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The Agora Companies Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Comes with a great work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Vernon campus is just gorgeous and makes for a very beautiful work environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Some growing pains on systems and processes that have been around a long time (in 3 reviews)

  • Some people find them charming, but it's a crowded and cluttered work environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Managing Editor"

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Agora Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed workplace environment
    Low corporate culture
    Good career opportunities - learned a lot
    Excellent HR department
    No dress code
    Friendly employees

    Cons

    As company has grown, it's lost some of its culture/character/soul - become more bureaucratic
    Some of the promotions are too aggressive and over-hyped - damages credibility


  2. "Hard to get in but worth it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cutting edge great income opportunities

    Cons

    Like most big companies


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Agora IS a scam, be careful..."

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    Former Employee - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Agora Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get paid for the work you do

    Cons

    All of Agora companies - Money Map Press, Stansberry Research, Oxford Club, Agora Financial, all of them, scare and steal money from old people. The whole Agora business is set up to take money from old people's retirement in the guise of helping them build up their retirement. Thousands of dollars a year. Some of these retirees called to cancel as they didn't have the money after investing into this fraudulent scam, but instead of giving their money back, they were talked into paying more! And the time when one of the Agora companies claimed to have found the cure to cancer. They had calls from so many families, begging for the name of the cure. But it was totally made up. Totally a scam to get them to call so they could be up-sold to. It's all a scam.

    I've been in meetings with new college graduates who didn't know one thing about money or investing making up ideas on how to market the business to retirees.

    I've also been in meetings with design who were told to make up a financial equation with random numbers and symbols so the marketing promotion to the email list of retirees looked 'real', although it was totally fake.

    Agora also uses false 'companies' so that they can hire US workers for their overseas affiliates without having to pay the proper US taxes.

    Someone should look into reporting them.

    Advice to Management

    Be real! You do have some great people working there with great ideas for investments, but to use lies to bring in business? And frighten old people out of their money, just to get their email address and money? You should be ashamed of yourselves.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fun Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Agora Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities
    Company attracts and retains people who enjoy being there, good coworkers at most levels.
    Great flexibility and benefits

    Cons

    Very little support or training. This is for people who self-motivate and can educate themselves
    Company way usually differs from standards that are the norm elsewhere.
    Management overall poor, can be vindictive, will not advance people who are not favorites.

    The Agora Companies Response

    Dec 13, 2016

    These "cons" are interesting. The first two are mostly true - but not "cons" in our opinion. Our companies tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to training. Historically we've seen that ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Trainer & Course Developer"

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

    I have been working at The Agora Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, fosters innovative thinking and idea sharing. Holiday pay.

    Cons

    Low Salaries, expensive health benefits

    The Agora Companies Response

    Dec 13, 2016

    As an employee of Publishing Services, which has a page of its own, you might consider posting there as it's difficult for us to address your concerns with much detail. But knowing what we know about ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place for a publishing internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Agora Companies part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Hands-on work
    -Incredible location
    -Great company culture
    -Bosses work heavily with lower-level employees
    -People are passionate

    Cons

    -No real internship program
    -Some publishing affiliates are cut-off or under-valued
    -Culture varies from affiliate to affiliate
    -Could be more dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Better training, more standardization across publishing affiliates, and really that's it--it's a great, mature company that knows what it's doing

    The Agora Companies Response

    Dec 13, 2016

    It sounds like you've gotten a good "first glimpse" of The Agora Companies... but there is still much for you to learn. So we hope you stick around. But we'll take a minute to address the few things ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Agora Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Agora is a great place to work--casual, intellectually stimulating environment. The company cares about its employees. You will be intellectually stimulated and challenged. Comes with a great work/life balance. Very little hierarchy.

    Cons

    Well, it's in Baltimore. That's a big drag. Get used to hearing sirens blare every few minutes or so. And news stories about all sorts of mayhem going on around you. But that's not the company's fault. Other than the location, Agora is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    There really is no "management" to speak of. The place has a very non-hierarchic structure to it, with lots of communication between everybody.

    The Agora Companies Response

    Dec 13, 2016

    Hmmm. We happen to love our Baltimore campus. But I guess if you're not into being in the midst of the arts and cultural hub of the city surrounded by great restaurants, pubs, shops, and historical ... More


  9. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Agora Companies full-time

    Pros

    They promise a lot when you begin!

    Cons

    They change things around and move people around all the time! I had no work to do after being transferred to two different departments! I was then fired for "performance!" How can you be reviewed on performance when you have nothing to perform!!
    I literally had to beg to get any type of work and was insulted in the process. I was told that I will jeopardize the software and that my education was not good enough!

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who respect their employees!

    The Agora Companies Response

    Dec 13, 2016

    It's not that we "like" to see reviews like this, but frankly we aren't troubled by them either. Yes, The Agora Companies do tend to change constantly, and that can involve moving people from one ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Huge growth, good benefits, good company"

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

    I worked at The Agora Companies full-time

    Pros

    Agora continues to grow rapidly and there is always room to grow or learn a new skill. The people are great, the environment is very fun and the work is stimulating.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular that you wouldn't find at any major company

    The Agora Companies Response

    Dec 13, 2016

    Glad to hear you're taking full advantage of being a part of this network. We appreciate your having taken the time to post a review, and wish you continued success in your career. One last ... More


  11. Helpful (5)

    "I Finally Found My Career Here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Agora Companies full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place to work, and just amazing environment. For a place that virtually has no rules, these are the hardest-working group of people I've ever seen - managers included. If I had to list out all the pros, this would be too long. So to keep things short and sweet... I've found my career here after so many years in micro-managed, underpaying, and stressful company that shall remain nameless.

    The problem it seems some of these reviewers have who left negative reviews is that they didn't actually know what they wanted when applying here. This is not a place you come to just get your paycheck every day, and you will not like it if that's what you want.

    And speaking as someone of color in a role with a lot of responsibilities... I can't disagree more with some of these reviews when it comes to diversity and prejudice. I've worked in places before with diversity, discrimination, and prejudicial practices - this is definitely not one of them.

    Lastly... the material that's published here doesn't actually represent the employee and manager perspectives and opinions. Period.

    Cons

    A little light on the training side... may not work for some people. It helped me learn my role quickly, though.

    Advice to Management

    keep building such a unique, impressive, and refreshing company.

    The Agora Companies Response

    Dec 13, 2016

    Funny... people always seem to be surprised that the people around here work harder and more effectively with so little "hovering" from management. Those of us that have been around long enough ... More



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