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Former Employee - Creative  in  Kansas City, MO
Former Employee - Creative in Kansas City, MO

I worked at Barkley

Pros

opportunity to work on television, light hours compared to other advertising shops, office activities such as office olympics, team can food drives, etc.

Cons

the status quo is maintained here. everything about the idea process causes things to get watered down to a mediocre, at best, level of creative work. account people are afraid to challenge clients or push for innovative/ risk taking ideas to go through. the creative department is ruled by seniority, and those with junior and mid level experience resort to undermining tactics to get ahead. the agency says it wants change and better creative work, yet seems to treat the talent they bring in as black sheep and outsiders.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

give opportunities to those who are hungry and ask for them, and not just assign projects based on seniority or favoritism. get to know employees on a personal level. do not let those who resort to undermining tactics get ahead.

Doesn't Recommend
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    what?

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    Current Employee - Assistant Media Buyer
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Buyer

    I have been working at Barkley

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, free beer, flexible hours... no dress code, good parking, um i cant think of anything else

    Cons

    No pay, lack of leadership, poor reviews, overall, just no room for growth or promotion... no pay increases or any sort of incentives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    new VPs

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Not at all what it seems.

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    Former Employee - Private  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Private in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Barkley

    Pros

    It is a high profile advertising agency in Kansas City. They have a great physical environment. Free beer and popcorn.

    Cons

    All is not as it seems. Most people not having fun with their work. A bit of a sweatshop. Some very bad managers. A bit of the old boy advertising mentality. Sexist and difficult to get past the barriers. PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have to tell people to look like they are having fun when there are cameras or clients around, it is not the fun atmosphere you like to project to others. Get rid of some high profile managers who are jerks. Everyone knows it. Senior management puts up with it.

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