The Alternative Board

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The Alternative Board Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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  1.  

    A Comfortable Solution

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

    I worked at The Alternative Board as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great support. Good Marketing Call Center. Legal is very strong.

    Cons

    Limited flexibility in creating client programs. Many similar solutions exist, so differentiation is difficult for potential clients to see clearly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Big culture and management issues

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

    I worked at The Alternative Board full-time

    Pros

    The franchisees are, for the most part, good people, and tend to treat the employees fairly most of the time.

    Cons

    The owner and the CEO do not see eye to eye, which creates a culture of confusion for employees. Many times, they will give conflicting direction to employees, and then the employee pays the price from one or the other when they have to choose which orders to follow.
    Every issue that the company has stems from the owner and senior management, but all problems are blamed on the employees, who are not allowed to make decisions or effect positive change.
    Some of the franchisees are unqualified, and they aren't making enough money and validate poorly.
    The pay and benefits are far below the market standard; very far below.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your management team actually manage, and do not micro-manage them.
    Hire better, more qualified employees through meeting the industry standard pay levels.
    Sell franchises to qualified individuals only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best Professional Experience to Date

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at The Alternative Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company focuses on your strengths, not your title.
    Very open to ideas from all levels of employees and franchisees.
    Caring, understanding ownership who are family friendly.
    Promotes from within.

    Cons

    Very fast paced, so not a workplace for those looking to go slow. You'll need to be energetic, but the payoff is great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep bringing in all stars

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Fast-paced and challenging enviroment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at The Alternative Board full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding work that benefits others; franchisees and business owners. Fast paced with variety of opportunities to take on new challenges. Family-owned company that cares about employees and franchisees, not just the bottom line.

    Cons

    Some employees here when I started that weren't a good culture fit, but things are much better for the last 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep brining in good peple and top franchisees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Vice President

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Vice President in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at The Alternative Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great business model - helping small business owners.
    Very focused on helping existing franchisees - regardless of success level.
    Great working rapport with franchisees - through dozens of franchisee advisory committees.
    Management makes every attempt to foster a healthy employee culture.

    Cons

    There are only so many hours in the day & many things we would like to accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Small, Family Owned Company Who Doesn't Value Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Westminster, CO

    I worked at The Alternative Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual dress code was allowed in the office.

    Cons

    Work/life balance was terrible. If you put in a 10 hour day it just wasn't enough. Upper management would tell you to do one thing and once completed say that's not what they asked for. Constructive criticism wasn't provided, everything was always your fault no matter what lengths you took in order to ensure success. Constant turnover in staff, espeically upper level management so nothing was ever the same. It's a family owned business and it's very evident the family is only looking out for themselves and doesn't really care about their employees. Double standards all across the board with employees; if you were friends or sucked up with the owner/founder you got all the benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to look and see how you treat employees and practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    ThIs is the most disfunctional company I have ever been involved with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Support Trainer in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Field Support Trainer in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at The Alternative Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some nice people who work there

    Cons

    Turn over is high, people make decisions that effect the customers with no knowledge of the market. There haven't been any raises in 5 years, except for the chairman and his son in law.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Six months into the business

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Franchisee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Franchisee in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I have been working at The Alternative Board (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent support and training right from the start - both at Head Office in Denver & once back in NZ.

    Cons

    Takes time to get franchise business underway. The process is thorough & effective but could be quicker to implement and get going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focussing on providing support & assistance to all franchisees so we can support our SME members to help them develop their businesses...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Loved the system, but corporate only cared about top producing offices.

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

    I worked at The Alternative Board full-time

    Pros

    Good Product, Franchise owners are outstanding.

    Cons

    Corporate doesn't provide support if your struggling. Once they sell the franchisee then corporate could care less whether your franchise business succeeds or fails.

    Doesn't Recommend

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