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AlphaSights Overview

London, England
501 to 1000 employees
2008
Company - Private
Consulting
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
At AlphaSights, we’re powering progress for organizations, societies, and individuals.

Professionals within many of the world’s leading private equity firms, hedge funds, consultancies, Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofits turn to us ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to connect the world’s top professionals with the world’s best knowledge, helping improve critical decisions, sharpen thinking, and drive business forward.

Company Updates

  • AlphaSights is proud to have recently ranked on the Great Place to Work US list for Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services as well as Great Place to Work UK's Best Workplaces! We remain committed to getting you the insights you need to navigate times of volatility and preparing you for what lies ahead. Thank you to all of our incredible employees, clients, and advisors for your commitment and partnership that enable us to earn these rankings!

  • Our AlphaSights employees still love to represent their schools! We loved getting to meet you all at Vanderbilt and Cornell this week to discuss the client service role! We'll be back on both campus' again later this month!

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AlphaSights – Why Work With Us?


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At AlphaSights, we’re a global team of business builders who are driven to make an impact every day. We’re at an exciting time as a company, with a proven model and huge opportunity ahead of us for continued growth and innovation. We’re seeking those who want to join us in achieving our mission, growing our business, and developing their own careers.

Very quickly, our new recruits operate on the front lines of premium service delivery. They see the direct impact that their work has on revenue, profit, and costs. And they learn to build valuable relationships, lead teams, and grow their own part of the business—skills and experiences that are invaluable to their success at AlphaSights and beyond.

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Case Study

At AlphaSights, we rapidly connect professionals who have mission-critical questions with experts who have the precise knowledge they need. For every project, we work to understand our client’s objectives and the questions they need to answer. Then we custom-source experts from around the globe, recommending the most qualified individuals to our clients, who select those they want to speak to via phone calls or in person meetings.


Watch the case study video to see the type of project we tackle every day.

Who We Are

AlphaSights is at the forefront of a sophisticated, competitive industry. To remain a leader, we’re committed to upholding the values that drive our success both as a business and as individuals. That starts with hiring and developing people who will thrive in our fast-paced, results-driven environment and who will contribute to our unique culture, which we describe as:

  • Living the mission
  • High energy
  • Continuous improvement
  • Mutual respect
  • Celebrating success

Watch the video to see what it takes to succeed at AlphaSights.

Attributes We Look For

Success in a commercially-oriented, high-growth environment like ours requires more than credentials and certificates. It requires specific traits and character attributes. The people we hire demonstrate:

  • Drive
  • Results orientation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Humility
  • Adaptability

Your Path at AlphaSights

As a commercially-driven business, we’re organized around our revenue-generating epicenter—our client services team (CST), who connects our clients to experts. Our structural teams support the continuous improvement, innovation, and functioning of our business. They include Legal and Client Protection, Finance and Administration, Marketing and Commercial Development, Recruiting, Professional Development, Operations, and Software Engineering.

Here’s what the career path for CST looks like.

Associate
As an Associate, you’ll serve demanding clients at private equity firms, hedge funds, top-tier consulting firms, and Fortune 500 companies. Your aim is to have clients rave about your excellent service and to view you as a partner, rather than service provider. The Associate position is for smart, savvy individuals who are excited by a hands-on, high-pressure role. You need to be responsive, professional, and focused on results.

Manager
After excelling as an Associate, the next step is the Manager role, which provides an opportunity very early in your career to develop into a versatile business leader. Our Managers ensure AlphaSights runs smoothly across geographies, time zones, and language barriers. They help recruit, train, and backstop Associates, and work on challenging projects. They also plan the months, quarters, and year ahead to ensure we can deliver for our clients.

Successful Managers may be promoted to Vice President at AlphaSights, or they may move into managerial or commercial roles at other successful companies, or attend leading business schools such as Harvard Business School, IESE or London Business School.

Vice President
Outstanding Managers are promoted to Vice Presidents, who act autonomously to develop and execute their own strategies for a given geographic region or market. Their remit includes winning new clients, growing existing accounts, recruiting and leading new team members, and firm-wide initiatives.


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AlphaSights Reviews

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    "Life and career molding development opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AlphaSights full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone (associates up to co-founders): keep steering the ship forward.. ten years is still young and it’ll be wild to see how AlphSights looks at age 30 with this momentum.

    Continue to invest heavily in your A players.

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AlphaSights Photos

AlphaSights photo of: Lots of laughs in New York
AlphaSights photo of: Our SF team trying their luck at an escape room for their monthly team event!
AlphaSights photo of: Members of our Client Service Team attending a PE/VC Conference in Boston!
AlphaSights photo of: Celebrating VP, Sam Caruso's new baby boy!
AlphaSights photo of: New York's Holiday Party
AlphaSights photo of: Members of our Women's Initiative Network attending a Ladies Get Paid event in NY!
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AlphaSights Interviews

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  1. Featured Interview

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    did a video interview and they were very energetic and kind
    first there was a convey interview and then there was an in person one on one video interview
    overall questions were pretty generic, stuff you should expect
    do your research on the company and the role, also the career path after the role

    Interview Questions

    • what are skills you would like to gain in your future career   Answer Question
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AlphaSights Awards & Accolades

  • Fast 50(#13), Crains New York Business, 2014
  • Fast Track 100((3rd)), The Sunday Times, 2013
  • Fast Track 100((11th)), The Sunday Times, 2014
  • Company of the Year (Medium) - Silver, Best in Biz Awards, 2014
  • Fast Track 100, The Sunday Times, 2015
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