Axial Reviews

Updated May 19, 2020

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3.3
59%
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53%
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Axial CEO Peter Lehrman (no image)
Peter Lehrman
47 Ratings
Pros
  • "The lower middle market for M&A is ripe for a sophisticated, scalable network solution(in 6 reviews)

  • "Fun and smart people, nice office, sometime flexible, good at communicating, uhhh(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • " work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • "Constant employee turnover, subpar products, and unhappy clients have made it quite challenging to stay focused and motivated(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment, Growing Business"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Business in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great office culture and people - dynamic and evolving thought in product and services - open to new ideas - you can get involved in anything, all hands on deck great experience

    Cons

    -limitations in professional growth - salaries could be higher

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Don't"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart co-workers and good challenging projects.

    Cons

    CEO is a complete mess.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great platform for hungry business professionals to learn from the tech and finance worlds"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Axial full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Axial has two very important characteristics going for it: 1.) It's a venture backed tech-enabled services business giving any young professional an opportunity to learn best business growth practices in the fastest growing sector in the world. This is especially important in the sales & marketing organization. The great economic equalizer is the opportunity to become excellent at sales and marketing and Axial provides that opportunity regardless of your background. If you have heard of salesforce.com, hubspot, or LinkedIn, Axial uses all the same sales and marketing training and techniques. The only difference is that the adoption curve has been longer for their customer base so you have to learn how to be THAT much better in order to succeed. 2.) It's a service provider to the North American lower middle market private equity industry. This is an asset class that flies under the radar a bit to those that do not grow up in the 1%. However, it happens to be one of the best performing asset classes every year, greatly to the benefit of those that make those deals happen. As a result, it attracts talent from the top universities and families in the United States and the world. If you don't have that pedigree, you are unlikely to get access to this market. Axial is changing that a bit by wedging technology into the way these deals start and that creates a chance for it's employees to learn about the process, come up with creative ways to disrupt it, and, in the end, find a back door to joining the industry some day if they decide that's the right path for them. In addition to these two characteristics, it's about as merit based of a work environment as I've ever seen. If you have demonstrated strong work ethic and the ability to deliver results, your ideas will be treated with the same consideration whether you are 45 and been working there for 10 years or 27 and been working there for 2. That may not be important for everyone, especially those that feel entitled or don't like to put in the work. For those that desire a faster track to success and are willing to learn, this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    There have been some critical go-to-market and product mistakes made across the organization since the business started on the journey of disrupting the deal connection process. It's not easy disrupting a highly complex and private industry where people are benefiting from a lack of efficiency so there will naturally be risky decisions made along the way and some of those did not work out. Part of your job as an employee today is managing the consequences of these mistakes with the customer or prospective customer base while the business continues to course correct.

  4. "Incredible opportunity to disrupt an industry"

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

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

    Pros

    Axial provides phenomenal exposure to the private equity and investment banking landscape. The culture is top notch with a lot of cross-team collaboration, opportunity to get involved in initiatives outside of your day-to-day, and be a part of a fast growing organization looking to connect lower middle market companies to capital. Great perks such as catered lunches, snacks, coffee (Cold Brew), happy hours and team / company off-sites.

    Cons

    There's a struggle for prospective clients of Axial to adopt the platform given the way business has been done for the past few decades.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great, energetic work environment - Exciting industry - Startup culture - Great company perks - Big opportunity to disrupt an industry and make a significant impact in the economy - Client-centric business approach

    Cons

    - Tough industry to penetrate in terms of adoption of technology

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Just hitting its stride"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Business Development 
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've been at Axial for a year now and the company has continued to grow since joining. The company has recently gone through productive changes and is in a good position to continue to grow by staying the course on the new path it's set forth on. Great camaraderie amongst employees and free lunch every Wednesday.

    Cons

    The financial industry as a whole can be set in its ways at times but as banks continue to leverage more and more technology, they're realizing the value Axial provides.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development Representative"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Culture - the company's entrepreneurial culture encourages employees to take on new initiatives / collaborate across other teams which is great for exposure to different business segments and building new skill sets. Exposure - if you're client facing / on one of the go-to-market teams, you're in the best position in terms of exposure to deal origination within the private capital markets. Events are especially a great opportunity for Axial employees to build their network of senior level deal professionals from some of the top investment firms / i-banks within the lower middle market.

    Cons

    Infrastructure - if you're used to the beurocratic structure of a bulge bracket or a larger corporation, this is the complete opposite. Reporting is less clear, less hierarchal, and benefits are not as much of a strong suit but these are typical trade-offs when considering a opportunity within the start up world.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Terrible Place To Work"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Axial

    Pros

    I don't have to work here anymore

    Cons

    This company is a directionless mess and their business practices are dangerously close to fraudulent. Stay away at all costs. These guys will be out of business or in jail sooner or later.

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    "toxic work environment"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Axial full-time

    Pros

    hard to come up with any

    Cons

    Toxic work environment consisting of micromanagement and strong top down hierarchy. You're not encouraged to ask questions and it was hard to enjoy any part of my time here.

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Positive direction, with an uncertain future"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Axial full-time

    Pros

    Giff is a great VP of product, Ryan is a great VP of revenue. They are really leading the company in a positive direction. Snack game is on point, weekly catered lunches on Wednesday. Challenging product space.

    Cons

    Absentee CEO, and the company has an uncertain future.

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