G2 USA Reviews

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
56 Reviews
2.5
56 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Harvey Kipnis
6 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some very smart account people and talented hard working creatives (in 5 reviews)

  • G2 has some very bright and talented people across a range of disciplines (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible Upper Management, No respect for employees (in 7 reviews)

  • Politics with upper management and or lack of communication (in 4 reviews)

More Highlights

21 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great people, until all the great people left

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time

    Pros

    Pre-merger there were some very talented creatives, strategy and account team members.

    Cons

    The merger was handled as badly as it could have been. Severe lack of communication, intentionally evasive behavior caused a mass exodus. Employees who stayed through the mass exodus were not valued for staying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over. Recruit. Pay a decent salary for the job. Don't do mass layoffs before you merge and then expect people to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sinking Ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the employees were good people. The pay was not terrible. The location (which has since changed) was great.

    Cons

    Management didn't seem to know what they were doing. There was no communication at all. We would get messages stating "Big News Coming Soon" then never hear anything again. Important information like changing of benefits was included in mass corporate emails with no type of personal follow up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your ship in order. Don't profess there will be big news just because the company is invited back to a pitch. Don't do thinks like take away someones insurance when they have a pregnant wife.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good colleagues, terrible Sr. Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategist in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of job experience and variety of clients.

    Cons

    Poor Sr. Leadership, communication, career pathing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bickering and fighting trying to scratch out your fiefdoms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    G2 is not a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    fun people
    cool location (when it was in the flatiron district)

    Cons

    poor management
    very title oriented
    senior management ignores issues that are brought to their attention

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Toxic Atmosphere Since the Move & Restructuring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at G2 USA full-time

    Pros

    One of the best parts of G2 was its location in the Flatiron. That all changed with the restructuring and name change to Geometry Global and ultimately it's move to The Chocolate Factory - 636 11th Ave. The Chocolate Factory is not being utilized by Geometry Global nor are its perks being fully communicated to employees. Currently I am not sure there are any pros at Geometry Global. Possibly company culture and work/life balance is still one of its strengths, but it's too early to tell. The move and restructuring has certainly changed things and not for the best.

    Cons

    Certainly a lot of cons since the move. There has been almost no communication of any kind since the move from any of the company's executives. CEO Harvey Kipnis has been practically silent and there have been neither encouraging words nor praise how well everyone has adapted and been pitching in with the difficulties the office move placed on everyone - none. Employee morale is at an all-time low and it's getting worse every day. Employees are resigning at a staggering pace and no one seems concerned about retention. The atmosphere is dour and almost toxic. While there has always been an imbalance between upper management and the employees of G2 it seems to have gotten worse since Geometry Global was born. Executives act like spoiled brats, literally throwing temper tantrums when and if they are even around. There are a few executives who should be let go or should resign for the good of the company and who knows maybe that will even happen with the transition that is taking place. Along this line one of the most troubling aspects of Geometry Global is its CFO wields too much power and in many ways really is the CEO. This must change for the good of the company. Ultimately Geometry Global must jettison bad eggs who are bringing the company down and driving great talent away. There is so much potential that ultimately remains stymied by ego and politics. In the long run the restructuring under the Ogilvy family, the merger with Ogilvy Action and JWT Action and moving to The Chocolate Factory will go down as one of the worst business decisions in advertising history.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your people. Since the Executive Director of Corporate Communications was fired you have left your greatest assets, the employees of Geometry Global, in the dark even more so than before. No one knows what is going on and Town Hall Meetings every two months aren't cutting it. The intercompany website needs updated - so do it. Reward employees who deserve it and get rid of the ones who are nothing but trouble and please do the same with yourselves. Have an anonymous suggestion box where folks can safely share ideas and begin to implement some of those ideas. Stop rewarding lousy executives and start communicating with your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does anyone have a plan? If so, care to share it?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time

    Pros

    Some very smart account people and talented hard working creatives. Regular training / seminars. Good benefits. Generally pleasant working conditions.

    Cons

    Long hours and unrealistic expectations for some departments, inability to manage client relationships profitably, process resulting in over delivery and ridiculous burn out rates. The recent move to 46th and 11th from Flatiron caused a slew of resignations by good people. A sense of trepidation daily about when the other shoe is going to drop. Paranoia, nepotism and blatant favoritism abound.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although there are regular Town Hall meetings held by upper level, mid-level management is either out of the loop or not letting those in their groups know what is going on. It would be really helpful to those who are still there, and to attract good people in the future, if staffing plans, hiring approvals, HR process and review stuck to what is published on the internal portal. Also, an anonymous ethics committee or hotline might encourage reporting of seemingly questionable practices that affect overall morale negatively. To put it bluntly, the favoritism needs to stop or at least be addressed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Currently in turmoil, but great things ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, fun atmosphere, loose deadlines, nothing is taken too seriously, training and development, merger with Ogilvy Action will bring fresh new ideas and culture.

    Cons

    Executive management, lack of communication, office politics, playing favorites, unmotivated employees, no structure, polarizing environment (you are either "in" or "out").

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start collaborating more with one another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Big agency acting like a small agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at G2 USA full-time

    Pros

    Sizable, solid client base, great roof

    Cons

    The senior management is horrible! All expenses towards senior management, leading to big client losses and unnecessary cuts. Their salary is way low, not competitive at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your greatest asset! You need to remember that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Low quality talent

    Current Employee - Associate Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Account Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at G2 USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location near Madison Square Park!

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, communication, talent, process

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Prime example of large agency with terrible leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some smart people there, sure, at least in the academic sense. I worked on ok accounts. I also picked up some skills that are definitely an asset for what I do now. I made some solid professional connections. Probably the best thing about G2 was its location (New York).

    Cons

    G2 is a transit shop, as in no one in their good mind stays there past 3 yrs, if that. While I was there I learned more from my own initiative than from any offerings from the agency. The culture absolutely sucks: they place more emphasis on gossiping, name bashing, finger pointing and ghetto politics than collaboration. Trust me, your time and peace of mind are more valuable than any amount of money anyone can throw at you, and G2, at least while I was there was notorious for immature, downright ridiculous office cliques. If you are the type of person that is still stuck in high school and likes all the drama, irrespective of your educational background, then you'll probably fit right in. Truly bright and mature people don't stay long there. Their inability to hold clients testifies to that. I have no regrets about my decision to resign from them and move on to better things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teams in offices usually take on the traits of their leaders. Your leaders, at least while I was there, sucked. Smart, yes, but no leadership backbone whatsoever (there were one or two that I respected). More than anything, work on redefining your culture. Stop promoting people based on favoritism. Work on increasing the personal space for your employees, and stop having them sit so close together. Work on hiring people who more than anything truly know how to collaborate and function in a team environment, and not insecure ego maniacs who proactively spread rumors and character assassinate for their personal gain.. Beef up your HR team and have them be more visible in the office. Encourage your leadership to place more stock in their subordinates on personal and professional levels. Promote a culture that frowns on office cliques.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Work at G2 USA? Share Your Experiences

G2 USA

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.