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AlphaSights Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2020

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4.0
73%
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92%
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AlphaSights Managing Director      Max Cartellieri
Max Cartellieri
190 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fast paced company with steep learning curve(in 27 reviews)

  • "Great people and plenty talent who are awesome to spend time with, made some genuine friends there and the culture really pushes these relationships(in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "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. "High Autonomy, High Support"

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    Current Employee - Manager - Consulting in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, smart and driven colleagues - You have the autonomy to achieve high impact and drive change you believe in, though you also receive high support from peers, VPs/other Managers, and support functions like HR, PD, Client Success etc. to - The commercial exposure is second-to-none. From day one at AlphaSights you will be having an impact on the firm's bottom line. As you progress through the 2 year Associate programme you grow client exposure and responsibility, and then as a Manager a large part of your role is client engagement and insights to underpin your account and people strategies. - Great if you're not 100% sure of an industry you'd like to move into after University as the role gives you a broad insight into loads of industries and the core transferable skills (communication, negotiation, people/account/project management, training, client engagement, client success, product, accountability, research etc.) you'd draw upon in future roles. - Flat structure with clear progression. 2 year associate role, 3 yr manager role, 3yr VP role. This means noone is ever progressed above others based on bias or being in the 'right place at the right time'. It also prevents gender/race/sexuality bias in progression or compensation. In my opinion, this is a very strong model and prevents issues that we see in the wider professional space.

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    Cons

    - In my understand, high growth often results in instability (in any industry, not just at AlphaSights). This can be exciting and a learning curve, though also has its challenges! Managers in particular need to be very adaptable here to ensure the continued success of their associates in times of change. This can be challenging! - Target-driven role (for some a pro, but doesn't suit everyone). The firm and teams within it are super supportive - I have never experienced individuals 'stepping on each other's toes' to progress over others. But Associates are expected to hit an individual target, and Managers a team target, so if this stresses you out, perhaps not the best role. I assume any commercial role will have an essence of this though. - Don't come here if you want to travel internationally in the first few years of your career. The opportunities to travel are higher as a Manager (maybe 2-3 times a year depending on where your clients are/business needs), but it will never be a central aspect of the role. I enjoy having a base with a team here and typically teams are really close and get on well - this is the positive of not constantly travelling in a role! - No obvious qualifications to be gained here or schemes to support further education (e.g. masters/MBAs). If there is a business need the company may invest in your language lessons (if you're already good but need to improve a little).

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    Advice to Management

    - In my opinion we're losing a lot of great talent in years 2-3 of the Manager role. I'm sure there are a lot of factors, but a clear one seems to be the inflexibility in the VP track. Individuals with obvious cases for different tracks (e.g. new functions and BUs) should be given the voice and opportunity to create an individualised VP track, if it makes sense for the company.

    AlphaSights2019-12-16
  2. "High level of autonomy, great people and leadership fast track"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Very high level of autonomy in the day to day work • Smart people to work with from very international backgrounds and top tier universities • Fast track to leadership role, including account management and coaching/training • Very competitive salaries

    Cons

    • Fast growing company - talent model has to adapt and properly staffing can be painful • Not enough inspiring leadership - Most VPs are promoted internally and do a good enough job but too few lateral hires to provide more experience to VPs and Managers alike • Very young company with very young employees, could benefit from a stronger leadership

    AlphaSights2020-01-21
  3. "Ambitious team, opportunities for growth - not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England

    I worked at AlphaSights full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Touch all industries, manage early on in your career

    Cons

    Repetitive work, managers with little experience

    AlphaSights2020-01-13
  4. "Short-term job"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great first impression, smart young associates from top universities, nice technology.

    Cons

    It is a great job to cover several months before a proper long-term job, but it is better to avoid it if you are looking for something long-term. - Bad leadership - people are promoted not based on their skills and ability, but on their tenure. Many people who stay technically are the ones who can't find any other job elsewhere and it results in very poor managers and VPs. - Huge turnover, people come and go, it is very hard to structure teams and get the momentum. - Very crowded office where it is hard to speak on phone. - Very poor exit opportunities since this job does not equip you with hard skills - you stay on LinkedIn day after day adding people. It does not look good for future interviews. - Very fake culture where everyone has to smile and be happy while in reality there is a lot office politics and unfairness. - No female leaders, very macho leadership. - First impression the company gives and the reality you see later on do not match.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people from top universities, you might be better hiring people without top education so to avoid such a high turnover rate. Be honest about the job itself and don't overpromise.

    AlphaSights2020-01-22
  5. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great colleagues, good salary.

    Cons

    Slightly one dimensional workload

    AlphaSights2019-12-17
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, a pretty solid place to start your working career."

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    Current Employee - Client Service Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is pretty forward-thinking when it comes to progressiveness with backgrounds, ethnicities, gender, and social preferences. It has a good work-hard, play-hard attitude for employees, and you are given your own opportunity to succed.

    Cons

    There is a lack of HR support when it comes to employee health and wellbeing, considering the intense target metric associates are assessed against, and the working culture can be pretty relentless at times.

    AlphaSights2019-11-11
  7. Helpful (2)

    "DONT DO IT"

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    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros are the people and perks which included free breakfast and team events. The 34K salary is not bad too.

    Cons

    There is no career progression. The job is the most boring, repetitive and simple task. An idiot could do this job, yet they pretend that it is the most skilled task in the world. If you want to spend 3 years at uni to sit on Linkedin adding strangers all day then this is the perfect job for you.

    AlphaSights2019-12-03
  8. "Accounts Receivable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at AlphaSights full-time

    Pros

    Career progression is definitely a pro.

    Cons

    Work life balance and long hours.

    AlphaSights2019-10-28
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Apply here if you don't care about work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    young people environment - made friends Social events are interesting and fun rooftop access - great to have lunch and events during summer time free breakfast and drinks

    Cons

    Long hours and no work/life balance no flexibility monotonous work rubbish team culture there is a reason why there aren't many people working here who's stayed longer than a year

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees more Some managers are unfit to be a manager

    AlphaSights2019-11-28
  10. Helpful (3)

    "The absolute best place to start a commercial career"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AlphaSights full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -The most talented, ambitious and international people. - Genuine culture of rapid responsibility, development and improvement. - The harder you work, the more you get paid. - If you have a good idea, you can run with it. - Fantastic exposure to senior leadership, who are by and large outstanding.

    Cons

    - The working hours are rigid, and longer than in other professional jobs. - We were chronically understaffed, which was good for maximising individual metrics, but bad for the client experience.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to stay close and accessible to the new/junior people. Resist the creep of process (and blockers) for process' sake. Both challenges of the scale-up.

    AlphaSights2019-10-09
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