Allen Systems Group Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
151 Reviews
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Allen Systems Group President and CEO Art Allen
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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)

  • very good people that touch the customers (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  

    Was good, now bad

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    Current Employee - Nab in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Nab in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Nice place to work, nice people.

    Cons

    Total lack of respect of employees from the owner. Promises, promises but never delivers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wanted a full time job with chances for advancement, pay and bonus's.There is nothing like that in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    use to be a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    good friendship done over the years

    Cons

    to be arrogance and wheedler is a skill well support by the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not believe in everything you heard from high management staff;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    ASG manages with fear and intimidation

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Software in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Some very good, smart people still work there.
    Salary (when paid) is relatively competetive

    Cons

    Inventive/massive pay cuts
    Intermittent layoffs
    High-pressure (almost sweatshop) environment
    Mixed-message/lack of communication
    Telecommuting discouraged/disallowed (rare)
    Little trust/respect (time in/out scanned)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pushing unwanted personal political opinions (CEO).
    Don't treat employees like they're cheating ASG!
    Find non-employee-affecting cost-cutting measures
    Respect/trust workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Struggling ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Great people to work with, and some great products. Some really good customers. Naples Florida is a really nice place to have an HQ.

    Cons

    Poor strategy, poorly communicated and poorly executed. Staff not treated with respect, and no trade off's when things are toght ... all take, no give.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about strategy and performance, and more considerate of employees. Look for the little things that make tough times more bearable.

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

    Great place to get a pay check and shutup...not a career enhancing move

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Collegues, location and location. Freedom of trying things, as long as they fly under the radar of the big boss.

    Cons

    I think it is clear based on what others have said. I have nothing to add. It is very accurately depicted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Impossible to do so. You risk losing your job if you give feedback, so very little optimism for change. It is and has been time for the big man to step down and let someone do the job, clearly he cannot lead the company to success, every company he buys, he destroys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company is slowly imploding as the HR department takes over operations.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    If you are afraid of having to find a new employer, then you can hide here for a long time if you are willing to blindly, and silently, go along for the ride.

    Cons

    Furloughs; Steadily eroding competency base; Low morale; Low pay (hey, somebody has to pay for Mr. Allen's estates, mansions, yacht, jet, and lifestyle). This company suffers from both a lack of reinvestment and leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Allen is a very successful businessman, so it is not my place to give advice. But know this: he has surrounded himself with enforcers, not leaders. Do not think that anything new or innovative will come out of this company, ever. They are, though nobody dares say it openly, a cash cow company that simply rides on the success of their acquisitions.

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

    Good Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Rye, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Rye, NY

    I worked at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay, healthcare, etc.

    Cons

    Autocratic management style does not foster positive attitudes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow good people to make decisions.

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

    Hey, it's a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Base pay, what there is, is deposited on time. BCBS health insurance, but is expensive. Do not have to walk far from parking lot to get to the building. Warm water to wash your hands in the bathroom. Oh, and you can order two pens and a notepad each month.

    Cons

    Commission pay is sometimes late, so that dollar menu will have to wait until next week! Management is....Hold on....Do we have management??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not have time to write any advise, Super Bowl starts in 6 hours. Besides, they would not take any advise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    OK place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    Decent Benifits. Nice folk to be around.

    Cons

    Too much politics and no place to go unless you suck up to management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loyalty is something earned and can be taken away if you dont' treat your empoyees right. Practically telling us how to vote in the last Presidential election to protect your pocketbook was total BS Art. I gave you my loyalty until you put us all down to part-time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Possibly the worst managed company I have ever worked at in my life!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Allen Systems Group

    Pros

    From a technology standpoint, there are several solutions that are best-of-breed and can compete effectively againgst the Big 4. Frontline managers typically are interested in your success. ASG solutions are implemented in the majority of Fortune 500 companies which if you navigate properly, could lead you to other decison makers in the organization.

    Cons

    There are so many negative points on working here that only the top reasons will be listed.

    First, there is no clear strategic mission or plan in place and executive management, a.k.a. Mr. Allen, poses his will on the entire salesforce. Historically, the company has grown through acquisitions but now that the company is finically leveraged, it has had to rely on selling its current line of products which is too broad. If he decides he wants the salesforce to focus on CIO meetings, then that is the marketing plan of the month. Yet, the focus changes constantly and little if any input is sought from the salesforce.

    Second, ASG is the epitome micromanagement. Management spends 80% of their time tracking the performance of its sales people rather than leading them and facilitating the sales cycle. Everything is tracked and includes, meetings set and completed, phone calls, opportunities created, continuing education scores, lead follow-up, forecasting calls, how many times you go to the bathroom (j/K on that one).

    Third, although this is a sales organization, sales people are treated poorly. The compensation plan is awful from both a salary and commission structure. There is no President's Club for top performers. The entire company, including sales, had been on a 4-day work week which cut salary by 20% and reduced ability to reach quotas. However, as sales quotas were already unrealistic and unachievable, they were not adjusted downward. There are other departments in the organization (Sales Ops, EAS, CAT) that either directly impact your ability to get deals closed and/or take percentages of your sales away. However, nobody can explain why and how this is. Yet, all you hear is how sales need to dig deeper and work harder. There is no opportunity to grow in this organization.

    Fourth, the entire morale of the organization is about as low as it can be. Turnover has always been high. There were massive rounds off layoffs. For the rest there, you can tell if people had another job opportunity, they would leave in a minute. The availability of technical resources is stretched and you can tell they are being worked to death.

    Last, as others have stated, there is nobody that is willing to stand up to Mr. Allen to provide a reality check from time to time. They, like everyone else, just try to stay employed and do whatever it is that he requests, right, wrong or indifferent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is very amusing as it has been clearly stated that Mr. Allen is almost invisible in his own company. There the occasional emails that make you wonder and others that you just dismiss as him being Mr. Allen. Anyway, I would suggest to him that he has built the organization to the point where it is now time for him to take a much less active role in the management of the company. He should focus on what he does best. Meet with CIO's and be the point person. Trust those in senior management to make the right decisions and high quality people to lead the way. Accept people questioning your ideas, directives and plans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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