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Alluma Reviews

Updated Aug 3, 2019

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2.0
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34%
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Alluma CEO Robert Phillips
Robert Phillips
16 Ratings
Pros
  • "The company has good benefits and gives you holiday pay including a week off for Christmas(in 6 reviews)

  • "Great work/life balance and respect for employees(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "If you have a family and a social life this is not the place for you(in 4 reviews)

  • "Top management is the worst I have ever seen(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Endless Opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alluma full-time

    Pros

    All ideas are taken into consideration, even if they don't fit within the current state of a project.

    Cons

    The endless resources and understanding of career growth!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, good work!

    Alluma2018-03-14

    Alluma Response

    March 21, 2018Executive Director, Communications

    Thank you for sharing your perspectives, and we are happy that SIS can help you continue to grow in your career! We will be sure to share your feedback with leadership.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Work on things that matter, and fix things that don't"

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    Current Employee - Chief Data Officer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alluma full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of potential in some parts of the organization for growth. Better decision making processes are being implemented, this has been messy in the past. Innovation process is just kicking off, should bring good new projects and ideas to work on. Diverse staff in many teams. Clearly things have been disjointed here, but there's a good batch of new senior leadership and a number of weaker areas are being tackled,...

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    Cons

    Professional development is too ad-hoc

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy, establish clear, transparent processes!

    Alluma2019-07-02
  3. Helpful (3)

    "WORST PLACE TO WORK FOR"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alluma full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Health Benefits and PTO and the regular perks of working just about anywhere nowadays.

    Cons

    Terrible management in the finance department, unorganized and chaotic. Deadlines that are unrealistic and finance tends to be months behind schedule. Too much gossip and huge egos. Work life balance is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Be open more open minded to change and suggestions. Stop ripping your employees to shreds when suggestions are offered and seriously stop wasting employees work time on unnecessary gossip.

    Alluma2019-08-03
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Worst organization I’ve ever worked for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alluma

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Great holiday time off.

    Cons

    Leadership, leadership, leadership...or lack of. Incompetent managers. Incompetent employees. Dishonest executives. No freedom to do your job. It’s a do as your told environment or fear getting fired. Don’t be fooled by the “new” name, Allumna or something stupid like it.

    Advice to Management

    Close this sinking ship. It’s a joke.

    Alluma2019-07-16
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging environment, but rewarding for the right person"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alluma full-time

    Pros

    We have products in the field that help people who need help. A lot of employees can't say that about their employer, but we can. Working on technology to help people can be a lot more satisfying than working on technology to sell widgets. The current management is trying to improve SIS. One of the ways this is evident is the direction of newer hires - many are savvy, experienced, and eager to make a difference....

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    Cons

    What you must understand about SIS is that it is a company in a state of change out of necessity. There are many areas that need work, and not everything can change overnight. There is inertia that resists change, and not every member of the senior leadership has their eye on the correct goals. The biggest con is that product quality is frequently second to the almighty calendar. Rescheduling a big release to allow...

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    Advice to Management

    Employees must be empowered to stand up and say "I'm sorry, this just isn't ready to release", it must be safe for them to do so, and they must be heard. Currently there are SIS employees who feel completely dis-empowered and have all but given up on caring about their job. These employees feel that they cannot make a difference and that they cannot prevent predictable negative outcomes, because management will not...

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    Alluma2019-05-18
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right"

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

    I worked at Alluma full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work, which most people do not do - because the company does not have any if you do not belong to their only revenue project.

    Cons

    Become part of the furniture, lose your guts to move out and become incompetent like their management.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all of yourself, all the elt/slt - life will be much better and productive.

    Alluma2019-04-28
  7. Helpful (5)

    "What a Mess"

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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alluma full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Affordable health care, no oversight from management so we don't have to be productive more than 2 hours a day.

    Cons

    The leadership team is a disastrous mess of consensus driven job protectors. It's impossible to get anything done that involves real organizational change. In the end, I had to leave because the management teams were only interested in maintaining their jobs rather than being productive which would explain why their products are declining.

    Alluma2019-04-04
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Policy in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alluma full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people to work with, and some interesting work.

    Cons

    Very ineffective middle and senior management, resulting in low employee morale and high turnover. Most work thrown away or wasted. Upper management within the policy team have poor consensus gathering or communication of rationale. It’s a do what you are told culture. No room to really express yourself—unless you are expressing support for their ideas. Lots of unhappy employees. The vibe is very negative, gossipy,...

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    Advice to Management

    Screening should be done to see if managers and directors have the personality/ character traits and communication skills to be an effective leader. Place emphasis on compassionate leadership. Require management training for all new managers. Managers and Directors should have some business/operations in their background so that they can actually understand, respect, and execute that function of their job.

    Alluma2018-11-10
  9. ".net developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alluma for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, good mission, lots of potential

    Cons

    Weak middle management, still improving technology processes, absent Chief Operations and Client Sevices

    Advice to Management

    Continue efforts to improve operations, focus on new product, purge remaining old management

    Alluma2018-08-02
  10. Helpful (10)

    "Not walking the walk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alluma full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - good benefits (retirement, health insurance, etc.) - there are some really nice and passionate people - inspirational goals and mission in a unique space - love the policy influence across the organization - so much potential

    Cons

    This just isn't a healthy environment - differences with managers in opinion or strategy are discouraged - very hierarchical and bureaucratic for a nonprofit or tech company - lack of transparency in actions from managers or leadership - not relying on evidence-based metrics or advice for products or decisions because people are too emotionally invested in a particular path - micromanaging and lack of autonomy...

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    Advice to Management

    It's okay to change course or reiterate if something didn't work. Listen to the concerns of lower level staff and communicate more. Middle management is more concerned about how they are perceived rather than how they treat others or the rigor of the work.

    Alluma2018-08-26
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