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PALIO Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "Account Services"

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

    I worked at PALIO full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great, the people really make this place special. Everyone has a can-do attitude.

    Cons

    Had some initial growing pains from changes in structure but have come out of it better than before.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PALIO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy everyone I work with and have become friends with many of my co-workers has a family feel to it.

    Cons

    It's still quite small so organization and process is lacking. It can feel as if you are working in a silo and not really connecting to team members on projects.

    Advice to Management

    I would bolster up the management roles and have more of a leadership quality to the agency. Streamline your process.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PALIO full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great co-workers, snacks and drinks, weekly breakfasts, beautiful work environment.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management, poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Was once a great please to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, smart people. Passionate and dedicated.

    Cons

    The company was dissolved and transitioned to NYC and it lost its talent and its reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Research Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of opportunities. Focus in pharmaceuticals, growing industry. Pay their employees well. Company driven to do great work and be successful. Located in beautiful small Saratoga Springs. Strives to offer work life balance.

    Cons

    Not a very team driven organization, work is individual and can feel like you are alone working on a project. Limited opportunities for mentors and learning. Not great at delivering on core values.

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve delivery of core values. Work to improve team work and collaboration. This could be a great organization. Teams lead to better work, learning opportunities and overall happier employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This company has made fantastic strides in the right direction under the leadership of Kim Johnson and her senior team. Ineffective, dead weight, legacy employees have, for the most part been removed and new energy has been brought in.
    This place is a great place to work!!!

    Cons

    Having to deal with the legacy negatives that all the old employees and leaders have been putting into the market against Palio.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin on!!!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place with amazing people"

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    Current Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Sky's the limit. Love it here

    Cons

    No agency is perfect. But I think the issues here are related to growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing

  8. Helpful (18)

    "Want the truth?...read this review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are a handful of talented, good people. Unfortunately for them, the company is led by someone who is neither.

    Cons

    Indisputable facts:
    Since the President (KJ) took the helm of Palio, the agency has:

    Closed two once viable, thriving offices, laying off scores of talented people, after lying to them repeatedly regarding her intent
    Experienced client attrition at an unprecedented rate (won and lost business within 6 months)
    Experienced a dramatic rise in employee turnover (hovering at 50%)

    If those FACTS were not enough, you should know the following about Kim:

    She lacks any personal accountability for the agency's struggles

    She uses personal relationships to keep her job - which is incomprehensible given the business results and investigations conducted at both Palio and Cement Bloc (previous employer) regarding potential improprieties

    She has no heart, no soul and no conscience. To say a wolf in sheep's clothing might be a compliment. She will save herself at the expense of anyone else (with the possible exception of Michael Austin) personally attacking employees at will.

    Advice to Management

    Your willingness to turn a blind eye in the desperate attempt to have a successful IPO OR your inability to recognize the poison that is KJ is reflective of your character and moral compass even more than Kim's. Stop letting people be abused by an incompetent, vicious leader. In fact, shame on you for placing potential monetary gain over the well-being of your employees.

    PALIO Response

    Sep 16, 2016 – Talent Management

    I’m sorry to hear about your experience at the Agency. In your one year at Palio, the Company has gone through changes with the Headquarters moving to New York. Palio’s focus has been on... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Onwards and upwards"

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for visibility for junior team members due to the small and open environment. Senior leadership is accessible and genuinely interested in listening to everyone in the team and improving areas of concern. Great hours for an NYC ad shop, hardly any late nights or weekends. Fun talented people who genuinely enjoy working together.

    Cons

    A great deal of necessary change over the past few years has led to a lot of ups and downs and sour grapes from past employees. However the roadmap is in place to keep building now and things are improving.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to spend time with all employees and allow for transparent dialogue in times of change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "PALIO"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people and engagement with senior management

    Cons

    Still working on finding efficiency


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