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Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Connelly Partners full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very cool open work environment.
    - Great management team.
    - Free Disney trip every year.

    Cons

    - None come to mind.

  2. Seriously flawed business model

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Connelly Partners full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -fun office environment

    -lots of agency events

    -a few opportunities to create interesting work

    Cons

    -way too many small-time, no-name clients, and the agency leaders pushed to go this direction instead of trying to win big clients

    -too many types of offerings -- clients who want that kind of service will go to a big brand-name agency, so it's pointless to have all those random departments and not do any one thing particularly well

    -bad account managers who let a lot of things slip through the cracks, senior account people often absent and unaware of project needs

    -very little diversity on the CP side

    -low quality work -- good talent exits quickly

    Advice to Management

    -get better account people who know what they're doing

    -let go of senior account people who have a poor track record

    -pick a specific discipline -- other agencies your size are doing way way better than you because they aren't trying to be a traditional / digital / SEO / gaming / media / content / design / everything in the world company

  3. Nice place but not set-up to produce any good work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Connelly Partners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice at Connelly Partners. The environment is very friendly and positive. Nobody is forced to stay and work late. Weekends at the office are a rarity.

    The space itself is also great. Beautiful wood floors and brick walls.

    People make friends easily here.

    Music day is also an interesting touch. People bring in their iPods and get to play their tunes for the day.

    There's an annual trip to Disneyworld in Orlando. Great for families.

    Very family-friendly place, in terms of hours and environment.

    Cons

    This review is only for the CP side of the agency.

    The Connelly Partners account team is ill-equipped to manage projects, build relationships with clients, or sell in work. The younger account people haven't worked at any major ad agencies, and the more senior account people are often absent and unfocused. None of them seem too concerned about the quality of the work, from my experience.

    The strategy team is weak. It is one account guy plus some research people. They don't develop industry-caliber strategies or insights. They don't try to inspire the creatives.

    The creative team is a mix. The top creative leaders of the company seem to lack creative taste. They've been disconnected from the greater ad industry for so long. It doesn't seem like they have trust in their employees' creative abilities. Other members of the department range from complacent to agitated but unable to change anything.

    Agency diversity is also an issue. There have been some hires from different backgrounds with different points of view and approaches, but they don't tend to stick around. This affects the work.

    Lastly, there are too many small, regional clients. People can't make the work better because it's just one rush job after another.

    Again, this review is only for the CP side of the agency. I left before the merger with ISM was solid. Based on my conversations with people still at the agency who are unhappy with the way things are, the ISM team is great. This includes account and creative folks.

    Advice to Management

    You're too far gone for baby steps. Sweeping change is the only option for you.

    Really need to fix the account department. Nobody there is doing a good job.

    Hire a real planner.

    Get rid of creatives who aren't pushing the boundaries.

    Keep exec creatives out of the day-to-day work, or push them to be better.

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  5. Work Very Hard, Play Hard

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Connelly Partners

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent culture and environment, no room for negative energy. Transparency in major company decisions and overall health of the company.

    Cons

    High pressure and long hours are often expected. The way the senior structure is makes it difficult to advance to higher positions within the company.

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