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Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
56 Reviews
3.0
56 Reviews
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Mohan Alexander
29 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 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance could be an issue some times (in 4 reviews)

  • High compliance limits the interaction with colleagues (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It was alright, nothing great

    • 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 for 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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for 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.  

    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 for 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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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Good company to work with

    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Amba Research as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Employee Friendly company for freshers

    Cons

    Strict company but good oppotunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the best for future

  7.  

    zxc

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

    I have been working at Amba Research full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    projects are interesting and familiar

    Cons

    politics, time off policies, company values, time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much to grow

  8.  

    Not that great

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

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

    Pros

    Some team and some managers

    Cons

    Most managers and office culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro management in some teams leads to a poor office culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fancy titles, no respect for employees, limited/no learning and worse place to start your career in!!!

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

    I worked at Amba Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fancy title makes you feel good about yourself at the beginning

    Cons

    HR lie a lot and have no respect for employees
    Job description and designations are deceiving - You might get hired as an Associate Vice-President in Equity/Quants Research but all you end up doing is data entry
    The learning is close to zero and the managers do not encourage/support outside the box thinking

    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
    Stop give these fancy designation its embarrassing for the employee when he/she hasn't learnt anything after working there for years
    Just the way you like the employees to be proactive, the management too should show some pro-activeness in interacting with the employees, listening to their concerns, acting on the 360 degree feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing journey..but perception counts

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

    I worked at Amba Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brand value within the KPO world

    Cons

    Few bule eyed people take the cake and eat it as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not go by perceptions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Quality of work was once good, but not anymore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Vice President  in  Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    Former Employee - Associate Vice President in Colombo (Sri Lanka)

    I worked at Amba Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good exposure to global clients and global work practices

    Cons

    High standards of selection and hiring, but the type of work down the road does not match the capability required at the beginning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify the company's vision and brand. Do not promise a work environment which you cannot sustain. If you treat current employees badly, word of mouth keeps other good talent away from your company!

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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