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I worked at Allen Communication full-time (More than a year)
During my two years working at the company as a performance consultant, I found AllenComm to be a rewarding career decision, one that I would recommend to driven and thoughtful professionals at the early-mid levels of their careers. In an effort to elaborate on my positive experiences at AllenComm, I want to focus on three characteristics that define a career at AllenComm: (1) innovative product designs, (2) career development opportunities, and (3) sound leadership.
Innovative Product Designs: AllenComm is a particularly unique training vendor insofar as it possesses considerable resources for innovating the world of training and development. The CEO, CTO, and CLO are aggressive in trying to create groundbreaking, technologically savvy training solutions that are galaxies ahead of the usual L&D landscape. In my time at AllenComm, for example, I designed and developed augmented reality demos, mobile applications, as well as 360-degree video experiences. Very few companies that work in corporate training have this capacity, and it is likely that you will have the opportunity to design and develop some of the coolest learning experiences in the industry. In fact, AllenComm is regularly recognized for its innovation by industry experts and organizations, and it’s one of the main reasons that AllenComm remains one of the most reputable players in the market. Rather than going through a rote set of day-to-day activities, AllenComm regularly provides its employees with an outlet for problem solving, creativity, and design.
Career Development Opportunities: I mentioned earlier that AllenComm is especially suitable for driven and thoughtful professionals. Working at AllenComm will provide professionals with an array of career development opportunities, as long as you are proactive in trying to attain them. For example, AllenComm features a set of “clubs” that exist to do R&D for particular training-related topics, e.g., AR/VR, leadership development, video-based learning, gamification, and so forth. Being involved in these clubs opens up the opportunity for employees to increase their knowledge and expertise on an array of subject areas. By way of another example, AllenComm regularly sponsors their employees to attend industry expos and conferences in order to learn more about the industry and strategize ways to sustain AllenComm’s reputation in it. These events are great places to do industry research as well as identify some best practices that you could integrate into AllenComm projects. Finally, it is worth underscoring that AllenComm’s clients are usually Fortune 500 companies. As a result, employees at AllenComm are handed the opportunity to work with some of the most powerful enterprises on the planet. The result is that AllenComm employees acquire considerable expertise in evaluating and improving the L&D/training programs at these corporations. Possessing that kind of knowledge is not only valuable; it is also an excellent way to build your “brand” as an expert in the field.
Sound Leadership: The VPs are actively involved in each employee’s projects and weekly responsibilities. When I say “actively involved,” I don’t mean to suggest that they micromanage their employees. Instead, I want to highlight that AllenComm’s leadership are available to help employees succeed at delivering best-in-class training solutions. The leadership at AllenComm possesses decades of expertise in corporate training and development, and interested employees can gather an abundance of insights from them on any given week. In fact, I found that the VPs are very responsive to team members who proactively pursue feedback from their leadership. The trick for the employee is to be prepared to take feedback productively, and to use your boss’s suggestions to improve the quality of your projects. What I found – and what I think goes against most of what’s written in other posts – is that AllenComm’s leadership wants to help their employees to succeed by providing thoughtful and regular feedback at various stages of a project’s development.
Although my experience with most of the VPs was unequivocally positive, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the VP of instructional design, who I found to be an excellent mentor and strong advocate for her team. Anna – as well as other VPs and the CLO – want their people to succeed, and they are especially responsive to people who grow and develop as a result to their mentorship.
Ultimately, due to AllenComm’s innovative product designs, career development opportunities, and sound leadership, I would recommend AllenComm to smart, hardworking professionals who are eager to build their career in L&D, corporate training, and organizational development.
Some positions require the employee to travel regularly. I enjoy travelling for work, but I can understand that being an issue for some folks.
Advice to Management
I know it's easier said that done, but there might be some merit to working out a promotion path with your exceptional employees, so that they know they have something to aspire to.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Allen Communication (Salt Lake City, UT) in May 2017.
Was contacted by company's recruiter, set up phone interview with the VP, which went ok. I was then was contacted within the next week or so for an in person interview. Interview was done by dev lead and the VP was listening since we already spoke on the phone. The dev seemed slightly uncomfortable and asked standard questions. When it was my turn for my ? and A's only two maybe got answered before I was swept off to 3 different mini rooms to take a writing test; it's really a grammar test. With running out of time, for in-person, recruiter having technical difficulties setting me up for the multiple answer gramma, online test, I had to find the VP and she immediately escorted me out but did apologize I couldn't get my questions asked/answered in time. The next day I emailed the recruiter a thank you with my questions (and requested to be passed along to VP) I did not hear a peep back. Approximately 3-4 weeks later I received a rejection email.