All Star Directories, Inc.

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All Star Directories, Inc. Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
37 Reviews
2.8
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

    Pros

    ASD is one of the best places I have ever worked. The upper management have an open door policy. This company likes to promote from within when possible. They have had a rough few years with industry contraction and have come out of it with an employee owned startupy feel. There are a lot of team building, fun events that contribute to a familial culture.
    Location, location, location!

    Cons

    There is not a high growth organization so head room is minimal. Still a great place to work in spite of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to your employees. Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unethical, Unprofessional & Disorganized

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free beverages and lots of free food. Great location.

    Cons

    Senior and middle management are mostly incompetent and clueless about actual daily happenings. I don't see how this company stays in business with their complete lack of professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A GREAT place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers! Friendly, open door policy with everyone here. No clicks. Departments work well together. GREAT medical and dental programs. The company is growing and improving financially as a result of everyone pulling together and responding to the excellent leadership and vision by our current senior staff. They care. Specifically, Doug Brown, our CEO and President cares. This company has a heart and a good moral compass. We're not just doing this to make money. We genuinely believe that we can make a difference in our world.

    Cons

    The past wasn't always so pretty. We made some bad decisions along the way and didn't bring the right people on board. That set us back a little bit. But thankfully we've learned from our mistakes and are now charging ahead full steam.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the current culture intact and keep doing what you are doing. It's amazing how good things are here right now!

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

    Employee owned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    No jerks! People are a joy to work with.
    Mandatory fun committee events. Winners donated $ towards game table, espresso machine, Nintendo.
    Generous medical and dental.
    Data on everything.

    Cons

    Turnover is high. Professional growth is limited.
    Waterfront location is isolated. This area will be horrible when the seawall construction commences. Building shakes when train passes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Challenging but satisfying

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Terrific views, great location, outstanding benefits, most co-workers are very nice and considerate. Certain clients are a dream to work with.

    Cons

    Account management can be very stressful. A massive development project was completely off schedule and when finished provided questionable value to the company. Management changes direction frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire non-performers faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    How does this business stay afloat?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Mandatory Fun Committee that plans fun events for employees (parties, ping-pong tournaments, mini-golf tournaments, scavenger hunts, holiday parties)
    Birthday cake on your birthday
    Located on downtown waterfront with view of Elliott Bay
    Most people are friendly but not necessarily outgoing
    Free fresh fruit everyday
    Decent pay
    Seems to be ethical compared with other businesses in the same industry

    Cons

    Open pit of cubes that can be loud when people get chatty
    Talking behind people's backs; lots of closed door conversations
    No process in place for department that could easily be a well-oiled machine
    Managers with low emotional quotient (can't look you in the eye if there's an issue with your work, can't express what they want from you)
    Little feedback given; no expectations set or communicated to employees
    Manager always seems frustrated with other departments; seems to be doing lots of "busy work" but has nothing to show at the end of the day
    Not enough resources given to what is one of the most essential departments
    High turnover -- here today, gone tomorrow with no warning of layoffs. Layoffs of regular staff to bring in contractors. Employees seem to be disposable (senior staff and others).
    Poor quality of work given to customers
    Promoting people to jobs they're not skilled at
    Young staff -- many have been there 2 years or less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell employees what you want, set expectations, provide ongoing feedback, involve employees in decision making

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time (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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time (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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Experience at All Star Directories

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at All Star Directories, Inc. full-time (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

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