Slack and Company

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Slack Barshinger is made of people - excellent, intelligent, funny people.

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Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL

I worked at Slack and Company

Pros

There are actually a number of compelling reasons to work at Slack Barshinger:
1. Interesting and diverse client roster - all BtoB but covering many industries including financial services, banking, food additives, steel and steel working, construction equipment, software, and internet-based.
2. One of the more "green" companies I've witnessed - reusable plates, flatware, mugs and glasses, recycled paper, energy saving appliances and computers. They even do their own assessment of energy consumption within the office and determine what they can do to use less.
3. Relatively creative environment - it is an integrated marcom agency after all.
4. Relaxed culture - You can wear jeans and tees to work unless you're meeting with a client and there are many activities incorporated into everyday life to encourage camaraderie among employees including a softball team, pizza parties, Friday breakfast and happy hours.
5. The people - almost everyone I worked with at Slack Barshinger was bright, motivated, interesting and wanted to do their best work all the time.

Cons

The senior management needs to communicate more effectively and more often with their employees. The lack of communicated equates an underlying feeling of distrust among employees who are not within senior management. There are smart people in this senior group, but they need to remember how to appropriately communicate and that teamwork applies to more than softball.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trust your employees with information and see them as valued members of your team. When you provide people with information, they can develop create solutions to problems and make more educated decisions and decrease the running on of the rumor mill, which unfortunately has been more accurate than not.

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

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    A fertile playground for creativity and strategy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Slack and Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    • Talented creative teams are lead by an approachable ECD who knows how to build teams, foster creativity and encourage risk taking
    • A strong sense of community and friendship exists thanks to frequent work functions and cross-team collaborations
    • Good benefits for full-time employees—nice perks for both freelance and full-time
    • The leadership practices a very flat, transparent operational style that encourages ideas from feedback from everyone
    • Process exists to ensure quality—but it is flexible enough to allow new ways of doing things

    Cons

    • The typical challenges associated with advertising, marketing and other service related firms also exist at here—fast pace, challenging deadlines and some difficult clients. But on the whole—I would say that Slack does a good job with managing clients to allow for a work-life-balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep treating people like people—and you'll aways attract good talent. This applies to clients as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Wonderful learning experience for a recent or soon-to-be grad looking to get a hands-on perspective of agency life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Inern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Inern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Slack and Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone from junior employees to upper management are very friendly and willing to help a newcomer. Office culture is laid-back but employees work very hard and love what they do. Internship is paid and includes many of the same benefits full-time employees receive including breakfast on Fridays, open use to the building's gym and free snacks. Interns are able to work on meaningful projects for real clients and are welcomed to participate in staff discussions and meetings. Plus, the location is wonderfully convenient right on Michigan Ave, and the view isn't too bad either!

    Cons

    Fast-paced work environment may seem overwhelming at first but those who pay attention and ask questions will do just fine. Time management is crucial and the office runs on pre-scheduled meetings. Everyone has an office or cubicle so interaction may not be as open as other places, but there are plenty of opportunities for mingling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is great. They are very candid with their employees and seem to really care about improving company culture and environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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