Allied Telesis Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Allied Telesis Chairman & CEO Takayoshi Oshima
Takayoshi Oshima
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Pros
  • 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)

  • The selected ideas/proposals are presented to the CEO when he flies in from Japan once a month (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technically the products are built with high levels of thought and engineering. High performing products built smart to be cost effective while not giving away performance. The CEO is also a very nice person who wants to succeed in the US and treats people with respect.

    Cons

    The company is not investing into growth solutions and technologies to replace the media converter business which is a shrinking market. Instead they are investing time and energy into "off the wall" solutions like radiation detection.

    Advice to Management

    Invest into growth technologies that align with your background. Radiation is not one of them. Have a purpose or a mission for your company that means something.


  2. Helpful (3)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time

    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)

    Paid the bills.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time

    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.


  6. Hopeless.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seldom fire people and the optical benefit is better than most other companies.

    Cons

    No performance review and management team never show their appreciations to employee. No promotion, no raise, I guess that's why there is no appreciations. Way below average compensation. Product line wise focused on products based mature technology, relative risk-less but also profit-less. The most unbelievable thing is that as an high-tech equipment manufacture, the management team is reluctant to invest on any new tools or equipments that might help improving employee's performance. People literally cross finger and hoping for the best from time to time. No on-job training except for those seminars provided by sales people from different suppliers.

    Advice to Management

    Do some necessary investment to keep the company moving forward.


  7. Good stepping stone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Work-life balance - Learning opportunity - Start-up pace - Cooperative team - Ability to create process - Diverse team

    Cons

    - No raise -- even if promised during hiring process - Below average salary - no employee review - multiple yearly organizational changes

    Advice to Management

    Mr. Oshima: Please chat with other employees and directors, Ash Padwal is totally driving the company down!


  8. It only takes one person to sink a vessel

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Good company if you have a diverse personality

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    Current Employee - Strategic Sales/Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Sales/Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Empower someone to lead.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Hostile environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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