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Updated 27 December, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alfa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, smart colleagues, varied assignments

    Cons

    Salary is not performance based


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Interim"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alfa full-time

    Pros

    Highly collaborative and friendly culture

    Cons

    - - - - -


  3. "Family feel, FTSE 250"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alfa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The People !
    Everyone at Alfa is friendly inviting and open to collaborating. Alfa recruits from a range of backgrounds which makes for an interesting and dynamic place to work with an emphasis on problem solving and teamwork.
    There is lots of room to contribute our ideas and shape the company and it is encouraged.
    Small enough to know nearly everyone but large enough to have great career prospects

    Cons

    Busy as we are growing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the small company feel as we grow dont loose what makes us special


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Some good people, but aggressive "laddish" work environment."

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alfa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is excellent, the offices are nice, and working hours are reasonable.

    There are a few extremely talented people that work at Alfa. If you're lucky and get assigned to a good project with a good manager then you will find it rewarding.

    Development can be a fun team experience if you get the (rare) opportunity to work on R&D.

    If you're prepared to fit in with the 'laddish' culture then you'll probably enjoy the social aspects of work at Alfa.

    Cons

    The company is run by a clique of laddish "old boys". If you're in with the club, enjoy a drink and don't mind some coarse conversation, then you will do well at Alfa. If you don't fit that description then it might be struggle to get ahead.

    The company is very aggressive with its own customers. Customer relationships can feel more like a fight than a partnership. Junior staff can be put in an awkward position with disgruntled or offended customers. The aggressive "win at all costs" mentality can be exhausting for those of us who are not ultra-competitive Type-A personalities.

    Software development at Alfa can be lonely. It can feel like you're disconnected in the quiet London office, cranking out features that don't seem fully thought-out, and sending them to the line to a remote customer overseas.

    The design of Alfa's ERP software product is mostly driven by paid customer enhancement requests. Alfa outsources its design and product strategy to whatever its customers will pay for. This results in a sprawling design that can be difficult to work with and lacks cohesion.

    Advice to Management

    The "Mad Men" work environment isn't OK in 2017. Think hard about how to make the work environment less intimidating and more inclusive.

    Customer churn is a problem but this can be fixed. Focus the company's considerable skill, energy and aggression on delivering actual benefit to the customer base and you will have no problem retaining customers and staff.

    Alfa Response

    8 Jan, 2018 – HR Manager

    We work hard at Alfa to provide a congenial and supportive environment for all our employees and are therefore disappointed that this review suggests the writer was not happy during their time with... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Uninspiring work in an uninspiring industry"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alfa part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -First, the company rebranded to 'Alfa' from CHP Consulting. To get a fuller list of information make sure to search for 'CHP Consulting' also!
    -Great benefits including the classicly-corporate bonus scheme
    -Private healthcare (who needs the NHS anyway)
    -Ability to take sabbatical
    -Worldwide travel insurance for those sabbaticals
    -Good pay for graduates
    -Can get seconded overseas (USA most likely) meaning rent is payed for meaning more effective pay (be aware that as Alfa moves further towards the software house structure it's possible this'll become less likely)
    -Some genuinely amazing and supportive people work at this company (con: not likely these people will be your line manager)
    -Hackathon is a fantasticly enriching and fun event and is not just focussed on the techie (as it's name might suggest)
    -Many social events (brilliant for the socialite)
    -Recently lost the suit dress code (who trusts a guy in a suit these days anyway)
    -Work-life balance is truly fantastic here!
    -Applicants wishing to persue management consultancy should get on the v4 track.

    Cons

    -Your grade seems to mean very little in some circumstances and a great deal in others, both end up being to the employers benefit should they choose
    -Boys club at the top (which is pretty cringe in 2017)
    -Onionification justifies some management positions that, in my opinion, don't hold people with competent management or statistical analysis skills
    -Job is quite repetitive not requiring too much thought (this is only bad if you want to expand your knowledge)
    -Only a very small team get to work on any greenfield projects
    -Can realistically be called a feature factory (con in my eyes, your mileage may vary)
    -PDP (personal development plan) process is broken and leads to much top-down abuse of power and position, in effect: if you're mates with your line manager (reiterate boys club) you'll have a good time
    -If you're quiet, you wont get noticed
    -Social events largly consist of drinking alcohol (reiterate boys club). If you're not a drinker or are a veggie, you might have a tough time
    -Though you work in a team, there's no sense of teamwork as everyone just works on their own assigned task with little to no overlap
    -Some grads are recruited to v4 (not v5), this track, while the fastest way to the top for the corporate climbers, should be accepted with caution. If you wish to learn about modern technology, this track uses older hardware and software and won't afford you as much transferrability in your post-Alfa technical life.

    Advice to Management

    In terms of culture: take a look at the times and move with them a bit faster than you do. In terms of management: for the everyday employee, your stream leads are the most critical people in the entire company, make sure you have legitimately competent people (not just silver tongues, your mates, or whoever was convenient to put in that position) working in these roles.


  7. "Good company, well managed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alfa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working envrionment
    Good benefits
    Management is very talented
    Very organized and structured company

    Cons

    Work can be very boring and monotonous
    You need to be lucky to have a good line manager, otherwise your career progression migth be slow
    Sometimes company processes are more important than common sense

    Advice to Management

    Continue to shift the company towards being more a software house and less a consultancy company
    Don't loose the "culture"


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alfa full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with and very good client base.

    Cons

    Tough to get the right role


  9. "Pretty good company for graduates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great company to start your career

    Cons

    - Not so clear career path when you are experienced


  10. "Great learning experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very smart group of people.

    Cons

    Need to pay their consultants more.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alfa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pros
    Some great people work here, you'll meet a lot of interesting and intelligent people.
    Usually a great work life balance, although it depends on which project you're on.

    Higher level management is under the illusion that people aren't pressured to work past 6. This is not the case on some projects.

    A few managers can be needlessly high intensity, micromanaging, and will find fault with literally every tiny thing you do which can basically ruin your life from 9am to 6pm if you get them. I should stress that most of them are great and will really work with you to make sure you e…
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    Advice to Management
    Reflect on what it might be like to work for the company as anything below a senior consultant, yes it can be an amazing company to work for but there are some serious issues when it comes to how some younger employees are treated.

    Cons

    Long working hours on some projects


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