ALK Technologies

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ALK Technologies Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
11 Reviews
3.0
11 Reviews
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    QA Analyst Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ALK Technologies as an intern

    Pros

    A lot of hands on work with the employees, very friendly coworkers, relaxed environment

    Cons

    A little disorganized, manager was a little irritated sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to begin, not stay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at ALK Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great job if you're entering the workforce after graduating. Good place to grow personally and get a taste of what it's like to work for a corporation.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are limited. Promotions may or may not come with a raise. Insurance plan changes every year - don't forget to re-enroll!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like the company is in financial trouble and start investing in the employees you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    QA Analyst

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    Current Employee - QA Analyst
    Current Employee - QA Analyst

    I have been working at ALK Technologies full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance. Nice environment for work

    Cons

    none that I am aware about

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a company to spend your career at

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at ALK Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Zero dress code, casual atmosphere. Intelligent hard working and friendly employees. You'll get the chance to work with technology that will look great on your resume.

    Cons

    Perpetual chaos. Senior management seems unable to say no to customers for anything. Serious lack of real leadership. Benefits packages paltry compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ALK is run like it is an aggressive startup business. It isn't. Learn to say no to customers, stop promising customers things that have not been built yet.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    They Care About Profit, Not People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at ALK Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most people get their own office with a door.

    Cons

    They work developers very hard. I saw more weeks of 50-60+ hours than 40-45 hours. The attitude seems to be "work 'em to the limit and when they burn out, just bring in fresh ones" The company leadership is very tight-knit and they most definitely play favorites. If you're one of them, you've got it made. Otherwise, watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about people and their careers, and stop trying to squeeze every penny of profit out of young developers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but has its downsides.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at ALK Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Immediate department is great, friendly, and social. Manager is fantastic
    - Flexible and understanding management and HR

    Cons

    - Salary compensation is bleak, lacking consistency and annual adjustments for inflation
    - Questionable room for growth and advancement
    - Inefficient communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Adjust salaries to be more consistent with the industry
    -- refer to comparable roles (eg tech support) at our sister company for example

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed environment with good people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - GIS Technician in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at ALK Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual and friendly. They allow flexible hours and have a decent amount of company activities. They ask questions to try and maintain employee happiness.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement. Disorganized project schedules. Need better communication plans between departments. Should start to have company wide meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better ways to track and improve productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    fun place to work with limited growth opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at ALK Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment, freedom to do creative work, great people that are willing to help you out

    Cons

    Not much upside for senior developers, have to go elsewhere to get a high-end salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at ALK Technologies

    Pros

    The development team is fairly small, so it makes for a very collegial environment. You also get to work on pretty exciting projects too. I kinda had a developer's role, but was also researching on new products and techs, so enjoyed it very much. And you gotta mention the softball team - fun stuff!

    Cons

    It used to be a bit of a start-up environment in there, so it can get stressful. Since this is a smaller company though, there is a lesser chance of upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coders should be able to work on flexi-time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting dichotomy...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at ALK Technologies

    Pros

    The company gives creative freedom on the design and implementation of software projects. Employees are given the opportunity to express their likes and dislikes related to their work and the company actively attempts to place employees on projects or technologies that they have requested. The company provides opportunities to learn new technologies. The company actively pursues new mobile technologies, especially related to Windows Mobile devices.

    Cons

    The company does not inform the employees of an overall business plan or company goals. End of year assessment is based on the total number of overtime hours and the number of years worked at the company. Company infrastructure is almost non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an employee assessment system based on goals and accomplishments. Create a business plan for the company with goals that can be reflected in each employee's assessment.

    Disapproves of CEO

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