alliantgroup, LP

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alliantgroup, LP Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
163 Reviews

2.8
163 Reviews
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Dhaval R. Jadav
82 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free Food for your stomach while feeding your Ego (temporarily) (in 13 reviews)

  • I have always been rewarded for all the hard work I put into the company (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Management could be a lot better, high-turnover, no work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • tax season with so many people leaving and too much work to distribute (in 20 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    It really is as bad as the reviews say it is

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

    Pros

    Free food
    Cool co-workers (not management)
    I can't even get to the 20 word minimum for this section, which is sad.

    Cons

    Say goodbye to your life and health

    The worst CEO ever. He calls people out in meetings and tells them how awful they are - he has been know for going off on someone for 30 minutes in front of the entire department.

    Want "high performers" aka people will follow them aimlessly and buy into their "culture"

    Unbearable hours - if you leave at 6:30 you are looked down upon

    Transparency really means the can talk bad about you to everyone

    Illegal hiring practices by management. I once heard my director telling a recruiter no accents

    Awful language and stories daily and are strongly encouraged.

    Tons of drinking and drugs

    Lots of games to be played - if you are asked to go anywhere with management but have other plans, make sure you cancel them to make yourself 100% available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't take advice

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    The worst company in Houston, TX or Irvine, CA to work for.

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to this company.

    Cons

    To Many to List.....it all starts with the worst CEO in the world and his need to abuse people. He see everyone as the dirt on his shoe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Just don't Do It

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Getting out was a huge pro. Talk about dead end. Oh how I wish I could use an emoji. I digress. Other than that, I made a limited amount of good friends but only trusted about 2 of them for good reason. Moving on, sobriety was a limited expectation so if you are in AA or NA, this is not the place for you but you will find many of your relapsed friends here. Good Luck !

    Cons

    Remember those friends that I previously mentioned? Well they are gone along with much unnecessary anxiety and stress. We are proud of you ! To those who stay, my condolences. Don't expect to see the people you started with longer than 4 -6 months. At some point you will learn that you will never be rightly acknowledged, vastly listened to, respected, or highly admired.. for anything. Being grateful is a joke, but nobody is laughing. At that point you will feel some type of way and people will blame you for no longer giving a... insert blank. When that happens (because it undoubtedly will), take some time to find peace within yourself to ensure you don't make a huge scene and allow people to degrade you even further. Staying "under the radar" is key because let's face the realistic truth. If you're good at your job, you will go thru hell and high water to move up or even diagonally to a better position due to your superior's fear that you can not be replaced. My advice is to live your life before work or at lunch time and pray that nobody notices because that place turns in to Orange Is the New Black after 6pm when you're imprisoned with eyes of judgement as if you were a fugitive on the run trying to escape the office. Another option is to do what I did, have some self respect and resign. Best Regards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oh yes! Here's a tip: Listen to other employee ideas, it could save this establishment. Also, stop sleeping around with these young and impressionable children! It is inexplicable when these incestuous office relationships form babies. It is the highest form of desperation to find meaning of your life. You're Welcome ;)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 12 people found this helpful  

    We Are All Trying to Leave

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

    Pros

    They have a casual dress code and free sodas.

    Cons

    Take a look at the reviews with all 5 stars and notice the consistency in the phrases. The authors were approached by management to write a glowing and positive review while they look over your shoulder. This has been the norm lately because the talent acquisition department is having a hard time bringing people in. The reason why it's important to get people in the door right now is because so many people are leaving. Look at the constant stream of alliantgroup job openings on the job boards - that speaks for itself.

    No one is happy here.

    The "culture" they promote fosters humiliation, shame, and disrespect. If you are someone who values learning from a leader with integrity and character, this place is not for you. This may be the most unprofessional company in operation, and it would be great if people on the outside knew the truth. The drama here is unreal. The gossip flows every day, and soon you will hear rumors about yourself. You will be asked inappropriate questions by management and asked to disassociate yourself from others. You will be asked why you left for lunch, or why you did not attend an out of the office event.

    When they say this is a culture of "competition," they mean it is a culture of favoritism.

    When they say this is a culture of "transparency," they mean it is a culture of gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the constant negative feedback and give value the people who come to work at alliantgroup. It's time for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 14 people found this helpful  

    Revenge of the Nerds

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Free Food for your stomach while feeding your Ego (temporarily). You will meet some awesome people

    Cons

    This place is the worst. When I started 2 yrs ago, I was coming off the really bad economy & this place seemed like a dream. The money, the Washington Brass, the lawyers....It feed my ego for sure. I was so passionate & I was drinking the Kool Aid daily.

    You know when they say Nerds rule the world...that is what is going on here & they are getting their revenge! People with miserable lives trying to make you just like them.

    You will make some awesome friends but remember no one is your friend! People will sell out their mother to get in good with whoever they think will forward their career.

    There is a lot of sleeping together which is so gross. There is a lot of Christianity which is so fake. There is a lot of cock-blocking which is so insecure.

    Just because you are the best man for the job doesn't not mean you get the job. Just because you were hired for a specific position does not mean you will get that position. Just because you make $50,000 a year does not mean you make $50,000 a year. If you work 80-100 hours a week, do the math.

    When you first see people quitting and/or leaving you think they are weak and do not understand the culture. But once you get kicked out of the "Cool Group" (Revenge of the Nerds), you really see what's going on. Once you lose a loved one, your significant other says they can't do this anymore, you gain 50-70lbs.....You finally see what's really going on. You will do one of three things - 1)Leave 2) Stay & Suffer 3) Have a nervous and/or physical breakdown.

    I chose number 1! I started when I was 33 and did not want to look up and be in my forties with no life, children, or significant other...I didn't want to bring my mother or father with me to the annual Christmas party because I had no other options.

    Bottom line - I personally want a life and someone to love, not just a title and a lot of money that I can't enjoy. I also didn't want to be a sell-out working for a place that lacks such cultural diversity and work/life balance.

    Remember this:

    There is a way out
    There are other jobs out there
    No money is worth the sacrifice

    Ask any former employee & they are happy they left

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be a little more slick about writing your own good reviews. First off - Don't right ten 5 stars reviews immediately after you get put on blast with a bad one. Second of all - Write at least 3 or 4 star reviews to make it a little more believable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Meh.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Doesn't Matter Anyway  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Doesn't Matter Anyway in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Free soda. I can't even reach the 20 word minimum for Pros.

    Cons

    Say goodbye to your life, health, friends, and family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    That's a joke, right?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 14 people found this helpful  

    Glad I took the job. Ecstatic I left.

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

    Pros

    Pros? The people. Not upper management -- but the people in the trenches. They're the people who make it worthwhile to come to work. The people who make it a little less painful to have spent five waking hours with your spouse in the past week. The people you laugh with and learn from -- and when you leave, the people you hope make it out sooner rather than later.

    (There's also free, secured parking, so you feel pretty safe going to the car, and it saves you $1200ish a year.)

    Cons

    Like many people, I've worked in food service. Like fewer people, I've also taught in an inner city school. So I thought I had safely put my worst jobs behind me.

    How wrong I was!

    If you've worked at alliantgroup for less than a year, this will ring false. "Opportunities are everywhere," you'll say. "This is a true meritocracy!" You'll talk about the parties at work, about the open and collaborative atmosphere, about how much everyone wants you to succeed.

    I know. I said those things too.

    Your first promotion comes within six months (that's the new model; at one time, you'd be there a year before you got promoted, but now they need warm bodies to take on new studies). It feels great. You get a raise, you're being rewarded for your good work, you believe in this firm and this cause.

    And then.

    You make a misstep. Or you don't. Your team director doesn't like you. Or management doesn't like your team director. You get promoted and then demoted. Or you're given flimsy reasons why you won't be promoted in the first place.

    And at some point, you will look at the 50+ studies you manage and wonder how you keep all those balls in the air. You will look at yourself in the mirror and wonder where those gray hairs, wrinkles, and extra pounds came from. You will look at your relationship and wonder how it has even held up under the stress. And you will look at your life and wonder if it was always this miserable.

    alliantgroup is a fine first job. It forces you to learn more than you thought was possible. You'll meet wonderful, smart, dedicated people. You'll make a real difference to the clients you serve.

    And then you'll see those smart, dedicated people walk out the door in anger and frustration and heartbreak. You'll see those clients go underserved because you don't have the time to dedicate to each one. You'll still learn -- but you'll learn how not to manage subordinates, how not to motivate, how not to run a company that makes people want to be there.

    You'll see passionate, smart people thrust into management roles with little experience and no real training, and you'll wonder why they don't know what they're doing. (Later, you'll understand exactly why.) You'll see people demoted publicly for no given reason. (You won't learn why.) You'll see yourself -- ranked with the other associates on an email blasted to the entire department, based on metrics that change by the week and don't correspond to reality. (You won't see senior associates and above, though. Those emails don't get blasted to everyone.)

    And eventually you'll leave, and maybe you won't have another job. Maybe you will have another job, and you'll lie about where you're going because you know the retribution will be harsh. Maybe you'll end up in the Big Four. Maybe you'll run into former alliantgroupers in your new life, and you'll feel an immediate kinship because you've survived the same war, if not at the same time.

    And then you'll laugh about how ridiculous those years were and remember how happy you are to be gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is literally nothing I could say to upper management that would make them understand how much better life is on the outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Not a fun place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are no pros for this job.

    Cons

    Long hours. Low pay. Stressful.

  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Initially, it seems like a great career opportunity, but you soon realize that everyone at the company is money hungry.

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

    Pros

    If you get through training, you can get promoted quickly.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. High stress job that requires long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 15 people found this helpful  

    Worst employer fathomable!! All the offices have this CANCER!! DO NOT WORK HERE!!

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

    Pros

    The compensation is very high because they pay for your silence and brainwashing. The company habitually takes months to repay expenses even during the holiday season. When you travel as much as I do I am waiting on thousands of dollars that are just sitting on my credit card. The only way I have survived is by deciding that I wouldn’t have a life.

    Cons

    This company is breaking countless labor laws in countless states. What they will not tell you in your interview is that you aren’t allowed to take lunch or you’ll be terminated. You are expected to work overtime and thank them for it. Busy season is all year and if you have children you won’t see them. The culture is to mindlessly and enthusiastically repeat that you “love” the company to your coworkers and clients. They have a very high burn out rate and an outrageous amount of turn over. In fact, they unapologetically terminate 1 in every 3 new hires. In the Houston office everyone sleeps with their coworkers, which is a practice that was started by the executive team. All my coworkers are miserable and looking for other jobs. I hear crying in the bathrooms on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the management is to invest in Dale Carnegie training and to lawyer-up for employment lawsuits. The CEO is an egomaniacal micromanager. He expects his employees to entertain him like dancing monkeys. The best dancers are the directors that come from staffing, retail and rental car services. These employees are as moronic as they come! They have completely let their authority go to their heads and conduct themselves in the most unprofessional way imaginable. They also come to work ill and contagious while bragging about their laudable work ethic. They have raves which are essentially inappropriate pep rallies where employees have to preform skits and be judged by the CEO and executive team. At a 1990’s themed rave an executive and his assistants vulgarly preformed a rap reenactment of the Bill Clinton/ Monica Lewinski semen-stained blue dress. I wouldn’t recommend this company to my worst enemy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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