BFG Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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Kevin Meany
28 Ratings

Pros
  • Some of the people there are great people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Great flexibility for a part-time job with decent pay (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Kudos on hiring aging raging alcoholics, former "pro athletes/musicians or exceptionally green former field agents (in 6 reviews)

  • There are a few entrenched folks on the director level who do little to no work but demand 60-70 hour workweeks (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Its been a challange learning and working the way they do at BFG but things seem to be getting better.

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    Former Employee - Creative
    Former Employee - Creative

    I worked at BFG

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of creative talent and potential to do great work with BFG's current client roster.

    Cons

    Not enough depth within the creative teams to allow for those 'deep breaths' that creatives need to recharge between assignments.

    Advice to Management

    The Go, Go, Go approach is what will drive people away.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Smaller Offices Better than Headquarters

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    Former Employee - Market Manager
    Former Employee - Market Manager

    I worked at BFG

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, individuality, full benefits, fun, fast pace. Great pay compensation for part time employees,

    Cons

    Very Pretentious Management, No stability, Very Secretive, A lot of hiring of people known over more qualified employees. Quick Turn over ratio.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your lower leg employees a little better. You should always remember " Happy Wife , Happy Life". Your employees get really rebellious the bigger the a-hole you are.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Worked with some great people, poor direction from the very top.

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    Former Employee - HQ Level in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - HQ Level in Tampa, FL

    I worked at BFG

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People, plain and simple. Met some bright and motivated people while working here...also saw that the Tampa HQ was a place for bitter field managers to go and die.

    Cons

    Owner/CEO portrays an image of progressiveness through published articles (that he surely didn't pen himself) about corporate culture (that didn't exist) and progressiveness. I knew managers that had been at the HQ level for years and spoke of ever-dwindling bonuses and pay increases. These processes were all but discontinued when I arrived in Tampa. Tampa HQ structure was top-heavy, with too many managers with oversight of little to nothing.

    Advice to Management

    I have heard very similar stories regarding the primary HQ location in Hilton Head. Continue your job search!

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Interesting opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Bluffton, SC
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Bluffton, SC

    I worked at BFG

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. You live at the beach.
    2. Work with Creative / intelligent people (for the most part).
    3. Great opportunities & don't really need much experience to get in the door.
    4. Small but still has large agency characteristics.
    5. Everything is done in-house from strategy to creative to development & analytics.

    Cons

    1. Secluded from large companies / business growth opportunities.
    2. There are some extremely lazy idiots that have somehow been hired at this company.
    3. HR department is HORRIBLE. Not even sure how they ever got started in HUMAN resources.
    4. Don't really need much experience to get in the door...
    5. Small agency trying to keep up with big agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees who are looking to be successful, not the lazy people that you pay too much money just because you're friends with them. Run a business, not a party.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Not like it used to be

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer
    Former Employee - Senior Designer

    I worked at BFG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No dress code. Dog friendly. Comfortable work space. Some passionate people. Willing to give newbies opportunities (used to be that way).

    Cons

    Promotions based on a buddy system rather than work ethic. Some people like to play around during working hours and then stay late to make it seem that they are working hard. The positive, fun and happy work environment has been replaced with a lot of negativity and tension (Not many people smile like they used to). I've seen good, hard working people not get any credit for what they do.

    Advice to Management

    Take notice and give credit to those that work hard rather than those who will go out for drinks with you.

  7. Helpful (4)

    Horrible company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BFG

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The starting salary was good but did not measure up to the sometimes 90 hours a week you work.

    Cons

    TOXIC environment. NO upward movement. Expected to fly across the country and get in at 1am and still be at work at 9am the next day even though you have already put in 80 hours for the week. Chained to your desk 9am -6pm everyday. NO flexibility. Upper level management was horrible and it went down from there.

  8. Helpful (2)

    The biggest strengths are the biggest weaknesses

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BFG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back offices with no dress code.
    Handful of fun and talented people that are great to work with.
    Promotes from within; making it a great place to gain experience.

    Cons

    Nobody knew what was going on with the rest of BFG outside of their own account.
    Due to the large amount of turnover, very inappropriate people were promoted to positions they were not capable of doing. See pros above.
    Time off policy and bonus structure were extremely poor.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management and above did not pull their weight, they merely threw it around and dumped it on the hard workers below them. They are a total waste of client dollars and you should have used that money to pay the field and middle management teams better.
    You should also consider that just because someone works for you a long time does not mean they are good at their job. In fact, it shows how lazy they are.

  9. Love this Company

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Miami, FL

    I worked at BFG part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Imagine a job you love, a salary you love, amazing managers, amazing laid back co-workers, and the freedom to work your own schedule. Welcome to BFG.

    Cons

    The only con was it ended because the contract with the company we were promoting switched to another company.

    Advice to Management

    Try to re-locate your employees to other programs instead of laying them off :(

  10. Helpful (2)

    It was alright

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at BFG

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some talented people all working for the greater good

    Cons

    A lot of people who did not know how to manage or work within a team environment...lots of bus driving

    Advice to Management

    none, my program was shut down

  11. Helpful (7)

    Toxic Dump ran by a con artist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BFG full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None - the company makes you feel like you have worth but unless you are a push over they will get rid of you in no time. Be sure to keep your head down and not make waves because you will find yourself with a target on your back.

    Cons

    So many I could write a novel but here is some tips for those looking for jobs and even clients checking out these reviews. I say stay away. Who wants to work for a company with a CEO who got audited and failed his audit because he is a crook and double dipped his labor to make a profit. How he is not in jail I have no idea. So if toxic backstabbing lying cheating is the environment you crave jump on board this sicking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Quit now because you are a disgrace to this industry.

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