Alpha Technologies

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    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies

    Pros

    Lot's of freedom to pursue a variety of projects. The pay is above average, and the pay increases occur once a year.

    Cons

    We are out by the airport, so there isn't anywhere to eat lunch nearby. Also, commuting by bicycle is a bit of a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good software developers with pay greater than the cost of living (3%).

    No opinion of CEO
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    Very political place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alpha Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    salary was competitive. felxible work arrangements when needed

    Cons

    very political, cant trust anyone. everyone seemed to be out for their own gain. no sense of team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Good People, Satisfactory Operation (Bellingham)

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bellingham, WA

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -The company is rather stable while retaining a small friendly culture
    -There has been quite a bit of autonomy in both of the positions I have held
    -The company does as much as it can to retain working employees

    Cons

    -Somewhat polarized; difficult to progress without working your way into sales or having a strong engineering background
    -Starkly contrasted business units do not integrate well together and make for a confusing and inefficient infrastructure
     -Deep rooted political structure makes for erratic workflow cycles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The largest challenge in any given day is sorting through what has become a very sprawled out business. By utilizing the existing tools (SAP) in a broader depth much of this frustration could be minimized.

    Recommends
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    Does management know what they are doing?

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bellingham, WA

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies full-time

    Pros

    One of the few professional employers in Whatcom County.
    A mix of start-up and long-term, stable experiences available.
    Co-workers are easy to work with.
    Continued growth even through the recession.
    Decent benefits.
    Minimum overtime for salaried positions. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what I do on a day-to-day basis.
    Management promises one thing to the customer, and expects engineering to make it happen, regardless of what is actually possible.
    Management does not listen to its employees.
    Low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to your employees. They work directly with the customers, and have valuable insight into customer relationships.

    Recommends
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    May become a local powerhouse.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alpha Technologies full-time

    Pros

    They are a fast-growing company. They are expanding rapidly and there could be room to advance shortly. They are also growing a local brand, presence and reputation.

    Cons

    They are experiencing some growing pains from expanding so quickly. There are not clear policies in place and even less training. There is not consistency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the talented people on the bus.

    Recommends
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    n/a

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies

    Pros

    telecom power industry, stable with telcom infrastructure expand

    Cons

    few opportunity for a young engineer

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost Opportunities Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Alpha Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of Test equipment. Very slow-paced engineering development work. Good place to learn practical electronics (Hardware) and embedded (software) debugging.
    It was number 2 (Lower mainland-BC) in 2000 among electronics manufacturers. But soon lost ground to Xantrex-Schneider. Lots of free time for look-busy-do-nothing.

    Cons

    One of the worst top managements i have ever seen in last 10 years (US + Canada). Some good-for-nothing have control over engineering development. Junky managers have really taken things from bad-to-worse.
    Unable to fill asenior power electronics engineer position since last 10 years. They use the same advertisement (again and again) with different recruiters.
    They will fire you one week before your annual bonus is due (It is their standard practice).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a project which is achieveable, rather than reverse engineering half finished designs of other companies. Find a Team lead who has worked in US on product design development. Give him full powers for choosing the design AND donot interfere.

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