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Updated October 11, 2017
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Darin K. LeGrange
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Team-first, family atmosphere/culture"

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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 Aldera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    First class family atmosphere where the employee is cared for. Unique employee engagement initiatives give the employee an opportunity to choose to be a part of the community/family. The culture has come a long way in the 3 years I've been here even through some tough transitions. Most of the whiners/complainers have weeded themselves out and left, creating a much more pleasant, team-first atmosphere.

    Cons

    Short-staffed; plates are overloaded leading to burnout for some.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the prize. Thank you for changing the culture and your leadership through the good and tough times. Would like to see some innovation relative to work schedules/benefits to avoid burnout and increase morale (i.e. additional PTO, 4/10 work weeks or even "32-hour" workweeks)


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aldera part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people and product. Many people believed in the company and stayed when faced with frequent layoffs.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt new technology

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Working at Aldera for 5 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aldera (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company feel. Opinion matters

    Cons

    Financial instability. History of poor implementations impacting customer references


  4. "Mostly good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aldera (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The work is never boring and I enjoy what I do. I work with lots of intelligent people who also happen to be fun.

    Cons

    Many areas are understaffed leading to burnout and turnover. It doesn't appear upper management fully understands what it takes for certain positions to efficiently do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Senior staff needs to pay more attention to all employees equally. Stop by and say hello. Don't wait for meetings or mingles to interact.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overwhelmingly Disappointing and Depressing"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No real pros here. The amount of joy you get the moment you get to leave the office after a 12 hour day.

    Cons

    They do not follow any System Development Life Cycle practices to ensure a quality product. On top of not having proper implementation practices, the technology is outdated. The product is stale and has been surpassed buy superior products. For a software company to not be on the bleeding edge spells failure. Top heavy management and not enough resources that actually do the work. The model is to reward the 50 different managers and vice presidents but punish the staff by making them work long hours with no rewards. There is no bonus structure or extras given for your hard work. You are just handed more work after you completed your marathon coding sweatshop. Run away as fast as you can if you are reading this. Oh and the chief technology officer is an ego maniac and leads by fear, not respect.

    Wish I could give a lower score than what I did but 1's are the lowest.

    Advice to Management

    You need to reconstruct and re-architect everything about the company from the top down. Need to pay attention to the people who actually do the work for the customer and not just sit in an office all day watching golf during work hours. This company is doomed.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good place to work"

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

    I worked at Aldera (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a job. There always seems like their is money for everything but what is important.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours and clicks are rampant at Aldera. 14-17 hour days are expected and are quite frequent so get use to it. If you have family, kids expect to not see them much. Management always chasing their tails. Crumbling environment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your clients better, you have already seen an exodus in 2015.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stagnating company, good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aldera full-time

    Pros

    A lot of very talented and bright people work for Aldera. In some spaces, there are great opportunities for creative and fulfilling work.

    Cons

    Management seems to lack direction or the means to drive towards growth. The products look and feel dated. Pay was good but balanced against the number of hours required - was not a good work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the products and technology. There are capable resources for the company to be much more successful and management appears to stand in the way.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "How to burn out high achiever"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aldera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its a paying job just barely and gets you out of the house...everyone needs some sunshine in their day...they know how to find hard workers that have no confidence and burn them out completely

    Cons

    It takes away what you are really looking to do in life....like pay the bills and put food on the table and be home for dinner with wife and kids

    Advice to Management

    Do not run company as a tax hedge for owner.... they should pay employees for proper work done.....too many long hours burns people out....oh yay thats the strategy....CTO needs to get out of coding and provide proper guidance to staff....oh yay he is ego maniac....sweat shop is right.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It was great working for Aldera in San Diego"

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

    Pros

    Great team dynamics
    Dedicated and skilled team members

    Cons

    Pay scale could be more competitive

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing good in bringing new clients on board but could focus more on bringing new product innovations


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Getting better but not quite there..."

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    Current Employee - Client Services
    Current Employee - Client Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees are fantastic and great to work with, they truly feel like family. I have a manager that is very supportive and tries to help whenever possible. The pay is pretty good if you're working 40 hours, which I never do.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is not great. The company needs to hire more people and have a better on boarding program for new employees. This will help retention for sure.


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