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  • “I've benefitted from the owner, Alex's, efforts to build community and create a space where everyone feels welcomed and empowered.” in 10 reviews

  • “In addition, there are regular meetings where members can share what they are working on to solicit feedback from other members.” in 6 reviews

  • “We rented the meeting room and gallery space for a recent week-long event.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    9/28/2017

    I've been a member at ColAg for a year and frequent both locations. The new downtown spot is awesome: right by the huge food cart pod, streetcar lines, library, and just a few blocks up from the MAX.

    If you are a freelancer or remote worker, you know how lonely it can be to lack a "traditional" office. Collective Agency provides all the social and practical benefits of workplace and so much more. The folks here are some of the most passionate and interesting people in the city. You can work at bright, sunny desks, enjoy the Portland view, and work alongside programmers, health coaches, authors, and designers. Be ready for great conversations, casual lunch gatherings, and awesome member events (karaoke, bookclub, happy hour, terrarium class, costume party...).

    The culture of Collective Agency is what really sets is apart from other coworking places. We aren't pretentious - we are real and a bit awkward. Our spaces aren't filled with sterile modern decor - we've got cozy couches and tons of plants with pun names. If I see you I will insist you join me for a beer on Fridays, unless you really don't want to, that's cool too.

    As a "community governed" coworking space, everyone member is encouraged to be involved in making this place what is is. Some are actively engaged in the weekly meetings and debate policies, others are happy to just show up and get their work done, maybe fill out a survey once in a while. Either path is totally fine - your voice can be heard. I find this to be a huge strength but some people who try us out aren't really into community, they'd rather have a management around who decides how things should be. If you are a person who values community, wants to meet cool people, and have a great place to get your work done, then come check us out!

  • 1.0 star rating
    2/20/2017

    Pro:
    Location
    Focused work place
    Lectures on site

    Con:  

    After I was at CoAg a few months, I heard whispers there was something weird going on regarding finances - and in terms of power structure. People were afraid to speak directly about it.  I heard concerns from long term members about how CoAg income generated were being paid to staff even though we were in the red...

    I feel some long term members at the Collective Agency were cliquey, that there was class-ism

    When I left Oregon on extended travel/relocation, I had my mail delivered there. Two meaningful unfortunate things happened regarding a particular item. I had waited a couple years to post my review. My gut was right on. The day after I posted my review Alex threatened me with lawsuits starting at over $2,500 weekly should my disclosure of what happened with my mail remain up here.

    Comment from Alex L. of Collective Agency Downtown
    Business Owner
    2/24/2017 This person was here until July 2013. She requested I wait to forward mail that arrived (as a… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    9/27/2016

    Before someone told me about the option of co-working, I worked from a home office.  I found that I really missed the social aspect of a traditional office that involves conversation and people to go to lunch with you.

    After checking out a number of options for co-working in Portland I'm very happy to have landed at Collective Agency.

    I checked out a few other places but here's why this place is unmatched:

    People here will make an effort to get to know you better and there's a culture of socialization that you won't find anywhere else. People will strike up a conversation when you see them in the kitchen and on most days there's a group of people that go to lunch together (everyone is invited to join).
     
    Your opinion on the inner workings of the office will be solicited -- Alex is always eager to get feedback from members on what would make Collective Agency a better co-working space and he actually follows through on the feedback he receives. Throughout the office there are  posters asking members to vote on this or vote on that or write about something they appreciate in the work space. In addition, there are regular meetings where members can share what they are working on to solicit feedback from other members.

    Finally, I this place gives you the most "bang for your buck" in terms of what the basic membership includes. Specifically, there are all kinds of items for sharing such as computer monitors, cords and headsets that I haven't seen anywhere else.

    If you are looking for a co-working space in Portland, definitely make sure you check this place out.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/12/2016

    Great space for coworking. Open seating with lots of space, some with a monitor or a standing desk. Never a problem to grab a conference room to make a call or host a meeting, which is great.  

    The number of people working here fluctuates but it is always pretty quiet and a productive atmosphere. Plus, the people are super friendly and there are lots of great food options just a short walk away.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/19/2016

    I've loved everything about Collective Agency. It's super clean, organized, and the price is right. Would highly suggest if you're looking for a coworking spot in PDX.

  • 1.0 star rating
    7/26/2016

    I had a miscommunication with the owner of the Collective Agency, Alex, and I was trapped into spending more money than was agreed to. A principled business owner takes responsibility for lack of clarity. Alex refused responsibility and was both unable to point to any specific terms and unwilling to offer any sort of even partial refund for services that will never be rendered.

    Comment from Alex L. of Collective Agency Downtown
    Business Owner
    2/24/2017 At the end of the day, Splashy told me he had planned to quit and ask for a refund before he signed… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    10/3/2016

    Collective agency has been a wonderful resource for me in the 3 years I've been working there. I've benefitted from the owner, Alex's, efforts to build community and create a space where everyone feels welcomed and empowered. I wouldn't have expected to have so much say in what happens and doesn't happen - like, new amenities for the kitchen, or new more comfortable chairs, or new ideas on free parking passes, and the list goes on. I joined because I needed a place to really buckle down and get work done. I've stayed because it feels good to be there, I enjoy seeing the other co-workers and meeting new people, and because I still get more work done there than anywhere else.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/26/2016

    This is the most affordable and supportive rental space you can find in Downtown Portland. We rented the meeting room and gallery space for a recent week-long event. The staff are fantastic and they are quick to help in any way you need. When the internet had a hiccup, they solved it in less than 15 minutes. They have created a supportive and cost-efficient space for visiting groups like ours. Overall, a wonderful group to be associated with for your next business meeting!

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/24/2015

    I've been working at Collective Agency since I moved to Portland June, 2013. I love my commute over the bridge, I love coming in and seeing busy happy people, I love having a place downtown to work and store my bike while I do my business around the west side. Alex and staff are always available and helpful to get the technology for internet, print/scan/fax up when I need. I'm on phone calls often and have the space available for privacy. I'm broadened by the community here.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/10/2015

    I've known Alex Linsker for many years. We initially met through LinkedIn around our mutual interest in democracy in the workplace. He has successfully turned his dream into reality. If you live and work in Portland, OR I encourage YOU to pay a visit to Collective Agency. You'll be happy you did.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/17/2015

    I rented the Big Loft Room for an AMA PDX kick-off party. We had a volunteer group of about 25 people meeting together for the first time. I had only seen the space through their website, so I was a little nervous about what it would actually look like. Since Alex, the business owner, was extremely responsive throughout my booking process I expected my experience would be fine. But Alex helped me make the event seamless. The space was perfect for what we needed and adjustable depending on the size and style of your group. Here are some photos of the event: collectiveagency.co/2015…

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/15/2015

    Love waking up and commuting to the Collective Agency every day. I telecommute for one of the world's top employers and this place is awesome!  Very professional, group events and great place to network.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/7/2015

    Visited the office for a day and was impressed by the workspace, the people and their desire for community.  The environment was both relaxing and welcoming, Alex was a great host.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/2/2011
    • 1 check-in

    Do you run your own business or have multiple clients? Do you suffer from a lack of space, have trouble motivating from the home office or maybe client stalkers have got you down? If so welcome to your hideaway, a home office away from home, enter Collective Agency. I was invited by Todd P. to come check out this public community workspace for a brainstorming session and see its advantages first hand.

    As someone who has freelanced many years and experienced all the grievances above I can fully support a workspace of this kind. Located right downtown this facility provides multiple parking and eating options.  So does its 4,000 sq ft of cubicles, offices, meeting rooms and large common areas. There is a community kitchen, an elevator for your trusty bike companion, bathrooms and waiting area for clientele. I am not a paid member but can certainly see its versatility after my few visits. The overall space has always been clean and there are plenty of hard-wired workaholics like yourself to help should any questions arise. For your safety they also have a secure entrance on the street level so less attention is needed towards the crazies wandering the block. For a list of all the advantages in detail I suggest reading Todd P's review.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/22/2011
    • 39 check-ins

    The Full Monty on CA:

    Collective Agency is an awesomely cozy & affordable Portland co-working space in Old Town PDX, really close to the Pearl District with easy to access public transit and the greater downtown area.

    Alex and the Collective Agency organizing team are really nice, professional and good communicators. They bring a unique vibe to the 4,000 square foot loft space that contributes to fostering a collaborative + friendly atmosphere.

    A few adjectives I would use to describe the Collective Agency space:
    Collaborative, Open, Functional, Clean, Amiable, Luminescent, Communal.

    Coworking Details:
    Non-Memebers can drop by and chill during normal business hours of 9-5PM and cowork for free. Paying members get 24 hour access, business address, storage in the form of a locker or file cabinet and a reserved work space and chair. It is affordable ($157.50 per month per paying member) and cost effective if you are a freelancer, small business or startup team trying to get off the ground.

    Meeting Spaces:
    There are several private conference rooms that are located off of the main loft area that are available for rent for $35 per hour or $1,000 a week  for both member types. CA has 5 private conference rooms that hold up to 16 people and 3 other areas that hold up to 30 people. These spaces are good for off-site meetings, board meetings, workshops, community chats and team building events.

    The PDX Tech & Creative community are active in the space and working here is a good excuse to network with other people who are making things happen in Portland. CA hosts many active tech, film and geeky workgroups including - 52/Mobile Apps / Mentorship Speed-Dating, Stumptown Syndicate, BookCyclePDX, Ground Floor/Reality Check, PDX Browncoats, First Hand Philosophy to name a few. I am sure as CA grows there will be more. Feel free to check out the community calendar and see what is happening - collectiveagency.co/even…

    Area:
    Collective agency is close to a bunch of cool PDX eats, dives, digs and carts. Backspace is a hop and a skip away if you are a coffee connoisseur into local music & art. Gilt Club is around the corner, literally and has great eats and vibes till 2AM if you are up working late. CA is a few blocks from to Ground Kontrol Barcade if you want to empty a fist full of quarters while downing craft brews. Additionally, the 3rd & 5th street food cart rows are within walking distance if you want a variety of food truck eats.

    Proof:
    I liked Collective Agency so much I became a paying member. Feel free to come by and check out the space. :)

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/14/2014

    This is a great coworking space to get work done and meet other small business owners and freelancers. The vibe's warm and relaxed, much like the cafes I used to work out of before joining here. Of the coworking spaces I visited during my decision making process, this is one's my favorite.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/14/2011

    Fantastic place to Get Stuff Done:

    * fast internet
    * comfortable and flexible seating
    * power outlets everywhere
    * conversation and phone calls encouraged
    * water, tea, coffee and snacks
    * great staff
    * bike parking
    * no dogs
    * no music

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/14/2013

    When I was looking for shared office space (coworking) in Portland, I checked out the three places I could find. Of them, Collective Agency had the best feeling and the best facilities. I became a member, and in fact, I'm writing this from a desk at Collective Agency.

    Some of the attractions here are comfortable furniture, great people (including outstanding staff), a quiet and respectful atmosphere, fruit deliveries weekly, high ceilings with plenty of light, and a shared kitchen with a coffeepot. It's a great location for bike commuting or taking the bus or MAX, and it's convenient to many lunch spots (ranging from food carts to fancy places).

    I highly recommend Collective Agency to anyone looking for a quiet coworking location.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/9/2011

    This is a really great co-working space in Old Town.  Truth be told, this is much nicer than most offices I have worked at.  Has a nice balance of promoting a good working environment while making things friendly and social.  Fantastic loft space with tall ceilings and spacious feel.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/15/2014 Updated review

    I've been a member of Collective agency since January 2014, and have really enjoyed working here over the past months.  The large loft-style space is warm, inviting, and energizing, with multiple desks/stations to choose from.  The vibe is that serious work is getting done, but it's not stuffy or boring--to the contrary, the people are relaxed, fun to be around, and members regularly get together for meetings, outside events, or casual daily lunches on the comfy couches. Most members work in the central loft area, however, the multiple private conference rooms that range from large to small are convenient to retire to when talking on the phone or working with another individual or a group.  A spacious kitchen acts as a central hub for relaxed interaction between members, where multiple pots of savory coffee are brewed throughout the day.  In addition, Alex, the owner, keeps the kitchen stocked with a full battery of kitchenware, appliances, and an assortment of teas and condiments, so it is easy to prep snacks, drinks and meals.  Members also regularly bring in food or snacks to share, contributing to the 'Collective' vibe that is central to the philosophy of the place.  All in all, Collective Agency has contributed tremendously to my daily enjoyment as I go about my work.  I'm a writer, so it's great to have a place to go to that is not my home office or a coffee shop, and Collective Agency has filled that bill admirably.  Highly recommended!

    5.0 star rating
    3/1/2014 Previous review
    I have been working at Collective Agency for approximately two months now, and I give it five stars!… Read more
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