G2 USA Reviews

Updated June 5, 2014
Updated June 5, 2014
55 Reviews

2.5
55 Reviews
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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 3 reviews)


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

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

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    Managing Director

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    Former Employee - Managing Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great client roster of blue chip companies, above average compensation. Good inter-disciplinary team of strategists, creatives, project managers, analytic specialists and production professionals.

    Cons

    Very demanding senior management - very focused on revenue and profitability vs. meeting client needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your clients' interests first and the business will grow. Provide more training opportunities and embrace emerging technology trends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Depends on your team

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at G2 USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are some really smart, good, and dedicated people who work there. But working with them and on a great team is hit/miss.

    Cons

    Currently not a great place to work. Laid off a lot of people over the last year and is currently merging with OgilvyAction to compensate for loss of businesses.

    Has been a top-down company for the last couple of years who don't hire the right top people to run the businesses. Folks low on the totem pole work hard but without reward. Folks high on totem pole don't make the right decisions or support their team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to stay in touch with the folks who are actually doing the work. Offer support and proper compensation.

    Neutral Outlook
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    Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at G2 USA full-time

    Pros

    It's more work/life balance compares to other agencies. Office is good.

    Cons

    Salaries are low. And not enough raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the benefits. Respect your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A positive environment in Chicago

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    Former Employee - Studio Artist  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Studio Artist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at G2 USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office has beautiful 270 degree view of the city with ample natural light. Staff is small enough to get to know everyone personally.

    Cons

    Every month one must sit through a status-awards-ceremony where you get fake $2 bills as a reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are at the top of management, be there for your immediate department instead of the pretty account females.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Catty coworkers, low focus on employees, but great learning experience if you're willing to play the office game

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    - Chance to work with some great concepts on the strategic, web design and analytics front
    - Great learning experience across different projects
    - Convenient location in New York City

    Cons

    -The gossiping and name bashing that happens in this place is on a whole different level, but I'll also chalk that up to the workplace in general and the younger age demographic of the advertising industry
    - Not as diverse as it may seem
    - Groups operate in silos/do not share information freely. What makes this particular point dangerous is that I have seen this trend happen between members of the same group.
    - Little room for professional advancement (have to be with the "in-crowd" in certain cases, again, I'll partly chalk this up to general office politics)
    - Review system is terrible and forget about pay raises/bonuses
    - No investment whatsoever in professional development (classes, certifications, etc).
    - No positive reinforcement for many of the more hardworking employees.
    - No focus, or understanding of process across many of the departments. This creates a cascading effect that costs the agency morale, timing, efficiency, and in some cases, clients themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your business is only as good as your employees and the services you provide. Consider making significant investments in those two things to start.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Blah

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at G2 USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    New G2 TAG training system

    Cons

    Few opportunities for growth and advancement

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    Nice people, mediocre work, management seems to have their hands tied to make any kind of positive changes.

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

    I have been working at G2 USA

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, cool new building near the flatiron.

    Cons

    Underpaid, employees are apathetic with lack of incentive, open work plan is annoying and not conducive to getting work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good people better and get rid of the riff raff who are asleep on the job.

    Approves of CEO
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    Was great while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at G2 USA

    Pros

    Fun, fast paced environment. Worked autonomously for the most part. Until new management took over.

    Cons

    New business was not on the radar. New management came in and mismanaged the current client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick better leadership. Really look as to who was to blame and don't put a band aid on a severed head.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Medium Sized Agency with Family Feel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people and the responsibility. I worked for people that trusted me to get the job done and I did.

    Cons

    Recognition for a job well done was sometimes slow in coming.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good understanding of retailers, need stronger creative

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    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at G2 USA full-time

    Pros

    hard working people who want to deliver the best work possible

    Cons

    Too much change in senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more in your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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