Alexander Open Systems Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (less than a year)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly experienced and trained workforce. Leadership is great and there is room for advancement.
    Compensation for my the position I held was above average.

    Cons

    I always felt the Company was more Sales focused than Service focussed. I do understand the $$ motivation but more attention to detail would better serve the customer.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Mediocre at best

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    Former Employee - Sales in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Sales in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Willing to give people a chance to shine

    Cons

    Below average benefits, unrealistic sales expectations, family run with an iron fist, sink or swim mentality

    Advice to Management

    None, father knows best...

  3. Helpful (3)

    Stay Away or run away from this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation and great engineers.

    Cons

    Not even close to Expect the Best.
    They will overcharge the clients.
    No personal growth if you are not an Alexander.
    If you disagree with anything the owners do you better pack your bags the same day because they will eventually fire you.
    Beware of the Non-Compete agreements - They enforce it even if you are let go or fired.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the basics or sell the company.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Don't Do It!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alexander Open Systems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Greate Engineers and staff; excluding management

    Cons

    Management can't be trusted
    Don't follow-up with promises made to staff
    Over charge clients for every penny; no ethics on what shoud be charged and not charged to client
    Management constatnly getting moved up and trying to implement new processes but forget to take care of the people that will make those new initatives successful

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where you came from

  6. Great pay, great opportunity, bad management, need more engineers.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Fenton, MO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Fenton, MO

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Great resources. Excellent opportunity to make money for a short time.

    Cons

    President of the region is hyper focused on his favorites and displays sociopathic tendencies

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the management you hire and their background.

  7. Good learning Experience

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Overland, MO
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Overland, MO

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Highly experienced and trained workforce. Leadership is great and there is room for advancement.

    Cons

    Compensation for my the position I held was a little lower than average.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Do not work for this company

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fenton, MO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fenton, MO

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    NONE there is nothing positive about this company

    Cons

    This company promises and under delivers. They bilk their clients and waste time and money by moving engineers around.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid and start over

  9. Helpful (2)

    so much potential!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    great employees, they are intelligent, capable and loyal, too bad the company is still running a game plan from years gone by

    Cons

    all the back end software is ancient and custom, the company is leaking money due to lack of automation. Support staff is way to overworked and mistakes cost a fortune.

    Advice to Management

    learn to do more with less, Adding bodies does not equal success! New modern day concept "force multipliers"!

  10. Helpful (1)

    Worked here against my better judgement... Wish I had listened to myself!

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The engineers and PMs are great people... Not much else!

    Cons

    Management and Senior Management. Unorganized, Large company being run like a mom and pop. Shady, unfulfilled promises bordering on pure deception!

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your word and follow through with what you say. The same advice you attempt to give your employees.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Former Employee in Overland Park, KS

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    AOS is built on the idea of Expect of the Best. Having a team of people getting business done with that motto is a great thing. Once someone knows that I used to work for AOS they always ask what I think of Gary. I reply back with 50% / 50%. 50% respects Gary for what he has created. Gary is very insightful in the assessment of people. The other 50% dislikes Gary for his management style.

    Cons

    Unfortunately folks. The Cons outweigh working for this place. There is an extreme amount of turnover in the sales personnel that work at AOS. The core group (Gary’s Sons, Grandchildren, and Loyalists) have remained the same but it’s the sales staff and sales engineers that consisting turnover. It’s always interesting to meet people that just started and they say it’s great but a year later when they longer work there it’s a different story.

    Middle Managers don’t really have a clue because they are merely following orders from Gary. Even if you are over performing you will still feel pressure that you could lose your job at any second. Gary would sit in board meetings and tell stories of firing people and be proud of that fact that he did it. Gary expected me to have an immediate answer to whether or not I could attend training in Boston the night before. I told him I would like to discuss it with my wife and he responded that he didn’t have to talk to his wife to make a decision.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone knows that if Gary sells the company his sons can not be in management positions. So why are they in those positions now?

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