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Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
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  1.  

    A great platform for students with no industry connections and little experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contributor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Contributor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Seeking Alpha as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Large audience - write quality and you will get noticed
    Pay is decent if you write quality (PRO and PRO Top Idea), minimal if you write regular articles
    Receive feedback on investments
    Connect with other owners of particular stocks
    Learn to invest practically

    Cons

    Editors can be a pain in the butt... in particular, they will rarely give you the extra PRO or PRO Top Idea money unless you make it clear that you won't allow the article to be published without these distinctions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to plans, stay enthusiastic, and don't don't DON'T do anything to impair the reading/writing experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It has a great culture with great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seeking Alpha

    Pros

    Start up atmosphere, appreciate feedback.

    Cons

    Since it is a start-up, they are more likely to let people go if it is not working out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great, highly positive people to work with. The ability to work full-time from home is a major plus.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor

    I have been working at Seeking Alpha full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As the title says, the managers are great to work for. They're always positive and there's no hint of micro-management. We're given the room to grow, make/correct mistakes.

    Cons

    Employees are expected to act like owners - a good thing considering the size and hoped-for growth of the company - but ownership stakes in the form of stock options are pitifully small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More guidance to employees about the value of their stake in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Focus and Care for Employees

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

    I have been working at Seeking Alpha full-time

    Pros

    Seeking Alpha provides a nice working environment, very friendly and energetic colleagues who in most cases are passionate about performing, fairly in-line compensation, and great benefits. As an employee you're given a great deal of autonomy and responsibility in your position and that could lead to a lot of advancement early in your career. The concept of the website is great and they continue to grow in the number of contributors, registered users, and viewers. The company has a great footprint in financial services and name recognition in the United States. It is truly a disruptive platform for US focused equity research.

    Cons

    The reviews on Glassdoor can be a bit confusing. Many of the writers, who are not salaried employees but rather have their articles published for varying amounts of compensation, have left posts here about their journalistic experience. Many of the recent reviews discuss things from a full-time employee perspective. The Cons are many.

    First, don't expect to work here long. The most tenured employees are sub-3 years with a median probably in the 1 year range for all employees. The company is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. This allows for lower cost technology spend, but a disjointed experience for anyone in the United States, which is where the revenue is being driven. The C Level Executive team rarely spends time on the ground in the US, which doesn't give them the opportunity to hear what their clients are actually interested in, nor to develop a collaborative relationship with the US colleagues. Almost every position, with the exception of Advertising Sales or Sales Planning feels like you are in a "great big science experiment" with variables that change every day. For several months towards the end of my employment I was coming into work every day assuming I was going to be let go. That doesn't translate into a motivational experience.

    There's little to no understanding of the day-to-day needs of a business line and little incentive for anyone to help. If you are going to empower someone to take on new responsibilities, don't let them out on an island with no resources.

    It seems the company is not particularly interested in their brand identity, either, based on the way they treat some of their clients. Adopting a new disruptive technology takes clear vision and focus and the desire to go out and win clients and then keep them happy. There were too many instances whereby clients were either neglected or were left hanging because management changed their mind.

    The massive and constant turnover has led to a lack of institutional knowledge in finance, a sense of distrust by employees and clients, and an unwillingness to take risks. This hobbles the company from ever reaching its true potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no clear vision about what this company wants to be when it grows up and if there is, it's poorly communicated to the rank and file. Creative destruction is important when building out a fast growing business, but there has just been too much of that with a lack of focus. When you hire an employee, you have an obligation to be honest with them about the environment into which you are putting them. Put yourself in their shoes when they have to go and explain to their next employer why they no longer work at Seeking Alpha.

    Listen to some of your employees in the New York office who understand strategic partnerships and the capital markets. They have great ideas about how to build the company organically and vary the revenue lines.

    Take the time to speak with clients. Listen to their concerns and feedback. Don't just delegate this to someone in a junior role who's only responsibility is to sell them on new advertising products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great Company/Platform To Get A Start Writing About Stocks And Investments

    Current Employee - Contributor
    Current Employee - Contributor

    I have been working at Seeking Alpha as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to start researching and writing about stocks. You are held to the standards of the editorial team, so you can't get away with writing irrelevant or poor content. You get compensation for your work. It is very flexible, as you can write whenever you have the time. The community is great as well. You'll get feedback from readers and other authors.

    Cons

    The majority of page views are mobile page views, which you don't get paid for. Some editors heavily edit your work and publish it, without approving the changes with you.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    At Seeking Alpha, employees are numbers, not people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seeking Alpha full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly talented, motivated, creative people.

    Cons

    Headquarters is in Israel.
    Drastic decisions are made in haste, have been in "figure it out mode" for months.
    Have spoken about employees as just a number/material things that are easily replaced during company meetings
    Management in Israel has no idea what employees in NY do and don't take the time to learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    huge disappointment, great vision but zero collaboration or care for the individuals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Seeking Alpha full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing idea, great content, passionate people, good comp if you push for it.

    Cons

    Management can't be trusted, in Israel and especially in the US. All the previous reviews are correct, regardless of how many different people are put into place and then inevitably replaced. They say one thing and then do another. Objectives and tasks are constantly changing. Communication is terrible. Rapid swings between micromanaging and then providing zero support. Extremely short sighted. Management is quick to let people go if things aren't going quite right, to save themselves and shift blame. The turnover is INSANE and there is zero trust, loyalty, or transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the bigger, long term picture. Care about your employees. Be professional. Have real transparency - don't just talk about it. Management in Israel - come to the US much more often and watch how people are handling things on your behalf and get to know your full team there so you can form your own opinions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    CEO should just step down

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seeking Alpha

    Pros

    great product. Great people. Sky is the limit if handled properly. So much talent and drive for success. Just lacking leadership from CEO.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership from CEO. Makes it impossible to work there. He lost his vision and now he is all over the place. Otherwise this is a phenomenal team and site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO should step down so company can take off.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not even worth an interview

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

    I worked at Seeking Alpha full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Seeking Alpha as a product is good. There is nothing positive about working for this company

    Cons

    Salary is average to below average at best. The turnover is absolutely appalling. Leadership is miserable, it was nice when they stayed across the ocean in Israel. Avoid this company, as you will most likely end up being fired after 6 months. (Note: I left the company after 2 years but know a NUMBER of personnel who were fired after a very short period here)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A scam and a dump

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Seeking Alpha full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to leave on Friday for two whole days

    Cons

    Everything about this place is a scam

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away - before you are busted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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