alliantgroup, LP Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Dhaval R. Jadav
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Pros
  • Free food, great coworkers to work with (in 14 reviews)

  • It is also great to experience a non-traditional corporate environment where hard work but not stuffiness are encouraged (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • This company has no work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Working late is a must, even when it's not tax season (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunches and friendships made with those who are subjected to your same misery (it's at least comforting to know you aren't the only one).

    Cons

    Please do not believe any reviews glorifying this hellhole - they're written by the actual company. Spend one month here (if that), and you'll realize quickly it's nothing but a "bro-club". If you're a female, well, best of luck - you'll be subjected to inappropriate comments and behaviors by upper management. It's narcissism at it's finest here at AG High School. If you have a problem with the inappropriateness, or management putting on employees on blast for not being a "high performer" (what a joke), stay far away. Only a sadist would join this cult.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management - go to therapy, get some friends. Get a life, actually. Your employees can't stand the culture, or any of you. It's all a paycheck, and continuing to buy into the notion that people here actually "Bleed Blue"? Well, you're only continuing to delude yourselves.


  2. Helpful (14)

    Sue-happy lying degenerates

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

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    With the mind games they play EVERYTHING is a pro. This is what they will convince you of. Plus they have free sodas.

    Cons

    Turns out that everything you thought was great when you first started was a bunch of lies. Senior management must not have any real friends, because if you show a glimmer of independence or love for anybody outside the office (and really, THEM), you'll be ostracized. You'll prefer it this way because you won't gain nearly as much weight or be forced to listen to the mindless chatter in the late night meetings (usually about movies or racist gossip), but it also means your days there are limited, and will be quite painful. Once somebody is on the outside they will actually force those still in the loop to stop talking to you or suffer the same consequences. The quality or volume of your work will have no impact on your status... Just the tightness of your skirt (for the ladies) or how good and believable your sucking up skills are. For those of us who worked hard and put money in the table it was an infuriating environment. Don't believe the fake reviews about "meritocracy" or any other such nonsense. This is how they paint reality to fit their image. You want the real story about this place just Google it. Hundreds of lawsuits against employees and clients - all public record. They have their spin, but there is nothing they can say to cover the fact that they are a bunch of sue-happy degenerates.

    Advice to Management

    Your emptiness cannot be filled by forcing people to be your friends. But good luck with all of that. The only thing you could do to make this a better place is leave. Bad people don't change who they are when the payout is so good.


  3. Helpful (14)

    Good money, poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to make pretty good money IF you negotiate a good starting salary, get promoted in a reasonable time for an excellent 10%+ raise, and hit your bonuses (there may be a lot of sucking up to obtain). There are a lot of good intelligent people working there (for the short time they are there). The culture is laid back and a good place for young people to start their careers (but not much opportunity for long term growth). The type of work is interesting and fulfilling. There are opportunities to make a significant difference in the business of clients.

    Cons

    Many factors associated with raises and bonuses are subjective wrapped in "objective" criteria and often times the factors impacting this criteria is out of your control. This causes employees to "project manage" strategically to get money rather than deliver good work product or customer service. The good employees leave quickly because they don't drink kool-aid doled out by management and the senior associates they have do their bidding. Those that do drink the kool-aid, spend a lot of time sniffing behind management to remain relevant while a lot of valuable hardworking employees are overlooked. With the amount of young people trying to get ahead, it starts to feel like a high school campus full of gossip and undercutting. The turnover rate is high because the seasoned professionals do not stay longer than it takes to secure another position. There are plenty of happy hours, parties, and out of work events that are disguised as voluntary employee appreciation events but employees are almost forced to participate to stay in management's good graces.

    Advice to Management

    Create operations that mirror the business model that is set forth. Management preaches autonomy but the everyday operations are more stringent than not. Management preaches flexibility, but makes employees jump through hoops to take advantage of it. Management tells employees to bubble up problems, but when this happens it takes a ridiculous amount of time to get action and then the employee is blamed for things falling through the cracks. Giving the proven employees a little more leeway would alleviate this rather than treating them like the children that work there. Management preaches a "work life integration" (which is different than a balance). Recognize that everyone does not want to spend all their time at work. The hours spent at the office are long enough that some people rather go home and spend time with family than participate in additional activities. It is not a slight on the company, it is an attempt at work life BALANCE aka time away from the office to counter the loooooooong hours spent at the office.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Terrible Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They cater lunch. In my opinion they only do this to keep people from leaving for lunch though, so I'm not sure it's a "pro" really. The new building is awesome, it's very clean and new-age. They also pay 100% of the employee's health care benefits, however, they make you wait 90 days before you can sign up. So look forward to using the health care exchange in the mean time...or paying a fine on next years taxes.

    Cons

    Long hours. Zero work-life balance. People talked about staying until 10 p.m. even outside of tax season, this was a regular thing. I was asked if I was available to attend a Saturday meeting my first week at the company because people just couldn't make time for a 20 minute meeting during the 10-12 hour work days. There is also a lack of management or any real guidance here. The company is growing so rapidly that people with 2 months more experience than you tend to act like managers dictate what you work on. My biggest disappointment was the lack of career opportunities at alliantgroup. The "promotions" didn't really bring a new level of responsibility, and the career ceiling was incredibly low. They also did a terrible job of explaining the work in the interviews. They say you "can't understand what they do until you work there." If they can't explain the job function, maybe that is indicative of the fact that the job has very little function in the first place. I spent 10 hours per day editing reports, writing reports, and sifting through tax returns to copy and paste numbers into an excel spreadsheet. That was certainly not what I was told I would be doing, or I can guarantee I would never have taken this job.

    Advice to Management

    Be far more transparent to people about what they will actually be doing at your company. Also, fix the benefits package. No 401k, having to wait 90 days for health care coverage when you know this will result in a fine for people, and making people accumulate paid time off 1.25 days per month...these are antiquated philosophies and are not competitive.


  6. Helpful (14)

    This place will suck the life out of you

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, nice new building, coworkers are awesome for the minute you get to work with them before someone gets fired or quits.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything. Management does not respect subordinates and berates them in the public forums of group/interdepartmental meetings. It's awful to be subjected to- even when you aren't the one being yelled at. It's a toxic culture but voicing your concerns will only result in getting you fired. You will experience so much turn over it will make your head spin. Understand that most of the 5 star reviews are either written by the marketing department or are solicited from the employees who have just received a big (often undeserved) bonus. The people who get the bonuses are the ones who kiss up just the right way- not the people who work the hardest. Something that always seemed fishy to me were the billing contests - at the end, someone (several people, depending on the structure of the particular contest) would get a big bonus check. The numbers didn't ever seem to add up for the work people were actually doing with their particular clients.

    Advice to Management

    Quit treating employees like dogs and start paying attention to those who actually work to benefit your organization. Quit touting the idea of a "true meritocracy" because trying to pick out the "cool kids" and playing favorites doesn't actually get the job done. You are running your own company into the ground by not making changes. It doesn't matter though. You won't take any advice and will continue to waste people's time and stick your heads in the sand about what the issues really are. This place is a joke and everyone seems to be in on it but you. Even many of your prized employees see through the nonsense and are just taking you for all they can get. It's easy to fake interest in this place. I did for as long as I could stomach it and took the perks and dealt with the ridiculous hours until I found something way better (not hard to do, by the way, because I am a "high performer" by anyone's standards and because alliantgroup is such a sinking ship). Best of luck to you.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Expected work hours are unrealistic

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    free lunch and snacks, outings, and little perks

    Cons

    literally working day and night

    Advice to Management

    train your managers to be effective managers


  8. Helpful (7)

    Just not worth it..

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at alliantgroup, LP full-time (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The free food is great and the people are awesome.

    Cons

    Everything that the reviews say are true. You work extremely long hours during tax season or outside of tax season and it is just not fair to the employees. If you really need the money, work here.

    Advice to Management

    Try to incorporate a normal 9-5 lifestyle and than maybe the turnover won't be so high.


  9. Helpful (13)

    Avoid this place like the plague

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food only at the Houston office. And they make you travel so much you get a lot of frequent flyer miles which you can never use because you will never ever have time for a vacation.

    Cons

    If you want to work18 hours a day, never be home, and make work your literal life... You should work here. This place is hell. They lie their way through the interview process to make them see like this fabulous company. Reality- a few top sales people make a ton of money ripping off clients and everyone else gets paid nothing to be their slaves. In the mere months I was there, 5 people quit. No one they hire has lasted more than 4 months because this place is jail. By the way, the term associate in their way means assistant. Trust me..... Don't even interview here.

    Advice to Management

    treat your staff better, realize even though you don't have lives normal people do.


  10. Helpful (12)

    Previous reviews are accurate.

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

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People, Facilities, Lunches, Money is decent

    Cons

    Management, Hours, Burn and Churn

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own core values.


  11. Helpful (47)

    There is no such thing as a free lunch

    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at alliantgroup, LP full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The catered food was great. After eating in a cafeteria at my previous job, this was a nice treat. The casual dress was also nice, but my guess on why this is allowed has to do with the fact that the company wants you to basically live at the office...might as well buy an Army cot and sleep next to your desk. I loved my co-workers. I have never had the pleasure of working with such intelligent people.

    Cons

    I knew this company was not a good fit for me from day one. I was at the office until 9:00 p.m. on my first day. I was told there would be a lot of training involved and there would be a steep learning curve, but I was not told that the training would begin at 7:00 p.m. and continue until late in the evening. This training typically goes on for a three month period. I felt like I was going through a desensitization process similar to what trafficked women experience before they are forced to prostitute themselves. "Don't worry, this won't last forever". By the time the weekends rolled around, I was too exhausted to do anything and I ended up sleeping most of the mornings away. Other weekends, I had to study for mandatory exams. The results of the exams were broadcast at meetings of 100+ people, so if you don't do well (A.K.A. use your personal time to study) everyone will be aware. I got a 99 on the first exam, so I'm not writing this because I don't have the ability, I just want to prevent other people from taking a job that will consume their lives. I didn't make it to the second exam because I found another job before I ended up in hospital with mono, like my team director (not kidding), from exhaustion. The workload is crushing. I was required to include my cell phone number on my signature block and tell 40 companies with multiple contacts that I am available to them 24/7, which is the honest expectation of the company. 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m are client service hours and nights and weekends are when your expected to get your work done. I felt like an indentured servant. The lunch break at alliantgroup is similar to a unicorn...people have claimed to have seen them, but no one can find proof of their existence. I was directly told by my Project Manager that "We work all day, every day, through lunch". Alliant markets itself as a true meritocracy. This is a blatant lie. The only reason there are so many opportunities for advancement is because the door on 3009 Post Oak is revolving. Every week that I was there, people either quit or got fired. The expectations are unrealistic and the work is not actually that difficult. The issue is the volume of the work. They hire a lot of new or recent graduates banking on the fact that they have student loans to pay and can't afford to quit a job without having another one lined up. There is not time to job hunt with the required hours at alliantgroup and even if an interview was secured, it would require you to locate that unicorn, saddle it and ride it to the interview. Billing...let's talk about billing. There is extreme pressure to bill clients 50 hours per week per employee. There is actually a bonus given if employees hit the target. The company utilizes transactional billing practices, similar to a law firm. This translates to being able to bill, for example, 1.5 hours to a client when only 15 minutes was actually spent performing the task. The company says, the clients are aware of the billing practices, but I sat in on many calls and have never personally heard this being explained to a client. There are so many lawyers at the company that you could throw a rock and hit one, so I'm sure they have some type of clause or preventative measure in place to cover their tails. How does one deal with the stress? The answer is alcohol of course. It's completely ok to drink at work. Mimosas at 9:00 a.m., no problem. People keep beer in the fridge and wine bottles on their desks. On occasion, the company even provides coolers full of alcohol and openly encourages drinking. Let's go play flogger on Post Oak now. Quitting time at alliantgroup coincides perfectly with closing time at The Galeria. Pedestrians beware. One thing I have never seen is favoritism. Everyone is treated equally poorly, so don't worry about that. You will all be suffering together. Oh, an you better reply to all on the mass emails congratulating people you don't know on their promotions. Someone will notice if you don't. I didn't stick around long enough to find out what would happen if you don't participate, but if you plan to stick it out for a year, just do it and don't complain about it. Seriously, think about it before you take a position here. There are only five and one star reviews on this company. That says something. There is no doubt in my mind that management "asks" employees to write the five star reviews. I wasn't fired. I left on my accord and this is an honest description of what I have experienced at alliantgroup. This was not my first job. I worked for a company 4 consecutive years previously and it is not realistic for a company to expect employee's to forego their personal lives for a job on a salary basis! The majority of employees at alliantgroup has been there under one year.

    Advice to Management

    The energy and time spent on recruiting and deceiving new candidates far exceeds the benefit you would receive retaining the talent you already have.



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