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Alder Reviews

Updated July 18, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alder part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great camaraderie within the company. Make you feel like you are apart of something great, always looking to improve you not only as a sales rep but as a person as well.

    Cons

    Straight commission pay which means no certain financial security.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great.


  2. "Great people, great environment, great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and environment are tough to beat.

    Cons

    People are generally paid below market value and there are no benefits.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Strong Vision - Growing Fast"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alder full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Alder pushes you to be your best and to build a loyal network. Generally, the employees work hard and know their stuff.

    Cons

    Stepping out of line has negative repercussions - even if it's to go above and beyond. There is an order here and a country club feel.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to recognize innovation and merit of those other than sales. Yes, it's a sales-driven organization - but so is every other company in the world and it's clear that Alder values their sales team(s) more than anyone else in the company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Pretty happy with my job"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alder full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty much have complete freedom to do what you want, as long as the job is getting done. I work out of my home 1000 miles away from corporate, so I don’t hear from management too much maybe once a week or so. The company has kept their word on everything they promised me when I started, nothing more, nothing less. The pay is decent for the easy work that is performed. I like it here overall. They say they will work around your schedule.

    Cons

    First there aren’t any benefits at ALL! They don’t even help you set an IRA.

    The company can be very un-organized at times, and make a lot of last minute decisions. It can seem like the “Wild West” sometimes, in a sense of you just have to make your decisions a lot, and hope management is okay with it at the end of the day, because you can’t get a hold of anyone. The company is going to through growing pains right now, so the people who are in lower management are constantly changing roles and job duties. Inventory is a problem here, they will send you plenty of what you don’t need for jobs and not near enough of what you do need, leaving you in a bad situation sometimes. Don’t really count on having any sort of life Monday-Friday, the end of the work week is more of a blessing than you know. They hire a lot of part time installers that are terrible at their jobs, and they don’t seem to really care. It may sound dumb, but I wish they had performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Get a quality control guy, for installs and service. Management seems a bit over whelmed, might want to add a few more positions to lighten their load, I’d be glad to have one of them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Scheduling specialist"

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    Current Employee - Scheduling Coordinator in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Scheduling Coordinator in Orem, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alder full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment nice culture extremely flexible with scheduling if you are a student.

    Cons

    No benefits micro management as well is now a downside

    Advice to Management

    Trust those reps next to you. They work really hard and its good o get a kudos every now and again.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of Alder"

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

    I worked at Alder full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch Friday. A few of leadership staff are fantastic.

    Cons

    Out of touch executive management. Listening to the wrong people about the wrong things. Afraid to invest in computers, people, resources. People spend their own money to get things done. Embarrassing

    Advice to Management

    Live your creeds. Watch the video where Schanz is saying the line, “Fiercely loyal to our employees.” In the very moment he is saying this the camera focuses on a great employee who you fired without cause. Embarrassing. You have a Wormtongue amongst you

    Alder Response

    Jul 16, 2018 – VP, People

    Thank you for your feedback and for your review. At Alder, one of our core values is "Be Ever the Wiser" and as such, both constructive and positive feedback are of the utmost importance to us... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "10/10 would recommend!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alder full-time

    Pros

    - Frequent advancement opportunities
    - Free lunch on Fridays
    - Food trucks come all the time
    - AWESOME co-workers
    - Activities/Prize contests happen all the time
    - Your voice is actually heard when you have a suggestion
    - Values that everyone believes in

    Cons

    - You need to be up for a challenge

    Alder Response

    Jul 16, 2018 – VP, People

    Thank you for your positive feedback and for being a big part of our success. We appreciate your efforts and for being a part of a rapidly growing organization.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Love my job and love the people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alder full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good friends
    Good Events Committee
    Good People Department
    Good food on Fridays
    Good conversations
    Softball is fun with our executives

    Cons

    Extremely stressful
    Not paid enough
    Good at selling a pipe dream
    No resources from having techs to saving customers
    Your bonuses are also a pipe dream
    You never know if you are doing anything wrong and then they expect you to already know
    Intimidation tactics are their best selling points.
    Manager don’t know anything shout the department.

    Advice to Management

    I love my job I love what I do. But people can’t tell you what you are needing to improve on in your department if they have never been in your department or do what you have done everyday. There isn’t a way to make a department better if you are never open to listening to what the problems are or are only willing to listen to a point and have someone else fix the problems when the people in the floor know how to solve the problem.
    My advice, pay the people that have been there for a good chunk of time the money they deserve and don’t punish them for expecting them to reciprocate the validation.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Know what you're in for before you join!"

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    Former Employee - Smart Home Consultant in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Smart Home Consultant in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alder full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool boss and co workers, good opportunity for those with sales experience.

    Cons

    No benefits, unpaid training, base + commission NOT offered to anyone under 40 hours, sent to ghetto areas on my first day by myself! No shadowing company veterans until my second week, and even that was only one time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers for training, shadow people who are new to sales, and send them to areas where people can actually afford security systems!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Best company ever"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orem, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I’ve never once had a bad experience at alder and have worked here for a long time! Love all the management , co workers and you get what you put in.
    I always get paid what I thought I was getting paid.

    Cons

    Nothing but good things to say

    Advice to Management

    Keep on rolling and haters gonna hate

    Alder Response

    Feb 26, 2018 – VP, People

    Thank you so much for your review. We truly have a great culture here and you reap what you sow here! We appreciate having the positive, can-do mentality here. One of our core values is "Make Them... More


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