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14 people found this helpful  

Where there's smoke, there's fire!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

I have been working at HackerAgency full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

I enjoyed the free snacks, nice view. Excitement and energy of working in downtown Seattle.

Cons

Wow, where do i start?
1. Pay For Performance Incentive Program: outdated, inconsistent and volatile pay program. What's unfortunate is that it is based on a percentage so even if you bust your butt (like i do everyday) the slacker next to me gets the same percentage! Fair? NO.

As an hourly employee, that same bonus percentage is based on my hourly rate. Again, overtime is NOT used as part of that calculation. Fair? NO. I smell a wage and hour lawsuit happening.

2. Culture: Fear and Intimidation. It started with the Hackers, and continues to this day with the current CEO. Trickles throughout the senior leadership team and down to all employees who suffer the brunt.

3. Management: There are a few who really care, have skills and want to make a difference. Build a better company, but then.....well, see #2.

4. Reputation: Do you work in Account Management? Creative? Ask any recruiter, creative agency or professional about Hacker and their work/employment reputation. They can't keep people because of the rude, condescending, illegal behavior.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop "encouraging" employees to write positive reviews on Glassdoor. Asking them to deluge the site for 1 day looks stupid.

Effective, courageous companies with true values and best-in-class business practices don't need to pepper their employees with "Hey, why don't you go out to *****and write a nice review about us?" They know who and what they are, and stick to it. They don't need to suck up and force employees to do anything. What's worse is it looks even MORE STUPID when it's done all on ONE DAY.

Advice to senior management: Just walk away. Stop ruining what COULD be a decent company, and ruining employee morale.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Such potential at this agency

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HackerAgency full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly employees who are creative, enthusiastic and fun to work with. Good surroundings in downtown Seattle with better-than-average benefits (including free food). Nice casual atmosphere. Like working with some really talented individuals in every department. Opportunity to work with great clients and learn direct and digital marketing.

    Cons

    Short deadlines that lead to short tempers. Career advancement can get stalled out. Work-life balance is challenging, although senior management indicates changes are happening (have seen two new changes implemented last week, so there is hope.) There is a lot of great talent here just waiting to be allowed to contribute – nurture them, don't lose them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the valuable and deserving employees that are right in front of you. Break down the barriers between Account Management and Ops and Creative. Get these departments to really engage with each other to improve the overall experience here (other agencies have figured this out, why not us?) Too many leaders who don’t lead, but rather nod their head in agreement to everything the executives suggest. Dig deep and find out who are the real leaders here and then champion them to tackle some of the culture issues and show the others how to lead. Allow more opportunities to the younger, more junior talent. Put an end to the endless micro-management here, as there is nothing positive about it in any manner. This good agency has such potential to be a great agency and I want to still be here when it happens - but don't wait too long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    wow. So desperate for glassdoor good review. Wow

    • 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

    Great view, Free Snacks, Some interesting people. They have some pro level people who know how to write good reviews on glassdoor. Good job for hiding the actual truth.

    Cons

    I don't know where to start. There are so many things wrong about this company
    #1: PFP- This is basically nothing but gambling half of your salary. If the company does good but then you will get more but if it does bad then you are screwed. It's basically interest free money to the company. Well done hacker screwing up your hard working employee
    #2: Management: Account Management sucks big time. Yes you just sucks
    #3 Culture of Fear: The whole company is running under culture of fear.
    #4 Customers are always top of the list which is great but employees are always bottom of the list which sucks.

    PLEASE AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ANY COST.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. Just quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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