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Allison & Partners Reviews

Updated 13 March 2019
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Pros
  • "Great culture and leaders who live that culture" (in 4 reviews)

  • "The company as a whole has good ethos and cares about employees" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance is rough - that's agency life" (in 8 reviews)

  • "average-low pay, though typical for agency life" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Overall, good. Networking very important"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The office location, great clients, opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Lose junior talent by not compensating adaquetly


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing culture with perks such as unlimited PTO, workout Wednesdays, Summer Fridays, Beer Cart Fridays etc, chance to progress and work on things you're truly passionate about, access to SLT and you feel like you're being heard

    Cons

    None I can think of.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Fun people and team atmosphere

    Cons

    Low pay for the industry
    Office politics


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor leadership in Singapore office. Stay away."

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

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time

    Pros

    - Great global culture
    - Unlimited leave, open door sessions, annual Allison University workshop
    - US offices doing award-winning work
    - Pays relatively well
    - Interesting 1 P&L model which encourages cross-office collboration
    - Encourages entrepreneurship

    Cons

    Unfortunately the Singapore office is run by someone who's oblivious to her very poor leadership skills, and clueless about modern-day PR and managing a team, much less a company.

    Sadly it seems like the global leadership is that myopic to risk the longevity of the agency for the short-term profits/billings she brings in. As it is the turnover rate is around 50% over the past couple years. The global management needs to recognize that she needs corrective behavior and leadership training otherwise people will just keep leaving and agency reputation will suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate priorities for the agency.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good people with good hearts."

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial mindset - free reign to build something on your own with a lot of support

    Cons

    Processes not in place that should be for administrative tasks

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and leaders who live that culture. Fast growing within an industry that is more stagnant. Opportunity to build your career and ideal for someone who likes building something and following their own interest.

    Cons

    Focus areas not always well defined because the organization is growing faster than the brand and practices. Good problem to have but will leave some frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and make sure people know that you are aware of the weaknesses fast growth will expose. They trust you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture"

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

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, colleagues are generally easy to work with

    Cons

    If you don't win new business, you are pushed aside, not matter other positive things you do for the company

  8. Helpful (3)

    "High visibility with leadership and high rewards"

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

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The clients are top-notch and run the gamut of size, industries, challenges, etc. making work interesting day-to-day
    I felt acknowledged for my hard work and felt that I was given a lot of visibility with leadership, including the CEO Scott Allison (his "CEO Advisory Council" was very cool)
    Pay is better than most PR agencies and new perks like unlimited PTO, longer maternity leave are solid
    Training is strong with Allison University and Scott's public speaking training

    Cons

    Work/life balance is rough - that's agency life. I wasn't working until midnight or anything, but handling client fire drills, securing new business, managing teammates and contributing to internal cultural initiatives made it tough to have any sort of life on a weeknight. Dinner plans were rare for me. As a result, however, I do feel prepared to handle anything that comes my way in my new job. I also feel that I have more perspective than my new colleagues on what stress really looks like.

    There were a handful of VP+ people who did not contribute at all to accounts; I know leadership is aware of them but yet they don't make any changes. It's those people who can really dismantle a company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Try your hardest to keep it to 5 clients or less per person. And cut the fat - teammates can truly make or break an experience and strong employees will suffer. That does include leadership...some of the highest-ranking people are the most frustrating at A+P. Continue your trajectory of competitive salaries - it will go far.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Growth opportunities"

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

    I have been working at Allison & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Supportive of career development
    Senior management really wants feedback on what can be done better
    World-class clients

    Cons

    Hard to get a grasp on what offices outside the US are doing
    Regular over-servicing of clients leading to long work hours


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Pertains only to Singapore office"

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

    I worked at Allison & Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company as a whole has good ethos and cares about employees. Good benefits like unlimited vacation and you get to leave a few hours earlier on the last Friday of every month.

    Cons

    Working in the Singapore office is very draining. Not so much from the work itself but from constantly having to put up a fake rah-rah front. The leader surrounds herself with sycophants and if you have a different opinion or a different way of doing things from them, you will have to put up with needling comments, or worse, be labelled as uncollaborative or unenthusiastic.

    I left because I didn't learn anything at all. The leadership only knows and does traditional PR, and is not at all equipped for what our changing industry requires.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the CEO: when 5 employees (which is half of the office strength) leave in a span of three months , I think it points to a leadership issue. Also, we had no exit interviews when we left.