Grey Group

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Milk it for the reputation (2 years max), move to an Indie shop and never look back

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Former Employee - Vice President Account Director in New York, NY
Former Employee - Vice President Account Director in New York, NY

I worked at Grey Group full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

+ AdWeek's #1 Global Agency of the year (a long with a slew of other top rankings). You'll never go into an interview and have to sell them on your creds - the name says it all.
+ If you're on a marquee brand (Canon, DirectTV), you'll bask in a ton of senior management attention and resources (yes, you'll have direct access to top-notch creatives including our President)
+ Amazing offices - it's such a great feeling taking clients to lunch on the roof and showing off our award show trophies
+ The one upside of the lower than low compensation is that the staff here is overwhemlingly young (younger than any other big holding company agency by far)

Cons

- Career staller - all about timelines vs. real growth and potential; they'll watch top talent walk out the door rather than growing them in new roles if they haven't hit some arbitrary experience timestamp
- Backstabbing/pettiness - it's shocking how much time and energy goes into this at this particular shop - you'll never see anything like it elsewhere
- Senior management ambivalence - it's so hard to say since they're all generally likable people who know how to throw amazing parties but their apathetic "let them eat cake" mentality towards the pain and suffering of their work force is borderline sociopathic. We just had a historic round layoffs but don't worry they still have their daily elaborate fruit plate breakfast delivered right on time without a hitch
- Boy's Club - the sexism in the C-suite doesn't help
- Demotivating hierarchy - completely stunts long term team growth
- Digital wasteland - somehow recruiters keep convincing great digital minds to come to grey...only to lose them a year later after they see the lie they've been sold
- HR department - the disconnect between the recruitment staff and the generalists is pretty scary; every interaction comes with hostility and incompetence (raise discussions, manager issues, terminating a direct report) - very little accountability
- Unexplainable auxillary disciplines - the fact that they have to re-explain Alliance and WING at every townhall boggles my mind. No one understands their value added so why should I push them on my clients?
- Diluted talent pool - Grey has slowly but surely started to dilute the talent (while we're on the rise in terms of reputation no less). I'm shocked every time a new team member comes on from a no name agency working on mediocre brands with nothing redeemable to show for it. How did they let you in!? Don't let the ex-Droga, Wieden, Crispin minority fool you into thinking Grey only accepts the best and the brightest
- Lack of intellectual curiosity - Creativity doesn't always have to be linked with being super smart but it's pretty unsettling. Particularly in account management where you need to be buttoned up and sharped, you'll be amazed at the dim lights you'll encounter.
- Poor building planning - not sure who decided to move Grey to it's amazing but albeit smaller location and then grow the staff to such an extent; literally reached the point where certain departments have lockers and need to rent desks, not to mention people with makeshift shared desks and cubicles (big security issue on brands with auditing protocol)
- Lack of moral compass - they brag about their new business machine but fail to mention how they have zero moral guiding light, continue to take on literally any and every client who pays
- Disrespect for account management - for an agency that until 5 years ago was known for it's account management strength (scarily, record-breaking long client relationships for this industry), there's blatant disrespect and hostility for this department, don't have to bash the largest department at the agency to foster amazing work
- Understaffed - teams are worked to the bone with anemic resourcing that negatively impacts everything from morale to actual creative output
- WPP - it's a overtold story but the frustrations of dealing with a foreign holding company will affect everything from management bureaucracy to raise freezes and salary caps
- Dinosaur processes - creative as they are, the backend logistics (you name it, securing staffing to completing time sheets) is so painful you'll start fielding recruiters calls just out of pure exasperation
- Favoritism - like you've never seen, I'm talking toxic people that are killing the organization from the inside out climbing to the top due to connections at the top
- Zero training - across all disciplines. Particularly in account management, expect nothing more than decks from 1999 (if you're lucky) to help explain Grey's archaic processes to you
- Technology - let's see: the embarrassment of telling your clients you can't email them an urgent request because the global servers are down...again, outdated PC's for account teams if you're not on a hot enough account...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They've heard it a thousand times before and clearly aren't taking it to heart. But please please PLEASE put redirect energy and efforts from recruitment and PR/rankings/reputation and more attention to employee retention. No, not Dog & Pony parties and Townhalls. Real investment - compensation, career planning, training, mentorship and for god's sake incentive raises and bonuses!

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    With international clients as well as US Hispanic clients, Wing offers a great mix of global and local clients.

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, in a great building, working with the folks at Grey. Grey is hot right now and that keeps the energy there up. It is a really nice place to work

    Cons

    Can be a bit too big, and traditional at times. Meaning the place focuses mostly on traditional silos of Broadcast, Print, with some branded content and digital content in the mix.

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  2.  

    AMAZING.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern

    I worked at Grey Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - work given when actually sought out.
    - beautiful office.
    - happy people.
    - amazing work.
    - obvious success resonates throughout the agency, work, and management

    Cons

    - small cups of coffee
    - relatively low starting salary, especially at entry level
    - some supervisors are definitely more hands-on in the development and training of their team
    - satisfaction can really depend on which account you land

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - consider transitioning account management department into using Macbooks instead of those extremely dated PCs (you would get so much more efficiency)

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