AbelsonTaylor

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AbelsonTaylor Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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2.6 43 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

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Dale Taylor

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Wanted to stay longer

    Art Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

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

    ConsWas 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.

    Yes, I would 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 benefits; digital beware

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

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

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

    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 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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    Abelson Taylor

    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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