Allied Telesis Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Allied Telesis Chairman & CEO Takayoshi Oshima
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30 Ratings

Pros
  • base salary, nice people,coffee machine (in 3 reviews)

  • Counterparts from NewZealand and Japan R&D centers are bunch of cool colleagues as well (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • You will get NO annual performance reviews (in 6 reviews)

  • Widespread poor morale, lack of communication (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great place for engineers that do not need direction, but lack of management involvement is a double edged sword.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great work, great atmosphere, great people, low management involvement

    Cons

    low management involvement, no longterm vision, no reports of status or progress, no longterm stability

  2. Helpful (2)

    Stay away. No, RUN away.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time

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

    Pros

    As others have mentioned, about the only positive aspect here is the camaraderie of other inmates.

    Cons

    Total insanity. You know, doing the same thing over and over expecting different results? At various times I've tried to figure out how this company stays afloat and what its purpose is. The only possibilities I can fathom are a) it is some kind of long term behavioral experiment; or b) a money-laundering scheme. For example, there are no raises of any kind and salaries (for rank and file) are low... but when tens of thousands of dollars are spent on such vital items as coffee machines, latex gloves, CO2 monitors in break rooms, and biological hazard hits, one starts to wonder.
    I wish I had kept a diary. It would have made an amazing book.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

  3. Helpful (1)

    try to avoid this company. If there is zero star, i would use it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    IT and SAP team are doing good job and very supportive .

    Cons

    All the other reviewers are unfortunately telling the truth.
    No promotion , no raise although make you believe there is in the interview.

    Advice to Management

    Have you ever thought to show any appreciation or recognition or even any respect to your employee ?

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  5. Helpful (1)

    “Disappointed with the high-level management.”

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    Former Employee - Director in America, AL
    Former Employee - Director in America, AL

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Trusted brand, good products and nice co-works

    Cons

    I agree (unfortunately) with most of the others "cons" comments.

  6. Great place to grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allied Telesis

    Pros

    Will allow you to create your own job

    Cons

    Getting a raise for your work is a challenge

  7. Helpful (1)

    Paid the bills.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Read what others said. It's all true, which is why I had to add to the reviews. No reviews EVER!

    Advice to Management

    Wouldn't matter.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Currently Employed at satellite branch on an overseas US Military base.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Mostly friendly coworkers and managers. It also helps pay the bills so ....

    Cons

    While the managers are friendly, this friendliness often gets in the way of proper business management. Also the two highest managers are married making the work environment confused and disorganized. There is no communication between the different departments and sometimes even within departments. Problems often arise and are just as often dismissed because they are time consuming for the management and they just do not want to deal with issues affecting customers as simple as sending an email to alert the customer to scheduled outages to bigger issues relating to customers being billed twice, or even three times, in one month. Raises are arbitrary as are work schedules. Training is not lacking; it is non existent which contributes to the chaos that is Allied Telesis. Management often has "new ideas" for the direction of the company and "suggestions" for the day to day operations of the store. These ideas and suggestions would be welcomed if the Management spent time in the store to help train or improve operations. Instead the "suggestions" are portions of Managements job they no longer wish to be responsible for because it takes time away from more important things, like talking for hours to technical support about the good ole days or wining and dining officers.

    Advice to Management

    Take your jobs seriously. This company could be great if you guys took the time to put in the work and stuck to the rules you set in place.

  9. Helpful (2)

    If I could give a lower star I would,,,,,,,its beyond bad!! Do something please about "A"!

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    Current Employee - Loyal Employee
    Current Employee - Loyal Employee

    I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I have none, the current employees, including me, for the next few weeks, at least, are put down, dismissed, HR is a joke, they are paid clerks at best, oh, that's right they report to the "A".
    JAPAN! Wake up and do something!!

    Cons

    Where do I start?

    1. Used to have a great sales and marketing team and at times have brought on some talent only to drive them out or fire them if they speak the truth! Have blown through SO many good people....Engineering, you are now getting a rep. they don't want to come to ATI anymore, you have been found out, it doesn't take long in a real tech environment....accounting....they are like HR, to scared to even speak up, its so wrong....toxic environment....

    2. Again, have brought on some talent only to remove or drive them out of the building, ATI does NOT want to change, the only people that are going to be left are those that are frankly, using the CEO to the MAX, you know who you are,,or just don't care or don't know any better. its that bad, the good leave and the bad stay or just sit back and use the CEO.

    3. CEO's ego is worse than it has ever been, there are no reviews, no raises, no commendations, I could go on and on, but he and "A" are on what you could call a Rock Tour that has not brought in one single dime!! He really thinks ATI is better than HP and Dell, hell we can't even keep up with a warranty! Get a grip!

    Again, JAPAN!!! Wake up!!!!d $$$$$$ hundreds, of thousands, spent on Dinners, "late night" activities, could tell some stories there, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, congressmen, owners of pro teams, and you can't do a review? you can't recognize someone after 7 years and give them even a thank you, let alone a raise.... and yet, nothing going to the very employees that have gotten the CEO to where he is. He is lost.

    It is shameful....not a silicon valley company, its a toy for a CEO that needs to retire asap, if you, Japan, want to save anything left in the US! He and his body guard need to go! They are killing what used to be a contender! Its that simple.

     If Japan even cares, you had better get on this situation asap!! .its going down and the "A" is filling CEO with constant lies, its almost flat out abuse, but no one seems to stop it, if you try, you are gone.....

    You cannot even get to say a hello to CEO without "A" standing right on him, its down right creepy,,,,weird to say the least....
    ,I have to ask, Family of CEO?, do you not see this or do you not care????
    4. "A" is running things, NOT CEO, and "A" has not a CLUE on how to run a business and how to get employees behind a real plan.........he has his own agenda, wake up Japan!!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of CEO and "A" they add NO value to the company any longer, they hinder business.....talk to the employees, you will hear it.....

  10. Helpful (5)

    Like living an episode of "The Office". (the original and best "British" version)

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Donuts, bagels, and fruit on Friday mornings. Dozens of specialty tea and coffee machines in a two-story building. Plenty of free, convenient parking. Decent medical and vision plans. Plentiful OTC drug dispensers throughout the building.

    Cons

    No annual or quarterly performance reviews. Rare to get a title upgrade or salary increase. Company "vision" changes on a quarterly basis. Mass reorganizations are the norm vs. the exception. All the chaos and stress of a start-up--without the fun, camaraderie, excitement, or sense of achievement.

    Advice to Management

    Would be like talking to a brick wall.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Evil in the US

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

    I have been working at Allied Telesis

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

    Pros

    Good business culture and paradigm in Japan, New Zealand and other international regions.

    Great lunch rooms and conference rooms in the US (that’s about it).

    Cons

    If you decide that you want to come here to work in the US office, you should forget what you were taught in college very quickly.

    Strategy:
    NO strategic goals and objectives are set forth and communicated across the organization. No annual budget is defined and communicated for any department. Each individual decision is taken one by one by the CEO.

    Decision Making:
    You are guaranteed to make ZERO decisions at this place !!!
    Decisions either strategic or the least important ones are first presented to a single officer (read other reviews, they are 100% true). He then decides what and how it is presented to the CEO. The selected ideas/proposals are presented to the CEO when he flies in from Japan once a month. Even then, the decisions are not final, so you wait again and again each month.

    Politics:
    The top US leadership comprises of politicians - not business people. Consequently, the decision process is different than in Western companies. The politics has completely eroded this company. If you're looking for team environment, the spirit of cooperation, employee empowerment, decision making and all other attributes of a modern company - this is not the place.

    Talent management:
    You will get NO annual performance reviews!!!! You will not get your annual performance objectives or goals that you can be measured against.

    Benefits:
    ATTENTION!!!! YOU WILL BE FORCED TO TAKE PTO during the mandatory company shut down twice a year. These are during Thanksgiving week and Christmas week - no exceptions. Just ask what are the mandatory PTO days are. Negotiate like crazy to get a lot of PTO up front otherwise you will pay from your own pocket.

    Your 401K will be a 1% match.

    Management:
    This is NOT an American or Western-style of a management company. The company is using OLD traditional Asian standards. In a nutshell, no information flow. The more information the management holds, the more power, they think they have. There is no open flow of info anywhere. If you've ever done business in India - apply it to any aspect of the company's US business and you will get a very good picture.

    Final Recommendation : Don’t even turn onto Orchard Pkwy.

    Advice to Management

    If you are from the Japanese Board of Directors, fly in here quickly and clean it up.

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