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Frustrating experience

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England (UK)

I have been working at Gorkana full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Gorkana succeeds through the sacrifice of its employees, who make things happen despite management that is rarely on top of things. Business model is sound and so is client portfolio. While there are some serious management flaws, the company does respect holiday times and does not routinely expect you to be available at all times.

Cons

According to the previous review, the problems of the company can all be traced to IT, HR and lack of social activities, while other reviewers simply failed to change along with the company.

It would appear that the company has simply been unable to overhaul its IT systems, despite this being a problem for more than three years. The same appears to be the case with HR. According to that review, both departments seemingly operate in a separate world and can't be changed (much like the disgruntled employees who have left, it seems). Also, who knew that organising drinks was something HR could veto!

This remains a reactive company that is still struggling to integrate since the merger and can barely get to grips with planning, relying instead on a constant flow of very dedicated and hard working employees, who get demoralised after seeing that their reward for a doing a good job is even more work.

If Gorkana can shake its dogmatic management philosophies and target-driven practices that keep it from just managing well its workforce, it will become the leader it pretends to be.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop managing by philosophies from MBAs and false HR-led 'work environment improvement plans'. Your employees are serious and seasoned professionals that don't need nannies to do a good job. Trust them!

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I great place to start your career and get shown the ropes

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gorkana full-time

    Pros

    On the whole people are very down to earth whether it be the top brass or the production teams.

    A great location with Shoreditch only a short walk away and the company is actively trying to improve it's culture although it has some work still to do.

    The company has had steady year on year growth all through the recession and with it's great reputation in it's sector that will only get better as the UK economy gets going. With the company growing opportunities will present themselves to those who work hard and deserve it.

    With the dust settling after two mergers, between Durrants and Metrica,and then Durrants and Gorkana, there are still some transitions being made in the running of the organisation so things here are only going to get better.

    Cons

    A few areas of the company such as analysis and the news teams offer little opportunity for career progression other than into sales jobs, which might not be for everyone if you hope to progress internally. That said, working in these teams will set you up very well to move out into the wider PR and Media Analysis industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the input of your newer staff as some feel they are often ignored. In my time at the company I've seen a steady increase in the calibre of newer recruits so it would be a shame to waste these talents.

    Don't over work your analysts. No people in the company work hours as long as they do; their work is more demanding than the other 'production' areas of the business; and no where in the organisation is competition to stand out more fierce. Staff in these teams should get more recognition for their hard work, and should be rewarded more appropriately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Do not join this business

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

    I worked at Gorkana full-time

    Pros

    If you are thinking of setting up you own business in the PR industry, Gorkana will show you exactly how not to do it.

    Cons

    I honestly don't know where to start.

    The main problem comes from the top as the majority of the management team don't want to be there. They are only interested in selling the business and making a quick buck. Sales and account management teams are under enormous pressure to bring on and manage new business with unachievable targets. Customers are left with a poor service and broken promises - eventually they terminate the contract. Gorkana employees miss targets and leave... the cycle goes on.

    There is a lack of passion, drive, innovation and development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Set an example
    - Stop blaming junior members of staff for your poor decisions
    - Listen to your client's needs and stop giving them what you think they need

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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