Mission: At our core, Allen is a company that cares about people. What really drives every interaction, every design and every choice is people. From whom we hire to how we work, our first thought is finding the right fit for each person.
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I have been working at Allen Communication part-time (Less than a year)
I interviewed at Allen not knowing what to expect from the company (and its very orange building), but having worked here for two months now, I have been pleasantly surprised again and again by the many benefits of working for this company. The best three parts are:
1) People. There's no question—the people belong at the very top of this list. I was hired in a time of significant personnel expansion, but even though there was a whole slough of new writers settling into a relatively small and close-knit community, I felt welcome from day one. People learned my name, remembered me, and offered me help and advice as I adjusted. This welcoming attitude came not only from my peers and supervisors, but even from the Vice Presidents of the company. This company is full of people I love working alongside every day. At all levels, they are supportive, informed, attentive, driven, and friendly.
2) Work. At Allen, the work always changes. Everything the company does is customized for clients' specific needs, which means that every day involves small adjustments in style and process that bring us closer to a particular client's vision. The teams designing courseware continually seek ways to make the product clearer, more intuitive, more effective, and more innovative, and that means that the day-to-day work always changes. There are constant opportunities to improve my individual performance as a writer, and it's exciting to be part of such a motivated group that is committed to excellence in both process and product.
3) Vision. If there's one thing that the people at Allen are keenly aware of, it's that technology and work environments are evolving quickly, meaning that Allen's learning and training products need to improve even faster. The executives at the company are always looking for new ways to improve the learning experience for Allen's clients, and that commitment to future innovation trickles down into the rest of the company. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome, executives' doors are always open, and collaboration is built in to every process.
The only drawback to working at Allen that I've discovered so far is that, as a part-time employee, my hours are not guaranteed. My supervisors do an admirable job of spreading the work around to the whole team and, during any dry spells, finding spots for us on other projects. Unfortunately, though, when there are sudden, unexpected delays, I can end the week with 15 hours instead of the 25-30 I was hoping for.
Having only worked here for a couple of months, I'm not sure how common this is, but if you're searching for a position with highly dependable hours, part-time work for Allen might not be the best option. There are, however, full-time options available in nearly every position in the company.
Advice to Management
Keep getting to know your employees. Keep encouraging them to share their ideas and improve their performance. If possible, involve whole teams (even the writers) in the development process, and keep giving us chances to become more valuable to Allen.
I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Allen Communication (Salt Lake City, UT).
There was a grammar quiz and a brief interview. I do not remember much else, since the interview was a while ago. The interview was kind, but they didn't have the hours available that I was looking to work. The interviewer said that my working hours would vary from having a little bit one week to full-time the next.