American Traffic Solutions

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American Traffic Solutions Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
33 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are reading this as a potential employee of this company, look elsewhere.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Traffic Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation can be good for most and benefits for those in the first year are good. Unfortunately, that's really it.

    Cons

    Normally, I would not write a review as I believe we all have different experiences and perspectives at an employer and would hate to mislead someone. Some places are a good fit for some, while bad for others. However, after a year of working at ATS it didn’t seem to be the right fit for anyone. Enough people shared the same stories, perspectives, feelings, and attitudes towards the company, leadership, and culture that I decided I should convey some of that to those who may be looking for employment there.

    The Company: stagnant, no road map for future growth, no value proposition to differentiate from competitors. Don’t be fooled, it really is all about money.

    Leadership/People: inexperienced, immature, unprofessional, lack self-awareness
    The company has outgrown the owners/leadership and there aren’t many, if any, people there with significant, relevant experience. They want to keep doing it the “ATS way” because they had some early success in a new industry which benefited from a down economy and are now unwilling to change. They will talk about how they want to make improvements and innovate, but when people with the experience are present and willing to do so they are ignored, required to assimilate, or forced out. There is no one currently in place to lead the company to the next level. I worked with many of the managers and leaders in the company and can’t say I respected more than a few of them.

    And don’t plan on learning anything from anyone. No one is there to teach or develop people. Expectations are not communicated, you are there to work the second you get in the door with no learning curve cushion given.

    Culture: immature, unprofessional, gossipy, unhealthy, lacks accountability
    There is nothing positive about the culture or the majority of the people there. I’ve never seen so many people negatively affected by a work culture like I did there. It truly affected employees outside the workplace. It is that bad and the main reason for high level of turnover. It was common for people to leave within 5 months.

    The company gave salary increases and bonuses even though there was a plan to lay off a large part of the workforce due to poor performance. Good, responsible management would freeze salaries and bonuses to save jobs instead of paying more to the ones responsible for the issues as the need for reductions was caused by a trend of poor leadership decisions and a true lack of connection with current customers and the market environment.

    Because everything flows from the top it really comes down to having an inexperienced and immature leadership team that lacks relevant experience, self-awareness and simply just doesn’t get it.

    Find somewhere else to work, or do a lot of research and ask a lot of tough questions before committing to this company, because it will not commit to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management, Expensive Insurance, and Layoffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at American Traffic Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My job position allows for flexible hours. I didn't start off with a quality work-life balance because of the manager that I had, but my new manager is probably the best manager at the company... and they're letting him go for layoffs.

    Cons

    Horrible management! I've had 9 bosses in just over 1 year with this company. Upper management is inept and make horrible financial decisions. The company is currently undergoing layoffs because poor management decisions lost several very large clients. 40+ people were laid off last month and about the same number of people will be laid off next month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete overhaul of Director positions and upper management, especially in Finance and Operations departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful, Chaotic, Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Service Ops in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Service Ops in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at American Traffic Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ice machine, Christmas party, and covered parking

    Cons

    Absolutely no direction whatsoever. There is no communication from the top down and everyone in management is unable to make a decision. They promote friends and incompetent people only. Employees work hard only to find out they are either working on a cancelled project/program or the wrong thing all together. They need to change the words on the wall from accountability, respect, and teamwork to finger pointing, chaos, and incompetence. Whatever you do...no matter what they tell you or try to sell you.. DON'T WORK HERE. This place will bring out the worse in you and it won't be pretty. They are currently cutting staff and positions like crazy-not worth it at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the current executive team and bring in professionals with fresh ideas and professional business demeanor. Stop promoting everyone to VP; you really don't need that many. Sell the company to someone who has the skillset to manage the company correctly and remember.....Karma!! When you treat people badly Karma will find you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Sys Administrative/IT in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Sys Administrative/IT in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at American Traffic Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Trying to think......nothing. Every time a project gets initiated, it gets cancelled when you are almost done. They cant come up with solid solutions to resolve the issues in their failing infrastructure.

    Cons

    Bad managers
    Clicks
    No direction, not able to complete projects
    All over the place when it comes to goals.
    Could not even troubleshoot their own homegrown application
    AWFUL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close up shop or sell to people who can manage an organization!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    DONT work for this company! VERY POOR MANAGEMENT SKILLS!

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    Former Employee - Violation Processor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Violation Processor in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at American Traffic Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work watching videos all day

    Cons

    Management is horrible & they put a lot of pressure on their employees without any motivation drive!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very poor Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    They are learning to talk a good talk, now all they need to do is understand what they're asking.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Traffic Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Management is not connecting with employees.
    Cronyism is rampant, so if you have a good friend in middle management, you'll have no problems working there.
    They prefer threats and litigation as opposed to treating their employees well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect people to be happy with contradictions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would never work there again

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    Former Employee - Software Development Supervisor/Architect in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Development Supervisor/Architect in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at American Traffic Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The money was really the only benefit.

    Cons

    The company grew way too fast and management had a real hard time keeping up. Cronyism abounds. People weren't hired for quality only for who they knew. No one clear direction (too many chefs in the kitchen).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like you would like to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    ATS Confusion

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at American Traffic Solutions

    Pros

    ATS paid well. That was the only good thing about working there.

    Cons

    The company is led by 2 brothers with diverging strategies and a grossly overblown sense of urgency. The urgency translates into tremendous resource shifts including people. There have been many cases of upper managers hired at great cost only to be fired in a matter of months. All this while the technical platform is shaky, at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a direction then, stick with it. The red light camera is a great service when delivered properly; make that the best business you can before moving on to other products and services. You're flitting into lots of areas you aren't ready for and are unable to stand in. You also need to unload 1 brother and your outdated technology; running a business the size of ATS on an Access database... Really?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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