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Updated Jul 17, 2014

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2.5 24 reviews

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Dan Gardner and Brandon Ralph

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31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Working at the cool agency has a price

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe office is industrial-chic, which made me feel at home. Dress is casual but stylish. The people were smart, talented, and young.

    ConsSalary was not commensurate with skill or value (especially for NY). Very long hours. I was expected to work 10-6 but often found myself working until 8 or 9 since we were understaffed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in the people that make your company great. Otherwise folks will keep getting burnt out and the turnover won't get any better.

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    Company in transition. Great project opportunities, talented peers. Micro-management hell.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSome of the best work produced in the digital publishing space. Fantastic talented hires.

    ConsUpper management micro-manages project output.
    Middle management is somewhat hamstrung to make the process improvements.

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    Churn & burn

    Creative (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Lots of talented and easy-to-get-along-with employees below the management level across all departments.
    - Salary was competitive, given you have the right prior experience
    - Decent office in a decent location
    - Projects skewed more towards interesting/innovative rather than corporate/unambitious

    Cons- Agree with several of the other reviews here: total bro club in upper management
    - Zero empathy from the partners leads to obnoxious expectations
    - Near-impossible timelines matched with a lack of support leads to extremely long hours
    - Company culture is almost non-existent

    Advice to Senior ManagementThrowing tantrums is not the way to keep employees motivated. The insane levels of expectation tend to burn people out, and thus it's rare to find anybody lasting beyond a year here.

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    Fratastic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prospeople pretty much do whatever they want

    Conspeople do whatever they want

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring your drinking buddies and focus on business experience. Hire and keep senior level women to serve as mentors for junior staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Visual Designer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood people, Fun project, Located in Soho.

    ConsOnly Credit without Salar for intern.

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    Management issues affect the everyday

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou'll work with talented people who want to push the work forward in a fast-paced environment. You'll forge bonds with team members through project work, and the project themselves are more compelling than you'd find at another agency.

    ConsDon't expect close mentorship or career development, or to work in an environment that justifies the amount of hours you spend there. The management culture, which dominates that of the whole office, is markedly male, and time and again it appears the way to justify an idea is to yell it or argue like a child about it. This definitely limits opportunities for those unwilling or unable to act like this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up paths for mobility beyond the bro club/ culture of arrogance. Do some searching as to the subtleties in your everyday behavior that cause this to be the overriding company culture. Make actual investments in employees and in advancing the company's level of community.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    some good projects, lots of bland ones

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCan be interesting work if you get on good projects. Good colleagues.

    Consbudgets created by people who won't do the work, long hours, relatively low pay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Shine wears off quickly.

    (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood Intentions.
    Some real gems in the talent pool.
    Sexy office.
    Small size gives you access to everyone no matter what level.
    Salaries can be competitive if you have the right history.

    ConsThey love you until they don't and then you're out.
    Resistant to alternative solutions.
    Rehash the same solutions in every new engagement.
    Executive design leadership is disengaged from design team.
    Management is overstretched and fails to truly connect with staff.
    Lost most of their top designers in the last 18 months.
    Benefits are extremely uncompetitive.
    Not a place for people with families.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAct as guides and truly lead rather than favoring a few veterans and pushing out staff who need guidance. The veterans are not as golden as they're portrayed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Evolving Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMake your own way
    If you want more, they will give it to you. If you sit around and wait for things to come to you, not the right place.

    ConsThis is a progressive firm..this isn't the environment for someone that is reclusive and wants to just do "ok" work and go home. You need to bring your A game.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLonger term planning will go a long way!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bro club

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work/life balance. Great co-workers, very talented. bagel mondays. great location

    ConsIf you're not in the bro club, don't expect to advance in your career at all. no organization, no mentorship.

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    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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