Barokas Public Relations

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Barokas Public Relations Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
11 Reviews

3.2
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  1.  

    A PR firm where straight talk and results matter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    * Every team member / employee is presented with an opportunity to grow their PR skills & advance their thinking - not only with regards to PR, but business in general
    * An amazingly smart, talented and experienced leadership team that's willing to mentor young PR jedi & challenge more skilled practitioners that are looking to benchmark their careers
    * Interact with incredibly smart entrepreneurs / clients that are shaping the Seattle start-up scene & play a critical role in their success
    * Hard work gets rewarded & nobody wants to win the set of steak knives (second place)

    Cons

    * The female-to-male ratio is a heavily slanted towards female. That said, there's not much discussion of the west coast offense around the water cooler.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the core tenants that made you successful:
    * Work hard and be there for your clients 24/7
    * Always be the squeaky wheel
    * Continue to empower your employees & help them find another gear
    * Maintain your high standards & expectations of yourself

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great for self-starters

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Relations  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Public Relations in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    I spent 7 years as an employee at BPR and continue to work with the team on a freelance basis. They offer a fun and laid back work environment, flexibility and great benefits. The senior leadership are some of the most talented and knowledgeable PR people in the industry, which offers a lot of opportunity to entry level people looking to dive right in and learn the ropes of PR. They offer lots of room for growth and even early on, employees can get experience on real client work.

    Cons

    As with any PR job, there is an expectation to work some off-hours. This can be offset by a flexible work week, but anyone looking to work in PR should be prepared to sometimes work beyond a typical 9-5. At BPR there is an expectation that employees dive right in and self-motivate, which can be a turnoff for some, but provides lots of opportunity for people who thrive as self-starters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've seen the firm's leadership continually invest in improving mentoring and guidance for employees. By keeping this as a priority, entry and mid-level employees will continue to grow and sharpen their skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    PR Agency for Go-Getters

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for career development and advancement. Work hard, play hard culture. Accomplishments recognized in group meetings and through financial bonuses. Agency is very involved in the tech community - reporter brown bag lunches, in-person visits to newsrooms/TV/radio, sponsor of high profile tech community events. Clients on the cutting edge of emerging tech industries. Competitive pay and bonuses. Fully stocked kitchen, monthly happy hours, fun events throughout the year.

    Cons

    The staff works on teams, but individual responsibility is emphasized. Be prepared to pull your own weight and deliver results. There's no room for those that like to coast along or rest on their laurels. Mediocrity is not accepted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring people that are a good culture fit (i.e. those that take a lot of pride in their work, appetite for learning, good sense of humor) even if they don't have a PR background as key skills can be taught.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Go Elsewhere, Caustic Work Environment

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

    Pros

    -Nicely stocked kitchen full of food.
    -Lots of booze (and more) in the office.
    -Flexible work from home Fridays.
    -Nice bonus plan.
    -Impressive offices.

    Cons

    -VPs and exec team are unprofessional.
    -I've seriously seen over 15 employees leave within my time here.
    -Problems with ethics.
    -Overworked staff.
    -Lack of accountability.
    -Bad external reputation.
    -Lots of employee turnover.
    -Spotty insurance coverage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step aside. Watch your ethics. Listen to your employees. Focusing only on media relations is a disservice to clients and staff since you need the strategy to back it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great PR Agency for Brilliant Thinkers and Strategists (and Doers)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Relations  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    No glass ceilings here! Good agency for smart PR people aspiring to move up in their careers by learning fast and working hard.

    Cons

    Get ready to be noticed - management expects high accountability. Know your stuff and you will do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue keeping the bar high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience, horrible management

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Flexible (although always-on) schedule

    Cons

    Horrible upper management with no real sense of ethics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

    Current Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    There are a ton of work perks, interns are given a lot of responsibility, fun environemtn

    Cons

    Poor management and employee communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider teaching the team the importance of face-to-face communication for important conversations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for Entry-Level Learning, Limited Advancement Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    - Great benefits (health, dental, etc)
    - Fast-paced learning environment ideal for learning on the fly
    - Opportunity for high involvement in account work
    - Relaxed, casual work environment
    - Well-known and popular among Seattle startup companies
    - Fully-stocked kitchen with snacks, lunch ingredients

    Cons

    - Management's loyalty is often given to the client, rather than employees
    - Compensation often tied to how well-liked an employee is by management, rather than job performance
    - Limited opportunity for growth after entry-level position
    - Company dominated by lower-level employees, leaving limited senior management constrained and often unavailable for help
    - LOTS of drama and corporate politics, including senior management
    - Poor work/life balance leads to constant checking of email, working late nights from home
    - Senior management are excellent PR practitioners, but lack management training
    - Lack of transparency between lower-level employees and senior leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than investing all your resources (time, effort, $) into a select few favorite/"teacher's pet" employees, consider treating employees equally regardless of personal involvement. Senior management should stay out of everyday drama that can often consume the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start a PR career and room o grow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Room to grow
    -Great job perks
    -Supportive management

    Cons

    -Locked into specific industries
    -Some internal politics

  11.  

    A great learning experience for an intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Great people, and good exposure to a career in PR

    Cons

    Internships are unpaid and relatively short

    Recommends

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