I worked at Advantage Data full-time (More than a year)
Small, innovative company really pushing the limits of what data can do for financial services companies. With a niche focus in corporate debt, “ADI” was able to compete with larger players in the space (Bloomberg, CapIQ, etc.) by filling voids largely ignored by these vendors.
On the sales side, commission is very generous and uncapped. A consultative, relationship-driven sale so sales cycle can be 1-3 months but very well worth it in the end. Potential to make IB analyst money in your first year.
From a personal standpoint, I was exposed to some of the worlds most elite financial institutions from day one. Fresh out of college, I was traveling to NYC to meet with bankers and investment professionals I had no business being in the same room with. This experience alone, in addition to the mentorship from others within the company, really developed my skill set and domain knowledge. Left after 2 years for a sales role at a private equity firm.
Small company. Resources can be limited therefore you must take a more proactive approach to things like admin and other initiatives. When you’re this small, upward mobility can be limited - no way around it.
With that said, ADI allows you to take on additional projects or step into other roles you may find appealing. For instance, if you are a sales guy but would like to spend a certain percentage of your time working as a PM, you are absolutely encouraged to do so.
Not a transactional sale so you’re not picking up the phone and slinging 15 subs in a day.
Lots of patriots fans.
Advice to Management
Keep pushing forward, private credit/bdc stuff has a lot of potential. Keep enhancing HY product.
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Advantage Data (Boston, MA) in July 2015.
Pretty low key. Met with the VP of sales and another sales person and the assistant comptroller. Afterwards I met with the CEO and COO, and they gave me a brief tour of the office. A few days later an employee in New York called me for a phone interview. They also had me take a Caliper test, which was long.
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