Allen Systems Group

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Allen Systems Group Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
154 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Turning the corner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Worst company I have ever worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Holding my breath

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group full-time (more than an 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Terrible place to find a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager
    Former Employee - Major Account Manager

    I worked at Allen Systems Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There were no pros that I consider worthy of mentioning.

    Cons

    MICRO-MANAGE EVERYTHING...They will call you daily to review what you did. There were also daily sales team calls to review activities. Never positive, always very negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more training and have to trust the people you hire to do the job required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Does pay well

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

    I worked at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Beautiful office great owner. Located in one of the upscale expensive areas in the country. They have nice picnics and holiday parties.

    Cons

    Poor weak management. Lack of leadership growth and direction. High turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most employees have 2 or more jobs just to survive. Increase pay to market levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Has some great products, not enough resources to support them...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Allen Systems Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great technical support for sales force... World-class product managers.

    Cons

    Sketchy infrequent product training for sales force. Too many products. Not enough project managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of smart people in the company. Create a culture where new ideas and suggestions are considered.
    Innovation is likely to come from folks that have joined in the last 5 years. Sell off some of your products and use the proceeds to create awareness of your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    RUN AWAY!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I worked with a few awesome people both in the remote office as well as at corporate. That's it.

    Cons

    A sampling of all the BS you have to look forward to should you decide to ignore all of these truths and go work for ASG ANYWAY: Pay is sub-par to market, Too many overpaid Executives brought on by the CEO, who is defiant and determined to undermine the very Board and Investment company he brought on to “save” his company. CEO is a "leader" alright..... and he is leading the company right in to bankruptcy. Every department there is a train wreck because all the smart people are leaving in droves, and the ones sticking around are completely cancerous and incompetent drones who are there only because they cannot find a job anywhere else in Naples FL! The company is approaching 30 yrs old and refuses to update their archaic rules and regulations to anywhere close to the 20th Century. Quotas are too high because no one wants to buy out-dated, non-competitive product. Oh…. that, and the fact that no one wants to do business with a company whose CEO/Founder tells the employees who to vote for, or if they chose the wrong person then the company will fold! That went viral on CNBC! That kind of “PR” coupled with no marketing, a “sales support” staff who is more like Sales Prevention, understaffed on Presales Engineers and Product Development, and the saddest excuse for sales management I have ever seen all make it next to impossible to generate interest let alone go through the 12-18 months OR MORE it takes to try to sell something there. Let’s not forget the “Expense Nazi” who makes it her job to try any which way NOT to reimburse you for business related expenses if you have any reason to travel for your job. What a complete disaster……no wonder their credit rating is continually getting downgraded. Sooooo glad I left when I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not that management will listen....because they just don't.....they truly believe they know everything. But if there was any piece of advice they listened to it would be sell off everything that is not cloud related and start all over. Get rid of anyone who has been with the company for longer than 10 yrs, replace with fresh people who have fresh ideas THAT RESULT IN NET NEW REVENUE AND LOGOS! Re-Tool your entire sales force, rebuild a marketing organization and for God's Sake......give it time to do it's job and show results. Oh.....and Mr. A (he "commands" to be called Mr Allen!).....stop Bilking money from the company. Ride a commercial plane like the rest of your underpaid worker bees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Start looking for a job now..refresh your skills

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Job was not stressful. The technology was dated. You will just get more work as more employees get laid off. Loyalty at this company will eventually earn you a pink slip. The company keeps getting worse and worse financially. Eventually it will be your turn. I knew the company was doing bad and eventually would get the slip. But now that I think back, it's better to just take the initiative to move on than to have it suddenly forced on you one day. Refresh you resume every few months..especially for those of you that have been there 10+ years (yes, there is a lot of them). You will not remember what you did 10 years ago. Back up your code/files for reference, because when you get the boot, you won't get a chance to.

    Cons

    Technology is old. No 401k matching. No raises. Never liked having to clock in and clock out! We are not children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to save the current employees grief.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Quality Assurance Analyst Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst Intern in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst Intern in Purchase, NY

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for with a great atmosphere and people

    Cons

    There is only one intern working. I think it would benefit greatly if there was more than onbe intern so we could use each other to bounce ideas and discuss what we have learned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more interns. The collegues here are extremely good with interns and can teach alot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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