All Star Directories, Inc.

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All Star Directories, Inc. Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
34 Reviews

2.5
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but you will be laid off without a notice

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well paced, quiet place to work, some perks, generally friendly people

    Cons

    Had been losing money and business grip. Lay offs are sudden and unannounced. You come to work and it turns out that it's you last day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firing policy is brutal. Share the message that company isn't doing well and we have to cut costs including attrition. That's civilized... Listen to your new people, especially marketing, new features can wait, if SEO in going down

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has had many well qualified junior / senior leaders - particularly in technology and marketing

    Cons

    Doug Brown, CEO has been leading this company for years and it shows. Mr. Brown spends his entire day in his office surfing the web on subjects completely unrelated to the business. He rarely engages the staff and when he does he demonstrates his complete lack of understanding for the medium of his own company. He lacks vision, strategy, consumer awareness, industry expertise, technology comprehension or organizational leadership.

    This company has no chance for survival. It's core assets have completely depreciated and it is existing on razor thin arbitrage.
    As the for scam EDU industry continues to be simultaneously attacked by regulators and Google, the best All Star can do is give its staff time to find alternative employment.
    Senior executives come and go like its a turnstile, not because if their capabilities rather because of the absence of any from the CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doug Brown should retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very suppressive work environment, not a lot of room for growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They are heavy into data so you can learn a lot. The location is nice.

    Cons

    They release employees regularly and you're always fighting to climb out of a hole rather than innovating to move forward. The in-office culture seems very catty. Management seems to conflict a lot on their views which doesn't help the company move forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more freedom to help guide the company instead of handing them task lists of what and how to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience at All Star Directories

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good coworker relationships, good office space and location, good health care, dental and optical coverage.

    Cons

    Advancement within the company is next to impossible, pay is not comparable to industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more care in making current employees happy and not be so worried about head count. 1 person that knows what they're doing is better than having 3 who have no idea.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team environment, open door policy, deep respect for each other (no matter what position you are in), and ability to share and bring innovative ideas to the table.

    Cons

    employee turnover has increased over the last couple years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to search for the best and most talented people out there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    More fun with the Mandatory Fun Committee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The vertical is finally bottoming out. The company remains profitable. There are plenty of opportunities to improve the business. Having latitude to work on them is what stokes.

    Perks: coffee/tea, fresh fruit, quirky missives and events from the cheeky "Mandatory Fun Committee", and a locker room for post-lunchtime workout shower.

    People are generally amicable.

    The CEO seems like a good guy. He has made a couple of tough calls promptly. Ex: in November, a couple of people with toxic work ethos + dragging down others were let go.

    Cons

    No shared, inter-departmental urgency. It takes too long to track down the owner of something or drive a decision.

    A few people not pulling their weight or plain clueless.

    Recent, voluntary turnover has been a problem.

    The open cube pit hinders productivity. People don't realize how much their hallway conversations disrupt.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company trying to under-go seachange in a wildly changing vertical

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you push management hard enough (by sticking to your ideas and are willing to potentially go around your direct manager) and get the opportunity to implement your ideas, this is a great place to work. This company will listen if you come up with something awesome / startup-ey / thought out. Some reviews prior are from, in my opinion, people that complained and whined a lot but weren't willing to put in the work to actually make a difference. There were a lot (and continue to be a lot) of opportunities to do something cool, whether you were in technology (like me) or elsewhere within the company.

    Cons

    The lack of transparency and inter-department activities is sad. It focuses a lot on "people that have been there a long time" and less on the people that are fairly new to the company. Meaning -- it doesn't embrace anyone that has started in the last year or so well. The company is in a vertical that is undergoing a significant downturn and should be trying harder to under go seachange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The idea day was, well, a great idea. However a few went in thinking nothing would be implemented and it is sad that ended up being the case. Here is an idea on "Idea Day 2.0". Don't involve the entire company but identify the standout contributors in your organization. Don't use existing org charts to identify said standout contributors, go out and find them as the existing org charts / relationships which you are clinging to, are people that have been there a long time and are holding you back in my opinion. Set a precedence that ideas generated by these folks are going to be implemented and let them create. No, don't do a separate genesis thing, just get your smart folk in a room and let them start collaborating.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast moving company, great career growth opportunities, and a good overall benefits package

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is working to improve on it's core competencies, which leads to lots of new projects and a desire to move forward quickly to see what works and what does not work. This gives employees a chance to make a huge impact on the company in a short period of time and helps to promote an atmosphere of collaboration where each employee's voice can be heard.

    The senior management team is doing a good job in balancing the need to be creative and fast moving with the overall necessity to preserve existing profits and minimize overall risk. This results in the ability to rapidly test new ideas in order to maximize profits for the company, while minimizing overall risk to the company.

    The company provides a great benefits package with competitive pay and medical benefits. Vacation time is decent, but could be better. This is somewhat made up for by the usually flexible work hours for most groups.

    Overall All Star is a great place to work, and as with most things in life it is what you make of it. There are a ton of opportunities for career growth as long as you are willing to put in the effort to make it happen.

    Cons

    The company is facing an uphill battle like every other company in the for-profit education space. The company is however taking great measures to revamp the business in order to survive in the changing industry, and the outlook is generally positive. If you are looking for a 100% guarantee of a long term job (i.e. 2+ years), this may not be the place for you. However if you are okay with a certain degree of the unknown in exchange for great opportunities, then ASD could be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to cut out functionality of the business that are unnecessary in order to streamline and focus on the core areas that really drive the business and profits. Continue to take care of your employees, and keep looking for new ways to keep them happy, as they are the key to a successful ASD.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    ASD is becalmed, directionless, listless. Non-existent morale. Clueless management.

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    Current Employee - Marketing/Sales  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing/Sales in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The location of ASD is on the waterfront, meaning when you are absolutely sick of the work environment and the lack of hope, you've got some great walking destinations to draw inspiration from!

    Cons

    ASD is an ongoing very slow motion train wreck. The friendly engineer of the train just keeps on smiling, making nice comments meant to calm the masses. It will be interesting to see how long the company can hold out. Its cash has to be running low as lead volume is under great strain. The free flow of information has completely dried up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Board: fire the management. Quickly. Then liquidate quickly so that you don't hire anybody else with high hopes that will structure their life around this stinker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant turnover, not a good place if you have other options

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA

    I worked at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some great people work there
    Lots of on site benefits (free soda, company activities and outings)
    Senior management will listen to suggestions around moral events
    CEO nice person

    Cons

    Constant turnover
    For-Profit EDU space is consolidating, might not be a viable industry for the middleman soon
    Senior Management and CEO provides little to no leadership
    Cliques-like environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hemorrhaging talented people. Get a realistic plan in place for how to deal with the challenging business environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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