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PitchBook Research Associate Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Above all, I think we hire great people and that's what makes it fun to come to work (in 15 reviews)

  • Great company culture and growth trajectory (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • I also know a lot of similar companies in Seattle have better benefits and perks and it would be nice to have more competitive (in 6 reviews)

  • Growing pains and recent acquisition (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Growing Pains - Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PitchBook full-time

    Pros

    Young, results-driven culture. Nice office and convenient.

    Cons

    Poor compensation
    Organization inertia
    Inexperienced managers
    Challenging on-boarding


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Monotonous"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free alcohol and social events

    Cons

    Repeated Data Entry work clothed in fancy "Research Associate" name.
    There is very little "research" involved in what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Be more specific in job descriptions.
    Stop micro managing

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Avoid"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company provides entry level opportunities to recent grads.

    Cons

    -Compensation is abysmal, and truly isn't a livable Seattle wage. We're told that the compensation is competitive for the market, but there's no transparency into how salaries are calculated
    -The career path is a joke. Promotion requirements are vague and inconsistent. A promotion may take 3+ months to implement, meaning an immediate increase in responsibility but a waiting period until a title change and pay bump.
    -Turnover is incredibly high, yet no changes are made to keep people around
    -Managers don't seem to have any sort of training or experience in managing people - they've simply been promoted into their roles after sticking around long enough.
    -The level of micro management is unbearable. Reports have been created to track every minute of daily production.

    They say that no one enjoys their first job out of college, and this company reinforces the saying.

    Advice to Management

    Put some effort in to keep your employees satisfied. The insane level of turnover has to be hurting, since managers are constantly interviewing applicants and recruiters can't hire new people fast enough.

    PitchBook Response

    May 25, 2017 – Director of People

    Thank you for providing feedback about your experience at PitchBook Data, Inc. I’m sorry to hear that your experience has not been as positive as we’d hope. We have committed to implementing... More


  4. Helpful (9)

    "You'll fall in love at the beginning but watch out, it's a trap you'll never get out of"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of young people so it's prefect for new graduates.

    Cons

    Terrible pay justified by the fact the market keeps accepting the job. Leadership is non existent. Training beyond the first few week is non existent. On research you will be micromanaged down to your last keystroke.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people in research with respect and actually value them as people. Do management training from both inside and outside the company because there is no leadership at all. Start hiring older employees so that there are mentors to go to in the company for younger employees.

    PitchBook Response

    Feb 14, 2017 – Director of People

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your employment experience at PitchBook.

    I encourage you to speak with your direct manager, the department head or a member of the People Team... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture but low pay"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented employees, fun environment to work in, great culture. First job I've had out of college but when i tell my friends about the training and professional development opportunities we have they seem very surprised. Not many companies invest so much in their employee's growth and knowledge. There is even a knowledge development team that provides many types of training although it does seem that sales gets the most training opportunities and being in Research it would be nice to have more training support.

    Cons

    Pay is very low for entry positions especially in Research. They say they make up for this by having a lot of "growth potential" (i was told this in my interview) but it doesn't seem to be as true in research as other departments. One person I know is managing multiple teams on shore and off shore but doesn't even have a manager title. I also know a lot of similar companies in Seattle have better benefits and perks and it would be nice to have more competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that people won't stick around just because of great culture you have to also pay proportionately for the talents you hire.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Grow"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Excellent growth potential
    -Exciting time to be a part of the company (new office, perks, etc.)
    -COMPANY CULTURE

    Cons

    -Typical growing pains for a company of its size and potential

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to listen to employee feedback. The people who work here are able to generate excellent ideas.


  7. "Work hard and grind it out"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good time off, great people, lot's of work to be done so always busy, good work parties

    Cons

    A lot of screen time, not a whole lot of collaboration, growth/ promotions is expected around the one year mark

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate Intern"

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    Former Intern - Research Associate Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Research Associate Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PitchBook as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture was great. Everyone was friendly and willing to help you learn. The company seemed to be very unified in values even though there were many teams involved. Very cool location on Pier 56 in Seattle.

    Cons

    The work space was a little cramped, but nothing very unreasonable. Some of the work was pretty monotonous and not very thought provoking.

    PitchBook Response

    Jul 8, 2014 – Talent Development Manager

    Our interns are a vital part of PitchBook's mission and vision to be the leading global provider of venture capital and private equity information. As we are growing rapidly, we have acquired more... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Exciting company, disappointing experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun company culture, rapidly growing business, potential IPO in the future

    Cons

    You are asked to time all of your projects and this ends up being a benchmark for all similar projects. Lots of mistakes in the database due to more focus on speed than validity.

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways to benchmark, include research associates and interns in sales calls, allow employees to understand the business on a more interactive level.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Poor Leadership, Great Workers. Learn from Glassdoor reviews!"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice view of the sound. Cool workspace.

    Cons

    Workers are worried about being fired for random reasons. It is hard to focus when senior management changes direction constantly. Bonus program is hit or miss and makes no sense. Favoritism is the only way to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Create an atmosphere where workers feel safe, understand expectations, and know what is required to receive their quarterly bonus.