Allegro Development Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Getting better all the time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant

    I have been working at Allegro Development full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding culture and people. Very collaborative and talented group. Great place to work and truly has a team environment across the board.

    Cons

    While the communication from upper management had a slight uptick around end of last year/beginning of this year, it's fallen off significantly.

  2. Well run, very professional company, open to new ideas and methods.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Level in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director Level in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New CEO's attitude is open to new ideas as long as you can back them up and make a case for them. Relaxed atmosphere, but everyone seems to dedicated to doing well and attaining the goals set for the company's growth.

    Cons

    Nothing so far, but I'll be sure and report back. haha Traffic to and from is a pain since the office is in a downtown scraper, but it is what it is.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  3. The Future is Bright!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Allegro Development full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Leadership is open to the thoughts and opinions of employees. Everyone has a stake in the future of the organization. There has been significant progress around career path, employee development and training programs.

    Cons

    Still in growth phase with new management team.

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening and hearing out ideas, there are many talented people at Allegro who have been overlooked for some time.

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  5. A good opportunity to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allegro Development full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    exposure to the wide array of the energy business

    Cons

    lots of traveling so make sure you check.

  6. Good stepping stone to better things

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    ETRM software is a hot market. Get he opportunity to work at various clients in the energy space and gain valuable experience. Lots of good people their.

    Cons

    No career path structure. They don't support their constants in the field very well. Not very loyal to employees. Very high turnover of employees. No stability at the top. Entire executive team was turned over in the three years I was there. Owner was not easy to work with and ran off many quality people.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees. Treat clients like ongoing partners not an inconvenience. Services should be a value add function not a necessary evil to sell more software.

  7. Helpful (1)

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

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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?

  8. 'Okay' company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Worst Two Years of My Life

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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

  10. Are they really still in business?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Management 101

  11. Helpful (2)

    Run from this company - Do NOT Walk!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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