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AllianceBernstein Employee Reviews about "smart people"

Updated Jun 14, 2019

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76%
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Seth Bernstein
43 Ratings
Pros
  • "great work atmosphere, and work/life balance(in 50 reviews)

  • "Collaborative culture with smart people who also happen to be enjoyable to work with(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management should address this rather than turning a blind eye(in 23 reviews)

  • "long hours - difficult to learn the ropes starting off(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work with leaders creating leaders"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AllianceBernstein full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart people, great work life balance

    Cons

    The company is large and therefore some areas feel silo and disconnected

    AllianceBernstein2019-03-08

    AllianceBernstein Response

    April 1, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback.

  2. "Good Place to Learn and Grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AllianceBernstein full-time

    Pros

    Private Client has an excellent training program, duration is three years or longer depending upon career path. Collaborative culture with smart people who also happen to be enjoyable to work with. Not only is the formal training and development program solid, but others in the firm take an interest in developing high potential employees. For driven individuals, there is a lot of opportunity. Looking around at our Senior...

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    Cons

    Fast paced and demanding environment is exciting and challenging for those who work well under pressure but can be difficult for people who aren't wired this way or lack experience in a truly fast paced workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep evolving with the changing workforce, listening to results of the employee survey and delivering on that feedback as is happening now. This will continue to allow us to attract and retain the best talent. Continue putting resources into internal and external facing technology.

    AllianceBernstein2018-02-23
  3. Helpful (1)

    "AVP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AllianceBernstein full-time

    Pros

    accountability and smart people. group benefits are decent.

    Cons

    long hours and limited opportunities to grow.

    AllianceBernstein2017-08-31
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Perfect job for someone who wants to find out whether financial services is right for them"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AllianceBernstein full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Interesting, smart people -Strong focus on training and professional development -Provides excellent experience across multiple skill sets including financial literacy, client service, written and verbal communication, and networking tips -Beautiful offices, good amenities, ergonomic workspaces like standing desks

    Cons

    -Associates and Coordinators are universally overworked -Terrible work-life balance -- small teams (3-4 members) structure creates a constant peer pressure to work later and longer than is reasonable -High employee turnover -Very stressful work environment

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees. There is simply too much work to do and not enough people to do it. The current work overload sets Associates and Coordinators up for failure before they even begin.

    AllianceBernstein2017-04-12
  5. Helpful (1)

    "great place to start your career."

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AllianceBernstein full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great people to work with. some very sharp and smart people.

    Cons

    limited career growth - at least in equities.

    Advice to Management

    not nimble enough to adapt to changes in the active management industry.

    AllianceBernstein2017-03-12
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of Strategy with an "In Crowd" vs. Inclusive Feel"

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    Former Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AllianceBernstein

    Pros

    Pay for sought-after expertise is excellent. Good amount of flexibility. Some very smart people. Some at firm are attempting to create a good culture.

    Cons

    Strong, competent individuals are often overshadowed by less competent ones who have been around forever and are in favor for unclear reasons. Definitely an "in crowd" / "clubby" feel. Attempts at inclusion fall painfully short. In certain parts of firm, lack of strategy is hard to watch/live with -- especially when advice/guidance is not welcomed.

    Advice to Management

    Lift the hood on your various divisions (especially Retail) to see what's working and not working. Encourage and engage more employees in open dialogue. Insist that managers include their direct reports in 360 reviews. So often subordinates never have an opportunity to offer feedback on those to whom they report. Stop letting really good people take their talents elsewhere -- and stop retaining dead wood.

    AllianceBernstein2016-10-30
  7. "Smart people still recovering from 08"

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      Former Employee - Associate Portfolio Manager in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at AllianceBernstein

      Pros

      Learned so much in one year it was a good career move. Very smart people who know what they're talking about.

      Cons

      Company still recovering from the financial crash. Management out of touch with customer demand (move from active to passive management)

      AllianceBernstein2016-07-15
    • Helpful (1)

      "Senior Associate"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at AllianceBernstein for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Smart people, great place to learn, small enough to be flexible

      Cons

      Middle management is disruptive, opportunities for advancement are slim

      Advice to Management

      Give young people the chance to really succeed

      AllianceBernstein2016-05-08
    • "Institutional Associate"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at AllianceBernstein for more than 3 years

      Pros

      AB has a great amount of smart people and truly has an open door policy to help develop internal relationships.

      Cons

      At AB there are not well defined career paths for growth and the salaries compared to comparable firms are below average.

      Advice to Management

      Future management at AB should include more individuals who have experience in the areas they are managing and do a better job of being transparent.

      AllianceBernstein2016-02-08
    • Helpful (1)

      "OK"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at AllianceBernstein full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      It is what you make of it. There are a lot of smart people to work with as long as you are able to connect with them somehow.

      Cons

      Below average pay, management satisfied with the status quo

      Advice to Management

      sometimes the better performers need more than a pat on the back.

      AllianceBernstein2015-09-08
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