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  1. "Field Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Choose One in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Choose One in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Alternative Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    Support of the entire community, support office team, executives, are the best I have come across after many years of working with great companies. The business which devotes its time and energy supporting small business owners is such important and worthy work and it's done so well with great attention. Great training, great tools to work with, some great new senior execs as well as long standing experienced heads.

    Cons

    Small business owners do everything and similarly you need to be fast paced, flexible, willing to learn and take on loads. You would want to have the passion and energy to keep with the pace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the current team Best yet.


  2. "Best Professional Experience to Date"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Alternative Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company focuses on your strengths, not your title.
    Very open to ideas from all levels of employees and franchisees.
    Caring, understanding ownership who are family friendly.
    Promotes from within.

    Cons

    Very fast paced, so not a workplace for those looking to go slow. You'll need to be energetic, but the payoff is great.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing in all stars


  3. "Fast-paced and challenging enviroment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Alternative Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding work that benefits others; franchisees and business owners. Fast paced with variety of opportunities to take on new challenges. Family-owned company that cares about employees and franchisees, not just the bottom line.

    Cons

    Some employees here when I started that weren't a good culture fit, but things are much better for the last 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep brining in good peple and top franchisees.


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  5. "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Vice President in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Alternative Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great business model - helping small business owners.
    Very focused on helping existing franchisees - regardless of success level.
    Great working rapport with franchisees - through dozens of franchisee advisory committees.
    Management makes every attempt to foster a healthy employee culture.

    Cons

    There are only so many hours in the day & many things we would like to accomplish.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Small, Family Owned Company Who Doesn't Value Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Alternative Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual dress code was allowed in the office.

    Cons

    Work/life balance was terrible. If you put in a 10 hour day it just wasn't enough. Upper management would tell you to do one thing and once completed say that's not what they asked for. Constructive criticism wasn't provided, everything was always your fault no matter what lengths you took in order to ensure success. Constant turnover in staff, espeically upper level management so nothing was ever the same. It's a family owned business and it's very evident the family is only looking out for themselves and doesn't really care about their employees. Double standards all across the board with employees; if you were friends or sucked up with the owner/founder you got all the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to look and see how you treat employees and practice what you preach.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "ThIs is the most disfunctional company I have ever been involved with."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Support Trainer in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Field Support Trainer in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Alternative Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some nice people who work there

    Cons

    Turn over is high, people make decisions that effect the customers with no knowledge of the market. There haven't been any raises in 5 years, except for the chairman and his son in law.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "TAB Business Owner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Franchisee
    Current Contractor - Franchisee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Alternative Board as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Franchise model. He staff treats business owners with respect and work hard to ensure individual franchisee success.

    Proven Tools to help small business owners. 25 year of experience

    Cons

    HQ staff turnover. Seem to have trouble retaining good talent or hiring practices are a bit out of date. Acquisition can be slow, marketing is improving but still needs refinement


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Big culture and management issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Alternative Board full-time

    Pros

    The franchisees are, for the most part, good people, and tend to treat the employees fairly most of the time.

    Cons

    The owner and the CEO do not see eye to eye, which creates a culture of confusion for employees. Many times, they will give conflicting direction to employees, and then the employee pays the price from one or the other when they have to choose which orders to follow.
    Every issue that the company has stems from the owner and senior management, but all problems are blamed on the employees, who are not allowed to make decisions or effect positive change.
    Some of the franchisees are unqualified, and they aren't making enough money and validate poorly.
    The pay and benefits are far below the market standard; very far below.

    Advice to Management

    Let your management team actually manage, and do not micro-manage them.
    Hire better, more qualified employees through meeting the industry standard pay levels.
    Sell franchises to qualified individuals only.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "A Comfortable Solution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Facilitator
    Former Contractor - Facilitator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Alternative Board as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great support. Good Marketing Call Center. Legal is very strong.

    Cons

    Limited flexibility in creating client programs. Many similar solutions exist, so differentiation is difficult for potential clients to see clearly.


  11. "Six months into the business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Franchisee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Franchisee in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Alternative Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent support and training right from the start - both at Head Office in Denver & once back in NZ.

    Cons

    Takes time to get franchise business underway. The process is thorough & effective but could be quicker to implement and get going.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focussing on providing support & assistance to all franchisees so we can support our SME members to help them develop their businesses...