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Former Employee in Overland Park, KS

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Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Overland Park, KS
Former Employee - Account Manager in Overland Park, KS

I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

AOS is built on the idea of Expect of the Best. Having a team of people getting business done with that motto is a great thing. Once someone knows that I used to work for AOS they always ask what I think of Gary. I reply back with 50% / 50%. 50% respects Gary for what he has created. Gary is very insightful in the assessment of people. The other 50% dislikes Gary for his management style.

Cons

Unfortunately folks. The Cons outweigh working for this place. There is an extreme amount of turnover in the sales personnel that work at AOS. The core group (Gary’s Sons, Grandchildren, and Loyalists) have remained the same but it’s the sales staff and sales engineers that consisting turnover. It’s always interesting to meet people that just started and they say it’s great but a year later when they longer work there it’s a different story.

Middle Managers don’t really have a clue because they are merely following orders from Gary. Even if you are over performing you will still feel pressure that you could lose your job at any second. Gary would sit in board meetings and tell stories of firing people and be proud of that fact that he did it. Gary expected me to have an immediate answer to whether or not I could attend training in Boston the night before. I told him I would like to discuss it with my wife and he responded that he didn’t have to talk to his wife to make a decision.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Everyone knows that if Gary sells the company his sons can not be in management positions. So why are they in those positions now?

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great Presales Resources, Sell Great Products - Fail in Markets due to Lack of Leadreship

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay well
    Great Presales Resources
    Represent very good products

    Cons

    Lack of leadreship at Branch Offices and HQ
    Family owned and run Business - If your last name isn't Alexander you have a lack of advancement
    Company run on emotions
    High turnover
    Not loyal to people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company would thrive much better if it was sold to a top competitor. Old School Management and hand me down to family focus will hurt this company. Need to fire all the branch office Presidents and Region President as they add no value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Fast Paced

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Fenton, MO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Fenton, MO

    I worked at Alexander Open Systems

    Pros

    Great technical support pre and post sales.

    Cons

    Too much focus on one vendor who does not do anything for AOS.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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