Ryan Partnership

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Ryan Partnership Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company; experiencing growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ryan Partnership full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic culture and great people

    Cons

    The company is experiencing growing pains. Strategic direction is undefined and decisions being made are not always based on customer wants/needs or to alleviate customer pain points, but rather based on how things have always been done. Too many silos and not enough sharing of information between groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360 degree reviews for ALL department heads and managers with appropriate follow-up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    short but sweet

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ryan Partnership

    Pros

    My tenure there was short, but my experience was a good one. I made many friends and connections, and did some work that I'm truly proud of. My immediate supervisor was an amazing mentor, a champion for good work. I always felt supported.

    Cons

    After the company was purchased by a big corporation, it lost a lot of the warmth and the "mom-n-pop-shop" feel that so many people loved about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the roots of the company.... remember who we were before the acquisition.

  3.  

    Nice People. Lousy Project Management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ryan Partnership full-time

    Pros

    Great people, and respectable creative directors.

    Cons

    Work/life balance isn't balanced at all. The scope of work on a majority of projects are poorly estimated, and the parent company, Alliance Data, is completely out of touch with the needs, goals, or environment of a creative agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start lobbying Alliance Data for the power to make meaningful decisions that fit the reality of the agency environment. Flex time would be a good start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great, people are nice and i learned a lot when i worked there

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Art Director in Wilton, CT

    I worked at Ryan Partnership full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training, wide range of variety working on brands

    Cons

    Not many promotions or places to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs more leadership

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice (if unspectacular) place

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Wilton, CT

    I worked at Ryan Partnership full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great client roster, work-life balance and some outstanding people

    Cons

    A bit of drab place, some rather out of date thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively recruit true leaders who have a vision and are willing to take risks. There are some great people in senior positions, however it's inconsistent from department to department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Better agencies with a leader who is not a egomaniac.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ryan Partnership full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are lovely and very talented and underpaid

    Cons

    Fellow who took over agency from Chicago ruined the whole place

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Interned and Learned A Lot

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    Former Employee - Creative Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ryan Partnership as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interned there for a couple months over the summer, and it was a great learning experience as to what shopper marketing is all about, and the process involved. Great culture, felt a part of the team.

    Cons

    The internship program seemed a little too loose-there is no intern project (I was the only intern in the office that summer) or structured program that would been seen at larger agencies like Ogilvy and Leo. It was great because there was a bit of flexibility, but missed the camaraderie that is had amongst intern groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    WORK, WORK, WORK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ryan Partnership full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great first experience out of college.

    Cons

    Client's expectations are too high.

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

    What was a great place is slowly declining

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ryan Partnership full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work, people, and atmosphere are great. I gained lots of valuable experience during my time working at Ryan Partnership.

    Cons

    Since the two buy outs and especially the Epsilon buy out the place has truly started to decline. There seems to be a lack of leadership, direction, and uncertainty for the future. Many people are unsure of what the future brings and are leaving for more secure jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back some of the holidays that were taken away, Do more to foster the security of your employees and maintain the culture that made people want to work there. People are nervous and looking to get out and work somewhere that fosters creativity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different Company Since Epsilon Acquisition

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ryan Partnership full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice stream of ever-changing projects. If you play the politics right, there is opportunity for promotion. Coworkers are great, but most are new after several consolidations by Epsilon.

    Cons

    Has become too corporate because of Epsilon. They really don't understand agency culture. Poor legacy management due to turf wars within the company and forced resignations, very reactionary in management style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing very talented foot soldiers while you grapple with upper management structure that appears more academic than functional. An agency should not be run the way a big data company is managed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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