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Allen Systems Group Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
160 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • ASG really is a low pressure place where you can have a decent work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • There are still some good people trying to make a difference at the company but the legacy management team runs them quickly out (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • In the US all but sales and the selected few are suffering a 20% pay cut for over 3 years (in 11 reviews)

  • The 4 day work week is okay but the work needing to be done is still a 5 day or more load (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience but lied about salary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Learned a lot and worked with a knowledgeable manager.

    Cons

    Lied about the salary / work week cut going back to normal a week after my hire date.

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Channel Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen Systems Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Breadth of software products.
    Global recognition.
    Nice office locations with option to telecommute for certain positions.

    Cons

    Extended salary cuts.
    Skills/preferences not considered when forcing job re-assignments.
    Demeaning remarks to employees from former owner.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    One screwed up place without a future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    It's really hard to identify a single positive about ASG. They've tried to reinvent themselves for the last two years but have failed miserably and filed Chapter 11 last week. KKR and Blackstone bought up their debt and have changed it to equity so one wold hope for major change but the foundation of the company is so bad, its hard to see that ASG can ever be successful.

    Cons

    No products that would be considered leading or even in the top ten in any category. ASG has lived on maintenance and renewals of Mobius but those revenues are dropping dramatically and Mobius is very far behind the competition in content management. Even though Art Allen is gone, ASG still has many of the old guard with no ability to move a company forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try operating with integrity. Show some leadership in any regard. Quit covering your own butt and think about building a better company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    How are post Art Allen days?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Would love to hear how the new regime is doing?

    Cons

    Someone needs to buy the base revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, company is just an investment opportunity to minimize losses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Turning the corner

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    Current Employee - Field Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Great Portfolio of products. Solid customer Base. Competitive compensation packages and reasonable expectations. The company puts a lot of confidence and trust in employees and avoids micro-management. If you are a "go getter" you can make some noise at ASG.

    Cons

    With Art Allen's departure there is a level of uncertainty and of course change is uncomfortable. While the products are reliable and stable many of them are showing their age and a face lifts are needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have an opportunity to take ASG to the next level. Let's use the infusion of capital to invest in our products which will give them extended life, before we begin acquiring again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place to go if you need a job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Still looks good on a resume
    A virtual MBA on how not to run a business
    HQ is beautiful

    Cons

    A few good products, rest are dated
    Sales reps are set up for failure due to lack of resources, lack of marketing, and installed customers that aren't happy.
    Micromanagement
    Comp plans changed on the fly to avoid paying commissions
    1% of reps hit their low (by industry standards) quotas.
    Management expects you to cure cancer and if by chance you do, you won't get the commission while accounting looks for ways to not reimburse your expenses.
    There are no real benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the founder out of the business.
    Jettison bad products
    Focus on the good ones
    Pay your people
    Give those in the field resources so they can compete

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst working experience ever

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Naples, FL

    I worked at Allen Systems Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I wish I could rattle off several positive things however the only one that comes to my mind is that it's located in Naples, FL. I always joked our bonuses were paid in sunshine.

    Cons

    Out of date technology
    Lack of vision and/or visionary
    Poor Communication
    Poor Management
    Micromanagement from the top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to hire people smarter than you. I have worked for two technology fortune 500 companies and 2 start ups over the past 18 years and this is by far the worst company yet. I have never worked for a company where everyone including myself counted down to 5 o'clock. Management follow your gut instincts.... Mine said run, the house of cards will be falling soon. I hope with Mr. Allen stepping down things will change for the better however I believe it is about 5yrs too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company I have ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Company located in Naples, Florida

    Cons

    There are too many to list

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't listen anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware

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    Former Employee - Product Architect in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Product Architect in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allen Systems Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you survive the initial round of firings (when your outfit was bought by ASG), you might have a job for a while. Benefits are at about the usual level for a software company, and only that.

    Cons

    ASG operates by buying failing companies, firing about a third (or more) of the existing workforce, so that the any existing revenue stream is greater than costs. Also they annually decimate (fire about one tenth) of their employees across all product groups.

    If ASG buys your company, be prepared to change jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Holding my breath

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to structure strong deal value on mainframe software replacement opportunities. Certain customers loyal despite lack of account executive continuity. Many good people at the lower ranks. Still upbeat if new money requires Mr. Allen gets out. Overall rating based on a few new management people brought in from other successful technology companies and the hope that new money allows re-investment in critical product development and new sales strategies.

    Cons

    Mr. Allen and his posse continue to make poor decisions that hurt product value and customer satisfaction. Complete lack of pay and commissions auditability. Commission plans changed to save money and many times to avoid paying commissions completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review company structure and product portfolio. Focus on changes that increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. Continue to invest in Product upgrades, Channels strategy and employees that touch the customer (sales, presales, services). Must streamline senior management ranks and focus on management, product management and sales management models that are similar to the most successful companies in the technology industry. Fund a competitive 401K plan that will help retain the best employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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