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10 June 2020

Pros

You can do as much as you want, and the company encourages people to go further out of their comfort zone. People around are helpful, and they motivate each other. There is plenty of celebration and recognition opportunity as the business is growing fast. There are a bunch of social events large and small throughout the year and the cherry on the cake is an annual epic ski trip. Alpha has its own gym where you can exercise as much as you want, there is private bike storage and showers. There are sports and charity events through the year and a free bar to socialise and celebrate software releases and business wins. The company is giving people the chance to grow and there is no artificial limit in place. The management is lean and there is no dead wood around. I suffered so much in my career in other places where not very productive people were bringing teams and projects down. People who work hard could ultimately become partners and as a recognition get shares in the business. This recognition is motivating everyone even further and it is not limited to top management like in many other businesses. Top management is humble and sits with everybody else so there is no special treatment, all people are equally respected. In the technology department projects are done quickly so there is no time to get bored. There is also plenty to learn from all angles developing new software, AWS devops and business perspective. The new initiatives are taken seriously, reviewed quickly and quite often deployed without holding back.

Cons

People who do not have “work hard play hard” mentality would struggle. It is high pressure environment and as a consequence it is s not a place for people who would prefer doing very little or wait and count years to their retirement.

Advice to Management

Keep feedback channels open as it is the best way to find where problems need solving.

Top management is humble and sits with everybody else so there is no special treatment, all people are equally respected.

10 June 2020

Reviewed by: Engineering Manager in London, England (Current Employee)

10 June 2020

Pros

You can do as much as you want, and the company encourages people to go further out of their comfort zone. People around are helpful, and they motivate each other. There is plenty of celebration and recognition opportunity as the business is growing fast. There are a bunch of social events large and small throughout the year and the cherry on the cake is an annual epic ski trip. Alpha has its own gym where you can exercise as much as you want, there is private bike storage and showers. There are sports and charity events through the year and a free bar to socialise and celebrate software releases and business wins. The company is giving people the chance to grow and there is no artificial limit in place. The management is lean and there is no dead wood around. I suffered so much in my career in other places where not very productive people were bringing teams and projects down. People who work hard could ultimately become partners and as a recognition get shares in the business. This recognition is motivating everyone even further and it is not limited to top management like in many other businesses. Top management is humble and sits with everybody else so there is no special treatment, all people are equally respected. In the technology department projects are done quickly so there is no time to get bored. There is also plenty to learn from all angles developing new software, AWS devops and business perspective. The new initiatives are taken seriously, reviewed quickly and quite often deployed without holding back.

Cons

People who do not have “work hard play hard” mentality would struggle. It is high pressure environment and as a consequence it is s not a place for people who would prefer doing very little or wait and count years to their retirement.

Advice to Management

Keep feedback channels open as it is the best way to find where problems need solving.

The management is lean and there is no dead wood around.

10 June 2020

Reviewed by: Engineering Manager in London, England (Current Employee)

4 September 2019

Pros

I feel lucky to be part of a team that is so successful and driven yet maintains such humility. Yes we work hard, but that makes it so much more satisfying when we reach our targets or goals and celebrate as a team. As a woman who was new to FX I was nervous to join a highly male dominated industry, but Alpha are just as invested in women’s career growth as they are in anyone who has aspiration and drive. It feels good to be part of a company where senior management care about all the individuals in the firm and everyone wants you to be successful and will give you all the resources to do so, it’s like a family. The new office is a visual representation of Alpha’s culture and shows what can be achieved by the company, it has an in house barber and a gym which I can see being the start of a trend across many companies.

Cons

The hours are longer than the average, which means sometimes I feel like I miss out on meeting up with friends in the evenings. But you get used to it and now I really don’t mind it.

Advice to Management

With the business growing as quickly as it is and will continue to be, to not allow the culture to be diluted.

It feels good to be part of a company where senior management care about all the individuals in the firm and everyone wants you to be successful and will give you all the resources to do so, it’s like a family.

4 September 2019

Reviewed by: Derivatives Operations Analyst in Paddington, England (Current Employee)

23 August 2020

Pros

Nice offices, handy to the station, free breakfast and coffee - that’s it !!

Cons

The company believes it owns its employees the standard 5 day week is equivalent to 6 days anywhere else! 8-6 which is a long day, however much more is expected - realistically a 7-7 day is required. The office environment is very stressful as the ethos is not one of a team rather it is to pit employees against each other in an attempt to get them to achieve. There is a blame and fire culture. There is an underlying tone of employees backstabbing about each other. Loyalty to the company is expected but it certainly does not flow the other way. Regularly employees last only days or weeks. This is not restricted to sales but is right across the board including in finance, customer services and compliance. There is poor leadership and management in places which permits favouritism. Criticism of the Alpha way is frowned upon even when you are trying to improve things. Offers its high fliers a share in the company however so many requirements attached not worth anything other than a trick to keep people there. Offers the potential of bonus - that is just a lie! The carrot of a ski trip on offer but unless you are a favourite you haven’t a hope of getting there! Frankly it is a dreadful place to work!

Advice to Management

Sort out your management!

There is poor leadership and management in places which permits favouritism.

23 August 2020

Reviewed by: N/A in London, England (Former Employee)

30 March 2020

Pros

Alpha employs talented, hardworking people who give back to their environment, and it shows. From top to bottom, employees are welcoming and supportive, and are genuinely happy to celebrate your success. The team in Toronto is smaller, is very tight knit, and comes with the buzzing excitement of a Startup with the resources of a medium cap PLC behind it. Days are busy but fast paced; the week goes by very quickly. My colleagues are people that I can learn from, people that I know care about the work they do, and most importantly people I want to have beers with at the end of the week! I highly respect upper management's leadership style. Everything comes down to meritocracy. Questions/learning are highly encouraged, and there is a ton of support for new hires. Mark Stuart, Managing Director, my direct boss is a great example of this. He wants the best for the team, and it shows through his dedication and support. He gives constructive criticism where it’s needed, and just as importantly gives praise where it's deserved. Where we have had differences of opinions, Mark is always candid and open to new opinions despite being the boss. The office is in a Wework: open-ish concept, friendly neighbors, ergonomic desks, stocked kitchen, 2-minute walk from Osgoode station. We are moving to the brand-new WeWork at 357 Bay St soon... if it ever opens! Competitive base salary, benefits, and uncapped commission. Obviously, this job is not for everyone, but for me working at Alpha has been absolutely life changing.

Cons

Hard work/long hours; This was made clear in my interview process; there is an abundance of opportunity offered at alpha, but it is expected that you work your hardest. Hard work is a staple of Alpha culture, and it is easier to work hard when upper management leads by example. If you are looking to clock in/clock out at the bell, this job is not for you.

Advice to Management

Advice to management: Mark and Max have been instrumental to both my personal and career development. Keep up the support for PMs!

I highly respect upper management's leadership style.

30 March 2020

Reviewed by: Portfolio Manager in Toronto, ON (Current Employee)

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15 English reviews out of 15