Allen Communication

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Allen Communication Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience in the industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Allen Communication full-time

    Pros

    Working at Allen will provide the opportunity to work with an amazing group of smart, talented people. You will also be able to work on high-end projects with leading companies. The breadth of projects keeps the work interesting.

    Cons

    It is a deadline-driven, quick-pace environment that can be stressful at times. There isn't consistency in what would be typical HR processes because there isn't an official HR department. Creating consistency and transparency would be beneficial to all employees.

    Recommends
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Treat employees like cattle

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    Current Employee - Content Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Content Developer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Allen Communication as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great clients, chance to learn new things

    Cons

    No positive feedback from management, no customer care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you treat both your customers and your employees like they're expendable, then what's the purpose of your business?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not Good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Allen Communication full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Super smart people who know their stuff and do some pretty cool things
    -Some of the best companies in the US if not the world as clients - good resume builder
    -Interesting, creative work and awesome boots-on-ground team

    Cons

    -Very closed culture. It's impossible to speak up when you have concerns without being labeled a troublemaker. You can always tell that someone is ready to walk when they start voicing an opinion.
    -No training or organizational learning; total sink or swim environment
    -No work/life balance - mantra is to sacrifice everything to get the job done
    -Very high turnover. Hard to keep a consistent team.
    -Very hard to leave well - some of the best performers are bad-mouthed within the company when they leave for other opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Most of the mgt. team could use simple management courses
    -Celebrate wins / completions - don't treat employees like they're lucky to have a job
    -Be more transparent - with company status, feedback (positive and negative), goals, rationale for decisions - everything
    -Focus on culture change and increasing the tenure of the team. The turnover is disruptive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    There's a reason they experience such high turnover...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Allen Communication full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Somehow in, spite of their leadership, they manage to do amazing work for their customers. This is largely due to the leadership on the instructional design side of the house who are really pretty amazing.

    Cons

    In my opinion, the worst CEO I have ever worked for. His behavior is abusive and counter productive to the success of the company. He is incapable of giving even minor credit to the employees who have helped build the company and even if you make every effort to leave on good terms he will belittle your contributions and slander you once you've left. This is an established pattern of behavior. I've honestly never experienced anything like it. Avoid at all cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees and realize that slandering everyone that leaves your company is more of a negative reflection on you and your leadership than on the employees who contributed to your growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Instructional Designer Contractor

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Allen Communication as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, learn a lot about a variety of things, great people to work with, great clients, great in-house elearning authoring tool

    Cons

    Not so great people to work for, they don't communicate to employees very well, sometimes felt they expected a lot of loyalty without showing loyalty to employees, little-to-no opportunities for career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more openly and honestly with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Exciting work, smart people, workaholic's paradise

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Allen Communication full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You're doing interesting projects for Fortune 500 companies, working with smart people. You learn something new every day, and build skills with every project.

    Cons

    Ownership seems to tolerate employees (esp. contractors) rather than value or invest in them. Sales contracts often oversell what can be done for a given budget, and the teams who produce the projects then have to sacrifice their personal lives to meet deadlines. For a company that produces training, there is little to no training or development for its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your people; don't let sales and revenue be your only focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fortune 500 clients + Smart Peeps - Lack of Leadership = 3 Stars

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    Current Employee - ISDer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - ISDer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Allen Communication full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you can make the cut (see cons), many contractors are hired as FTEs.

    Your hard work will be rewarded with real world experience developing training solutions for mostly Fortune 500 clients.

    Most employees have the chance to work on several different projects for several different clients. The deadline driven, fast-paced environment can be one of the most exciting, fulfilling, and fun jobs out there.

    If you're a fast learner with good client bedside manner, you'll flourish!

    Cons

    You will create career opportunities while you're at Allen, but most likely not for a better job at Allen. It is difficult to move vertically within the organization so after you learn everything you can, you'll most likely need to move on for better pay/title. Also, if you're the type of person who needs a pat on the back for a job well done--this is not the place for you. Allen does not do praise.

    The "Sink or Swim" contractor environment does not seek to train workers as much as try them out.

    While Allen is definitely a team environment that feels quite familial at times, the small company camaraderie is not delivered from the top down. There is a very real and unnecessary distance from the owners and upper level management.

    There was a very real feeling among many employees that we were tolerated rather than appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a company that creates training, there is a surprising lack of actual employee training and development. It still seems strange to me that we produced best practices for other company's leaders and teams while our own leaders and employees languished.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Talanted people. So-so culture.

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Allen Communication as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very talented people producing wonderful things for big-name clients. If you can handle the pace, you may be able to participate in some exciting projects. Upper management is engaged in the success of the company. The sales team seems like the funnest department.

    Cons

    Contractors in courseware work on an as-needed basis, resulting in a feast-or-famine workload and compensation. Turnover among contractors is high and training for new ones is not a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More top-down openness as to the direction of specific projects and the company itself (beyond crafted statements of "strategy" and "vision") will result in more trust and more motivation from lower-tier workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, work with well known companies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allen Communication

    Pros

    Talented, highly educated staff here

    Cons

    No room for advancement, lateral growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Really smart creative team

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Allen Communication

    Pros

    Really smart people, interesting work, one of the best companies in the world doing what they do.

    Cons

    Small organization, not a lot of room for advancement, uneven management

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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