Bernard Hodes

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Bernard Hodes Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
64 Reviews
3.2
64 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Respectful of work/life balance (though maybe more in theory than practice) (in 15 reviews)

  • Many opportunities to work from home (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely poor communication from the top (in 2 reviews)

  • Recruitment advertising is not for everyone (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great coworkers!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bernard Hodes

    Pros

    Teamwork: on a regional level, there is a strong sense of teamwork. There are resources to get the job done and a team approach to project work.

    Cons

    Leadership: the new Findly leadership is taking away from the team approach and creating an individual model which is not good for morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Loved my co-workers. Loved the work (even my clients). Very under-resourced.

    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Bernard Hodes full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great team members (best part of the job). I would give my coworkers 5 stars. Work was challenging enough to keep me engaged.

    Cons

    Wore too many hats. Benefits and salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The year i started was the year Hodes implemented performance reviews. Needless to say, the bar was set pretty high for the amount of work I did to keep the clients happy. No bonuses or raises were given either. Benefits and salary were not competitive. For being an HR communications agency, Hodes didn't implement what we preached to our clients. These were company-wide, systematic issues. This doesn't reflect the quality of work and people in the office I worked in. My team was amazing.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, Great team

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bernard Hodes

    Pros

    Worked with a very supportive team, always willing to help out if needed. Lots of people doing more then one job.

    Cons

    Like all companies, there are some negatives. Mostly the salary, for the amoutnof time that is put into your role, the salalry is not compensated.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Somewhere between dissatisfied and neutral

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    Former Employee - Digital Project Manager
    Former Employee - Digital Project Manager

    I worked at Bernard Hodes full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to work remotely without management looking over your shoulder

    Cons

    Resources were stretched thin. More transparency of resource dedication was needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions, raises, and bonuses would help improve morale. Additional resources would also help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stodgy, but if you're interested in the vertical this is good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Bernard Hodes full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    What you see is what you get. Few to no surprises, ever. Good work/life balance. Many opportunities to work from home. In this vertical, they're among the best if not the best in the field. The people are nice.

    Cons

    Little room for creativity. Little to no room for advancement. Time capsule. Little opportunity for sideways moves, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow. Explore things. Push clients. The talent pool is good, push the clients to try new technology in a way that makes their businesses move, too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Bernard Hodes full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Snacks. Watch Youtube videos all day if they like you.

    Cons

    I worked here in 2009. They reprimanded me for one email, saying the wording suggested I didn't know the product well enough. Then they gave me more and more work, while coworkers watched Youtube videos. Then they fired me in one of the worst economies.

    I also got yelled at for doing what my manager asked me to do. He never explained I was following his instructions. Then the person who yelled at me gave me a hard time the entire time I worked there.

    Just before they fired me, my manager wanted me to suggest to someone who had an issue with their software was a liar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone is incompetent, don't pile on work for this person, especially if that person is dealing with clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A rewarding first job

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Bernard Hodes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career growth, remote working, digital focus, thought leadership

    Cons

    Silos, disjointed direction at times, lost focus,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was A Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lot of autonomy, focus on the client needs, mostly flexible managers and caring workplace.

    Cons

    Slow to change, majority of the company did not embrace digital they way they should have, putting strain on Subject Matter Experts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was a great work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Help Desk Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Bernard Hodes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, depending on the office location there wasn't any wardrobe requirement. Creativity was always encouraged. Managers were easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Was purchased by Findly.com and they laid off a bunch of the senior staff or they left apon being immediatly given a new boss.

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

    We worked with wide variety of large companies.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bernard Hodes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    What was nice about working for an agency was that we had a wide range of clients so that kept things interesting. Got to work on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    We often had to be creative within brand guidelines so that we couldn't get too creative. Information was not shared so there was little sense of belonging or trust with the whole company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Don't consider a 25% turnover to be business as usual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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