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Jon Groves
9 Ratings
Pros
  • "The statement that there is no work life balance on many of the reviews below is inaccurate, there is plenty of balance(in 5 reviews)

  • "(in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "AOS isn't always the most forward thinking organization, they tend to lean on their traditional stack more than maybe they should(in 22 reviews)

  • "(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great, local, family owned company with lots of opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I love working for AOS. Everyone is friendly and willing to help. The training, education and resources are almost unlimited. It's fast paced and you have to be willing to put in the work, so if you are driven, enthusiastic about IT and enjoy working with people...this is for you and that hard work will be rewarded. This isn't a job where you can be lackadaisical, work for it and the great pay will follow. High ethical...

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    Cons

    Longer hours when things are busy, which you want :) - the busier the better $

    Advice to Management

    New CEO Jon Groves is a great guy with vision of taking AOS to the next level. He is experienced from a technical and sales perspective, which is exactly what we need!

  2. "Terrible Experience"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time

      Pros

      None. Cannot think of anything positive.

      Cons

      Too many to mention here.

    • "NOC technician"

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      Former Employee - NOC Engineer in Olathe, KS
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      8am - 5pm hours so not much overtime was available if needed

      Cons

      High turnover due to low pay

      Advice to Management

      value your team members

    • "easy to get in the door but hard to progress within company"

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      Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Overland Park, KS
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Training is offered for newcomers to this field and culture is ok. decent Work/life balance.

      Cons

      Training isn't thorough, uniform or organized. Ability to grow within the company for more compensation is slim.

      Advice to Management

      Listen and consider applying suggestions that employees voice. A lot of "shush-ing" around the office.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Model, Great People, Leadership/Culture Challenges"

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      Former Employee - Sales 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      AOS is a really good company. I enjoyed my time there. The people were great and delivery to the customer was always a priority, which I loved.

      Cons

      Gary is a shrewd business man. That is good for him and for those who benefit from the business he created. The culture is centered around high micromanagement that I'm sure is labeled as accountability. It's not for everybody. The structure in itself is not bad, it's more about the attitude behind the structure. it feels like you are being whipped when you aren't meeting every metric rather than coached. I would...

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      Advice to Management

      Be flexible. If you want heavy hitters then create a comp plan that attracts heavy hitters and give them room to be great. Let them be creative and think outside the box. The structure can feel suffocating.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Great company if you're willing to work hard"

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      Former Employee - Design Architect in Overland Park, KS
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time

      Pros

      AOS is truly the kind of place where you make your own way. If you're willing to put in the time and effort it takes to grow your pipeline and close business you can make a lot of money. If you're not, AOS isn't for you.

      Cons

      AOS isn't always the most forward thinking organization, they tend to lean on their traditional stack more than maybe they should. Management will also occasionally play favorites, but, in what organization do they not?

      Advice to Management

      Keep pushing what differentiates AOS from the rest of the pack.

    • Helpful (3)

      "Weight lifted"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Alexander Open Systems for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I don't think that there are any that really stood out. Glad it's over

      Cons

      No real training. The non-compete Agreement is a tad excessive most people I worked with barely had a firm grasp on their job due to lack of training and weren't a real threat. Very unfriendly atmosphere way too much drama and back stabbing taking place

      Advice to Management

      provide adequate training programs for new hires and friendly more willing supervisors to provide the knowledge and training to make a successful long term employee.

    • Helpful (3)

      "Wrong leadership choices lead to lack of success"

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      Former Employee - Sales in Remote, OR
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Pay is fairly equivalent to other VARs and interview/hiring process is easy and quick

      Cons

      lack of leadership across the board. Leaders at remote regions micro manage and lead by dictatorship not respect which will be the end of this organization if not changed. Once was a fun and exciting company is now dark and full of skepticism.

      Advice to Management

      Listen to you employees, not 2 or 3 fortunate people in leadership. They blind you to what the real issues are there for the last 2-3 years.

    • Helpful (1)

      "AOS - Work with the best"

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      Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Overland Park, KS
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Excellent training, excellent pay, great employees, great management, as a consultant you are in a different environment constantly, great clients, days go by fast, family owned company so you have a small company feel with a big company atmosphere, best consultants/engineers in the business

      Cons

      Hours, health care is not the best

      Advice to Management

      If there is a lot of work to be done for a network cut over, schedule additional engineers to work shifts.

    • Helpful (2)

      "Great peer and management support for engineers."

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      Current Employee - Systems Engineer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Alexander Open Systems full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Being with the company 5+ years I have personally experienced the team work of my peers as well as the support of my management team. Training is high on the list of priorities and is financially supported by AOS. Average work weeks are 40 hours. Some weeks are longer but that is to be expected in IT. Good work life balance.

      Cons

      Communication in most companies is a struggle. With the new CEO it feels like we are back on the right track.

      Advice to Management

      Continue to invest in your employees. They are very dedicated. Keep reinforcing our strategic goals and this company can go far.

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