Seeking Alpha Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Working at Seeking Alpha has been a fantastic experience. The people, work, and autonomy is like no other place.

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    Current Employee - Head of Campus Outreach in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Head of Campus Outreach in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The guidance, autonomy, and support I have been provided has made it an absolute pleasure to work at Seeking Alpha. I feel like I made a difference at the company everyday and there is no better feeling than that.

    Cons

    Besides the turnover rate, I don't see much negatives at Seeking Alpha besides for the fact that things change fast in this company (which is arguably a good and bad thing at the same time).


  2. Helpful (3)

    A missed opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Seeking Alpha full-time

    Pros

    Was once an innovative product. Ad targeting to financial sector, although impressions have become quite low.

    Cons

    -Management -Finance guys without a background in advertising trying to run a business funded by ad revenue -CEO stepped down -Monthly users have plummeted -No transparency into performance or value of company. -Strange cultural norms -Over 80% US turnover in 2 years -People get fired on a whim, and often -Mediocre pay -No secondary revenue stream -Lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Sell the technology ASAP before you completely kill the company.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Like watching a slo-mo train wreck

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people in the NY office, great work life balance, conveniently situated near Grand Central.

    Cons

    Management is the main antagonist that will ultimately drive the company to the ground in a fiery supernova. They created a unique product but fail to achieve its full potential time and time again due to a lack of strategy and guidance. Along with a megalomaniac running the show overseas, there is a huge disconnect of culture and communication between HQ (Israel) and the NY office. Half baked ideas are implemented constantly only to have it fail and the blame is ultimately pinned on some unfortunate soul resulting in an insane turnover rate. The best is during board meetings when management comes to town and running around like headless chickens trying to appease their investors and VCs that everything is fine. We in the office call this "the bad time" as groups of employees are usually terminated without fail.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and have someone who is better suited to run it.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Sad How It Turned Out

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Seeking Alpha full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    worked with great people, opportunity to learn a lot about the industry, unique product

    Cons

    management, shady, not transparent, fire everyone because they don't know how to hire proper management, will cut you off at the knees any chance they get no matter how hard or long you had previous worked for them. Not appreciative of what the sales team does because majority of the team is located overseas, do not get the concept Sales is King, especially because it FUNDS your comapany

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the way to slow down the turnover whether its your doing or the employee leaving, you are leaving a bad taste in the industry's mouth. Clients don't want to work with a new rep or support team every 3 months, that an agency thing. Need to get back some stability to propel this company to the next level.


  6. Helpful (4)

    sales - DONT DO IT

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    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    not many, pay is decent, below thew market but its a very laid back office in NY. 401K is decent If you are a current employee you can leverage relationships with Seeking Alpha clients to get a new job.

    Cons

    there are too many that come to mind. I would not recommend this place to anyone, if you are a recent college grad STAY AWAY - this place is not what the real world is like. If you are someone with experience, stay as far away as you possibly can as there is ZERO loyalty and stability at this firm. management overseas is more concerned about reading blogs online and trying to implement these crazy theories into the NY office. When management has a scheduled trip to NY everyone is fearful for their job as they should be with the turnover in this company. Way too much turnover for a website that has been around for over 10 years, there is ZERO stability here.

    Advice to Management

    *****SELL THE COMPANY ALREADY*****


  7. Decent enough, though at the same time, frustrating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Setting own schedule allows for flexible work hours Exposure is helpful in gaining access to new markets

    Cons

    Not a ton of guidance into what is acceptable material and what is not


  8. Helpful (6)

    I worked with some great people but most of them were fired

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are some very smart people working there. The office is right by grand central and work life balance is good.

    Cons

    I don't think they like women very much. We had only one female executive in the whole company and its very boy-clubby. The other review that said people are just numbers was right.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know if they'd listen.


  9. It has a great culture with great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


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

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    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (10)

    Lack of Focus and Care for Employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.



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