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AlphaSights CEO Max Cartellieri
Max Cartellieri
86 Ratings
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  • "If you are applying, be prepared to work consecutive long hours in this role(in 28 reviews)

  • "Client first organisation (also a strength) means "always on" and every now and then have to be reachable after working hours(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (31)

    "A Great Place to Start a Career"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The list of pros is, in my opinion, extensive. First, as an entry-level associate, you will learn a variety of critical skill sets immediately. These include: research, professional communications – you will speak with senior level business executives multiple times each day, negotiations, project management, client relationship management, and coaching and training of new employees. At the manager level, one... can add to this list a set of leadership and managerial responsibilities that are not available elsewhere to early-stage professionals. Writing reviews, leading a team, developing new business, and influencing business unit wide decisions could all fall within your purview (depending on performance). There are currently a number of 2012 and 2013 graduates who manage teams of 3-8 associates, control multi-million dollar books of business, and enjoy broad-reaching autonomy. Perhaps the biggest benefit to beginning a career at AlphaSights however, is one that is not always front-of-mind. That is the knowledge and experience gained from contributing to a company that is still in a high-growth, rapidly changing phase of its development. Some previous glassdoor reviewers seem to view this same issue as AlphaSights biggest downside, so let me explain my point in more detail. AlphaSights is growing rapidly, and there is no roadmap to follow. So while your daily responsibilities will always be clear, the strategic backdrop against which you perform them may shift into and out of focus at times. If ambiguity makes you uncomfortable (there are few standard operating procedures), and you need to be told how to conduct yourself professionally (there are fewer rules), this is not the place for you. However, there are plenty of established guidelines, and if you’re the type of person who knows how to take these and run in the right direction, you will flourish and make a distinct impact on your team and your business segment. For my money, the opportunities this environment provides far outweigh available to recent college grads in consulting, financial services, or sales.

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    Cons

    I am admittedly biased here because I loved my job at AlphaSights. However, the biggest con, for me, was the lack of perspective among junior employees. Almost everyone is hired directly out of college, and their lack of life and work experience creates interesting hurdles for a management team that is attempting to create a fun work environment that is also profitable. This same perspective issue creates... confusion in the cons section here on glassdoor. For example, many reviewers have listed “long hours” as a con. Long compared to what? The average AlphaSights day is 8am-7pm. Once or twice a week you will work 8am-8pm. Eleven or twelve hour days are not short, but if you can’t manage your work-life balance on that schedule in New York City then I recommend a period of deep introspection and self-examination – for it is possible the problem lies within. Similarly, other reviewers have mentioned a perceived “lack of transparency” as a con. The managing director of AlphaSights new york office held several months of weekly open office hours, and conducted bi-weekly townhall Q&A’s…and no one showed up. Perhaps to junior employees could attend because they were busy posting their issues to glassdoor instead of talking to their manager about them at that time? The actual issue seems to be a lack of questions not a lack of transparency. Having worked several other places, I would argue that AlphaSights is actually among the more transparent companies out there. Now that I’ve gotten that out, I will say that the company is not perfect. Like any organism, a company growing as fast as AlphaSights experiences growing pains. For example, forecasting workflow levels more than a few weeks out is best done with a diving rod and incantations and creates a variety of issues for teams. But this is not so much a con as one of the many challenges that comes with the adventure of working at a fast growth company.

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    Advice to Management

    Don’t take a bad glassdoor review too personally. Life goes on.

    AlphaSights2015-08-10
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging and rewarding first role out of college"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company culture is incredibly collaborative and somehow every single person at AlphaSights is hardworking and kind. The recruiting team does an impressive job of hiring supportive, friendly and ambitious individuals. I don't know of many other jobs right out of college that give you the amount of responsibility and exposure that the Associate role here does and it makes for a great career foundation. You have... the opportunity to see your direct impact on the growth of the business and there are comprehensive trainings in place to help with the learning curve.

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    Cons

    If you are applying, be prepared to work consecutive long hours in this role. Along with a client-first mentality comes an always-on lifestyle. With the great amount of responsibility this role offers, you will have to put in the time and effort to meet your sales/ client management goals. The bright side to this is you'll likely never be bored and will always be challenged - so if that's what you're looking for... this role is for you!

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    AlphaSights2019-06-01
  3. Helpful (20)

    "Associate position at AlphaSights"

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

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

    Pros

    competitive salary, good people, good benefits

    Cons

    very long hours (8AM-7:30PM most nights at least), demanding client service (always on even on sick days/PTO), young and inexperienced management

    AlphaSights2019-02-05
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    -Management is very interested in your success. -Clear goals are laid out. -Good start up culture.

    Cons

    -Long hours -Burn out culture -Your training depends on the competence of your trainer

    AlphaSights2017-03-31
  5. Helpful (18)

    "The company culture, career development opportunities, and employee ambition and teamwork is unparalleled."

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

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time

    Pros

    - Career development: running projects for clients quickly and running a team in a year - Management & training - Openness - Culture: parties, young, smart, similarly minded but diverse perspectives - Growth (personal and company) - Opportunities: promotion, initiatives, meeting great people - Always changing, so it's always interesting -- great if you like flexibility and problem solving - Learn many... industries quickly

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    Cons

    - Long hours compared to non-finance job -- relative and depends on perspective - It's really great! Besides hours, no complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! There's such a great culture, and we all have to work on maintaining that and our drive as we continue to grow.

    AlphaSights2014-09-13
  6. Helpful (16)

    "A good place to start your career"

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    Current Intern - Summer Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at AlphaSights for less than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment and nice people

    Cons

    Long hours in the office

    Advice to Management

    More trainings to the employees

    AlphaSights2014-08-04
  7. Helpful (11)

    "Challenging but Fun"

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

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

    Pros

    great culture, atmosphere, people, young entrepreneurial environment, beer on tap in the kitchen! excellent 1 month training and rotational program to help you feel comfortable and give you choice in the sector of your choosing, 3 weeks paid vacation with ability to work up to 20 days paid vacation, pay out for unused vacation days, corporate lunch program, monthly office outings and weekly gatherings...emphasis on... work hard but enjoy yourself when the time is right

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    Cons

    sometimes long hours, lots of ups and downs in terms of success

    AlphaSights2014-07-17
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Dynamic and challenging work environment"

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

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time

    Pros

    Multiple varying sector projects on a daily basis; fun and young environment; always open to innovation and change from all levels of the company; gain responsibility quickly

    Cons

    Constantly changing so need to be adaptable; long hours where you must be constantly on your game; must balance multiple projects and advisors/clients at once

    AlphaSights2014-01-28
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Really fun experience- the interviews were well thought out and the HR team was on top of their game."

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    Current Employee - Compliance and Legal Counsel in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Such a great community of people to work with and even though the hours are long the time flies by because everyone loves being in the office. Even after typical work hours it's common for employees to stay later or grab dinner with each other. Additionally AlphaSights is supportive of grad school goals and will help you where possible.

    Cons

    Long hours and the job requires a lot of time spent on the phone. Additionally this isn't a job that ends at the end of the day; employees are expected to always be on top of their clients so the work/ life balance takes some adjustment.

    AlphaSights2014-01-14
  10. Helpful (8)

    "Extremely nice, professional colleagues to work with and learn from, and lots of opportunity to develop."

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone is nice, professional, and passionate about the work they are doing. Fast-paced environment that provides plenty of opportunity to learn about various business models and industries. Everyone at the company is very team oriented and concerned with their own, and their colleagues, professional development. There are many opportunities to network within the company, as well as with the external professionals.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours during the busy times of the year, but otherwise no real cons that concern me.

    AlphaSights2014-01-15
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