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The Lukens Company Reviews

Updated May 7, 2018
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Walter G. Lukens, III
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  1. "Growing and Committed to Getting Better"

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    Former Employee - Acct Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Acct Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Lukens Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great support from management for staff and improved communication. They started Strength Finders and bring in outside consultants. Company is growing rapidly and they work hard but have fun too.

    Cons

    Mobility is hard. They seem to hire senior people from outside the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Look at younger staff for promotion.


  2. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Shirlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Shirlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Lukens Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best work environment of any job I've ever had. I love working at this company.

    Cons

    They tend to hire people that don't have the qualifications necessary to perform their position and don't take action once aware.

    The Lukens Company Response

    May 7, 2018 – Marketing & Communications Manager

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post about your experience working at TLC! We are so glad that you love working here. While our intention is to always hire the best fit for any open... More

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Run far away!"

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

    I worked at The Lukens Company full-time

    Pros

    Not too many pros for this company

    Cons

    This was my first job out of college and I didn't know how toxic the environment was until now - after working at two other great companies (who actually value employees) following my time at The Lukens Company. There really needs to be a system in place to evaluate employee happiness, as many of my coworkers were also miserable there. No culture/values in place (except for the occasional happy hour). There were a number of times where there were incidents of screaming/cussing and berating from upper management. You cannot go on lunch breaks in groups at the company as they think it's "cliquey" and also brought that up during my performance review (not sure how that had anything to do with my performance). This was the worst job and company I've ever worked for.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth it"

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

    I worked at The Lukens Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Teams can be good, some nice, and good working people here.

    Cons

    TOXIC ENVIRONMENT! Certain departments are treated better than others. So many internal issues, no HR department to sort it out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees or you will continue to lose all of the best ones.

    The Lukens Company Response

    Feb 15, 2018 – Marketing & Communications Manager

    Thank you for your review and for being a part of the TLC family. We are sorry that you didn’t have a more positive experience. Please know that we’ve taken strong measures in recent years to create... More


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Lacks Internal Professionalism"

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

    I worked at The Lukens Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Has some big name clients

    Cons

    A great deal of internal politics and drama. This was my first job out of college, and now looking back, I can clearly see that it was a toxic work environment. The other reviews are not wrong in there needing to be an overhaul of management. Longevity does not equal professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of those who are the big fish in the little pond. Find new talent, and people ready to learn and work as a team.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Lukens Company full-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work with good energy.

    Cons

    There was a lot of office politics that became toxic


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Work Here for A Little and Then Leave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Lukens Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Feels like you're giving back to the community with the nonprofit work, some attempts at building community at work, mostly will have time for a work/life balance since it isnt corporate

    Cons

    High attrition, unhappy employees, poor senior management, lack of appreciation for employees, unorganized and little room for any type of personal or professional growth

    Advice to Management

    Tighten up your senior management. Be more transparent and honest.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Solid agency with a good & growing reputation"

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

    Pros

    Great nonprofit clients
    Interesting coworkers
    Family atmosphere
    West coast office

    Lukens is a good place to learn the direct marketing agency business.

    Cons

    Feels like two different agencies; political and nonprofit
    Leadership is slow to change
    Not much diversity

    You're experience at Lukens is very different depending on the team you are put on. Not a consistent experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on making good hires and rewarding your top people. Treat people fairly and consistently. Look for ways to be a thought leader.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible"

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

    Pros

    They are a respected agency.

    Cons

    Overworked, Horrible Management on a certain team (hope you don't get hired on it) because the Manager is very unprofessional who has a high rank there and will probably be there for as long as the company is....unfortunate! This person runs around with her shoes off, curses, yells at vendors and employees, speaks badly of people and then is nice to their face, is a bully, and is extremely pushy. Her time is the MOST important, not the employees. You will stay late and she will not care because your needs do not matter. Cray.

    Advice to Management

    Get new Managers who respect their employees....it will go a long way.


  10. "Would not recommend"

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

    Pros

    location, room for growth, benefits

    Cons

    high turnover, bad management, frequent lay offs


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