research

    Pros

    amazing culture and people to work with

    Cons

    poor work life balance as work is hectic

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was alright, nothing great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Amba Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work atmosphere. No pressure of work at all
    Encouragement to pursue CFA. Half of the people here are CFA Level II passed

    Cons

    Very slow growth
    People are not competitive
    Just like infy or tcs of the kpo industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Lack of Growth and Sycophancy rules the roost here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - VP-DM in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - VP-DM in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Amba Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    get to work on good number of clients. The culture was ok before Copal partners destroyed it. Penny pinching on trivial issues. Penny wise Pound Super foolish.

    Cons

    Vision less Senior Management
    No Growth Beyong VP level.
    Legacy Employees hold all the levers
    Worst promotion and HR policies. Sycophancy is rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Senior Management is in self conservation mode. Cannot think beyond saving their own jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    worthless company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SAVP in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - SAVP in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Amba Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues were good and friendly

    Cons

    Bad managers and DMs. They don't even know finance and basic concepts and think they can QC work,
    L3, L4 sucks. Management create process so that they not promote people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect employes
    Pay market salaries
    Don't give wrong impression in JD/interview

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    highly Dumb company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Amba Research full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Perks and flexible timings

    Cons

    There is absolutely no need to use our brain and even the Senior Employers who are working there are proper dumb people. They don't know even basics of Finance, Math and Stats. The worst part is that even they don't know that they don't know.

    Senior Employers are not at all helpful and rude also. They have this mindset that new employees can replace them. In my view even a 12th pass guy who know how install a cracked version of crysis can do the work they are doing.

    Even the senior Management is not ready to hear your concerns. They pay less than 4,00,000 for an IIT kanpur MBA grad.

    They have absolutely no regard for the human values. For them employers are just some computers in their company.

    They hired top tier Univ Grads just to show their clients. Its like buying decoration pieces for a living room. There is absolutely no need for them to hire top tier Grads.

    My advice is that don't join this company If you really care about your brain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't play with the future of the students. Don't hire people because you can. Have some respect for Top tier Indian Institutes, students study for at least 18 hours a day to get into those institutes. Even for a KPO like AMBA it is very inhuman.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Its not Research at all, Fancy titles with elementry data entry work Incompetent and untrustworthy management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAVP in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - SAVP in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Amba Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fancy title makes you feel good about yourself at the beginning, Flexible Timings and a few friendly people, Work Environment and culture makes it a good place to work.But when you are not satisfied with work then the environment doesn't matter

    Cons

    HR and Hiring managers lie a lot at the timing of hiring. To attract experienced employees & new clients, they deliberately over-promise and show true colour immediately after on-boarding.
    Run like a BPO (data collection) than KPO (analysis). Management lies in saying that they are into high-end research work
    Job description and designations are deceiving - You might get hired as an Senior Associate Vice President (SAVP) in Equity/Quants Research but all you end up is doing elementary data entry
    The learning is close to zero and the managers do not encourage/support outside the box thinking
    The managers suffer with inferiority complex and are living example of the theory of "white mens burden" they are of the perception that the guys sitting in New York are the God and they are always right
    Loyalty (lack of opportunity) is rewarded with promotions. These leftovers control the place, add to cost, create nuisance as they get fancy job titles
    They are in low-end business, laggards amongst peers, but still very arrogant towards employees due to opportunistic behaviour.
    I don't see why people here need a management degree. This work can be done by a 12th passout with few weeks training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it simple, if you need people for data entry say it clearly in the job description - there are people who want to do that.
    Promising the world during hiring and then failure to follow up on employee requirements can't get long term buy in
    Stop giving fancy designation its embarrassing for the employee.
    Last but not least learn integrity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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