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Allison & Partners Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  1. "Lifer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been with Allison+Partners for more than 10 years, and I'm not alone. Several of my colleagues have taken a second sabbatical (one is offered after 5 years). At the same time it's a high-growth organization, and melding the old and new together keeps the agency current while keeping its culture consistent. Global opportunities are really intriguing.

    Cons

    Not everyone is a fit in this entrepreneurial environment, as you need to be smart, self-directed and comfortable in a high-growth situation.

    Advice to Management

    As a "people first" agency, lesser talent sometimes is given too much latitude in hopes that they will turn it around. Excising underperformers, always papered over by high performers, more quickly will be a win for everyone


  2. "Good agency experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time

    Pros

    The pay is above the industry standard.
    Clients are high-profile.
    Junior employees have the opportunity to learn and grow in hands-on roles (unlike other big-name agencies).

    Cons

    Morale suffers when SVPs and above decide not to show up to the office, or arrive late and leave early (the norm in my city). Not great optics. Work-life balance is important, but why isn't everyone held to the same standard?

    Advice to Management

    Hold everyone to the same standards.

  3. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working from home, flexible

    Cons

    Low pay for an intern


  4. Helpful (3)

    "UNFAIR and MISLEADING"

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great! Upper Management is deceitful

    Cons

    No work life balance. The company founders listen with deaf ears and no results. The team players who put in all the work never get compensated but the Team Leaders are always mentioned in monthly calls. Bonuses are a joke IF you are ever lucky to get one. This company is a joke to work for, they only care about the bottom line and upper management. I would not recommend working for this company unless you like to be deceived. The job they hire you for is not what you end up doing and the more you know the more you have to take on with NO compensation!!! They talk behind each others backs cross state even with no regard of others feelings. Long hours with no regard for family life...just do your job 24/7 and you must respond to all emails immediately. What a joke. Good luck if you want to be ridiculed, paid unfairly and have no work-life balance. If you have no life this is the place to work and they expect you to do so even after hours you are required to respond to clients. Some are even expected to do so while on vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others as you would want to be treated. FAIRLY!! Re-evaluate your pay wages based off real pay not what you "feel is right!!"


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Don't let the awards fool you!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A+P has some talented team members. It has a global footprint so it can compete with large agencies. It has a strong marketing team that has mastered awards submissions and self promotion.

    Cons

    The agency claims to have a strong collaborative culture and a one P+L structure to avoid infighting. Neither are true. The team is not empowered, there is little diversity and less training, Culture is all talk and no follow through and practice groups and offices are set up to compete. The team leaders, staff and clients all suffer. The agency grew in size a few years ago without a strategic plan or infrastructure, so its procedures, one person HR team, outdated accounting practices did not grow with it. The result is very high client and talent turnover. 12-14 hour days are typical, burnout runs rampant.

    Advice to Management

    The marketing and PR teams need to stop compete and working together. There needs to be a clear vision and path set for this agency, less micro managing and more empowerment of and value placed on senior team who bring a wealth of experience. More emphasis on team building than team blaming. Get salaries up to agency standards. Get commission structures that reward new business efforts significantly. Get rid of dead weight at the partner level, practice what you preach and really focus on the work!


  6. "Visionary Founders"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time

    Pros

    The founders of Allison + Partners are smart, creative and inclusive. They are doing an exceptional job of following their dream, and including their team in the excitement of the company they are building.

    Cons

    The firm's growth is based upon the acquisition of smaller firms, so the culture is inconsistent from location to location. It's also a male-dominated company, which is interesting given that PR is a field that tends to draw more women.

    Advice to Management

    This is advice to the ownership team, because this very concern that I voiced fell on deaf ears with the management team. Because people are a part of every acquisition, it's important that the people be considered for what they bring to the table. Don't stop at their titles and make assumptions, because titles do not necessarily translate from company to company. Slow your growth down to get to know each and every one of your new team members. Focus on building team morale, not just the numbers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome culture, solid client base, great team

    Cons

    average-low pay, though typical for agency life

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Access to the founders and senior executives, decent benefits, entrepreneurial culture.

    Cons

    Communications agency life can be very, very hectic at times.

    Advice to Management

    Pay very close attention to culture as the agency continues to grow.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great firm"

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    Former Employee - Executive Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You work with the best people in the business. Not only good at what they do but good people too. Great place to learn your marketing and communications skills and to be part of a fast growing firm. One P&L! Great culture that starts at the top and all the way down.

    Cons

    Not many cons. They need more big brand names to believe in them but that will come if they continue to grow and employ great people. Tough to keep their people because they are sought after.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work hard in keeping the amazing culture you have. And continue to push boundaries.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time

    Pros

    At A+P no problem is pushed aside as too hard to solve. In fact, they go after the really hard and insolvable problems and then throw talent, time and resources towards solving them.

    Cons

    Ten hour days can be tiring


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