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Allen & Gerritsen Reviews

Updated May 19, 2019

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Cool Kid Club"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Allen & Gerritsen full-time

    Pros

    They are a well established agency with decent perks like a roof deck and summer fridays. Great location in Center City. Beneficial for a young person trying to start their career. Tons of promotions if you are likable enough to become an "insider". They have a meeting once a month to go over what is going on within the agency. They have a social clique called the "allies" that are there to help the newbies.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. Horrible work-life balance. Brutally cliquey amongst coworkers. Mediocre accounts resulting in mediocre work to pay the bills. A huge disconnect between the Boston and Philly offices. HR is spiteful and condescending. High turnover rate. The office itself is pretty corporate. Stodgy cubicles and office chairs, grey tiled rugs and 50's reggae music playing 24/7. Senior management is almost...

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    Advice to Management

    Get a new HR department. Become more transparent throughout the agency. Stop trying to be perceived as being "cultured" and allow your work to speak for itself. Value your hard working employees to keep them around.

    Allen & Gerritsen2016-12-06
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allen & Gerritsen

    Pros

    - Some amazing people here. Friendly, funny, hard working, smart. - Great policies like unlimited vacation, maternity leave, remote work flexibility - A big focus on culture (though less so nowadays than years past) - Decent compensation

    Cons

    - The "no a**holes allowed" policy was very true for awhile, but not anymore. New managers brought people who didn't fit the culture. Also, this policy never seemed to apply to the new business people. - Though the attitude of the agency is free thinking and independent, it's still very much a corporation on the inside. Tons of venn diagrams at company meetings and red tape with career advancement. - For a lot of people,...

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    Allen & Gerritsen2016-10-07
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Room for Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allen & Gerritsen for more than a year

    Pros

    The company culture and the people at A&G are some of the greatest creative thinkers in the biz. The benefits package, company gatherings and flexibility within various job roles is awesome, and very hard to come by at most ad agencies. Overall, A&G is a great place for those wanting to pursue a mid/senior-level role in advertising, while learning from peers who are very knowledgeable of the industry.

    Cons

    Non-transparent communication within teams and the agency as a whole is frustrating. The opportunity for promotions or recognition is also scarce. Lastly, work-life balance at A&G is very hard to come by. Albeit this is the nature of the business, the agency is extremely understaffed causing a ton of stress within teams and a lack of motivation across the board.

    Allen & Gerritsen2016-09-02
  4. "business /strategy intern"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Allen & Gerritsen

      Pros

      -culture -work -people -brands/ clients -labs department - many more

      Cons

      -none none & none - :( didn't have a strategy offering open

      Allen & Gerritsen2016-08-17
    • Helpful (3)

      "Not worth the stay."

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      Former Employee - Art Director in Boston, MA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Allen & Gerritsen full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Good Friday happy hours and nice location.

      Cons

      Low pay, meager accounts, and no room for advancement.

      Allen & Gerritsen2016-08-07
    • "Great place"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Allen & Gerritsen full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great office, nice mix of steady and reliable clients, agency actually listens to both employees and clients and makes adjustments

      Cons

      Still going through a bit of turnover from the last few months which can be stressful, we're still working through the culture clashing that happens between the two offices

      Advice to Management

      Continue scrutinizing more of senior management that's been there a long time - there's still some housekeeping that should be done to continue modernizing the agency and ensure it's well-being for the future

      Allen & Gerritsen2016-06-09
    • "Great mid-sized agency"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Allen & Gerritsen

      Pros

      Awesome opportunities being at a small agency. Everyone is respectful to all employees, no matter your title. Visibility to leadership.

      Cons

      Understaffed at times. Being small sometimes requires employees to wear many hats.

      Advice to Management

      Reward the employees that are adding value to the agency. They are the key to future growth.

      Allen & Gerritsen2016-06-03
    • "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Allen & Gerritsen full-time

      Pros

      The culture at A&G is really hard to come by. The people are amazing and most genuinely care about one another. Work is fun and work/life balance is usually pretty great. I truly felt like my colleagues became family, and I miss them unlike I've ever missed co-workers in the past.

      Cons

      There are some politics in play, which can make advancing your career a challenge. They don't pay very well, and when the long hours do come, people get burnt out because when they reflect on their salary, they feel undervalued.

      Advice to Management

      The wonderful aspects of A&G can only go so far. Sometimes people need recognition for their efforts.

      Allen & Gerritsen2016-02-16
    • Helpful (2)

      "Great Company"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Allen & Gerritsen

      Pros

      Great company culture, exposed to a lot of different departments, assume a lot of responsibility and learn a lot quickly as an intern

      Cons

      A lot of structural changes happening at the company, but from what I've seen they will be successful and help with an efficiency, sometimes don't list positions that are open

      Advice to Management

      Hiring process is a little disorganized/not transparent

      Allen & Gerritsen2016-01-11
    • Helpful (1)

      "A different agency than when I started"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Allen & Gerritsen full-time

      Pros

      Small, independent agency with incredibly smart people Diverse client roster Cool digs, great culture Free breakfast every day

      Cons

      Agency heading in questionable direction New leadership, massive restructuring No one seems to know what is going on

      Allen & Gerritsen2016-01-19
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