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3 people found this helpful  

Ambition, accountability, tough skin, and hard work pay off here!

  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at HackerAgency

Pros

Meritocracy culture allows ANYONE to bring ideas, influence the work, learn, grow and make a living! Communication is direct so you should always know where you stand and where you can focus to improve. Employees are highly accountable for their actions and judgment as each person's role and contribution is crucial to success of both Client and Agency. Client-focus, performance and BIG ideas consistently stays at the forefront.

Cons

Agency life, Hacker Group especially perhaps is not for everyone. The Agency landscape is competitive so that drives a work ethic necessary to stay ahead but also to survive. Work is not always fun, hours can be long and days can be extremely deadline intense and focused! And sometimes work takes #1 on the priority list. People are people and a range of emotions will be experienced in an intense environment like this one. On top of all that, the direct marketing industry is evolving and trying new things, Clients are demanding more for less, etc. All this makes for growing pains and that adds to our challenges - we do our best and hopefully learn from our mistakes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue efforts to communicate and fill in the gaps for people, for without information or understanding of how Agency life works people will create their own (not necessarily accurate) reality.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    People have a lot to say, but that's because employees are like family

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

    I worked at HackerAgency

    Pros

    Hard work reaps rewards. Hacker Group employees are bonded to one another. They work hard, and play hard. It is a great company that rewards innovation, creativity and performance. Working at Hacker Group gives you the opportunity to work on great (big) brands, and with great people. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    Cons

    Clash of the old direct mail and new interactive cultures sometimes creates tension. But, i don't know what agency doesn't have a similar issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need to keep everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to your soul-crushing career in junk mail

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

    I worked at HackerAgency full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are few pros to Hacker Group, but they mainly come in the form of some great people (if you look hard enough) who really try and make it a good place to work. Mainly a few of the team leads and your fellow same-level co-workers. Oh, and the free "snacks" in the kitchen. That's really it.

    Cons

    And now where it really begins; your short introduction to your future career at Hacker Group. Let's get started. You will make junk mail that less than 1% of people will ever even realistically open (and 1% would be "great response"). You will work in a farm of several hundred employees that are treated like cogs in an incredibly long and complicated chain of processes that are treated like holy law. You will make junk mail. Launching a microsite will take you over six months. This will include 30+ rounds of edits, and countless hours of effort and time wasted for a site that less than 1% of people will ever have the misfortune of finding their way to, let alone trying to use. You will be entered into a "profit sharing/bonus" system which in no way guarantees a steady paycheck. You will be rewarded with "forced-fun parties" to attend each quarter at the expense of said bonus system. You will make junk mail. You will jump when the account team says how high. You will not take a lunch today. You will not leave at 5:00 today. You will witness your co-workers crying at their desk, in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and in the elevator on frequent occasions. You will sit in such a way that everyone can see your computer screen and make sure you are working at all times. You will work with people who will genuinely scare you. You will make junk mail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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