Alpinestars

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Alpinestars Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
25 Reviews
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25 Reviews
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Gabriele Mazzarolo
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Such potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    The have an amazing heritage within their proven industry. The best at what they do best!! The over all culture with colleagues is light hearted and a great group of people. The benefits are substantial and they are always looking out for the betterment of their employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately for the division I worked for there were unrealistic goals and expectations. Almost to the point of delusional. Always one to strive for excellence and hard work, however there is no balance btw life and work for the managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are not very open to new opportunities that would increase revenue however the pressure for more is exhausting. I would suggest 10x more communication within the company to avoid confusion and frustration. The impulsive nature has proven on several occasions to be detrimental to the over flow of logistics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No regard for their employees and extremely high turnover. Beware!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Alpinestars full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The majority of the people who actually do the day to day work are very nice people hard working people. Strong brand image in the motor sport and racing industry.

    Cons

    No regard for their employees contributions and they have extremely high turnover. People last there for months and then quit or get let go. There is no team spirit or company goals. Very little communication from the CEO. No tolerance for mistakes or life outside of work. Even though there are no goals from management, employees are held to very high and unrealistic standards. Plan on working long long hours and weekends with very little notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear CEO, please realize that employees are your best asset and treat them accordingly. Also, try to understand that because employees have families and lives outside of work that does not mean they are not dedicated. It means they are balanced people. Reflect on how you can help employees succeed rather than how to point out all their faults. Focus on the big picture and stop picking on the insignificant things. Life is actually beautiful if you would take the time to enjoy it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Thinking about joining Alpinestars?? Might want to look elsewhere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Alpinestars is very big name in the motorsports industry. Makes some of the absolute best protective gear. Coworkers were very pleasant to work with. Fairly generous employee discount. Chances to be a part of some very cool industry events. Compensation is not bad, but benefits could be better.

    Cons

    Biggest con I would have to say is the constant turn around of employees. I was with Alpinestars for about a year or so and saw more employees going rather than coming in. Seems to be due to either surprise terminations or people who just had enough. I would not suggesting making friends with too many people if you are hired. They unfortunately don't seem to hang around long. This high turn over tends to frustrate people, myself included, who are forced to pick up the slack of those who were no longer employed there. You are pretty much forced to take on roles you are not hired for, prepared for, or compensated for. The company is run very much under the watchful eye of management. Communication between managers and departments is very minimal, almost secretive at times. Makes for a very difficult workplace. Be prepared to self train at your position. I had none whatsoever when I was working there. Everything I learned was done solely on my own. It was a very frustrating place to work. I am very happy I left for a brighter future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with your people. They have many bright ideas and great knowledge of the industry. Leading by intimidation is no way to run a company in this day and age.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Bad...just plain bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support/Warranty in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Product Support/Warranty in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Difficult to say really...what was good when I started was pretty much gone a few months after I was hired. Biggest "PRO" is that I don't work there anymore.

    Cons

    Bad, bad, management. Pretty much need to fire the whole lot of them and start over. They have no grasp on day to day operations, inventory control, or human resources. Turnover rate is unbelievable! More people leave or get fired than they can hire to replace. Makes for long, long hours and tough working conditions. Like most of employees (myself included) you will hire on there for one position and within months find yourself covering two, three, if not more jobs. And of course, you aren't told this in an interview or ever compensated for it. It's a tough place to work for. Be prepared to be exhausted, frustrated, and on the verge of a breakdown!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't turn a blind eye to the problem. Employees despise you! You treat them like peasants and make sure they know they are expendable at any moment. How about trying to nurture them? Listen to their concerns and ideas for god sakes! Using intimidation tactics don't really seem to work do they?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing All Around

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Developer in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Product Developer in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Alpinestars full-time

    Pros

    -Met some amazing people & established great relationships for future networking
    -Gain valuable product knowledge
    -Become more knowledgable in various aspects (outside) your hired job

    Cons

    -expected to work long hours
    -no gratitude for hard work
    -unwilling to take in employees' perspectives or ideas
    -disorganized/unprofessional
    -very high turnover
    -no interest in employee longevity
    -quantity over quality (sacrificing product integrity to make more money)
    -unrealistic expectations
    -poor management overall
    -lack of structure in basic protocols
    -micromanaging each employee and all aspects of their "job"
    -dictate how employees should spend their off time
    -mislead prospective employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are a reflection of your company and brand - nuture them, appreciate them, invest in them. These are the people who can make your brand grow and thrive - keep treating them the way you are and they will sadly contribute to your continued lack of business in the industry. Employees respond very well to encouragement, not intimidation or bullying and guilt trips. People should LOVE where they work, not feel they are obligated to be your slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great company if your an ethical person

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpinestars full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Those writing bad reviews didn't want to do the work it is required when you're new in a company.
    -There are advancement opportunities, but you have to prove that your capable of advancing to different departments.
    -Great work atmosphere and employees easy to get along with.
    -casual environment and not strict on dress code.

    Cons

    -There are times you have to work longer hours but management pays attention to this and rewards you for it.
    -You have to wear many hats at times, but this is also a learning experience that will take you further in whatever your career goals may be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adopt a better chain of command.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    A company of Low Morale

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    -You have to wear many hats, so you gain experience very fast
    -Company gives you product for helping out with Annual Warehouse Sales

    Cons

    -Unrealistic deadlines
    -Extremely High Turnover rate disrupts work
    -Very Little Holidays, and accrue only 1 week of vacation the first year
    -Management does not appreciate employees
    -Loyalty is not rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to show some appreciation, and you will retain competent workers. Unless that is not in the agenda.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    A COMPLETE NIGHTMARE.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Alpinestars (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Leading brand in moto industry
    -small structure in USA- less than 50 employees
    -some travel depending of the position

    Cons

    The 3 decent reviews posted are from astars management. They are not the views of the employees. The true rating should be -1.
    -dictatorship. management spies, rules by fear, threatens and micromanages
    -no structure, no budget, unrealistic goals, no communication
    -CEO / management is arrogant and treats employees as disposable pawns
    -no understanding of action sport culture whatsoever
    -employees are unqualified / untrained. Good ones leave within a few months
    -toxic environment / low morale
    -highest turnover ever -more than 30 people (out of 50) this last year
    -questionable ethics.
    -This area of Torrance is terrible
    -you may need therapy after you leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up. With your methods, you will never amount to anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    By far the worst company I have ever worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Motor sports industry. Some traveling.

    Cons

    A story to illustrate company norms. A product developer was sent to the Italy office 2 weeks before his wedding date. He was put up in the company appartment next to the factory and left to fend for himself. He didnt have transportation and could not access the closest restaurant. He ate cereal most nights for a week and then was flown back to California and fired by owner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please read the reviews

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    weak

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - T Shirts
    - All your friends think your cool cause you work for Alpinestars
    - Wear jeans to work
    - Exciting industry
    - Good social environment
    - If your an attractive young lady CEO will keep you around

    Cons

    - Communication
    - Tools to perform your job
    - Too many chiefs
    - Low pay
    - CEO doesn't care for his employees
    - Reviews are non existent
    - Layoffs occur to those even with large amounts of responsibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Understand the industry and its lifestyle; it is a motorcycle company and not apparel driven
    - Communicate with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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