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AlphaSights Reviews

Updated 7 Apr 2020

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AlphaSights Managing Director      Max Cartellieri
Max Cartellieri
200 Ratings
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  • "If you are applying, be prepared to work consecutive long hours in this role(in 29 reviews)

  • "While some may deem this stressful or cause a lack of work life balance, I think its manageable and over-exaggerated(in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AlphaSights full-time

    Pros

    A great team; smart bunch, fun to work and hang out with, and full of knowledge about software engineering, among so many other things.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind right now.

    AlphaSights2019-12-16
  2. "Great company to start working life"

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    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

    AlphaSights2020-03-20
  3. "Great Company and Great People"

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    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

    AlphaSights2020-02-11
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Pay not worth the long hours"

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    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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    AlphaSights2020-02-10
  5. "Great experience, but not for me"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Senior Staff 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AlphaSights full-time

    Pros

    Great culture - lively, lots of grads

    Cons

    Can have a 'call centre' vibe - not for everyone

    AlphaSights2020-01-23
  6. "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
  7. "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
  8. Helpful (3)

    "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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    AlphaSights2020-01-22
  9. "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
  10. "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.

    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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    AlphaSights2019-12-16
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