Indus Valley Partners

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Updated July 2, 2015
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Indus Valley Partners CEO and Managing Director Gurvinder Singh
Gurvinder Singh
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Pros
  • I represent IVP onsite within a year of joining and working closely with the hedge fund managers fastened my learning curve (in 11 reviews)

  • Flexi Work Timings, Couple of good hedge fund based clients (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No Work/Life Balance, most of the employees will agree with this (in 8 reviews)

  • Notice Periods(three months/six months) - For all Indian employees - this for sure will reduce the attrition rate but in short term only (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Large opportunity for learning the alternative asset management technology industry.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to CXO's
    High touch clientele
    Must be pro-active and produce.
    Good compensation
    Entrepreneurial firm
    Titles are not a big deal. CEO is very intelligent who has open floor plan and happy to speak to all of his employees. Normal guy at end of day. Very sincere. Very innovative man who is able to see big picture of what is coming in the future and where company needs to be in 5, 10 years.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit unorganized which comes with entrepreneurial firm mindset.
    Many ideas on new product developments. Getting firm to focus on one thing at a time would be beneficial and is a work in progress.

    Advice to Management

    Gather input from all levels of employees not just directors. Getting input and a different perspective from various eyes can help produce great results.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Black spot in your career

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

    I worked at Indus Valley Partners full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want a life long black spot in your career, this is the place to work for.

    Cons

    Think thrice before you join. They bad mouth you long after you have left them, in case a prospective employer asks for your work history. This is true for there senior management. I wish I have never worked here and known these people.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Good experience, but have a 2-3 year exit plan.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Client interaction can be varied and useful for career opportunities elsewhere. You'll get familiar the products and understand how they meet clients' needs. A role as a BA or onsite developer will prepare you for a position at other firms and give you some challenging work. It's possible to get contact with C-suite people depending on the size of the client (more likely at a smaller shop).

    Cons

    Pay is considerably below industry average and management is unappreciative. If you're not perceived as a high performer, you will be ignored and thrown on whatever project is necessary to sustain IVP's cashflow (some projects only require that you have a pulse, basically). Directors routinely make promises to clients that people below them have great difficulty delivering. Management thinks they don't need to care much about individuals because they have a steady stream of bright, talented people from India ready to take someone's place for less money. Basically, the company leverages the inefficiencies of the US visa system to keep down their cost of human capital. Do not go to IVP looking to get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Give directors and ADs incentives to treat their staff better & have reasonable expectations for hours worked. Establish some type of taxi service policy for late workers to get home. Cost of living adjustment needs to be better for people moving from India to NYC. Establish better controls for product testing and release... you routinely embarass BAs and implementation dev teams when you allow the release of buggy updates. Institutional memory is very, very bad - need to spend more time establishing processes so that workers aren't constantly recreating the wheel. Fixing that issue will pay dividends with the other problems.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Software Engg

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

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

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

    Pros

    Learning and exposure to wide business groups

    Cons

    Unorganized, Dictatorship and lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of hedge fund industry

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Genuinely nice people to work with
    - Big name clients
    - Immediate client facing exposure
    - Large amounts of individual responsibility even for the most junior members
    - Hedge fund client perks (breakfast, lunch, shoe shining)
    - Exposure to all aspects of operating a hedge fund
    - Most weeks are actually 40 hour work weeks
    - Company is poised for growth in the space

    Cons

    - Downtime between projects can get boring
    - Overlapping time with India can yield strange hours occasionally

    Advice to Management

    - Work ethic does not create great products without the proper process.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Sweatshop, nothing more nothing less

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible timings.
    If you know how to network and can play it right, can goof off all you want.
    No overview on how to do things. So you can experiment in live production environments all you want (as long as you can keep things from blowing up)

    Cons

    Effectively a bodyshop. No career path unless you want to become a "Director" and go peddle bodies.
    Ancient Technology stack
    Management by sarcasm and belittling people
    Run like a shop, with the managers kissing ass and trying to be monarchs of their own fiefdoms.
    "Company Strategy" changes based on which side of the bed CEO got out from.

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan?
    You're a so called "product" vendor, adopt ANY standards? For development? For Support? For Sales? For ANYTHING?


  8. Helpful (6)

    Software Engineer New York, NY

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

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

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

    Pros

    I started working for the company recently and so far its been a great, positive experience. The onsite working atmosphere is comfortable. Employees are not micromanaged which is always a plus. You can come in as early, or leave as late as long as you put in your 8 hours. You can go for lunch whenever, as you are not tracked when you go or for how long you go.

    Training includes learning about the financial industry and the mysterious world of hedge funds which is definitely interesting (if you're into that). I got placed on a project within the first month, and they ensure that you are prepared before you begin.

    Company wide meetings are enjoyable as they create a relaxed environment and a time to socialize with your coworkers. The directors/management can also be very sociable.

    The company is located right on Herald Square so its a great area for lunch time to eat outside.

    Salary was good for me as this was my first permanent role. For me, it was a great place to start my career. Especially if you're looking to get into the finance industry. Also, exposure to different clients can prove to be an advantage.

    From what I learned so far, IVP aims to set itself apart from other companies by recruiting employees who have diverse backgrounds in IT, Finance, and Business resulting in effective client relationships, a decrease in miscommunication, and efficient workflows.

    Cons

    Salary is paid monthly which I find weird, but you'll just have to learn to budget your income. I wish it could be changed to bi-weekly though.

    Initial general training seemed a bit unorganized, and a few trainers were not effective teachers so choosing who the trainers are and how/what they teach will have an effect on the learning curve for new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create a survey where employees can voice their general opinions/suggestions.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good consultants to work with to get into finance domain clients.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Indus Valley Partners

    Pros

    Multiple projects. A. B. C.

    Cons

    Not great management. A. B. C.

    Advice to Management

    Need better leaders


  10. Helpful (15)

    Indus Valley Partners - Run by a Fail Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Indus Valley Partners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    1. Salary
    2. Flexibility in timings

    Cons

    1. Poor Management
    2. Not at all Employee Friendly
    3. Bad Politics in company (ruled by people close to Mr. CEO / Directors rest are treated like Dogs)
    4. No Cab Facility
    5. No Process
    6. Bonus are never paid in full (always negotiate on fixed salary)
    7. No Training for Employees
    8. Tech guys are treated like servents
    9. unrealistic and un human deadlines
    10. No Transparency

    Advice to Management

    Employees are you asset dont treat them like servents.


  11. Helpful (1)

    OK-ish company to work with

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

    I have been working at Indus Valley Partners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    + Good Salary
    + Good Hedge Fund Exposure

    Cons

    + A lot of favoritism
    + New HR's are including new things that are putting more pressure of employees instead of helping them. During appraisals they will even cut down your technical ratings and Project specific rating just because they think its high. Though they don't even know you are doing.
    + You can get thrown out if you performance is average
    + Salaries depend on your closeness to the managers

    Advice to Management

    If you haven't already realized, Employees before Clients is the new motto. An overhaul of management could result in a positive change



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