Alphatec Spine Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Good employment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company currently has fair pay and compensation which includes: Salary, Bonus (annually and unlikely to be dependable given the current cost cutting measures), vacation (2 weeks start increasing as you stay longer) 401(k) match (50% up to 5% of your contribution), Health Savings Account (company contributes $1.5K), Employee Stock Purchase Plan (max 20% of your gross income at a 15% discount, PPO option (which seems to be the smartest over the HMO for most people when all costs are considered). The environment is professional and mostly a good place to work with occasional celebrations and catered meetings. Overall, I am happy as an employee and would encourage employment here.

    Cons

    Volatile - The company is constantly trying to fix itself with little success. It has almost never been profitable and the stock slopes down. There have been major layoffs every 4 or 5 years. Now the company has chosen to stop manufacturing its own product. There is no telling whether this will be good or not for the company but many of us are hopeful. Many good employees have left to more stable work environments, but that might just be emotional because, other than the lack of raises, most people's jobs are not ill-effected.

    Advice to Management

    When speaking to the groups, don't try to make things seem better than they are. The company did not "postpone" raises, it cancelled them. Be honest. We may smile and nod but we see right through your words.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Going to get worse before it gets better

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alphatec Spine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities, great people, good benefits/pay Your experience here will really depend on your manager and their willingness to support you and your individual development plan.

    Cons

    Alphatec is currently undergoing a lot of changes and is downsizing and cutting costs. There is a lot of pressure on the sales team which is felt by all departments. The atmosphere isn't very positive and everyone is afraid their job is at risk.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of tearing down the entire business model and starting from scratch. Listen to your sales team and stop alienating your distributors by slapping them with penalties. I sat in meetings with the CEO and he likes to rattle off ideas and expects them to be implemented yesterday with a "my way or highway" attitude.


  3. Lost cause

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alphatec Spine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    competitive salary back then, good location

    Cons

    Very high turnover, the management seems to be getting worse always...good people don't last very long (with a few exceptions). Little hope things will get better with this current senior management.


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  5. R & D Conventional Machinist lV

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    Former Employee - R&D Machinist in Vista, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Machinist in Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alphatec Spine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Customer driven to please overall a great place to work

    Cons

    none, overall a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Thank You


  6. Helpful (1)

    Abandon all hope

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alphatec Spine full-time

    Pros

    The only reason I'm giving this place two stars is because there are some great people who work here.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Incompetence is encouraged and furthered through promotions. Talent at the bottom who consistently perform aren't recognized, so they leave. The management agenda for the organization is great on paper, but the lack of execution on behalf of the C suite and in the responsible departments is unbelievable. The culture at the organization has gone down significantly within the last year. It's not even the same place. People are afraid for their jobs or are looking elsewhere. Those who aren't have likely been promoted for being a "yes" person.

    Advice to Management

    Ideas are great, but execution is better. Just because someone agrees with your agenda doesn't mean they should be promoted. It is pretty clear that they too cannot execute these plans effectively. Lastly, value your employees. They are what makes the company function on a daily basis. Their thoughts and feedback matter.


  7. Helpful (3)

    if you really need a job...

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

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

    Pros

    They pay well. Good commuting location.

    Cons

    One of the most unfriendly places I've ever worked. Departments run by favoritism versus merit. Backstabbing highly prevalent throughout.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A company that will crash and burn

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

    I worked at Alphatec Spine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent. Most departments have a good work environment. Work / Life balance is obtainable there for most.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch. They really need to get a grip... CEO is driving the company to crash and burn. Many people losing their jobs, bad sales performance, stock prices dropping rapidly.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your CEO before it's too late!


  9. Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Alphatec Spine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Carlsbad is a great place to live

    Cons

    Management is dishonest and work environment is toxic. Nobody believes anything management says.


  10. lacks leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Great people good location OK benefits

    Cons

    Lack of direction. Management out of touch


  11. Helpful (1)

    too many different directions

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R and D Machinist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - R and D Machinist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of overtime freedom to have agility

    Cons

    management can't decide on a path

    Advice to Management

    decide where you want to go and find a lean way on how to get there. haste makes waste!



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