Alphatec Spine

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Alphatec Spine Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
22 Reviews
2.5
22 Reviews
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Alphatec Spine Chairman and CEO Leslie H. Cross
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  1.  

    Current Employee 3+ Years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Alphatec Spine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are very hard working and care about patients and making Alphatec profitable. Good work environment until now, Sailor CEO really knew the importance of having happy employees and they loved him for that, could have been more business like but was retiring so how can you blame him, plus he was fun which makes people want to work hard rather than feeling like they have to work hard. High technology, the new products are awesome, have excellent potential to beat competition at all levels, customers love the new products because they make the customers job easier. Great investment potential if Alphatec is in for the long haul producing high quality products that are well tested and thought out.

    Cons

    New CEO is no good. Bad fit for this company and seems to have checkered past. Does not seem to respect the employees. Says he cares but actions speak louder than words. Operations has a ton of potential but are nothing more than yes men. Some managers are tallented but there seems to be no substance in the leadership. They seem to spend their time in CYA mode and making room for even more inexperienced managers whom are their friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire experienced people not your friends who don't know spine med device and manufacturing. Don't take the cheap route, Alphatec has the potential to go far just trust the employees to get us there slow and steady the right way not the quick flip way.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Inconsistent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Alphatec Spine full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Competative Salary, Executive Managment, Communication

    Cons

    Inconsistent in accountability, following procedures, director and supervisory managment issues is many departments, lack of Human Resources effectiveness for problem resolution (i.e. if you have an issue with your supervisor/director expect that HR will have minimal involvement in finding resolution or protecting employee from farassment and negative retailiating action from Supervisor/Director).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees - without them you have a nice building, good products and managers...but no one who will do the work to make the company profitable. VALUE your team in actions, not words and they will give you their loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Things are Happening at Alphatec Spine

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Alphatec Spine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Alphatec treats its employees well. The culture is much better than when I joined 4 years ago. There seems to be very little turnover and that is a positive sign. Despite setbacks such as the recent Orthotec lawsuit, we continue to receive bonuses and pay increases and regularly have employee activities. I have faith that our big problems are behind us and we are on the upswing. Some of our future products will surprise our competition.

    Cons

    We aren't profitable. Our size sometimes makes it difficult to complete with the big competitors such as Medtronic, De Puy, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management could be more visible to us. Some of our processes are antiquated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Loved working here.

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    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Alphatec Spine full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Area close to home. Loved the people I worked with. Fair compensation.

    Cons

    Turnover rate. Seemed to be training a new employee every other week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I dysfunctional revolving door which can't get its act together

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    Former Employee - 5818 Building in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - 5818 Building in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Alphatec Spine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people makes the dysfunction tolerable

    Cons

    Management speaks out of both sides of its mouth --- says they care about the employees but really do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value people and invest in human capital instead of seeing sailing videos as to what the CEO did during the summer or wasting money on wall-mounted flat screen TVs and international clocks in the lobby.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    What A Difference A Year Makes!

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Alphatec Spine full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Much of what was said in older posts was accurate. But in the past year, this place has really turned around. Morale is better. Despite not being profitable, we still receive pay increases, bonuses, etc. Positive changes at the executive level. Get on board now as we are heading in the right direction!

    Cons

    Company has still not been profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more visible to us!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice to be in an environ where there are more and more changes for the better and where I can make a difference.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Alphatec Spine

    Pros

    I like the people who I work with, I'm getting more authority to make decisions about my projects and Alphatec is continuing to grow and change quickly which means that my work stays interesting and challenging. The company also now seems to be on the right track with regard to focusing on fewer things (and the right things) to increase our profitability.

    Cons

    Historically Marketing hasn't had as much influence over project prioritization and other decisions as they should have had (although this seems to be changing somewhat), it sometimes feels like there's a little too much drama when changes occur, and communication could still be improved throughout the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve us more in strategic decisions that the company is making -- there's a lot of insight that people at the product manager level can offer. Also, keep improving organizational communication.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Momentum upwards with new CEO and focus on top products in 2012

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Alphatec Spine

    Pros

    Intimate customer knowledge and support, specialized products for spine, blend of operational and strategic in a start up company

    Cons

    IT and intranet infrastructure requires manual processes. Once funds are avaiable this will make life much easier for all employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure decisions being made are inclusive of middle management.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you're ready to grab the orthopedic spine market by the balls, bring your brains and your A game.

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Alphatec Spine

    Pros

    Access to a wide variety of surgeons that regularly place implants. These people know what works and will certainly educate anyone willing to listen. They are the market. It's a very dynamic environment with dramatic successes and equally dramatic failures. Eighty percent of all startups fail. Alphatec's demonstrated ability to generate revenue indicates there is more than a chance for success with hard work as the foundation.

    I suspect most of the negative posts were placed by former employees whose employment was terminated by the company. The rest are from people who just want a job. A word of advice to the latter: EDCO and Waste Management are always looking for people that just want a job...

    You want your six years back? You should have payed attention in high school and went to college.

    Cons

    There's no magic wand that can be waved to make your project succeed. You actually have to get in front of the project and make it happen. Seriously the biggest issue at the company has to be the diminished expectations of our client base due to previous poor performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your opportunities. Carve out a selection of conservative no-brainer revenue generating projects balanced with an array of aggressive, new, big earning options.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity Wasted

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Alphatec Spine

    Pros

    well, they were in the area so the commute wasn't horrible. Decent product line for a spine company.

    Cons

    culture, culture, culture - they have a bad one. The company tends to position everything in a negative light, and all issues require someone to be blamed. Not a culture of identify and fix issues, rather just figure out where to point the finger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve morale - reduced retention will make it more likely to complete projects, continue product development and achieve stated milestones.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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