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Associate Product Marketing Manager

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Current Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time for more than a year

Pros

- Great opportunity to learn about technology and application of that in different industies
- Like startups, we have a chance to be proactive, and improve processes and systems
- Wonderful atmosphere, and cooperation from employees and departments throughout the globe
- Benefits above average
- Work and life integration Vs. Work and Life Balance: I might need to work some evenings and some weekends depending on the project, but have flexibility in case I need some time during the day.

Cons

- There is room for improvement in compensation based on market
- Quarterly, instead of yearly, reviews

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quarterly reviews
Compensation based on market

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Allied Telesis

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Abyssmal Management, Limited Market Future, Poor Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Allied Telesis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location in Silicon Valley is good, and the company has a strong product history.

    Cons

    Allied Telesis has been on a downhill slide since the company decided to try and compete against big, successful firms like Cisco in what they call the "solutions" market. Instead of sticking to what it did well, which was deliver great networking products, it is trying to change the entire culture and value proposition of the company and is getting away from what it does well.

    Organizationally, there are frequent changes, putting people into jobs they don't know how to do and aren't qualified for. Management is incompetent, insensitive, and inexperienced for what they are doing. The Chairman is the only voice that matters in the company, and his opinions are outdated and unrealistic. You cannot do in the USA or Europe what you do in Japan, but he fails to understand that reality.

    The environment is deadly, with poor benefits, limited management guidance, and frequent change/chaos. I have worked there for a few years in mid-level management, and I actually was turned down for another job specifically because I was working at Allied Telesis--the company has a terrible reputation as a difficult place to work with limited relevance to the real tech world. It's not too bad for lower-level technicians, but it's no place for a qualified manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real president who knows how to turn around a failing company and make something of a legacy business. Get rid of the management trying to monkey-wrench the company into a solutions market already crowded with bigger, more successful players. Return to focusing on delivering high-quality products instead of turnkey solutions. Have the Chairman retire to a window seat, because his opinions have become archaic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Shadow of former self, Lack of management, Sales suffering

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Allied Telesis full-time

    Pros

    Brand reputation for reliability and good price. Loyal customer base which keeps the company afloat. Financially stable thanks to Japan market. Note: this is a Japanese company, founded and run by an industry veteran. However the remainder of this review will focus on North America (NA) business which is owned by the Japanese holdings Co but managed independantly (at least until recently). There is opportunity here. Someone looking to try something new, perhaps reinvent themselves, and has the fortitude to handle the lack of structure, ok with poor comp plan and no perf reviews.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional Executive team. Widespread poor morale, lack of communication. Lots of undermining and backbiting in semi- hostile environment. Unable to develop any long term strategic plan. Sales are in deep decline and top performers have all exited. IT dept awol, with heads in the sand and no business partnership. Whats left are industry dinosaurs lacking motivation or innovative ideas. There are some college grad newbies and people looking to enhance resumes, but no loyalty ready to jump ship. The founder has taken a more active role in day to day operations in the last year to try and improve things but he is an engineer by trade, NOT a business manager. The result is constant re-organizations, operational vacuums, lack of cogent business plan, and fear / chaos rules the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New Executive team. Restructure. You got the new building. Now its time for new contents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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