McGarry Bowen

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The cheesiest advertising known to man

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

I worked at McGarry Bowen

Pros

The office is really, really beautiful.
It's close to the frying pan so you can get drunk at lunch and cruise through the day

Cons

You know the bad advertising you see on TV? Yeah, well, a lot of it is created here.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Forget the old boys club of old advertising and actually use the people with talent for the clients that demand it.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not an ideal place to start your career for an entry-level who feels passion/commitment toward advertising

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    Former Employee - Account Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Management in New York, NY

    I worked at McGarry Bowen

    Pros

    - Cool office space by the Hudson River; but if you dislike factory/warehouse-type locations and prefers a quieter work environment, the open-desk, noisy and often chaotic space (no cubicles in main areas) is likely not your cup of tea
    - A more promising career here if you have 5+ yrs of agency/branding experience; must have large agency experience under your belt to be valued
    - Great creatives to work with + dedicated studio team
    - You'll have a good learning experience but one that is no diff. or better than what well-known, competing ad agencies can offer you

    Cons

    - Management/HR has very little interest in developing / listening to junior employers intelligence and thinking. Expect to be a do-er instead of a strategic thinker - unless you find a way(s) to please the HR team/account management director, or your team supervisor/director
    - Must navigate office politics. If your strategy is to avoid gossips, you will get nowhere here. While this is an idea business that is all about growing its blue-chip client roster, please note creatively is often hindered by employees' low morale / negative attitude / lack of motivation and lack of communication from management. Then again, this is Manhattan, so negativity is to be expected Often, people do not know how their efforts connect to the bigger picture of the project
    - The ppl here instead of work is your key to climb the ladder
    - V. long work hours, low entry-level salary ($35 K for starting junior account person - difficult to get anywhere this 2000 bucks/month in NYC) + no overtime pay - 'commitment' and 'dedication' are expected here - if you want to get anywhere, expect to stay until at least 7:40/8 pm four days a week. In reality, company does not care about you/your work life balance, or most of the time, your ideas - unless you're in the account supervisor level or above, or are very well-like by the HR team/senior management members
    - Lack of transparency about where the company is going/why you are working on something. Often you have no clue where your labor (as a junior account person) ends up unless you are super tight with your boss's boss's boss's boss...your labor, brain cells and enthusiams will not be appreciated here, unless people think you are physically pleasing, too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you expand under Dentsu, hire some HR employees with more warmth, integrity and depth. Monitor and grow your budding junior-level employees who are eager to learn and contribute - not just to please - fairly

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks can be deceiving.

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGarry Bowen

    Pros

    mcgb has large clients and is a small agency. This would in theory allow it to operate with some creativity but it is run (albeit now as a division of Dentsu) like a large agency (impersonally) but without the benefit of competitive salaries to back that mentality up.

    It is a great place to launch a career from in if only because there aren't many people and the structure is somewhat informal but if you get your foot in the door you would do well to then keep stepping and find another agency afterwards that is willing to truly reward its employees.

    It's also largely an "insiders" agency. The people doing well either have dirt on the seniors management or are sleeping with them. Favoritism runs rampant (good if you're the favorite of course) and seldom are rewards aligned with tangible results but instead with the personal whim of those in charge.

    There is also a worrisome tendency for insecure senior creatives to assign projects to themselves which does two things to deterioite the working environment:
    1. Opens the door for poorly vetted ideas getting out without the right amount of review and thought.
    2. Drastically cuts the opportunity for less senior creative to ever have a shot at anything. Obviously a morale killer.

    Hopefully the new management will bring some stability and much needed change to mcgb. Time will tell, however.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, direction, opportunity to advance and salary. See my "best reasons" for more of the downsides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give teams dedicated to a single account an opportunity to work on other accounts, recognize the lacking leadership of some of the creative heads and establish a more attainable system of position advancement (i.e. have titles like AD, Sr. AD, etc. so you can feel like there is an opportunity to grow and a reason to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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