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Aldera Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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  1. "Mostly good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Overwhelmingly Disappointing and Depressing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 On top of not having proper implementation practices, the technology is outdated.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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "How to burn out high achiever"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Soul Sucking"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn what to look for in a company that you DO NOT want to work for. If you hate life, then this is the perfect place to work.

    Cons

    You are treated like morons and not human beings. There is no thought leadership here. You just get barked at from the top down to get more and more work done. You can never be creative and pitch new ideas here. There is no innovative thinking because it gets squandered. The technology is very stale here and struggles to stay with current changes in the IT industry. If you value your career, don't put it in jeopardy by working for this place. You will not be marketable when you leave. There also is absolutely no work/life balance. You are required to work 60 hrs a week on a normal basis. You don't get any type of bonus or overtime. All of those types of extra's go to the 100 different VP's the company employs.

    Advice to Management

    You keep leadership that has driven you to be behind the majority in the industry. You need change the way the company is run as it's completely backwards. Do you ever wonder why you have a high employee turnover?


  6. "Great little growing company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing, growing, growing & growing. Management encourages new/innovative ideas and are opened to making changes to better serve both internal & external customers

    Cons

    If you do not have the patience to be a part of a growing company and help implement change, this is NOT the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the "great" employees and cut your losses on those that are mediocre. Only hire employees that have the ability to pivot.


  7. "Outstanding company experiencing rapid expansion"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthation is really well positioned in healthcare IT and has a lot of healthcare reform-related opportunities. Company has been around for 10 years and is really hitting its stride now following execution leadership additions, investment capital acquisition, and new customer wins. Company is now focused on doing the right things and doing things right.

    Cons

    Like any company experiencing significant growth (customers and employees), Healthation will its work cut out for it over the next 6-12 months. But it's the proverbial "good problem to have".


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Worked to Death, held like captive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aldera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people to work next to...

    Cons

    Management acts like they own you--expecting ridiculous amounts of your personal time. No compensation for work over and above normal effort. Opportunity to advance non-existent. Pay is below grade for all but a few and management. No longer a family atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring friends and paying ridiculous salaries to management--spread the money to those who spend nights doing the real work. Don't over-promise and then lean on employees to make ridiculous timelines. Notice people are leaving and ask yourselves why--there MUST be a reason.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Opportunity Lost!!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Aldera full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The good hard working people. Sadly a little over a handful. There's a pond out back with swans. Plenty of restaurants in the area to choose from. Conveniently located right off I-88 and I-355.

    LEAVING

    Cons

    Long hours, 55-60 hours a week is expected. Management. Too much upper level management not enough working employees. Too much finger pointing and blaming from employees when projects are behind. The Pay.

    Advice to Management

    Morale, Morale, Morale. Loyalty is a two way street. The business is software, perhaps better customer service and an application without errors would help keep clients and incorporate more.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Once great place to work now less than great..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - N/A in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - N/A in Lisle, IL
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people--learn a lot--originally was a positive work environment

    Cons

    Management changes has made company top heavy. Work loads off the charts. No balance between personal time and work. With at least one management employee, personal feelings made obvious and drove good employees from the company. Some in management got their jobs by holding company's feet to the fire, not because they deserved them. Also pay was low for IT workers.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip on who the (remaining) employees are who do the work--listen to their suggestions--and get more people in to do the work. Don't oversell the product and agree to ridiculous timelines. If you continue to work the employees to death, they will eventually leave.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible Company to be employed at. Run Away !!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Absolutely Zero. Now I know what to look for in a company that I don't want to work for. I wish I left the company sooner.

    Cons

    Where to begin. The company treats it's employees like they are worthless. They under pay all of their employees and hand out bonuses to the upper managment who do nothing. They have more VP's and Executives than actual employees which does not make any sense at all. They overload their employees with work and don't compensate for their hard work. Many good people have been driven away from this company because they run the company like a Dictatorship. Also, they are not up to date with their technology and you will not have marketable skills if you work here and leave for another position. There are many other better companies to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads out of your asses and mimic how successful companies run. Treat your employees better and not like worthless dogs. This company is doomed for failure unless it drastically changes.


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