AbelsonTaylor
2.6 of 5 41 reviews
abelsontaylor.com Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

AbelsonTaylor Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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2.6 41 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

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Dale Taylor

(26 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great people, ok place

    Associate Copywriter (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsMost of the people are really sociable and friendly. Really, having a good team can make or break your AT experience. If you have a good time, deadlines are manageable. Some last minute projects may pop up, but the team will be prepared for them.

    ConsBasically, the cons are if you work on a bad team. Clients will walk over the agency, demanding ridiculous amounts of work with insane deadlines. In this case, everyone and everything suffers. The other con about the agency are the office politics. I don't just mean account versus creative, but even creative groups fighting against each other. Sometimes copy and art have a contentious relationship within the same creative group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProper training and onboarding is essential, especially on the account side. Coworkers' experiences with the account team can define their perception of AT. Poor account people are doing you a disservice both internally and externally. Additionally, you need to encourage a better sense of camaraderie between account and creative departments. Often, the relationship can be antagonist, which is somewhat fostered by the company culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to land, given the right CD

    Senior Art Director (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsAbelson-Taylor leadership is dedicated to creating great advertising and a great work environment. They are open to fresh ideas and generously reward positive contributions.

    ConsSome CDs are wonderful to work with, while others are very negative team-busters. Best to do your homework about your potential CD/ACD and listen to your inner voice. Not easy to move laterally after the fact.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDare to be more specific about required/updated skills and save time/effort for all concerned.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An Overall Satisfactory Employment Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment. Friendly employees. Strong community.

    ConsBase salary for a CRA is pretty low.

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    High intensity churn shop

    Developer (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsYou'll work yourself to the bone for praise and promotion, and you'll learn just how hard you can push yourself before you falter. You'll also be introduced to new technologies periodically and allowed the chance to build unique creative with a focus on perfection.

    ConsCommunication between management and direct reports was only used to challenge, chastise, and placate. Promotion isn't based on how good you are at what you do, or how hard you work, but rather who you know, how well you politic, and how much you point the finger at someone else when the constantly overly compressed timelines don't agree with the amount of effort required to produce the level of perfection required.

    The top level leadership has very little understanding of the technology (as is the case with most companies coming from a print background) and it has been used to the advantage of some to improperly influence judgement. If you work here in a dev role, you can absolutely expect to be thrown under the bus when things go wrong if you aren't constantly building a case against someone else. Also, once you've been labeled as a bad egg, you will never be able to recover from that regardless of how many wins you produce for the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make hollow promises to your employees. It breeds contempt. Work on your communication between reports and managers so there's less of a slave driver mentality expectation. The software was great, the creative was great, but the management was a total soap opera.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible. Beware. Stay Away.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice office. Close to public transportation. Free snacks.

    ConsSenior management have driven this business into the ground. Most of the good people have left so if you are just starting your career there is really no one to learn from. The culture is terrible. Back biting and a great deal of favoritism. If you are one of the "pets" you are in otherwise you get nowhere in the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake your heads out of the sand ..... AbelsonTaylor is no longer a hot shop. Once you stop living in the past and embracing the mistakes you made you will never change and the company will continue to falter.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to start, and that's about it

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsWhen you first start, you can really prove your worth and advance quickly. If you choose to embrace your work, you can find some great mentors and meet some very smart, creative people that are willing and happy to teach you about the industry.

    ConsWhile it's a great place to learn in the beginning, you can hit your ceiling very fast and there's nothing you can do about it. This place can get too riddled down by process--even if you show interest or very solid ability, you can only do certain things on certain timelines because "that's the process." If you're a self-starter, you can quickly begin to feel very boxed in by your position; no matter how much you show initiative or how well you execute tactics, it can often go unrewarded. Also, the pay is terrible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let your employees feel stagnant. If they voice concerns, listen to them. You will lose good account people if you don't start reacting. Employees would rather their positive contributions and good work be noticed and compensated than get "good snacks" and "birthday days off."

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    Not a bad place to work, but not a good one

    (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood work-life balance, casual atmosphere

    ConsUnderpaid, old-fashioned culture, employee morale is bad

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntegrate your teams better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe benefits package is all right, particularly regarding variety of offerings (e.g. long term care, wellness fair, etc.). Although good coverage, the health care plan premiums are a bit high. Nice office space overall.

    ConsProfessional growth can be limited, depending on which department you are in. In my experience, salaries are average to slightly below average.

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    Potential Traffic Coordinator? Stay Away!

    Traffic Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsYoung environment, free snacks, downtown location

    ConsHave you noticed how the free snacks is a reoccurring theme? That's probably because that's the only positive thing about working at this company as a traffic coordinator. This role requires long hours for very, very little pay. I know you're a recent grad kid, but a base pay of less than 30K? Trust me, even your frightened, if-I-don't-take-this-I'm-gonna-be-sleeping-in-mom-and-dad's-basement self can do better than that. In terms of hours, think 8 AM to 8 PM or later. But, worst of all, the actual position is absolutely mind-numbing. Unless your goal is to work your way up to the AE position, working here is not even worth it as a resume builder because this position doesn't even allow you to gain any valuable skills. Don't let the recruiter fool you, this position is nothing more than an in-house mailman position. Expect to be transporting documents from one cubicle to another all day long. After about day 3, you can expect to be thinking "what am I doing here" on repeat as you literally pickup a document from 1104, walk 10 feet, and drop it off at 1106. Additionally, don't ever expect to have an actual lunch break here. Or even be able to step out of the office to just pick up lunch for that matter. Once you're on the clock, you're essentially on call until you leave. Again, why do you think they provide you with so many snacks? Lastly, unless you're passionate about pharmaceutical sales/advertising, even more reason to not work here. In a word, pharmaceutical advertising is BORING. Forget creative - this is all about finding ways to shrink down the print so that warnings such as diarrhea, constipation, sore throat, and depression aren't visible to the average eye. Trust me on this one, as dramatic and over the top as this review may sound, just do yourself a favor and go work for an agency that knows what they're doing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Backstabbing, unprofessional, ego maniacal, management.

    Talented Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsYou make a lot of friends and connections that will be helpful when you leave.

    ConsDisorganized, mismanaged, sweat shop atmosphere that the owner claimed it would never become. Be careful not to be rewarded for hard work and loyal service - they'll just use it as a reason to get rid of you and find lesser skilled people to work for half as much. Thanks Dale!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop dumping talented, loyal people to save a buck. Your work will suffer as much as your reputation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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