AlphaSights Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2020

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3.8
63%
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AlphaSights Managing Director      Max Cartellieri
Max Cartellieri
73 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great culture, fast paced environment, great leadership(in 30 reviews)

  • "really great work environment constantly(in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, need to be ready to be always on even after work(in 34 reviews)

  • "Long working hours for a summer position(in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (5)

    "Life and career molding development opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AlphaSights full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    (1) People - Not one single review (even the more critical ones) fails to mention the unparalleled talent pool that exists at AlphaSights (great people, driven, ambitious, smart, etc.). I’ll add to that chorus. Read between the lines: great companies hire great people. (2) Development - AlphaSights took me as a young professional and gave me the tools to grow, develop and thrive. The list of skills and accomplishments I can list on my resume is unparalleled to my peers at other companies and that’s 100% because of AlphaSights. It’s hard, hard work (not for everyone), but if you have a growth-mindset, and you’re excited about the opportunity to grow a business, solve problems, and thought partner with clients, then AlphaSights will reward you with unlimited opportunities. Professional development is one of the company’s biggest investments because it’s a people-powered business. I truly believe the manager role at AlphaSights is easily one of the most hyper-speed development opportunities out there. It’s rare to have the opportunity to lead the commercial and talent development of a team or business unit two years into your career. Some reviews have complained about having young managers, but someone who is a first time manager whether they’re 24 or 29/30 is going to be the same regardless of age, I’d rather put my money on the horse who develops sooner and faster - AlphaSights gives you that, and develops some of the best management talent in the market today. (3) Company age and size - I came from two years experience at a large corporation. The difference of a big fortune 1000 company and a young high growth company like AlphaSights is night and day. Unlike larger and older companies bogged down in bureaucracy, AlphaSights is lean, constantly changing, agile, unstructured in some areas still, and growing like crazy. This is not for everyone as the fast pace nature of change (people movements, team restructuring, etc) can give some people whiplash, but I see it as a sign of growth. When a company grows fast, the people within it need to be growing just as fast. The nice thing about AlphaSights is that it is no longer in a startup phase either, so you get the high-speed nature of the growth but with more security and structure than a startup. (4) Client-facing and interesting work - this part is important to know beforehand. It’s a client-facing job, and these aren’t “easy” clients.. they work for the best consulting firms, PE firms, hedge funds in the world. So naturally, they are working on the biggest investment deals and corporate strategy problems in the world.. obviously that’s a recipe for demanding work. It’s important to understand this before choosing to work at AlphaSights. The negative reviews that talk about longer hours and demanding clients did not get that. Keeping it in perspective though, AlphaSights does not have consulting or ibanking hours, but it’s also not a 9-5 job. It’s an average 10 hr workday in SF and 11.5 in NY (time zones primarily cause this difference as very few people are online after 6/7pm PT). Additionally, if you’re driven and willing to keep yourself engaged in critical thinking and the subject matter of the projects, it’s quite interesting work and you can learn about a lot of different industries and their value chains. That’s IF you are engaged in the work. Otherwise, some people put themselves on autopilot and only see the associate role as a set of repetitive actions (which could be said for most entry level jobs). It just depends on your mindset.

    Cons

    AlphaSights is not for everyone and those who are simply not the right fit can sometimes stick around too long.. it requires the type of person who wants to be in a high-octane role, someone who has self-direction and willingness to take advantage of growth and development opportunities, and someone who thrives on the challenges that come with a client facing role. When the people who aren’t the best fit stick around too long, they can become culture detractors on some teams. Luckily, leadership and management have started to put in better infrastructure to better identify these situations earlier on to help these people transition out of AlphaSights to other opportunities better suited for them. If you want to succeed at AlphaSights, my advise is to align yourself with the people who are able to think longer-term/bigger-picture and can see the opportunity with AS.

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  2. "Great first job"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Easy Money, great benefits, fun people

    Cons

    Mundane work, can be stressful

  3. "NOTE TO PEOPLE OF COLOR"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    From reading some of the other reviews, it's true that you are dealt a lot of responsibility early in your career, and this responsibility has actual consequences to the business outcomes of your team. Unfortunately, this responsibility is comprised almost entirely of mundane busy work.

    Cons

    It's been a while since I've left AlphaSights, but I wanted to write this specifically as conversations around race and workplace diversity have taken center stage in our country today. AlphaSights (specifically its New York office) might be the whitest workplace I will ever work in my life. Throughout my 1+ years at the company, I can count on two hands the number of Black colleagues I've worked with in the 400+ person office. I heard from a former co-worker (who is still at the firm) that AlphaSights was one of the top 5 companies on Handshake in 2019 in number of undergraduate applications received. Given the sheer number of applicants, it is absolutely shameful that 90+% of the offers they extend are to white kids and there is no excuse as to why they do so poorly in the diversity department. There are two explanations that I can think of: 1. the managers and recruitment subconsciously value being white and/or the social capital as a major evaluation criterion for the Associate role. 2.they consciously reject Black and POC applicants as they don't see them a "cultural fit." I don't think the "we need to try better in the diversity department" is a valid justification for AlphaSights' track record. They've had the resources and the applicants to have built a more inclusive, diverse workplace. I find it hard to believe that given all the applications they receive, they didn't find more Black candidates good enough to extend offers to. It's not just that management is entirely white (which it is) - it is that 90% of the office is white from the ground up. To any Black and non-Black POC applying to the NY office - it will be an uncomfortable environment at best, and at worst, oppressive.

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  4. "Great place to start but know what you're getting into"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time

    Pros

    The people and perks are amazing and what keep people there

    Cons

    Not enough pay for what we do, very stressful, always online, way too many factors outside of your control that directly impact your bonus

  5. Helpful (1)

    "great 1st job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    really great work environment constantly

    Cons

    one downside would be the long hours

  6. Helpful (14)

    "Depression factory"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly workplace with good lunch catering. That's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Extremely mind-numbing day to day tasks - essentially a glorified call center. Your day to day consists of combing through LinkedIn for hours on end to find individuals with the right title and company, then attempting to get in touch with them through cold emailing and cold calling. The conversation you have with experts are identical and repetitive. The job is not interesting nor challenging and anyone who is actually capable of doing more gets bored at the job after ~3 months. On top of this, there is an unreasonable expectation for associates to be online at all hours of the night (sometimes past midnight) to answer client emails and calls. This is not the type of hours expected from this pay. Bonus structure is completely unfair (and many associates feel this way). Your performance is dependent on variables out of your control. The client asks for very specific types of individuals and it's out of your control whether 1) those people exist and 2) they respond to your cold-calling and cold-emailing. On top of that, you could be doing everything right and still not be able to "sell" if the client decides to close the project. Management has good intentions but are not fit to manage anyone. Associates almost automatically get elevated to manager after a 2-year tenure simply due to the fact that there aren't many who sticks around till that 2-year mark. As a result, the office is managed by 24 y/o inexperienced kids who have no idea how to properly motivate its team members. Even company culture, which I thought was one of the only pros at this job can get toxic very fast. The office is flooded by kids between ages 21-24 and feels like a bad greek life. You're expected to not only join company events but to enjoy them, leading many to uncomfortably put on a happy face and be fake. The culture of oversharing personal life is also very uncomfortable; not everyone wants to be best friends with their coworkers.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Associate"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to start a career with solid comp. and skill building.

    Cons

    Long hours, need to be ready to be always on even after work.

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  8. Helpful (12)

    "Crazy Horrible Place to Work"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart, personable people working with you in the day to day. Will have fun socializing and bonding with colleagues in your level, mostly over mutual dislike of the job

    Cons

    Middle management in San Francisco office is quintessential ex sorority girl/ ex frat bro culture. Passive aggressive, self important, and above all else, non-genuine. The list of cons goes on and on- horrible work life balance, constantly expected to be on call, hiring smart and ambitious people to be a private equity analyst's whipping girl for two years. Prepare yourself for monotonous work, working for clients who cannot be bothered to remember your name 50% of the time, reporting to a boss who doesn't care about anything other than how your performance affects their bonus. But they'll pretend they do. And somehow, that's worse.

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    AlphaSights Response

    April 8, 2020Communications Associate

    Thank you for your feedback and I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had a negative experience with us. Please trust that we take this feedback seriously — our employees’ professional development is of utmost importance to us. We continually assess our training programs in order to successfully upskill our managers so they have the tools/resources to ensure their teams are satisfied and successful. We appreciate you raising this issue, and will work hard to continue improving our SF office so it’s a great place to work for all.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for a first job"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great place to learn valuable skills (management, project leading, client relationships, etc) - Young culture

    Cons

    - Only learn soft skills no hard skills - Not a career path - Not many internal mobility opportunities

  10. "Associate"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Values the people, hires smart and driven recent college grads

    Cons

    High demands on time and stress

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