Allison & Partners

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Allison & Partners Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
11 Reviews
3.7
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Nurtures a collaborative, educational, entrepreneurial environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is built on entrepreneurs. It has an open door/collaborative environment where people want to come to work; they want to work with people they learn from and respect, and truly enjoy working together. The company invests in its employees. Employees are happy, smart, creative people who want to do the best work possible for their clients and teams. Additionally, perks such as the company sabbatical program after you've been with the agency for 5 years are pretty rare in the PR world.

    Cons

    The company is growing fast and there are growing pains that come with that. Teams tend to work long hours but the company recognizes and rewards a job well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain focused on the agency culture, it's what will continue to make this company a huge success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to learn your trade

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

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid client roster
    Some really good talent who you'll learn a lot from
    Smart, approachable founders who really care about the people that work for them
    Agency still small enough to really make an impact in a specific area that you feel passionate about

    Cons

    Senior management can play favorites
    Huge range in office sizes and practice groups - get stuck in a bad one can be very hard to transition out
    Massive pressure to bring in new business, even at the very junior levels
    Can be quite hard to get promoted unless you are in with the right people
    Not very competitive salaries
    Profit sharing based on lead generators and not the people who actually do the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be a bit more present

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build your niche!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I came to Allison+Partners from a large PR firm for the same reason I've stayed for a decade: it's run by genuinely good people who strive to create a collaborative, supportive work environment where people can pursue their passions. I entered the firm as a generalist account executive and enjoyed rapid growth and the opportunity to build a practice group that aligns with my interest in social impact.

    Cons

    While our rapid growth has brought us bigger brands and exceptional talent, it takes more effort to maintain a cohesive culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in culture-building and education programs.

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

    Caring Leadership, Fun Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Allison+Partners has a strong company culture that trickles down from CEO and founder, Scott Allison, who is a warm, personable and caring human being who truly cares about his employees as well as the bottom line.

    In addition, at Allison, senior management strives very hard to provide not only a supportive and learning environment for all employees, but also perks and a fun culture to endure the long hours that come with any agency job. People who work here are friends with each other both in and outside of the office.

    Cons

    Like any PR firm, Allison+Partners has to balance the needs of clients with the drive for profits, which can mean driving people very hard toward billability ... with means long, long hours and a culture that rewards hard work over smart work. But I can't see any PR firm being all that different, to be honest. It's the nature of the beast in this industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard workers, good variety of experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allison & Partners

    Pros

    Many hardworking people trying to do great things for clients; good variety of experience due to diversity of clients; tries hard to be on the cutting edge of industry trends and technology; very effective at job

    Cons

    Some clients are more demanding than others; can be competitive atmosphere; some locations are much smaller than others, which changes the dynamics there (can be good and bad)

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Positive Intern experience

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

    I worked at Allison & Partners as an intern

    Pros

    great, smart people. Flexible and good at what they do!

    Cons

    There was a lack of work sometimes, and a lack of opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be willing to work with younger talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Complete Con Game

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly junior staff, occasional fun staff outing.

    Cons

    Extremely understaffed, volatile managers, questionable promotions, boring clients. There are so many agencies in San Francisco that do what A&P does but so much better. All agencies in San Francisco are in a hiring frenzy, so drop A&P to the bottom of your list when searching for a tech PR job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to potential employees just to get them through the door and assign them a different position than what was discussed. Promote employees based on performance, not on politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Decidedly average PR firm, too focused on media relations

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They mean well, but don't seem to be able to do much besides media relations. They have gotten some decent clients and continue to grow, so maybe things will improve. If you're one of the favorites, you'll enjoy it here.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional, typical PR firm. Lots of politics and favoritism, worse since they were acquired. They talk a good game about work/life balance and "summer Fridays" but be prepared to nights, weekends, vacations consumed with work and the "look of death" if you dare leave before 6 on Fridays during the summer. Some of the offices are much better run and are more pleasant to work in than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop drinking your own Kool-aid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked on some great brands with a lot of talented people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Allison & Partners

    Pros

    It still has a small company feel but you have a lof of the resources that are provided at large agencies. There's a lot of room to grow and a ton of flexibility.

    Cons

    As with any mid-sized agency, some of the senior management is lacking in the skills required to keep teams happy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great clients and a fun culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Allison & Partners

    Pros

    The atmosphere is fun and creative. Management encourages entrepreneurialism and rewards achievement on a regular basis with bonuses and fun activities like happy hours, outings, etc. The emphasis is on results (media results primarily) versus politics and action versus words. People can move up very quickly here if they are talented and work hard. Also, the firm has a great client mix with both technology, cause-related and consumer companies.

    Cons

    Like any PR firm, the billable hours requirement can mean working hard vs. working smart will be the most rewarded by some managers. It's also not the most flexible environment for everyone. There's a reason most people leave the agency world when they have families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Survey the junior staff more on the rewards and incentives that truly matter to them. Be aware of perceptions of favortism. Adopt a more trusting and flexible attitude toward valued employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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