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Elliance Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. "My time at Elliance"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Elliance as an intern

    Pros

    Good workspace, nice people overall. The work isn't mind-numbing or anything, just you're average software web/app development company.

    Cons

    No real qualms, but I was just an intern so I didn't get a full look into the upper management workings.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "If you're good at brown nosing, you'll excel here."

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    Former Employee - SEO Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - SEO Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Elliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of your co-workers are cool - the ones not related to the CEO. Very hands off approach to letting you do your job without constant pestering - unless you are not related to the CEO.

    Cons

    CEO is knowledgeable about certain things, but that's the problem. Hire people who are experts and let them use their experience and expertise to get results. Almost everything has to be run past the CEO, which bottlenecks every project. The CEO (Chief EGO Officer) thinks he is Steve Jobs, but in reality is more like Bill Lumbergh (The boss from Office Space). Family members have jobs that they aren't qualified to do and they are all happy with getting paid whatever they make without any raises. The only time I got raises was when I had offers from other companies.

    Advice to Management

    TRUST the people you hire to do their jobs. Let go. We understand the business is like a child to you, but the business will never grow until the CEO stops getting his hands in every thing that goes out the door.

  3. "Smart & Inspiring while Lacking a Clear Direction"

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

    I worked at Elliance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Inviting atmosphere, cerebral but grounded. Genuine people. Very strong in SEO, SEM, lead generation, social media and reporting. But not just a digital agency - there's a strong personality with the brand and it's positive. A great place for young talent to learn at an active and high level.

    CEO is a wonderful man and brilliant at many things. He's also a good, compassionate soul. Puts his employees ahead of his clients and will walk away from problem clients.

    Cons

    While the CEO is genuine, he's far too active in day-to-day work at the expense of the creating an effective and well-managed vision for the organization. Needs an operational executive for which to truly partner. There are a few long-term employees who don't carry their weight and negatively impact the culture.

    Has the right idea with developing a brand consultation element to complement its digital prowess, but it lacks sophistication. It works for the current client mix.

    Advice to Management

    Find a partner to manage your business and make tough personnel decisions to keep the greater good pointed in the right direction..


  4. "Better Training Ground than Home"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Elliance, despite being small, does great work as witnessed by its awards. It's a low paper work and low bureaucracy kind of place. Work space is intimate and well designed. A couple long-standing employees have really settled into the cushy nooks and crannies.

    Cons

    This is very much a family business, with all of the dynamics that come with that. Several relatives employed. CEO plays a larger than life dad role. Mostly a good thing — except when dad disapproves and someone needs to be made to play the scapegoat. He's an exceptionally hard working CEO — but cursed by blindspots. He hires poorly at times. He can't keep strong American women on board — for which he blames the women. He over talks at staff meetings and with clients — he lacks a filter for what's business and what's personal. Some clients love him — others tire of his constant "pay attention to me" personality. For cultural and "family" reasons, it's not a safe place to truly stand up to the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    I think the mold is set here — at this point Elliance not going to change. Good training ground for young employees who want to learn from some smart people before finding a company with real growth potential.


  5. "Works for some"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Warm ppl. Ideas welcomed. Approachable management.

    Cons

    Company can t deciede what it wants to be.

    Advice to Management

    Consolodate services and niche.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Nowhere to go but out."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Elliance full-time

    Pros

    Cool Space, Cool projects, work was exactly what I was looking for. Fresh coffee, great coworkers. Pets and family friendly. Casual dress, bar's are within walking distance. Some happy hours.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, no yearly employee reviews. When someone leaves, the work load is just added to the other people instead of finding someone new. Very thrifty, no sense of pride or camaraderie. Abysmal PTO and compensation schedule. (10 days) (Once a month)

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring your friends and family and get management that actually cares about their employees well being. Have a yearly review and give raises without us having to ask. Don't let go of your superstars to save a few bucks.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Too Many Chief and not enough Indians"

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

    I have been working at Elliance full-time

    Pros

    Cool Space, Cool Boss, Smart People

    Cons

    Don't let one or two bad apples infest the whole work place. Everyone should be able to contribute.

    Advice to Management

    Need to add a layer of Management so that work is distributed fairly AND more people feel appreciated. A lot of good people are leaving....

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Striving-To-Be Creative Company Run By a Computer Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Information Architect in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Information Architect in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flex Time. Cool Space. SEO Knowlege. On the river trail. The warmth/friendliness of the people is about 50/50. CEO is transparent with what is going on within the company.

    Cons

    Very waterfall. Collaboration is a very tricky thing. They are rooted in linguistics more than visual systems. Project Management on the production side is not interested at all in discovery or the IA/UX process. You must provide a complete package with no ambiguity to production. Once the hand-off is made, you will seldom be consulted and the PM becomes the usability expert in most cases because of time constraints. If you are consulted after hand-off, the PM has no patience to further discuss new solutions. Since the company is run by a computer scientist, what is allowed to cross over to other disciplines is highly frowned upon, so lateral problem solving is very limited and in most cases verbally discouraged. Do not expect to collaborate in the design and programming aspect of a project. You are an IA and that is it. People have been there a long time and have exploited the flex time deeply to the detriment of the margins. Make sure you only offer solutions within your domain.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace creativity and not silo it. The best creative solutions is gained by open dialogue and freedom of expression. Open pathways to get insights from others.