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Steve Connelly
23 Ratings
  1. "Current Happy Employee"

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

    I have been working at Connelly Partners full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The people are fantastic, the culture is great and there is opportunity if you work hard.

    Cons

    The process and communication could be improved but are not in any unreasonable state.

    Connelly Partners2017-09-13
  2. Helpful (2)

    "A Top-Heavy Agency"

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

    I worked at Connelly Partners full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Student Loan aid - Decent benefits (good 401K plan) - Used to have a great culture

    Cons

    - High turnover rate - Low pay (around 15-20% below market average) - Difficult to advance within - Creative is very understaffed - Claims to offer "great quality of life", but that's only for upper management (which is a disproportionately large percentage of the agency) - Partners are out of touch with employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell your employees how to be happy, but instead listen to what's making them unhappy. Also, creative needs a top-down overhaul, as certain high-ranking members are not pulling their weight.

    Connelly Partners2019-03-08
  3. "Come for the experience and a great team!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connelly Partners full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The place has a really great teamwork feel to it, lots of events to hang out, dinners and clubs, a yearly trip to Disney. There is an open bar in the building that you are free to use and the people here work really hard. They have unlimited PTO starting this year.

    Cons

    Growth is almost non-existent, they do rounds of layoffs that takes a toll on morale. They have competitive salaries but the benefits are extremely lacking so it's offset by that and suddenly it's not a great as you think. For instance, high healthcare, but they try to balance it out with profit sharing, however that is based on performance of company and not guaranteed. They don't even offer any free benefits such as...

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    Advice to Management

    Spend some extra money to make salaries competitive to get great hires in key positions. That will have a big impact and be worth the cost.

    Connelly Partners2019-03-05
  4. Helpful (1)

    "CP Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Connelly Partners full-time

    Pros

    great people, great culture, good work/life balance

    Cons

    some departments aren't nearly as close knit as others, some of the higher up people don't know what people actually do day to day.

    Connelly Partners2018-07-17
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Connelly Partners full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Incredible benefits (unlimited PTO, annual company trip, happy hours, office bar, 401k, company-wide events, etc.) - Beautiful office space in a great location - Talented and hardworking employees - Mentorship program is encouraged and can be helpful if you take advantage of it - High expectations set by directors -- employees are consistently being pushed to perform well and make a good impression on the clients...

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    Cons

    - Poor pay relative to other agencies in the area - Lack of diversity - Cliquey mentality amongst employees -- while people are encouraged to get together outside of work, it is evident that some people are more friendly than others - Client roster isn't the most impressive

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in your employees and fostering a more inclusive work environment

    Connelly Partners2018-03-12
  6. "Associate Creative Director"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Connelly Partners full-time

      Pros

      Flexible hours, Disney yearly trip, great people

      Cons

      Management is detached, more work than quality work

      Connelly Partners2018-03-12
    • Helpful (2)

      "CP has Amazing Culture, but Poor Internal Structure"

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      Former Employee - Media in Boston, MA
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Connelly Partners full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Connelly Partners was my first place of work straight out of college and I could not have asked for a better place to work. I garnered invaluable experience in the industry and looked forward to seeing many people that worked there during my time. Trust was put into employees of all ranks, and CP really knew how to make everyone feel as involved as possible. The location was akin to the culture there and fits perfectly...

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      Cons

      Unfortunately, it seems as if the organization is a bit top-heavy. While a few employees were laid off during my tenure, I stand firm on the idea that having "partners" whose yearly income depends directly on how the company does that year (and yes, that includes payouts to their employees) is detrimental to the business. I also believe that the way that business is done at CP really has no true structure. While this...

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      Advice to Management

      Restructure the way that the company works. If you have partners at the head of departments.. Make sure that they are giving out fair salary increases to their employees. You cant have someone whose bottom line depends on salaries giving out the raises.

      Connelly Partners2018-02-13
    • "Brand Management Team Member"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Connelly Partners full-time

      Pros

      Culture, team members, office space

      Cons

      Upper management, work life balance

      Connelly Partners2018-02-03
    • Helpful (6)

      "Great place to learn, but not to make a career out of"

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

      I worked at Connelly Partners full-time

      Pros

      The culture at Connelly Partners is difficult to match anywhere else, it really feels like a work family. The agency regularly has events to bring everyone together, whether it's the spring fieldhouse day, the summer outing to one of the Boston Harbor Islands, the infamous CP Thanksgiving or the winter holiday party. The agency is also a unique size in that people usually work on multiple clients across various industries....

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      Cons

      First and foremost, they cannot pay the industry standard to their employees. Most accept being paid less than they would at the big agencies because of the culture. Entry level hires start below $35k, which isn't particularly livable for anyone looking to pay Boston rent. They also tend to make employees wait longer to be promoted, which can almost feel as though they're tightening purse strings to keep you at a lower...

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      Advice to Management

      Invest more in the employees' salary. Sometimes when things get wild and that moment arrives where someone decides if they will kill themselves on a project and push through or half try to the finish line, they half try because they just don't get paid enough to care more. Be more transparent with the company's performance and business decisions. It was oftentimes frustrating to simply hear of various failed pitches...

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      Connelly Partners2018-01-16
    • Helpful (1)

      "Defiantly Lost - It's a miracle they're still surviving - Smoke & mirrors!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Connelly Partners full-time

      Pros

      - CEO is a genuinely nice guy! - Great location and office

      Cons

      - COO is more focused on silly things instead of actually growing the business - No focus or core strength - A solid type C place, run by some solid type C folks who think they are rocket scientists, but instead have no expertise - HR folks know nothing about talent management or business management; most talented folks have left/leaving - They keep pushing the 'defiantly human' message, but some folks there...

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      Advice to Management

      Pick 10 people who matter & will grow your business to the next level & do whatever you can to keep them interested. Churn poor performers. Hire consultants & get some focus. It's a wafer-thin margin business, current loosey-goosey way of working is unsustainable.

      Connelly Partners2018-01-11
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