Allied Telesis Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
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Allied Telesis Chairman & CEO Takayoshi Oshima
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Would be like talking to a brick wall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn't matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Hopeless.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Do some necessary investment to keep the company moving forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Good stepping stone

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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 (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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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

    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
  7. 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

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Hostile environment

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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 (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
  9. 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
  10. Associate Product Marketing Manager

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    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 a 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

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    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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