Allegra Network Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Allegra a leader in helping local businesses grow through marketing communications

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Bloomingdale, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Bloomingdale, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Allegra Network full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get to genuinely help clients be successful in their business or organization. Good teamwork and a customer needs-centered business culture.

    Cons

    Small company with minimal benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Increase Internal Communications


  2. Helpful (1)

    A company with a heart and a passion for pleasing customers built on strong Christian principles.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Longtimer in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Longtimer in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are exposed to many areas of the company and have room to advance laterally, may be to management. You can generally shape your position to something that can advance your interests and skills. It is a very busy office and you will never get bored. Overall people are nice. Compensation is fair but not great.

    Cons

    Management sets big ideas and falls through on delivering. Difficult to get them to invest in programs to move franchise forward. Way behind the ball when it comes to leading the company technologically-though in-house minion support on the basics is very good. Still like many organizations, there is a bias toward hiring more women in management roles. Perhaps it is because Allegra's extreme religious leanings to the right, white and Christian. Tired of all the baby showers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a more diverse workforce, stretch your minds and invest in your people, programs and products that will move our company forward. Growth through programs and good people are more sustainable that just buying more dying businesses.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Closed mindset, office politics and religion play a big part

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allegra Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are none that I can think of.

    Cons

    Management does not know their own jobs, therefore when issues arise instead of trying to work them out, they instead blame and belittle their employees. Personal political and religious views are overally expressed and pushed on employees. Those who do not practice the antiquated mindset are instantly ostracized and pushed out. Many departments are full of nepotism and its just family members working in a majority of the business. Those that are hired on or moved up in positions are close family friends or family. Very dog-eat-dog mindset and practice, if you are a person who thinks outside the box and has great ides, then this is NOT the place for you. They like to belittle and get rid of people like that, instead they rather have employees that are workhorses and can not think for themselves. Many employees that have been there awhile are so broken down you can see it, they have no excitement in their job and lash out easily on newer employees that are not able to stand up for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Keep personal opinions to yourself, don't belittle those that do not follow the 1950's mindset. Many of the employees there are dead weight and are barely competent at their own jobs (communications, designers, writers, etc.) Instead of pushing forward thinkers away, take them into your fold. Stop trying to compare yourself with competitors and mold everything you do after them, you are your own company, build your brand around that.


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  5. Great Experience over the very first years of the locally owned company.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allegra Network full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company structure, solid workforce retention is very low. Employees stay a very long time. Employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    People in leadership positions should not be in those positions. Weak leadership, no personal growth, no promotions. Unless you know someone, you are not considered important, but management expects you do of the job of 3 people, with no appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    Look outside the box.


  6. Very difficult people to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Allegra Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Owner is out of the office often. The place was much more at ease with him gone. Work hours were good, they would work with your schedule

    Cons

    Owner treats you like you are stupid. Very condescending. Owners have a hard time working with people. It can be very difficult to get an answer to a tough question.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone to do your sales. You are not a people person, hire someone to be the face of the company.


  7. Be very cautious; these are small locations prone to favoritism and poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Withheld. in Okemos, MI
    Current Employee - Withheld. in Okemos, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Allegra Print and Imaging of Okemos had really no redeeming qualities.

    Cons

    The owner will pay you less than you're worth unless you're the Sales Manager or his idolized Sales Representative. He will ignore your personal development after promising everything that sounds reasonable in the interview. He refuse to give raises unless you are one of his favorites or an attractive woman. Allegra is a franchise system, however. While I feel the dynamics may be somewhat systemic, I cannot be sure. While this is for a specific Allegra location in Okemos, MI, BE CAREFUL in considering ANY Allegra Print and Imaging location.

    Advice to Management

    As a franchise, enact a strict guideline on employee's rights and benefits. Insist that Owners/Managers are routinely retrained on positive employer/employee relationship building.


  8. Behind The Technology Curve At A Critcal Time

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Allowed autonomy and decision making to properly service the client

    Cons

    Well behind the technology curve in a extremely competetive industry that is in a state of decline and consolidation.

    Advice to Management

    rebuild Senior Mangement responsible for technology initiatives



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