Blue Fountain Media Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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Pros
  • BFM is a great place to both start a career or for an experienced professional (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with really talented people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • This results in long hours at times and a need to have meticulous attention to detail (in 7 reviews)

  • As with any dynamically growing company, the environment shifts with the ever-changing needs of its clients and associates (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    A Truly Fantastic Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Fountain Media full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I cannot say enough good things about working at BFM. Coming right out of college, getting a job with BFM right away has been the biggest blessing. The atmosphere is very enjoyable and the people are amazing. The company has a young, energetic feel and it really is enjoyable to come to work. They encourage employees to grow their skills and advance themselves within their respective fields. Working here has proven more educational than many college courses, and certainly more fun than any other job I've had before.

    Cons

    There really aren't any issues I would consider major cons. From time to time you'll find yourself with a lot to get done by deadlines, so it can be a bit stressful, but nothing you wouldn't encounter at any other agency.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing a fantastic job with the work/life balance and keeping the office a fun place to work. Keep it up!!

  2. Helpful (1)

    Initial Impressions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Senior Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Strategist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Blue Fountain Media full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office environment has a great mix of busy people, exciting projects (love the new client email announcements for added morale), and social personalities. I also like the opportunities to brainstorm on other projects not assigned to you time allowing, so you get a broader idea of how the company works, project varieties, and individual work personalities.

    Cons

    It's only my second week so not much to report. They are quite busy so minor details can be overlooked such as access to resources, passwords, etc. but once you alert someone it is quickly taken care of, so more of growing pains vs. a con. So the only negative I can think of for now is too many candy jars and dispensers without a gym next door...

    Advice to Management

    Less candy more fruit. And a treadmill.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Disaster Area - Definitely Avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Blue Fountain Media full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    - You may learn a lot, depending on who your immediate manager is.
    - Get lots of responsibilities fast. For example, you may get dragged into a meeting and given a new title to impress clients.
    - The company is getting bigger and giving better benefits.
    - Not as crazy as it used to be.
    - If you like working from home and working with a hangover, you will do great.

    Cons

    - Pays well below market.
    - They outsource a lot. Don't expect work you can be proud of.
    - Some salespeople overpromise, or don't know what they're talking about. Not all!
    - Weird company drinking culture. You're going to be good friends with the bartender at Desmond's.
    - CEO's weird overpromise / underdeliver culture permeates the company.
    - Some people are impossible to fire. You notice this because you want them fired.
    - May be a pro or a con, but employee outings (not officially sanctioned, but with senior employees) have involved the cops getting called more than once, and an ambulance called at least once. No fire department, so that's good.

    Advice to Management

    Hire adult supervision, delegate to them, retire.

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  5. Helpful (7)

    Evasive promotions and negative work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Blue Fountain Media

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office has windows, and toilets with running water.

    Cons

    Politicking reaches a completely new and debaucherous level at BFM. If you don't have the liver, or lack of morals to support it, you won't float in this fish tank.

    The CMO knows little about organizational structure let alone marketing, and has made inroads with her staff by wearing her hangovers as a badge of honor.

    Everything is needlessly criticized and nothing can be done right because "right" is a moving target based on arbitrary means. The only thing you can't go wrong with at BFM is quitting with your head held high.

    BFM uses the former email addresses of former employees to fill out false reviews, so I find it hilarious that they go so far as to comment on real reviews and quarto on their verity.

    If you're offered a job here, know that you cannot rely on receiving a salary offered on paper. This will shift and it will disappear. This is what happened to me.

    Advice to Management

    Lying is like throwing feathers into the wind. It seems harmless when you start, but you'll never be able to gather all of the feathers again.

  6. Helpful (1)

    An opportunity to make an impact

    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Blue Fountain Media full-time (more than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    BFM's rapidly adapting environment, paired with an approachable CEO, makes BFM an excellent place for both veteran leadership and thriving rookies to have a big impact upon the direction of this company, despite its size. In a world that has become overrun by politics and bureaucracy, it's nice to know that the support of your teammates will allow you to focus on getting the job done without too much hassle.

    Cons

    BFM has endured some serious growing pains in recent years, so it's difficult to both keep up with the changing operations as well as client products. Hours can be long at times but everyone is in it together.

    Advice to Management

    Finding a healthy balance in support of sales and production is important in maintaining a stable and happy workplace.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Fast-paced and growing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Blue Fountain Media full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The team at BFM works together to grow as a whole. Many individuals come to the company with a specialized skill with little experience in other areas of marketing. BFM encourages employees to share such skills with others on the team, while expanding upon one's own skill set into other specialties.

    Cons

    If an individual is not seeking a fast-paced and educational work environment, this may not be the place for them.

  8. Helpful (2)

    6 Months here is worth more than a 4-year college degree!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Blue Fountain Media full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Communication is important in the agency environment and BFM does a great job keeping employees informed on what other divisions are doing, how our clients are doing and how the business as a whole is doing. Communication is candid and useful. Also, great regular get togethers and parties (especially the Halloween Party!) really let you get to know colleagues on a personal and creative level. In 6 months here, I've learned more about "the real world" than anything college taught me. BFM University! Great faculty, whiny students!

    Cons

    I think the biggest con is some of the employees can be a little rude and standoffish. Some really have that NYC agency attitude of dog eat dog, but I think the company does a good job of trying to weed that kind of attitude out. Life/Work Balance is good... but there are definitely "crunch times" where you are expected to work til the task is done.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, leadership is good. Communication is excellent. They seem to be building a strong, amiable workplace where team work skills are emphasized and good work is recognized. I'm seeing people moving out of the company rather than up... but most of the people who leave aren't really a good fit for this culture anyway, so I think the company's doing a decent job maintaining a productive workforce that's fun to be with on a day to day business.

  9. Great place to learn and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Strategist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Blue Fountain Media full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an incredibly fast paced agency that strives everyday to produce results for its clients. If you are looking for an opportunity that allows you to learn and grow, this is a very good company to consider.

    The agency is small enough where you can get your hands into multiple verticals and sizes of clients. The collaborative team environment brings varying specialities together to drive innovative and strategic execution. This approach allows someone to be a part of greater discovery and learning to develop tactics that drive client satisfaction and real business results.

    The benefits at BFM are pretty typical of companies with a nice work/life balance.

    Cons

    This is a fast paced environment and as an agency you are tackling real business challenges every day to drive the results clients demand. If you are not able to think on your feet, react quickly, and deal with pressure; this may not be the right company for you. Passion for great work runs deep and there is little patience for mediocre work output.

    Advice to Management

    In the past 18 months enormous strides have been undertaken to round out an incredible leadership team. This team has brought a great deal of order to the organizational processes and allowed the agency to grow to serve our clients expanding online marketing needs. Continue to keep a strong focus on employee satisfaction and the trend to foster employee development.

  10. Helpful (6)

    Not a place for developers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Blue Fountain Media full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    If you are designer, marketer, project manager its average company to join.

    Cons

    Developers should not even think to join. They outsource 90% of development to Ukraine. All the developers on their website are not locals, they are located in Ukraine.

    Advice to Management

    Build small development team in the US as well.

  11. Helpful (8)

    Avoid Employment

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

    I worked at Blue Fountain Media full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will get the opportunity to work with a few very smart, driven, and fun co workers. You might learn a few things as well.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the organizational chart and delivery methodology does not provide a platform for good work. Overseas development paired with an intense workload does not offer work life balance. This discourages your smart co workers and creates a very hostile and negative environment. As mentioned in other (real) posts, the CEO is not approachable, known for yelling, and ficious should you want to work at another agency.

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