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Connelly Partners Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing company"

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

    I have been working at Connelly Partners full-time

    Pros

    Advertising is a dog-eat-dog world and it can be very stressful at times. Long hours are common, but that comes with the job

    Cons

    The entire company is like a family and they take care of one another before anything else. Job perks are amazing...they make you want to come to work every day. Sure there are long hours, but CP really values work/life balance.


  2. "Fine, easy job if you're just looking to coast."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Connelly Partners full-time

    Pros

    Terrific work and life balance.

    Cons

    Work itself seems relatively unambitious.

  3. "Great Company To Work For"

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

    Pros

    The work environment is a fun, open space without walls, music playing all day, not stuffy and all departments integrated-kinda office which allows for interaction with folks that I may not otherwise in my daily work. Yes, we work hard but we also play hard. We wear many hats as needed and we help each other out, we roll-up our sleeves and get the job done.

    Cons

    As with any company in the City, parking around the office can be is a challenge when you need to drive in, especially on street cleaning days.


  4. "Outstanding Place to Work with Incomparable Culture"

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

    Pros

    -Connelly Partners excels in hiring people that you actually want to work around.
    -It's a supportive environment where everyone is passionate, talented and wants to produce great work for their clients.
    -Steve Connelly is a CEO that cares about the happiness of every single employee no matter how quickly the company grows.
    -Upper management is receptive to feedback and they encourage a work/life balance.

    Cons

    CP requires flexibility as the company grows and the client roster changes. You will most likely work on a variety of clients across multiple industries, which provides you with a richer experience. If you are someone that wants to do the same thing for years, you may not want to work at such a dynamic company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best places I have ever worked"

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

    Pros

    The leadership cares about their employees and is always finding ways to reward good work. They listen to what you have to say.
    Work hours are very reasonable. You can have a life outside of work.
    Nice offices. Three walking desks are a hit.
    The team is talented and they know their craft well.
    Steve Connelly is one of my favorite CEO's

    Cons

    Limited flex hours or work from home opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Grow middle management


  6. "Was a great place to work, can still be!"

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

    Pros

    - Had a strong culture focused on the people and creating a more familial environment. Although evolving clients (and demands) may have affected this a bit, I think there's still a camaraderie amongst both current and former employees that can't be broken. I had a great career there, and made some of the strongest bonds there (both personally and professionally). Folks can succeed if they are willing to do what it takes to contribute.

    - Open atmosphere is supposed to generate conversation/ideation. Although sometimes it can be distracting, it's also refreshing as opposed to cube-farms. I think it's up to the person to make the most of that opportunity and make friends, contribute to culture, discuss ideas with others, etc. If you have your headphones in and don't talk to anyone, it's a tough fit.

    - Clients are on the small-to-mid-size level so you'll get hands-on experience. If you're not up for contributing or learning, it's probably not the place for you. It's tough to hide! Although it's a lot of work, you will learn a lot, even if it's trial by fire. Be willing to put in the time....we all did! And it's not breaking news that this is typical of agency life.

    - The work can be good-to-great, if given the time.

    - Evolving. CEO is passionate about staying competitive and has been doing so through acquisition. Things are changing, and some of it is unclear, but at least they are in the position to buy...vs. sell.

    - CEO cares. Is a really good human. I can say that about most if not all the people there.

    - Cool space / Great location / the Bar

    Cons

    - Processes can improve

    - Not all leadership is plugged into the day-to-day of the agency. Although they probably shouldn't be at all times (by empowering the next level down), it's good to know they have a pulse on the business. It's of note though that some are totally plugged in, and are very involved with their departments/teams.

    - Goals aren't always clear so it's hard for everyone to get on board and feel excited about projects, pitches, and putting in the extra time.

    - Can be more competitive in the marketplace (clients, projects, etc.) if there is a stronger commitment to digital resources (staff, technology, etc.). I'd recommend focusing on tech that brings you up to speed to be competitive vs. what tech makes you different/what noone else has.

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to the people and watch these reviews. The people are your strongest resource, one of your biggest selling points, and how you are different from other big/medium/small shops. Rallying the troops towards the common goal will be key.

    - Evaluate not only efficiency, but also contributions of employees. Folks of all tenures should be evaluated more closely to ensure that your teams are as strong as can be, are competitive, and they stay hungry, not complacent.

    - Never get rid of Disney or cultural events. It has certainly helped the company come together, and highlights the human side of the biz.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Old Guard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Connelly Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Fun environment
    - Nice people
    - Bar in the center of the office

    Cons

    - Complete disconnect between upper management and employees
    - Old guard mentality, people have been there for years are resistant to the 'digital wave'
    - Operations/HR/Finance is all run by a team of 2 with a heavy focus on finance rather than process

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be a full-service agency and find your niche. Creative team really seems to have a good thing going with video and design. All aspects of digital work (media, paid search are rushed and the final product reflects this

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Account"

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

    I worked at Connelly Partners full-time

    Pros

    Best people you will ever meet anywhere. Great perks. Great space. Good clients.

    Cons

    Looking for a lifestyle job this is the best you can ever hope for. Looking for career advancement, go elsewhere.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Smoke and Mirrors"

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

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

    Pros

    People generally care about each other at the agency which is it's best and only asset. The workplace is respectful of one-another and camaraderie comes naturally.

    Cons

    The agency has absolutely no direction and is not good at any one discipline.

    They are unable to win business and any wins are often times met with a swift firing after the client sees through the facade that the agency puts forward in pitch.

    They acquire partner agencies without rhyme or reason to add capabilities to their website.

    The partners are absent and out of touch. Juniors run the day to day without the slightest idea of what they are doing or what an agency should be.

    The work that the agency does win is nearly exclusively small regional businesses with even smaller budgets. The work suffers because of this.

    Advice to Management

    "Committed to Curious" is a wholly misleading, and grammatically incorrect, mantra.

    Become something instead of trying to be everything. Get new, fresh thinking in place. Worry less about your space and more about the work you do in it.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Very Unprofessional Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Connelly Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do focus on fun and the people are friendly. There is always something social going on and you can entertain yourself with everything from ping pong to zip scooters to a full (less stocked than before) bar in the office.

    Cons

    There is basically no vision, direction or process. Management lacks in any business focused management. Zero metrics, common growth goals or overall strategy other than keep tricking medium to large clients into paying big bucks for interns or junior people with no experience to crank out mediocre work while the zombie partners barely do anything or show up. The CEO and founder is largely absent and provides no value. Working there is kind of like sitting in an airport terminal with your laptop done trying to get work done while waiting for your next flight. Loud, open environment with a bunch of strangers all around you going in different directions with no cohesion. It is a miserable experience.

    Advice to Management

    Learn something about business and run the company like a company instead of a frat house.


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