Barkley
2.9 of 5 24 reviews
www.barkleyus.com Kansas City, MO 150 to 499 Employees

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Barkley CEO Jeff King

Jeff King

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Boys Club and Lack of Leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

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

    ConsBarkley 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Be cautious

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsGreat environment, friendly staff. Very flexible work hours.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementStay focued and look at retaining your own people in other departments and not just account teams

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great potential

    Account Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsSmart 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

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementNo real career pathing for employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away from this company.

    PR Account Person (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, drama-filled department, stressful workplace.

    Media Buyer (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Plays favorites.

    Former Employee (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsLoved 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.

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

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    Not at all what it seems.

    Private (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

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

    ConsAll 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 Senior ManagementIf 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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