AlphaSights Reviews

Updated 3 Aug 2020

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AlphaSights Managing Director      Max Cartellieri
Max Cartellieri
214 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great culture, fast paced environment, great leadership(in 30 reviews)

  • "really great work environment constantly(in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, need to be ready to be always on even after work(in 34 reviews)

  • "No work life balance as the job heavily relies on sales performance incentive(in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (11)

    "Life and career molding development opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AlphaSights full-time for 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.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fast track to commercial management"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Like-minded, driven and likeable colleagues - Meritocratic environment where strong performance is rewarded - Fast-track to people and account responsibility after 2 years as an Associate - Strong on-boarding process and continuous training culture; great bootcamp programme helping transition from Associate to Manager

    Cons

    - Hours can be long, but that is the case in many professional services businesses. Though the hours are long , you by and large get out what you put in

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very enjoyable tech culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning budget for self development

    Cons

    Unclear long term goal - understandable that the a lot of the work are business driven but it is unclear what is all teams working towards to as a whole

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Short term role and won’t kickstart your career"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Smart graduates, snacks and decent pay

    Cons

    Very long hours and can be a stressful environment. Clients are difficult and often unappreciative. Very repetitive and monotonous work and learn very few transferrable skills. Managers with no experience are often not fit to do the job and there is no professional development.

  5. "working at alpha sights"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time

    Pros

    big fun community very socialble

    Cons

    long hours hard work high pressure

  6. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Associate Recruiter in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great, fast paced work environment, dynamic and exciting, start up mentality in a well established organisation

    Cons

    keeping up with the rate of change can be challenging but makes the day to day more varied

  7. "Great company to start working life"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, great pay, great people.

    Cons

    Long hours, can be stressful

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Like living in a nightmare"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks and nice office (but you will practically have to live there) Salary for a graduate sounds OK but when you work out the hourly rate it is pretty bad Will make you appreciate every other job you have, as nothing is quite as bad as AS (they rely on hiring people with no prior job experience and have nothing to compare it to)

    Cons

    If you're applying and you're not sure what you will be doing at AS let me explain: you will do mass searches for people on LinkedIn using key words (they call this research), you then spam everyone you find using an automated message, cold call everyone you can... If anyone agrees to work on your 'project' you will then act as a secretary and set up calls between them and the client. You will do this for minimum 10 hours a day (normally more like 12), every day, potentially for years, until you realize you need to leave. The contracted hours are 8.30-6.30 with no flexibility (apart from when you take you lunch break - which I was told was a perk of the job – although many people don’t take a lunch break). There is no possibility to wfh as ‘that’s not possible for this kind of work’ (not sure which part of going on LinkedIn and cold calling can’t be done from home). Please don’t join if you enjoy doing things outside of work as you will be encouraged to stop doing these. You will only be hired if you 1. look good on LinkedIn (they like fancy university names and good-looking people) 2. sound good on the phone (they love a posh kid) 3. can speak multiple languages (allows you to cold call more people). I would highly recommend not applying here if you like analytical work and using your brain, as unfortunately that won't be used here. It will also be extremely difficult to leave as you work 24/7 and people know what expert networks do now so lying on your CV probably won’t work. The only skills you will develop at AS are how to search and copy/paste on LinkedIn, and the ability to cold call. Obviously if working for an Expert Network is your dream career then this is a great place to start – for anyone thinking about it as a spring board please think twice. You will regret it.

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  9. "Great Company and Great People"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hires really smart people Dynamic and fast growing Opportunity to gain responsibility quickly

    Cons

    Stressful environment and work life balance

  10. Helpful (8)

    "Pay not worth the long hours"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Associate-level colleagues Good snacks Pay is good but not for the hours you work

    Cons

    - Contract hours are 8.30am - 6.30pm but don't expect to leave before 7.15/7.30 minimum- quite difficult to maintain work/life balance. People often working until 8.30/9pm - Whilst the pay is good, if you break it down per hour you work, you should be getting far more- many jobs pay the same but for a pretty standard 9-5/6pm and are far less stressful - VPs encourage you to work late/on weekends - First year is very similar to working at a call centre- no real account management/project responsibility, so very little transferable skills gained. Quite a repetitive role - Very stressful targets which are constantly shown on your homescreen. Can be very demoralising if you're having a bad month if training, or close to holidays etc

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