Access Communications Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Best agency to work with

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Access Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Get to work with some of the smartest people in PR - Really cool brands that span consumer tech to lifestyle - Amazing office culture

    Cons

    -It's an agency, so a lot of the standard cons from that aspect (IE timesheet, dealing with crazy clients) ect.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. Okay experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Access Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some really smart people stand out

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics and playing favorites


  3. Working on freelance projects for Access can leave you idle, then overworked, and being paid months late.

    Former Employee - Freelance Pharmaceutical Copywriter in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Former Employee - Freelance Pharmaceutical Copywriter in Berkeley Heights, NJ

    I worked at Access Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working offsite was a bonus. The creative people and project managers were very good to work with.

    Cons

    Account people are hit-and-miss. Lack of Project Brief for most projects. Poor communications with account. Account would sit on rewrites for a week and then ask to have extensive rewrites done overnight.

    Advice to Management

    Your account people are not as good and smart as they--and you--think they are.


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  5. Fine for people looking for a career in PR

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Access Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Generous with time and attention to employees' professional growth. Some opportunities for interesting development: training other employees, travel to other countries, employee lunches, 401k matching to 15%, beer on Fridays (not always a good idea), microwave popcorn if that's your kind of thing. Some creative work. Gay positive. Enthusiastic VPs. It's been a while since I worked there, so some of these things may have changed.

    Cons

    Lots of VPs. Reactive to client needs (means you are essentially on-call). Can get cliquish and snarky if you are on the outside. Lots of young, blonde, white women, so lack of diversity (I think this is true of the industry, so not a criticism of Access in particular).

    Advice to Management

    Cheer up! This is one of the easiest jobs around (try advertising for some challenging prima donnas!). All the stress is artificial. Stop forcing group activities and focus on the development of individuals. Groom, groom, groom!


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great company to begin your PR career with!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Access Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere, particularly in the New York office. Wide range of B2B, consumer, tech, and food & beverage accounts. A lot of opportunities for professional development and growth. A lot of smart, creative and strategic leaders and managers who want to see employees growing and succeeding at the company. Ability to be bi-coastal and work from either office (NY or SF). Good benefits with ample time-off.

    Cons

    The compensation is on the lower end of the national average for PR agency employees, and unsatisfactory based on workload and account demands.

    Advice to Management

    Employee reviews and promotions are often conducted late, which can be frustrating when expectation a raise or promotion. We also don't have sufficient AC, AAE, and AE support right now on many accounts. The younger staff we do have is not pulling their weight.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Work hard, play hard

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Access Communications

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, perfect sized company, great clients.

    Cons

    Any client service job can mean lots of long hours

    Advice to Management

    keep winning those great new clients!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Access Communications is a fantastic workplace

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Access Communications

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    With offices in both San Francisco and New York Access is a thriving boutique agency with clients in the technology, consumer, and gaming sectors (among others). The best reasons to work for Access Comunications are the relaxed culture, wonderful people, and fantastic benefits. The offices themselves are comfortable and attractive, each work station is ergonomically aligned for individual needs and comfort. The San Francisco office is located in the financial district and there is a mind-bloggling array of restaurants to choose from for lunches or an afternoon snack. The staff is all very friendly and it's just big family at Access

    Cons

    I am incredibly hard-pressed to think of very many negatives to working at Access Communications. i've been an employee for a number of years and don't intend to leave the company any time soon. Why, after 10 years on board employees at any level are entitled to a lengthy sabbatical, and the amount of vacation time granted is quite generous. However pressed to find find domething negative to say, I'd say that the only downside to working at Access is the fact that Access is not an international agency, and there are often temperature battles between those with opposite preferences.

    Advice to Management

    I'd advise senior management to order moer catered lunches.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Run away as fast as you can!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PR Professional
    Former Employee - PR Professional

    I worked at Access Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefit package is pretty good but that's not reason enough to remain employed by Access.

    Cons

    Being in the "people" business, you would think Access would understand that treating employees with respect and dignity is of the utmost importance. Senior management not only participates in juvenile behavior, but promotes it. Name calling, public scolding and the discussion of anatomy do not belong in the work place.

    Advice to Management

    Berating employees in meetings does not create a productive environment. Keep personal opinions and kindergarten behavior out of the office.



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