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AbelsonTaylor Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
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2.6
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Dale Taylor
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free snacks, good vacation/PTO policy (in 13 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, casual atmosphere (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not as balanced as it once was (in 3 reviews)

  • There is no education or mentoring of account staff (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    i was pretty happy there

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at AbelsonTaylor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great group of people to work with. focused on quality of work.

    Cons

    a little awkward to move to another creative group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A mixed bag, but overall disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AbelsonTaylor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    OK benefits. Overall good group of co-workers. Fairly philanthropic company. Free snacks, large lounge area with flat screens, Wii, etc. Swanky Holiday parties, discounted lunch Fridays (at least there used to be).

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, particularly so for certain departments such as Traffic. Thus, recent years have seen high turnover. Salaries are below average. Little opportunity for growth. There existed a pervasive attitude of old-school brown-nosing between supervisors and mid-management that favored the wrong workers. This was practically encouraged from top-down and hence, allowed to perpetuate. This kind of thing can happen in any company. However, I would expect better from a place that deems itself progressive with a great culture. Atmosphere had an underlying negativity to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This was the most paranoid environment I've ever worked in and that sentiment came from the top. Trust your people. They truly do want to be there, do a good job, and contribute to the company mission and vision. You will receive in return a great increase in production and morale. Lose those that are perpetuating the cliques -- though you may believe so, these are not the ones to rely on -- they are the ones harming the talent pool (good people can and do leave).

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company grew too fast and didn't know how to handle it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AbelsonTaylor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits and growth opportunity if you work hard, good pay once you receive your first few promotions

    Cons

    zero training on brand or once you advance. expected to read minds and teach yourself. Waaay too much process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    involved employees in agency wide decisions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at AT

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbelsonTaylor full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks, good vacation/PTO policy... this is a great place to get hardcore training and intro to advertising. Does look good on a resume.

    Cons

    Hours, long hours.. teams often don't get along.... very much is expected of you when you're a new AE. Accountant management is in charge of heavy duty financial planning and solutions... for which you are not trained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAIN

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance for an ad agency but a bit behind the times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AbelsonTaylor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work/life balance and since the agency is privately held, the leaders a very accessible and approachable.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint is that the agency is behind the times. For instance: digital projects (emails, websites, ipad apps) are PRINTED and routed manually to get hand-written mark-ups/approvals.
    Second issue - the creative team runs the show. (And they are more concerned with winning awards than making the client happy). If you are a traditional art director or copy writer, you'll love it here. But if you are looking to do innovative things in the digital space, I'm afraid this is not the place for you..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on winning awards and more on training/developing (and promoting) employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Agency Culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AbelsonTaylor

    Pros

    Company gives bonuses. People are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Management style of communication is very bad! No talking, just cold shoulder or big smiles.
    Work life balance is not as balanced as it once was. A lot of late hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your communication style to verbally discussing issues with your employees. And next steps.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wanted to stay longer

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    Current Contractor - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbelsonTaylor as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a fun office environment. Friendly people. Easy to get to from the el. Lunches on Fridays that were brought in.

    Cons

    Was only allowed to work there for 3 months because of some weird contractor rule. Had to sit at a freelancer table with no privacy. They had me interview for a full-time position as an Art Director but then they hired someone for Senior Art Director and made the team virtually all Senior Art Directors instead of promoting someone to Senior.

    Recommends
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits; digital beware

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbelsonTaylor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice people to work with, many talented people, plenty of company outings, tons of employee resources

    Cons

    Half the digital development team has been laid off. Many company wide layoffs this year. Moral is low. Lots of talent but upper leadership does not know how to steer the boat, to the point where many people are jumping ship. The digital team in general is treated like a bad stepchild, their voice is not heard. In general the company is stuck in its ways and refuses to change, which makes it impossible to move forward and grow as an individual or as a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop discussing change, and make it happen, you're running in circles, and people are running away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, ok place

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    Former Employee - Associate Copywriter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Copywriter in Chicago, IL

    I worked at AbelsonTaylor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most 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.

    Cons

    Basically, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Proper 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    You're gonna want to pass on this one.

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    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbelsonTaylor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have very nice offices.

    Cons

    They will do anything to keep their clients happy, and clients still leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management? Hummm, maybe advertising is not for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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