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AlphaSights Reviews

Updated December 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great first job - the people are fantastic, great company culture and you are giving an enormous amount of responsibility right off the bat" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Collaborative and team-centric work environment" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, certain aspects of the job can become tedious long term" (in 19 reviews)

  • "There's still a struggle with work life balance, but there is work in the right direction here" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Launching point to start career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Out of college, I couldn't have asked for a better place to start my career. In my opinion, the negative reviews should be taken with a grain of salt by onlookers. Usually it's a case of someone not being a good fit from a work ethic / mindset standpoint. Sure, AlphaSights can ask a lot of its employees, but it also gives you an equal amount if you seek it.
    - Learn how to: develop client relationships, grow share of wallet, drive growth in books of business
    - Learn how to continually hit quotas and budgets
    - Opportunities to train others to help scale teams
    - Opportunity to manage full P&L of your own book of business, the development of your Associates, and the fostering of relationships with clients

    Cons

    - Work hours can be long. But there's a difference between working a long time for the sake of it (and then being able to complain about it) or being efficient during the day and getting out at a normal hour. There are plenty of employees who work long hours, but make more because of it

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to keep the best interest of Associates and Managers at the forefront, and keep pushing for transparency and visibility in the midst of change
    - With hiring very talented alumni, you'll be faced with a lot of people who have been successful their whole lives without having to grind and hustle. Try to screen these people out, and hire more and more for potential and mindset


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Have made some great friends here (through shared dislike for the job)

    Cons

    There are some genuinely good people at AlphaSights but anyone over Manager level has no right being in that position. They sell you on their "accelerated career track" but it's a terrible idea that leads to inexperienced 24 y.o. managers and even less qualified "VPs." The associate job itself is just a cold calling "sales-bro" job with no higher level thinking involved, and 12+ hour days. NY office feels just like a sales and trading floor but with more drama and inappropriate workplace behavior and gossip. Don't know much about the other offices but SF sounds like a 30- person sorority with all the drama and drinking and inappropriate relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Completely reorganize your company structure and sell the job correctly to prospects. This is not an alternative to banking or consulting, this is a job where you sell people's thoughts to consulting firms so they don't have to do their own research.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice people, fun office, cool clients

    Cons

    Basically a call center, work isn't particularly stimulating, and you acquire all of the skills that you can develop over the course of the summer, no need to return


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Great business, not a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Smart, friendly, and motivated people. You will meet lifelong friends at AlphaSights, which does not happen at most companies. This is a testament to the company’s hiring processes and the people they have working in recruiting.

    2) The skills you learn are valuable in anything you do in the business world (i.e. working with extremely smart and high-powered clients), but you don’t necessarily develop a defined skill set the same way you would do in banking, consulting, trading, etc.

    3) AlphaSights offers decent perks and benefits. They offer 401K matching, subsidized lunch, cell phone reimbursement, company parties, and some gym discounts.

    Cons

    1) While AlphaSights is a great business, it’s not a great place to work. The product is incredibly low tech, and the burden of doing work manually falls on the lowest level employees — the associates and the managers. As a result you’ll consistently work 10-12 hour days nonstop, go home to an inbox full of urgent emails, and spend your weekends experiencing the same. While this is expected in some industries, working at AlphaSights is NOT banking or consulting, in neither the skills acquired nor the pay.

    2) Expensive company parties and events, a flashy office, and surface-level perks seem very enticing, but these things do not matter and can not replace a truly valuable work experience — mentorship from people with diverse experience, earning potential, and a true path — as you develop your career. These valuable things are nearly impossible to find at AlphaSights.

    3) The last and arguably most important major con about working at AlphaSights is that it can be incredibly difficult to find other career opportunities after being at the company for a few years. Some of the skills you develop at AlphaSights translate well to sales or account management roles, but should you be interested in other career paths, you may find yourself starting from scratch or going back to school. AlphaSights is in such a niche industry that recruiters and potential employers have a hard time seeing how you would be a valuable addition to their teams.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate your employees not through live performances and steaks at Friday Beers, but through additional resources, mentorship, and higher pay for exceptional performance. Continue to hire VPs from other companies to build out AlphaSights' leadership team. Define the roles and responsibilities at the company more - Associates, Managers, and VPs are simply responsible for too much and paid too little to be happy and to want to stay at the company.

    AlphaSights Response

    Oct 1, 2018 – AlphaSights Careers Team

    Thank you for your feedback. It’s good to hear the positives you mentioned, but we want to specifically address your constructive feedback:

    1) Our teams do indeed work very hard to meet the needs... More


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Consistently Learning & Constantly Challenged"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    + Feedback drive organization that fosters proactivity and acts as a springboard to launch young professionals' careers
    + Opportunity to manage, motivate and develop young professionals
    + Dynamic and high-velocity decision-making with an opportunity to iterate on ones thinking
    + Collaborative and team-centric work environment
    + Constantly improving professional development resources and programming
    + Leadership is receptive to feedback and continues to re-evaluate employee benefits and compensation
    + With the right time, tenure, and performance there are unique global challenges to solve
    + Continuous learning curve that results in constant challenges and professional development applicable across a host of career paths

    Cons

    + Worklife balance - can continue to balance out an "always on culture"
    + Growth and flexibility is constantly constrained by the number of people we hire
    + There is a need for more continuous professional education opportunities
    + Days can be very meeting heavy, many of which could be more efficient or include fewer stakeholders

    Advice to Management

    + Think critically about how to develop greater trust with employees and afford more work from home flexibility
    + Compliment a "hire from within" strategy with an increased focus on external/ off cycle hires
    + Continue to invest in software engineering talent and resources
    + Be purposeful with everyone's time and critically evaluate the added benefit of scheduling an additional meeting


  6. Helpful (3)

    "An education in business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Driven & ambitious colleagues who you become fast friends with
    -Fast-paced atmosphere, no one day is the same as the next
    -Opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility early on in your career for high performers
    -The senior level Manager role + the VP role is a better business education than b-school can offer but without the high $$ investment
    -Leadership isn't perfect but adapts quickly and is careful not to make the same mistakes twice

    Cons

    -High pressure & around-the-clock work that stems from being client-facing
    -Resource-dependent business; hiring enough of the right people is challenging and can strap the teams for resources during busy seasons


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Growing company in a growing industry - company is doubling in size every couple of years, so plenty of advancement opportunities
    - Steep learning curve. Potential to receive responsibilities essentially as soon as you prove yourself capable. Running projects, working with clients, negotiating, training/coaching, managing people, running teams, pitching clients, etc. all within the first 2-3 years if you're doing well. For this reason, good place to start a career and start building a skillset
    - Culture of extremely driven, social people means the day to day is fast-paced and fun. Definitely hire young which means there's a great energy & potential everywhere but the obvious drawback is having fewer people with a wealth of external experience to draw on.
    - Pretty sizeable and regular raises for good performers, performance-based bonuses
    - Culture of constant improvement for each person and for the firm. Firm is big on feedback and pretty regularly works to action on feedback from its people. In my 5 years, have seen improvements to comp model, career track, benefits (401k/healthcare/lunch program), organizational model, etc.

    Cons

    - Your experience can definitely be a product of your Manager & team situation. I'm surprised to see some of the comments on here about work-life balance, no lunch breaks, etc. as that hasn't been my experience and isn't encouraged. That said, different teams can certainly have different norms and expectations
    - Employee youth is in many ways a great thing (high energy, enthusiasm, openness to trying new ways of doing things, etc.). On the flip side, it can lead to a lack of experienced people managers or external perspectives to draw on
    - High growth means there will be times throughout the year (pre-new hires) that your team can feel understaffed

  8. Helpful (17)

    "No work/Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have a lot of responsibility and enjoyed working with my team. Great if you are a workaholic and don’t want any life other than work.

    Cons

    I left because of burnout. The hours are crazy long and you never get a break and are expected to work even after you get home. No free time or balance at all. Very stressful and competitive. Most assisted are working 8 am till 7pm and expect to still work at night as late as 10 pm. It’s too much if they expect someone to last more than a year or two. Treat employees better and respect their needs as well as the client. If you take care of your employees they will take care of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage lunch breaks and a 6pm quitting time so there is some balance and your employees can recharge. The expected working hours make this job stressful. Shouldn’t be expected to keep working till 10 pm some nights. Take care of the employees and respect their life/work balance and you will have more loyal employees. It unethical to have employees working so many hours and to not be able to take a break. Hire more associates to lighten up the work loads where needed. The compensation is good but not in light of the expected working hours. I was easily working 60 plus hours a week.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Review"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture and opportunities for project ownership

    Cons

    Role can be tedious and hamstrung by administrative tasks


  10. Helpful (2)

    "AlphaSights"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and social people that make the job

    Cons

    difficult sales job in which they have not been able to crack a good culture

    AlphaSights Response

    May 8, 2018 – AlphaSights Careers Team

    Thank you for your feedback. We're proud of the smart, ambitious, driven people we hire at AlphaSights, so it's good to know you've appreciated working with such top-notch colleagues. At the same... More