Allied Telesis

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Allied Telesis Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
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Allied Telesis Chairman and CEO; Chairman and CEO, Allied Telesis K.K. Takayoshi Oshima
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brain dead org, presently on life support. Archaic products, shrinking revenues, no strategy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director

    I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are mediocre, lazy, and want to use zero brain cells for 8 hours a day, this company is for you. Have opinions or ideas, a desire to succeed, or want to be part of a successful company that is going places? This is NOT the company for you. So long as you cow tow to the CEO, who makes every decision, no matter how minute, you could possibly be allowed to exist and collect your mediocre paycheck, which will be more than you deserve for subsisting at this organization beyond the point you realize what a cesspool it is. If you work there now, wake up because the game will be up soon when AT North America (which is nothing more than a playground for the aged CEO to tuck losses and expenses into) will no longer be propped up by the Japanese parent. If management of AT is trying to recruit you with dazzling promises of transformation, investment and the part you will play in a "key role", smile and ask to interview the BOD (stuffed with the CEOs family and friends who equally but silently scratch their heads as to why the parent company continues to let the CEO persist), the department heads ("boomerangs" who have been tossed away over the years and have come groveling back) and three random employees who will give you the straight dope on what it's like to subsist there (take their input with a grain of salt, though-- many have succumbed to zombie-ness or have fallen victim to Stockholm Syndrome).

    Cons

    Management takes no action or decisions that would lead you to believe they are interested in managing a going concern. The CEO and his head henchman (who goes by the titles "President" and "Chief Risk Officer", as it suits him) run the business like a chess board full of only pawns. No company strategy, no goals or objectives, no communication--neither at the executive level nor to the rank and file. There is zero plan as to how the company will develop products or solutions that will enable them to compete in a mature, saturated networking market where key competitors have SDN strategies and solutions which are already eclipsing AT's ability to sell beyond cheap boxes. And that market is shrinking. Employees are to be kept in the dark and work their widget on the assembly line. The only perceivable business strategy being executed is the CEO and "Risk Officer" flying around with (and donating to) politicians, believing they'll get big pork barrel contracts or high level company introductions. Not a winning strategy, even if they had products people wanted to buy and the only ones customers are really buying are the ones that AT OEMs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I thought management cared or had the capacity to listen to honest advice, I would give it. Sadly, they don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It only takes one person to sink a vessel

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good engineering people. hands off management style.

    Cons

    bad marketing, bad leadership, horrible comp plans that are designed to pay 10-20% of what was negotiated during hiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to motivate people to work for you instead of spending all their time looking for other jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company if you have a diverse personality

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Sales/Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Sales/Account Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, strong engineering, CEO is involved in a lot of sales efforts, willing to invest, CEO wants to have a great company, not just make money.

    Cons

    A lot of leadership. Too much leadership, as in many captains and not enough crew.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower someone to lead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hostile environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, close to restaurants, people are loyal and dedicated

    Cons

    Depressed working conditions, no raises, no performance reviews, employees hanging on to past performances, morale needs attention, carrot-dangling outlook, on investment in employees, lack of management support, hanging on by a thread, yelling culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your employees - they are dedicated and loyal, get management some training, how about raises?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    poor health insurance

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

    I have been working at Allied Telesis

    Pros

    big parking lot. free Friday breakfast.
    good for slackers who does nothing but talk.

    Cons

    no career advancement. no bonus. no salary increase. no proper performance review.
    very poor health insurance. can't believe this company opt out the Obama "preventive care" for women. never heard about any company would do such thing to the female employees.

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

    Engineer

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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

    Pros

    Apparently None.
    They had a pretty big parking space though

    Cons

    Uncountable, Lowest salary for networking equipment developwer.
    Pathetic management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go get some management classes.
    Best is to resign on moral grounds

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

    i have at least 3 supervisors to manage me.

    • 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

    Pros

    base salary, nice people,coffee machine

    Cons

    Management, vision of IT, no bonus and salary promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    assign a person who understand the project she/he in charge of.
    For each employee, 1 or 2 supervisor at most.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to cut your teeth

    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Willing to take a chance on new talent, but pay is and stays commensurate with entry level positions irrespective of individual contributions.

    Cons

    See above
    Silted management is difficult to work with in meaningful ways
    Products have lost competitive advantages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of bloated egos, and salaries in mgmt.. Drop middle management where relevant.paying a director of two direct reports, and subsequent managers with less than 4 reports is wasted monies...

  10.  

    Associate Product Marketing Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great opportunity to learn about technology and application of that in different industies
    - Like startups, we have a chance to be proactive, and improve processes and systems
    - Wonderful atmosphere, and cooperation from employees and departments throughout the globe
    - Benefits above average
    - Work and life integration Vs. Work and Life Balance: I might need to work some evenings and some weekends depending on the project, but have flexibility in case I need some time during the day.

    Cons

    - There is room for improvement in compensation based on market
    - Quarterly, instead of yearly, reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quarterly reviews
    Compensation based on market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Abyssmal Management, Limited Market Future, Poor Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Location in Silicon Valley is good, and the company has a strong product history.

    Cons

    Allied Telesis has been on a downhill slide since the company decided to try and compete against big, successful firms like Cisco in what they call the "solutions" market. Instead of sticking to what it did well, which was deliver great networking products, it is trying to change the entire culture and value proposition of the company and is getting away from what it does well.

    Organizationally, there are frequent changes, putting people into jobs they don't know how to do and aren't qualified for. Management is incompetent, insensitive, and inexperienced for what they are doing. The Chairman is the only voice that matters in the company, and his opinions are outdated and unrealistic. You cannot do in the USA or Europe what you do in Japan, but he fails to understand that reality.

    The environment is deadly, with poor benefits, limited management guidance, and frequent change/chaos. I have worked there for a few years in mid-level management, and I actually was turned down for another job specifically because I was working at Allied Telesis--the company has a terrible reputation as a difficult place to work with limited relevance to the real tech world. It's not too bad for lower-level technicians, but it's no place for a qualified manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real president who knows how to turn around a failing company and make something of a legacy business. Get rid of the management trying to monkey-wrench the company into a solutions market already crowded with bigger, more successful players. Return to focusing on delivering high-quality products instead of turnkey solutions. Have the Chairman retire to a window seat, because his opinions have become archaic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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