Bleu Marketing Solutions Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Don't do it. Go somewhere else.

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

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    That's a tough one. Nice view from a couple of windows. Walkable neighborhood with good shopping.

    Cons

    Owner is so old school it's scary. Internal tools are beasts. No strategy or vision for the company. No full time creative director, strategist or digital expert. Senior management distracts, distorts and doesn't blink an eye about lying to staff, clients or potential clients. Teams are separated into 3 buildings which makes working together difficult. Passive aggressive behaviors bypassing direct conversations regarding issues which ignites more chaos. Nightmares are better than this company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a general manager and a creative director who have current digital skills and passion. However, if you're not interested in being relevant just keep doing things the same way.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Don't settle for less.

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

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They work with big clients.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? If you're a creative you'll be worked to the bone and be given an extremely LOW salary. ( high budget projects though, where's that money going?)

    You'll be placed in a chaotic atmosphere where you'll be given unrealistic deadlines and be expected to stay late.

    There's no trust, the owner hired two people dedicated to monitoring every move you make on your computer.

    Advice to Management

    Be respectful and honest. Pay your employees fairly.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Ditto, avoid at all costs

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

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Big clients, nice part of town

    Cons

    The owner creates a a chaotic and stressful atmosphere which reflects the owner's personality. It's not organized, respectful or efficient and the directives change daily. Checks and balances usually present in business environments do not apply here. You will be miserable unless it's your first job and you don't know any better.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Career stopper - Avoid at all cost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Great place to learn when starting in interactive media. Offers good client exposure and access to various positions
    - Get to wear multiple hats and move from one department to the other

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay compared to other agencies. Heavily rely on interns
    - Career stopper, no opportunities for growth
    - No mentoring
    - Awkward and unhealthy work atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    -

  6. Helpful (3)

    Not worth your blood, sweat and tears. There are way too many agencies in SF to chose from, don't settle for less.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Media in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Your peers are generally good people, you get to work on several aspect of media campaigns due to small and nimble teams. Client roster is okay, good way to start in the business

    Cons

    Main cons would be the exec staff. Concur with all the other negative reviews. Pay, work ethics, not a good resume builder.

    Not sure where the 5 stars reviews come from...

  7. Helpful (4)

    Good clients, but poor management and work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are some decent clients that are interesting to work with. The location of the office is nice, right in the marina.

    Cons

    The leadership is poor which makes for a suppressed work environment. The pay is far below average, yet the hours you're expected to put in are long. The upper senior management is very difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    1) Adjust your salaries to pay people fairly
    2) Don't take advantage of foreigners
    3) Treat people (clients and staff) with respect and honesty

  8. Helpful (1)

    Okay. Stale work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions

    Pros

    Good learning experience. Work with some large clients but more so of a facilitator

    Cons

    Really small. Awkward office environment.

  9. Great opportunity for go-getters

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time

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

    Pros

    Many talented and experienced coworkers to learn from. Work with big companies. Freedom to grow and try out different roles.

    Cons

    Many times design and management teams were short staffed which made fire drill projects stressful. Salary and benefits weren't the most generous.

    Advice to Management

    Needs bigger creative and management teams for the amount of projects in queue. Better pay and benefits.

  10. Helpful (2)

    A small agency with big clients

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

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Bleu marketing is great if you are relatively inexperienced. With the small company size, everyone gets to work on a variety of projects, build new skills and explore what interests them. Many people have started off as interns and have grown into full-time employees and moved further up the ranks in the field of their choice. All employees do not end up working on one client performing one task over and over.

    The client work is varied and challenging. The integrated campaigns pull together strategy, media, print design, digital design, traditional advertising, code development, and analytics that are all produced by a team in-house. Nothing is farmed-out. We own the work.

    The location is nice—in a victorian at Union & Fillmore in San Francisco. A lot of shopping, dining and transportation options are right here.

    Cons

    Being in a small company means everybody interacts with everybody. You can't hide at your desk from the CEO or the other members of your team. Also, the deadlines are tight and the clients are demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Have more open dialogue with the staff to ease the stress level when the demands are high.

  11. Creative Intern - included in multiple aspects of teamwork across the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Creative Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Creative Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I entered the internship under a creative title, but soon found myself with access to the design, copy, media, and account management floors to saturate myself with as much information as possible. Everyone in the office welcomes curiosity and is happy to answer questions. The exchange of ideas is constant and constructive. My portfolio and self-branding has developed tenfold and I am leaving this internship confident about the future. The atmosphere within the office culture is warm and is extended into after-hour social engagements to celebrate the company's success. If you are a recent graduate or eager to get your foot into the ad agency world, apply here to become self-aware of your professional identity.

    Cons

    There could be a greater degree of daily office activities if you desire a creative challenge.

    Advice to Management

    I advise the management to respectfully push boundaries.

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