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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Antenna Group

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Working at Antenna gave me the opportunity to learn more about my
communications craft and apply it to work that I truly care about. The
company¹s dedication to evangelizing clean technologies brings a sense of
purpose that makes you want to do your best work. The education gained at
Antenna is a great foundation for the rest of my career. I was sad to leave
but my personal life required it. I¹d probably be working there today if I
still lived in the SF Bay Area.

Cons

Part of why everyone there is so smart, hard working and friendly is that
the culture has a low tolerance for people who aren¹t. If you can¹t take
initiative, carry your own weight on teams and speak up with questions, you
won¹t last long at Antenna.
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Advice to Management

Hold on to your people, you train them well but end up losing them to larger companies that pay them more to think less.

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  1. PR with a mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Antenna Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PR wasn’t even on my career radar until I came across Antenna. I liked the emphasis on the mission: promoting green, clean, sustainable technology. That turned out to be authentic.

    Also, Melody was willing to take a chance on someone without a PR degree. I was able to gain great experience in technology-based buiness

    The pace was fast and the work was stimulating. The culture was friendly.

     The client companies (some of them new-ish tech innovators) could be pretty
    unpredictable . (Except they always wanted more than they were paying for: that part was predictable). My managers did try to shield me from the craziness. Melody actually dropped a client (you could say, "fired'"them) when a key manger there was mean to me. He apologized.
    We went on to do award-winning work for that client. The person even showed up again later at another company , and hired us again. Looks like toughness won respect.

    I occasionally worked late but it wasn’t an expectation, just a matter of
    pride in doing a good job.

    On the whole, my time at Antenna was a rich phase of my life and a great
    foundation for my career, which is thriving. I'm grateful for the
    opportunity. I consider the partners to be my friends
    for life.

    Cons

    Now that I’m no longer at an agency I can see how much calmer life is on
    this side. Some clients don't treat agencies as well as they deserve. It’s a
    tough way to make a living unless you crave the variety and intellectual
    stimulation. But it’s an incredible education and, unlike grad school, they
    pay you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being quirky and creative; keep hiring people with an unorthodox range of background. Don't get conventional and start insisting on PR degrees

    Also, stick with the green, values-based approach. It might be tough in the recession, but it will be a winner.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good opportunities and exciting clients, a little disorganized at times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Antenna Group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Antenna is the leader in renewable energy PR, which is an industry that is fast-paced and never boring. The very flexible and low-key atmosphere as well as an extremely competent and intelligent staff make Antenna ideal for someone who does not fit the boring mold of many other jobs. You will be given a lot of responsibility early-on if people trust you, but you can always ask for help from Sr. management, which they give freely if not swamped themselves.

    Cons

    Unpredictable activities (meetings that you find out about the day before and last minute things to prepare for etc.)

    Advice to Management

    A little more organized structure to how things are done, but overall great leadership.

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