Carlson Marketing Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
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  1. Gladly will be leaving soon

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Carlson Marketing

    Pros

    You get to work around a lot of nice people and the office is close to a lot of the main roads.

    Cons

    Seniur management always put personal politics in front of the success of projects and promoting good people. the people who are the personal friends of the management are the only ones that get any of the recognizing. I know of a lot of the people that are fed up with this thing and are now looking to leave including me. Bringing in the new things in technology is very hard too because the management does not get educated on new areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In good busness you get and reward good people, and you do not promote or put-down people because of personal politics or race or religions. Also the learning of yourself does not stop because you get in management. Try to go to some seminar to learn the new things to do better technology leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. Dinosaur on its last legs

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    Former Employee - Senior V P in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior V P in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    They were throwing big money around to get some top quality people so salary levels were high. New owner in Canada had their act together but.......

    Cons

    Parade of non-effective leaders who thought they could turn around the US Consumer group failed at every turn. Employee motivation, strategic planning, and more importantly improving the technology product they needed to stay competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Blow up the consumer group and create from scratch. Cut your layers of management so you can provide a competitive offering. Get people that know what they are doing in the Technology group. Support and enhance the Analytics team....they need to be the leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Okay while it lasted

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Carlson Marketing as a contractor

    Pros

    The Co-workers were dedicated and hardworking.

    Cons

    Leadership - some had their head in the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. Very Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Client Services in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Client Services in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at Carlson Marketing

    Pros

    - Higher than average market pay
    - Some young new talent in Interactive and Social Media group
    - Analytical team make the company look good

    Cons

    - Continues to lose clients
    - Revolving door of top management
    - Employees are always worried they will be laid off
    - Direction of company is not competitive to win new business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about how to be like the other guys and create something better on your own!

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. Liked my position & was highly respected until new hires in upper managemnt felt intimidated by my & others experience

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    Current Employee - Creative Director
    Current Employee - Creative Director

    I have been working at Carlson Marketing

    Pros

    Salary was fairly good, great co-workers

    Cons

    Two people can destroy a huge company. New upper management fired the most talented and most experienced (older & higher salaried) in a classless and insulting manner, then claimed our work as their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. A mistake

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Carlson Marketing

    Pros

    1. The Flexibility
    2. The People
    3, our client--who deserve better

    Cons

    1. Lack of vision and focus
    2. Poor communication regarding direction of the organization
    3. Lack of leadership
    4. Not progressive
    5. Boys Club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen better to the people doing the work about what and who is needed. You have cut employees that were providing leadership and direction. Now it's a place based on favortisum and not performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Life at Carlson Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carlson Marketing

    Pros

    THere are a variety of projects and clients. Many talent people, but much confusion with frequent changing of management, cultural practices and more.

    Cons

    Carlson went through multiple levels of management and layoffs -- sometimes making huge mistakes with the people and departments they decided to ax people and then reverse their own misakes Many long lasting fifedoms also still exist at the corporate and regional levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been too many legacy people (who have been there 20+ years) still running things the way they want to -- leaving litle or no room for new ideas and innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Extremely outdated company.

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    Current Employee - Client Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Client Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Carlson Marketing

    Pros

    If you like corporate jobs, this place is your typical corporation. Usual corporate benefit packages and annual bonuses.

    Cons

    Poor Management of clients and staff. Also slow in adapting to new technologies and trends. There is also a severe lack of cooperation between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more knowledgeable and capable management staff and acquire an external creative boutique instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. Travel Services. RUN AWAY!

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    Current Employee - Meeting & Event Director in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Meeting & Event Director in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at Carlson Marketing

    Pros

    You can take as much time off when you want.

    Cons

    You will never get a raise and will also have no option to move up in the company. They will always find ways to hold you back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your workers some respect and pay them a fair wage with yearly raises

  11. At the time I was there there was a complete leadership change which was awful. I think the culture has changed now.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Carlson Marketing full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional creative work, interesting clients and great creative talent.

    Cons

    Very deadline driven, long hours when on deadline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that people need balance in a highly deadline, high pressure environment - be generous with them when working on high profile projects and reward them well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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