Barkley Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Work hard, play hard.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Barkley has an amazing culture, I have never been to another agency where the people make going to work everyday worthwhile. Management truly cares about the staff and they continuously work to make the company better and stronger. You get amazing experience here.

    Cons

    You are expected to work HARD. Because the agency is independent they offer many clients deals that don't allow for proper staffing. It's very much work hard, play hard.


  2. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    People, atmosphere, beer on tap, the gym, great clients, ESOP

    Cons

    Hours, flexibility, no overtime, some positions don't have career path defined


  3. Helpful (2)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people, lots of benefits,

    Cons

    There is a lot of drama and top execs are not in-touch with people who are lower. There is little room for growth and little work-life balance. The boys club got very old after awhile.

    Advice to Management

    Look at a few of your top executives. Are they really fit for management?


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  5. Business Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barkley full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smoothie, free food, college atmospher

    Cons

    Long hours, senior level is oblivious to issues

    Advice to Management

    Be more open


  6. Overall a good place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture, Great people & Personality, Cool workplace

    Cons

    staffed seemed over worked, Sometimes short staffed, and some politics

    Advice to Management

    More recongition not just a mention in staff meetings


  7. Helpful (1)

    Interactive Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Barkley full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture, worked with fun people and made good friends

    Cons

    lay people off all the time, had a large workload that often required nights and weekends

    Advice to Management

    value your senior people don't just look at your bottom line


  8. Helpful (1)

    Motion Designer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Motion Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Motion Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great place.

    Cons

    It's the Ad industry. So...a little demanding at times.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Constant flux

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The paycheck and benefits are nice.

    Cons

    No rhyme or reason to the way things are done. Some people are constantly overwhelmed with real work while an entire team of kids (flow team, social team, ?) screw around all day doing "social" things that have virtually no impact on ROI. Some of the managers have no idea how to manage and don't even try. Zero accountability for certain people while others are expected to cover tasks way outside of their job description and scrutinized for it. The exec level is an ol' boys club that typically responds to staff questions with dismissive arrogance. The way teams are structured seemed more like high school cliques instead of being based on talent and client need.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy your mess


  10. Manage multiple million dollar accounts

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, evolving company with lots of cool things happening

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Get people's hours, work load and stress down


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people, stressful environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Typical ad-agency pros: casual work environment, interesting work, a few decent clients, "cool" building, can be exciting at times. They typically attract/hire exceptional talent.

    Cons

    Typical ad-agency cons (but more so): once you're good at your work, you're loaded up with others' work that aren't, quickly becoming over-worked accompanied by the associated stress. They're very quick to adjust staffing as paying clients leave, slow to hire as new clients are gained.

    Advice to Management

    Balanced partners make happy clients.



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