Barkley Reviews in Kansas City, MO

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
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  1.  

    Not so great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and was a really fun place to work at when I was there. They used to put a lot of care into their employees and do a lot of fun exciting work and contests, but I think that has also been stopped.

    Cons

    The CEO is cut throat, as is the business with advertising. It is feast, or famine and no job is safe from being cut when it is "famine".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP. The best person you have in leadership is Mike Swenson. As far as anyone else goes I'm not sure about them. Treat people with respect and stop hiring people for the same jobs you just fired a lot of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Boys Club and Lack of Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Barkley full-time

    Pros

    Lots of friendly people to work with. If you're on the account side you're probably safe from layoff cuts.

    Cons

    Barkley is an amazing place to work if you're on the inside of the boys club. If you're not and there's cuts to be had you're probably one of them. It is a constant struggle for female creatives to get the same raises and opportunities as men - which is why most of the have been laid off or went else where for a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Be cautious

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly staff. Very flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Management changes directions, and as long as you work on account side you are normally safe from cuts. If in any other department not so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focued and look at retaining your own people in other departments and not just account teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great potential

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart passionate people, close and long term client relationships, retail expertise, leadership makes the extra effort to make it a fun place to work, made the transition from traditional to future advertising, constant new business activity and successes, good diversity of clients, quickly overcame and replaced loss of Payless and Sonic

    Cons

    Too heavy on local grown talent, bit of a family business with family members and friends in key positions, no middle management (low paid junior employees and high paid senior execs), no emphasis on training and development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No real career pathing for employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Stay away from this company.

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    Current Employee - PR Account Person in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - PR Account Person in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Barkley

    Pros

    Great work space, nice perks: free coffee, beer, popcorn. Nice people. Located in downtown KC.

    Cons

    Senior management is embarrassingly inadequate. Such a great company, all it needs is a new set of leaders. If Barkley replaced all of senior leadership the company would make a dramatic positive shift. Employees are extremely unhappy with leadership and human resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace C titles with new individuals with fresh thinking. Barkley is stale, has bad reputation in KC,dramatic change needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good people, drama-filled department, stressful workplace.

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    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Barkley

    Pros

    The people I worked around were really nice...many there, just get out of the department and socialize.

    Cons

    The media department does not seemigly respect everyone fairly, and will treat people poorly depending on who they do or do not know. Unnecessary weekly meetings were given to assistants to fish for information to use against them. Media buyers would speak of others behind their backs. A senior buyer was passed over for a promotion by someone who doesn't do consistent work. Passive-aggresive retaliation was used due to political views. Overall, not a good environment to excel or work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to this department...there's a reason only one person in the past 5 years has been promoted to media buyer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Plays favorites.

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley

    Pros

    Loved my co-workers, always attracted great people who really tried to do their best. Allowed leniency for work/life balance. Great effort for company wide activities. Relaxed atmosphere. Good perks and community involvement.

    Cons

    Major mistakes were forgiven for the old guard or favorites. Minor ones or efforts to initiate change were cold shouldered. To give credit, they tried to be more nimble and progressive and succeeded from time to time but hidebound leaders found a way to screw it up. Critical leadership positions are undeserved. Creative work is stale. Senior management is like high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at leadership. Pampered creatives need a kick in the pants, work is tired. When people feel untouchable it shows.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not at all what it seems.

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    Former Employee - Private in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Private in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley

    Pros

    It is a high profile advertising agency in Kansas City. They have a great physical environment. Free beer and popcorn.

    Cons

    All is not as it seems. Most people not having fun with their work. A bit of a sweatshop. Some very bad managers. A bit of the old boy advertising mentality. Sexist and difficult to get past the barriers. PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have to tell people to look like they are having fun when there are cameras or clients around, it is not the fun atmosphere you like to project to others. Get rid of some high profile managers who are jerks. Everyone knows it. Senior management puts up with it.

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