Allegro Development

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Allegro Development Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No long-term strategy, high turnover and untrustworthy leadership bad for employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Allegro Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free MP3s on the company network!

    Cons

    Days, weeks even months with little or no leadership from management until the next all-hands meeting when 20% of employees are let go and the rest are made to feel they are next. If you like working at a company where you have ABSOLUTELY no sense of the big picture, no upward mobility and always feel your department or role is the next to be cut, then this is the right place for you.

    As others have noted, the former CEO Eldon Klaassen (now lead Board member) is indeed a small man with a huge ego who once promised Allegro would never take private equity money so that the company could remain independent and keep clients' interests first. Well, now Allegro has a Board of Directors with individuals representing at least 3 private equity firms in GPS Capital Partners, Tudor Ventures, North Bridge Growth Equity.

    Potential employees need to think carefully about joining a company with no long-term strategy, high employee turnover and a focus that is definitely not client-centric. If you think you will be joining an agile, independent software/consulting firm that values individuals, think again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to start? I'm not sure the culture Eldon Klaassen has created can be changed. Why the high turnover? Why the lack of long-term vision and follow through? Why the sell-out to private equity?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    'Okay' company to work for

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Allegro Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in services group offers lots of travel, challenging projects, energy/commodity industry awareness, software expertise

    Cons

    Projects will vary and locations may not be always exciting, customers can become frustrated with services at times, project timelines/product capability are often aggressive or misaligned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the customer, heed advice provided or lessons learnt from projects, look at ways of improving quality of life for consultants and support their needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Two Years of My Life

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Allegro Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some fun people there in a few groups; Managers provide little leadership.

    Cons

    Lots of cliques; not a very welcoming group of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Support and IT people are nice; Development is awful; all of the executives on the 22nd floor are unprofessional and lack simple Management 101

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Are they really still in business?

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    Current Employee - .NET Developer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - .NET Developer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Allegro Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I started out really enjoying the opportunity at Allegro until I continually saw friends and subject matter experts terminated left and right for having an opinion - and actually knowing the industry. I dread going to work but have to for family reasons

    Cons

    COMPLETELY micromanaged by the CEO; finance is a joke; the implementation and development leaders are sheep; the have new HR that doesn't return emails and i never see at work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management 101

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run from this company - Do NOT Walk!

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    Former Employee - Director of Consulting in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Director of Consulting in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Allegro Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None. Although they have a decent reputation in their industry niche - that has more to do with the fact that there isn't really any competition.

    Cons

    CEO is has a serious Napoleon complex - Small man who needs to feel very important. CEO makes every decision in the company. V.P.s have titles but no power. CEO sees employees as cattle and treats them the same way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Product, Great People, Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Allegro Development full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Outstanding growth opportunities both nationally and internationally. Company is doing very well and is sharing the wealth with the employees. Friendly environment with an outstanding work-life balance culture. Good benefits and great pay in an exciting industry.

    Cons

    Very technical product so may take you a while to come up to speed but you'll be surrounded by really kind and smart people to help you along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for with lots of encouragement

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    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Support Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Allegro Development

    Pros

    -Strong Communication within teams
    -Flexible with regards to scheduale (emergancy's, kids, Dr appt)
    -Friendly atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    -New hire training is weak, leading to a slow ramp up period. When a new analyst is hired they don't start doing their actual job for 3 months to a year.
    -At times some groups seem understaffed causing delays in customers issue resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -More reqular reviews and feedback
    -More incentives to regulary motivate employees
    -Increase days to work from home, most of the work can be done remotely.
    -Overall great company to work for the in years I've been here!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    bad place for my career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Allegro Development

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    management sucks and everyone is underpaid

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Software Developer

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Allegro Development

    Pros

    Small groups to work in and free to think innovatively

    Cons

    bad management by human resource team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider looking at people who are worth for job and keep them instead of letting them go

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good people and great product

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allegro Development full-time

    Pros

    Well designed product and some very smart people

    Cons

    Challenges with scalability of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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