BVK Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Loved working for this company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President and Account Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Vice President and Account Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at BVK (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My executive VP was truly outstanding. A true mentor. The members of my team were supportive and an example of how things should work in an agency.

    Cons

    We were all spread out across the company, occasionally providing logistical issues, but these were not insurmountable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Mostly satisfactory

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really flexible work hours and environment, many willing mentors, office is going under a cool remodel

    Cons

    Management can be hard to track down, lots of work to go around, many people spread almost too thin


  3. This could be the best agency in town if......

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at BVK full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Family atmosphere. Great, smart people who really care about the work they do. I haven't worked at many places, but their creative staff is by far the best in the city. Bar none. Their support of non-profits through Serve is commendable. Agency's Creative Department head, Gary Mueller, does an amazing job of taking care of people and giving back to the community. He's the only manager there that won't B.S. you. He helped me when my own boss and other acct management were unavailable.

    Cons

    Their account side leadership is non-existent. The managing partner who is supposed to be in charge of account side knows nothing about advertising. Spends all his time using the company credit card buying cool technology for himself instead of managing the business or staff. No appreciation or understanding by company owner of how much staffing is needed. He lives in Florida 6 months out of the year to avoid paying taxes in Wisconsin. That says it all. Too bad, because there is so much good about this place.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Fun environment / lacks growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people, trendy workplace design, flexible hours, minimal dress code, decent health and dental benefits, great parking, and good location.

    Cons

    No room for growth or change. A worker can get locked into a client or job where there is no room for change or growth. Bonus is a disappointment and there is no review process to improve your pay scale.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Blind leading the blind

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BVK

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

    Pros

    People, good projects, option to work on non-profit businesses. About as casual of an environment as you can get (literally saw someone do a keg stand in an office).

    Cons

    Chaotic work environment; people would literally refuse to work on projects and no one in management would get involved. It was fine to miss deadlines, including sending a new business pitch after it was due. No reviews, no real management driving the company so it was every person for themselves, which makes it pretty impossible to be productive.

    Advice to Management

    Act like senior management. Do the basic things required to properly manage a business.


  7. Helpful (2)

    One of the best in Milwaukee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Creative in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Truly great people. Gary has a heart of gold, and treats even the junior employees with honesty and respect. A fine place to start your career.

    Cons

    It's advertising. So the things that go along with that. Oh, and ad jobs in Mke just plain don't pay as well as larger markets. But at least the beer is cheap.

    Advice to Management

    Gary did me a solid before I left. May have been a small thing to him, but it was huge to me. Don't let that guy leave.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Incompetency runs amok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative environment and commitment to non-profit endeavors that support and better the community.

    Cons

    Disorganized and inconsistent - it was a challenge getting people to show for meetings and complete client work. It was surprising how willing everyone was to forgo general professional business practices and how unwilling management was to help overcome these issues. It was easy for adequate team members to get away with being nothing more than adequate for years on end. There was no willingness from management to invest in training or other education that would benefit staff or clients. Leadership in general was lacking - for a very senior level heavy organization, no one stood out as an effective leader. More often than not, it seemed like dysfunctional high school students were running the show and was, by far, one of the worst professional experiences I had. I left because I realized that my reputation was attached to what was going on there and I wasn't OK with that.

    Advice to Management

    It starts at the top. Put someone in charge who hasn't already fallen into the BVK trap and empower them to lead and make positive change.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BVK

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laidback, innovative, creative, friendly, fun

    Cons

    No dress code, not extremely formal, sometimes not a lot of work to be done


  10. Eye Opening insite into the national yellow pages channel

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at BVK

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great work, life ballance diverse group of individuals.

    Cons

    a industry in the throws of a very difficult change. Direct side is stuck between the publishers and the clients.


  11. Broadcast Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BVK

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great people work here. Team oriented.

    Cons

    Fast paced, busy environment - but its advertising so no surprise there!



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