Alpha Technologies Reviews

Updated June 4, 2015
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  1. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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    NO TRICKLE DOWN

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong market share, no debt, privately held.

    Cons

    Bizarrely antiquated management processes, low pay scales, non-existent HR and professional development, little mobility, they treat you like an hourly employee by actually videoing through secret cameras when you come to work

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth. Be accountable. Fire dead weight. Reward performance. Actually empower talent.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Toxic

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alpha Technologies full-time

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

    Pros

    Work experience. Because environment is so toxi you learn very fast how to document everything you do.

    Cons

    Bad work environment, compensation way below average. People work there because they either know they can't get a job anywhere else or as a jumping board for bigger and better things. Need proof. No one in upper management (no one!!!!) has been hired from within.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring some talend (pay more) and get rid of the dead weight. Alpha is full of people who do not have a clue about how to do their jobs.


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  5. Very political place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alpha Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    practice what you preach.


  6. 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  8. Great Company if you want to be exposed to a great variety of challenges

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with. Lots of opportunities for professional and personal growth. Some very experience engineers. You get to choose your path. Great experience overall.

    Cons

    Non sustainable growth and consequent layoffs and re-hiring. The industry sector is quite conservative and you wont be exposed to the latest technology. Management too lenient which generates inconsistencies.


  9. Probably exciting in Engineering. Not in Supply Chain/Operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good family/life balance. Overall company is very focused on employee well being. Looks like very exciting place for design engineers.

    Cons

    Supply Chain/Operations is treated as purely support functions. Sales drive everything, including impossible to meet promises to customers. No clear alignment of Marketing and Operations/Supply Chain strategy


  10. co-op student

    Former Employee - Administrative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Alpha Technologies part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    company is small, you can learn different things. People are nice there

    Cons

    Not enough resources. Low pay


  11. Alpha - Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpha Technologies

    Pros

    Good employee teamwork. Interesting job. Supportive manager

    Cons

    None - Alpha is a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work



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