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I worked at Marketing Instincts full-time (less than a year)Pros
I thought at first when I read the previous reviews that the soda and water thing was a joke. Its not, free soda and water is one of the only pros, and that's pretty sad to say. I will add that you are working with big name companies like BET and Samsung, so you are receiving some professional exposure.Cons
I only worked for the company a short time, however I learned more about how not to run a business then I did anything about promotional merchandising.
Benefits: No medical/dental/vision/401K
Sick Days: Highly discouraged, not paid, and from what I picked up, should you call out sick it was cause for immediate distrust and cruel speculations.
Time Off: Had to be requested well in advance and was often denied due to an over abundance of work and an under abundance of staff. As with sick days, anyone who took time off was an open target for ridicule and snide comments.
Compensation: When I realized that a standard work day was between 10-15 hours, I asked my new colleagues what the compensation policy was for the extra/late hours. I was told that there was none. As far as I know, even on a salary position, overtime is required to be paid once you go over a certain amount of hours.
Holidays: I was not employed there long enough to overlap on a holiday, but I asked about previous and upcoming holidays. Its standard to work Christmas Eve/New Years Eve and the day after Thanksgiving. Though I did hear someone discussing how certain holidays were 'optional' and you could choose to take the holiday/day off for no pay.
Office Environment: I had worked in similar fields, so I was prepared for a high pressure, deadline driven job. What I was not prepared for was the complete and utter lack of respect management had for the employees. I was shocked to hear managers openly discussing employees shortcomings, ridiculing certain employees, talk down to, make fun of, and generally verbally abuse the office staff. Most of the comments were disguised under a thin veil of sarcasm and written off as a 'stressed' or 'joking' response. In the space of one week I saw at least three of the female employees openly crying at their desk or stepping away to cry in the bathroom or warehouse. There were few male employees but they also seemed to be in a constant state of distress and anxiety, often avoiding being near or talking to the managers. After asking around, I also realized that no one in the company (Sr. Management aside) had been there for longer then 3-4 months. The turnover rate is so high its almost laughable and certainly not professional.
Owners/managers: I personally never interacted poorly with the owners, however I was witness to multiple occasions of screaming/temper-tantrums by the president of the company in which employees were called names, insulted, and micromanaged to within an inch of their lives. I was under the impression when I started that the owners were long time professionals in this field, after seeing how they handled crisis situations, employee conflicts, and high volume projects, I came to the conclusion that while they did have some knowledge in the field, it was outdated, out of touch, and completely lacking substance. This seemed to be a case where the owners were stifling the potential growth of the company by micromanaging employees, getting involved in small, inconsequential jobs, and displaying a complete lack of faith or trust in the employees ability to do their jobs.
Overall I absolutely would not recommend that you even give this job a shot. While it looks good on paper it completely translates to a waste of time both personally and professionally. I would also be sure and research the company more thoroughly, as I discovered their reputation in their field is very negative in terms of who works with them (client companies aside) having them on your resume could potentially damage future job opportunities.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Replace your Sr. Managers on staff, they are slowly polluting your company from the inside. Remove yourselves (as the owners) from the every day operations of the company and give the staff you've hired a chance to do the job you hired them to do.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO