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Barkley Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
28 Reviews
3.1
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    lots of perks, social, parties and gatherings

    Cons

    very political, all about who you know, some showy attitudes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great little independent place where things are constantly changing and improving

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative
    Former Employee - Creative

    I worked at Barkley full-time

    Pros

    Culture is fantastic. Emphasis is on great creative work and making things. Senior Leadership has a "if you want to do something, we'll help find a way for you to do it" attitude. Constant opportunities to influence how the company does things. Leadership is open to new approaches and way to make things better.

    Cons

    Constant struggle to get the right creative leadership in place. For a long time, creatives have been promoted for being friends with the right people, not for the work the actual work they are able to do. Very frustrating for the hard working creatives who are actually putting in the time to get great work done, while less deserving creatives with the right friends move their way to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right creative leadership in place, and your best creatives won't leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Intern in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Barkley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    it does have free beer

    Cons

    Eh, its not for me. Lots of work and apparently less pay once you get hired when compared to other similar jobs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not so great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and was a really fun place to work at when I was there. They used to put a lot of care into their employees and do a lot of fun exciting work and contests, but I think that has also been stopped.

    Cons

    The CEO is cut throat, as is the business with advertising. It is feast, or famine and no job is safe from being cut when it is "famine".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP. The best person you have in leadership is Mike Swenson. As far as anyone else goes I'm not sure about them. Treat people with respect and stop hiring people for the same jobs you just fired a lot of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Wouldn't Recommend

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barkley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility. Free beer and ice cream. And a lot of free food left from meetings.

    Cons

    Long hours. Poor pay. No transparency or leadership. Doesn't care about your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more transparent. Don't say one thing and do another. Reward those that put in the hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Definitely not standing still

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barkley full-time

    Pros

    They really care about their culture and about keeping up, or even being ahead of changes in industry needs. Definitely not stuck in the past.

    Cons

    The other side of that coin is, no job is ever truly safe. You have to keep your ear to the ground to really understand what value is placed on your role, so you can prepare before the rug gets pulled out from under you. The CEO believes in making quick decisions and sticking to them, but when the decision is wrong, people pay the price.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great internship experience.

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barkley

    Pros

    Fun agency atmosphere. Lots of food. Employees spend time working with interns. The building is at a wonderful location in the Crossroads. There are large intern classes and there are people to have lunch with.

    Cons

    As an intern you will work more than 40 hours.

  9.  

    Great culture, not great pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Media Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Social Media Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    The culture is creative and innovative. Very flexible. Hard working group of people. Feel like part of a communityl

    Cons

    Not a lot of support for career advancement and support. Pay for entry level positions is very low. No overtime.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good perks, good people, no loyalty to people...

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    Former Employee - Technical Directory in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Technical Directory in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The experience of working for a leading advertising company is good.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is way off, and dev life-cycle lacks structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick by the people who got you to where you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great.

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

    I have been working at Barkley

    Pros

    down to earth, good resources

    Cons

    less ambitious than world class agencies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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