alliantgroup, LP
3.0 of 5 120 reviews
www.alliantgroup.com Houston, TX 150 to 499 Employees

alliantgroup, LP Reviews

Updated Mar 25, 2014
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3.0 120 reviews

                             

52% Approve of the CEO

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Dhaval R. Jadav

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47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    You Poor Unfortunate Souls

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsI have met some amazing people while working at alliantgroup. The food being brought in is thoughtful but there should be a healthy option everyday.

    ConsI would first like to start by saying I did find some wonderful friendships, I learned a tremendous amount about myself and about what I expect out of an employer. I am a strong and capable worker so none of the "if you are lazy and not a top performer" bs doesn't apply to me. You can be a strong, responsible, hard working top performer and still despise going to work at alliantgroup everyday. Which, in all honesty you should despise wasting your talents and energy in a company that could not care less about you as an employee or human being. You are a slave to alliantgroup. You will have zero work-life balance. You WILL be expected to stay late. I am not talking 7 or 7:30, that's reasonable, oh no, you will be there until 8, 10, 12 o'clock sometimes even out of tax season. Heaven forbid you leave on time. Shame on you for having a life and not drinking the "alliantgroup kool-aid" PS you WILL gain weight. And, you WILL be berated in front of your colleagues.Those are just the general cons you will see everyday.

    I am intelligent, I have a degree, and I work hard. I bet you do too, but that won't stop management (project managers training you, team directors, CRA leads, senior management, Business Directors) from screaming and belittling you, at a high volume, in front of an audience. If you mess up, own it and deal with it there is a 40% chance you won't be screamed at. Word to Management-let it die after that, no need to keep bringing it up months later just to make someone feel bad when you are having a power trip. If you didn't mess up, well sorry for you, you still did. You will be yelled at and belittle for arbitrary learning mistakes (training is quick, don't miss a word or you'll be effed). You will be screamed at for things your trainee, team director, cra did and now you are accountable for it because you are an easy fall guy. The poor PC's and DE employees get the brunt of almost all the hate. The pm could have clearly messed up and bad. Well, as a PC you better hope to god you saved all your emails with explicit detail into what you were told to do/not do. And as a DE member, its a good thing you have so many checks and balances because when those PM's don't calculate the credit correctly it will now be your fault. QC members, sucks for you too. Luckily you have a little more say and can defend yourselves and your work.

    Hey, I have an idea, let's take the mistakes that happen and turn them into learning opportunities. Let's (NICELY) try and guide, train, encourage and teach our team members the correct process in completing any action. Let's NOT guilt trip, yell at, belittle, make each other cry over titling the subject line of an email wrong. Noone needs a 45 minute lecture over silly mistakes. Address the issue, teach someone the correct way (with respect), then move on.

    Note to anyone who has somebody "supporting" them. Treat people with respect and dignity. (If this is ever happens I will probably fall over dead.) We are human beings who deserve to be treated with respect and common decency. We are not your slaves. Noone should be living in fear while at work. If I treat you with respect I expect the same in return. You shouldn't speak down to those who are helping you do your job everyday. I am not an idiot, I am not a dog and I am not your b**ch. Please and thank you will go further than hatefulness and disrespect. If you can't do your job without me why treat me in a manner that makes me want to leave work mid-day? Why are you going to expect everyone to do everything for you when you berate them and make them feel bad about themselves? Eventually you will run out of favors, just ask all the team directors who were demoted. (Except one, who is a kind man, he was demoted for being nice, figures) PS to those who are "back in power" or new to it, savor it, nothing will last forever. Or, try being respectful and getting the most out of happy employees, that will get you farther in life.

    Let's cut it out with the ridiculous expectations and requests. Noone can sustain working 65-80 hour work weeks and perform at a high-level. I respect and expect high-performance from myself and others. That does not mean work 70 hours a week just to stay above the drowning line. Don't give people so many clients (60 is ridiculous), work them 70 hours a week, dump 30 projects in a newly promoted "associates" lap. You are setting your employees up for failure. In all honestly, I think management does this on purpose. The turnover is high because noone can get everything done and live up to the expectations. If everyone had a smaller study load then management would have to actually treat people as if they are human beings and that is just not how they like to play. I'm sure HR would love it if all senior management was replaced so they wouldn't have to hide so many HR violations.

    A note to project managers-I love most of you but some of you need to remove your head from your a**. You are not God, you are not curing cancer, you are not saving the world, and for the love of humanity you are not the smartest person to ever be born. It infuriates me to no end when I hear PM's walking around talking about all PC's, DE, CRA's are "dumb" or "stupid". Thank you for insulting my intelligence and demeaning all the hard work I do for you everyday. If we are so "stupid" why are we filling out all your information needed to "calculate" the credit, write your case studies, or write your status updates? You trust us to take care of that for you but "that's PC work" is said condescendingly on a daily basis.

    As I have previously said, I work hard everyday with excellent work product. My work ethic is tremendous which is why I will succeed even in adverse situations like alliantgroup. Had I been treated with respect and dignity maybe I would still be there but I found my way out. To all my friends still suck at alliantgroup, you poor unfortunate souls, there are other opportunities out there don't drink their kool-aid!

    PS-When you ask someone to get you a form and they bring you extra (because it will be needed in the future) you shouldn't yell at them at the top of your lungs that you only asked for one and that listening to details is important (for 20 minutes), then mess up on the one form you would take and ask for another. That's called being proactive not ignoring instructions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of all the senior management. Start fresh with kind humans not dementours who suck out your soul with every lie they tell.

    If you can't get rid of them try giving respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    CHANGE is needed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree food, great coworkers to work with

    ConsManagement could be a lot better, high-turnover, no work-life balance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard work is a must

    Project Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThey provide lunch and dinner during tax season. "raves" occur a few times a year where alcohol is provided.

    ConsWorking late is a must, even when it's not tax season. They pay poorly, no bonuses provided unless upper level, and promote within the company only when you put in 70 plus hour work weeks (weekends included).

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue every worker and show your appreciation to those who work hard, not just the favored one sin the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unprofessional in an unhealthy work environment!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros-During the tax season, they'll bring in good food from good restaurants for dinner and sometimes lunch
    - $5 lunch daily
    - Garage parking
    - free soda vending machines
    - fun parties (halloween costume party, christmas pod decorating party, etc)

    Cons- Management take advantage of the fact that they are higher up than you. They treat you like crap.
    - So much overtime hours. If you leave before 6:30pm, you'll get questioned as to why you "left so early" when your scheduled hours are until 6pm.
    - They'll rarely notice your work - unless you're a favorite.
    - Everyone WILL talk crap about you and those words will fly around QUICK
    - They'll hire anyone. I've met people who have a degree in Chemistry, Psychology, Art, etc and their job has NOTHING to do with what they got their degree on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI shouldn't be afraid of my supervisor. My supervisor is the one I am supposed to look up to and ask for help if I need help. Also, encourage your employees to do more instead of making them feel like they'll never be good enough for you. Help them with the things you want them to get done. Also, help your temps to become perms. If there's something you disslike about them, let them know so they can improve on it and become a perm within the company. Don't let them just hang there as a temp for more than their 90 days probation. If they've been with the company for more than 90 days, why not make them permanent? If you didn't like them, let them go before the 90 days is over.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Absolutely Awful. How are those "big a" 's for ya?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsPays more because they know how awful it is to be there.
    Has a young, laid back crowd.
    Free food.

    ConsNo professionalism by upper management.
    Can't learn a thing from upper management because they're all too busy talking bad about their employees and gossiping.
    Horrible training, direction, and support.
    You won't get noticed unless you stay until after 9:00.
    This company is seriously a joke. Everyone sleeps with each other, including upper management.
    It might sound good when interviewing, but don't make the mistake. 70% of people quit within a year of working here. Save your time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice? They don't listen to anybody except themselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Underhanded practices when dealing with employees

    Information Technology (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsSoda machine use is free
    $5/day stipend for use at the building cafeteria

    Cons9.5 hour days minimum and most positions do not qualify for overtime
    A severe lack of planning/foresight at all management levels
    Understaffed for important job roles = more than 10 hour days to meet ridiculous deadines
    Least organized company for the department I worked within
    Part of the political-lobbyist "revolving door" scumbaggery

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nero fiddled while Rome burned

    IT Specialist (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsFringe benefits are alright. Health insurance for employee is paid by employer, company subsidizes lunch in cafeteria downstairs up to $5/day, free drinks in the soda machines in the office, and 'treats' such as ice cream or other goodies occur infrequently throughout the year (but particularly during tax seasons).

    ConsThere are two main problems with accepting a job here: ridiculous turnover rates among employees, and ridiculous working hours. Let's look at them separately. Turnover is higher here than any other company for which I've worked; the average 'life expectancy' of an incoming associate in the production departments is about six months, with a high number of people burning out even before then. Rather than address the problems that cause this turnover, management just assumes that they can 'out-hire' the problem, and commonly hires more people than they need with the expectation that some people will filter out shortly thereafter. The second problem - the crazy working hours - feeds the first. Outside of tax seasons (that is, April 15 through August 1, and October 15 through February 1), fifty to sixty hour work weeks are considered standard. During tax seasons, the expected hours can reach as high as sixteen hour days, with weekends as well! While some people can handle these hours, and can potential rise a few rungs on the corporate ladder here, I would never recommend to someone I like that they accept a job here. Starting salaries are also comically low for fresh graduates, and only becomes a little bit better for people with advanced degrees such as a masters' or law degree. Finally, the business itself seems to be dependent in large part upon a few sections of the US tax code, which if reformed or removed, would cause the company to no longer be a 'going concern' in a very short amount of time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees better, show some respect for the rank-and-file, and try to not 'show off' the excesses such as the CEO's Ferrari.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Needs robots not people

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsThe service they provide is awesome in the tax incentive world.

    ConsCompany "culture" is ridiculous. If you want to eat sleep and breath work then this is the place for you but if you have any sort of life then it'll get in the way. Very limited work/life balance.

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    Just there for billable hours for the managers

    Project Associate (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsAnyone can get hired!! All you need is college education (not even that, probably) and you are in the door. If you can manage to work 80 hours a week, you will most likely get promoted, as well.

    ConsThere is no leadership or meaningful training. All you do is sit in front of a computer and pretend to look busy if anyone walks by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clear goal-oriented plan in place for new hires and much more training is needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A huge disappointment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Great for people just out of college who are single
    -Lots of company events (must be extroverted to work here)
    -Good money if you put the company first over everything else
    -Paid lunch

    Cons-NO work life balance
    -High Turnover
    -Company politics at its finest
    -Favoritism to attractive, single employees ( borderline inappropriate)
    -Focus on individual effort versus TEAM

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to management is to learn how to keep your employees. I must have seen 8 people quit in a matter of a year, and that was just in my department. They might tell you that their is growth potential, but you will not have a say in what you GROW to be. They ask for your feedback and opinions, however if it is not in line with theirs, don't even dare say it. Upper management showed high favoritism to: single and attractive employees who put alliantgroup number one in their lives. They will tell you they have your best interest at heart, but will go behind your back. This is company politics at your finest so bring your A Game. They lay out your job expectations very clearly, but a lot of times don't tell you the 'Why' to things. You can climb the chain fast and make good money, you just need to decide if it is worth giving up a work life/balance and your sanity. Finally they push you to be super competitive, and the whole company looses sight of teamwork. It spins my mind to see how fast this company is growing, despite how they treat their employees. It's your basic take advantage of people who don't know what normal working conditions are. Final note- You will see the high turnover ever month, and they will just pull you in a room and tell you that 'John' wasn't a good fit, when in reality alliantgroup isn't a good fit for the average American.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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