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4 people found this helpful

MarCom Department is a great place to work.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL

I have been working at SmithBucklin full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Visionary leadership in MarCom Department, willing to change with the times and adapt to new technologies
Excellent professional development program, if the employee is willing to take advantage of it
Department management is willing to let employees build their career within the department around their own strengths - always open to suggestions
Upward mobility, yearly raises, yearly bonuses, 401k match, open door policy

Cons

Clunky creative design department - far too much depends on the leader of the department, and she is an individual with her own agenda. If you don't fit in her agenda, watch out.
Shady-seeming executive management that doesn't tell the whole story or keep promises
Workload can get overwhelming in a hurry if not well planned
Politics - people get promoted or stick around simply because they have been there for a long time, not necessarily because they excel at the job
HR department is a joke
Some PDL's are more active advocates than others, if you get a lazy one you may not get the bonuses or raises you feel you deserve

Advice to ManagementAdvice

MarCom management - keep up the great work, the vision and direction of the department is inspiring, relevant and on track
Executive management - stop backtracking

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Good place for a first job

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

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

    Pros

    If you're talented, you can get from a very low level position to a relatively higher position fairly quickly (through lots of stressful work). After a certain point, however, growth will slow and you'll need to get the heck out.

    Cons

    Your job satisfaction will vary greatly based on what clients/teams you're assigned to. Work load will almost constantly be insane, and pay in general will be low (unless, I've been told, you leave and come back). For a large group of long-time employees, there is an attitude of just doing whatever is needed to get through the day. It's completely depressing.

    The CEO has the kind of "open door policy" that means that you can say hi to him in the halls - but if you want to speak any kind of uncomfortable truth to him, forget it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with the "you've gotta serve your time" mentality for great workers. They leave you in droves because they can do much better. That means that managers higher up in the food chain are (with some exceptions) entrenched in their own mediocrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Used to be an awesome place to work. Now..not so much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SmithBucklin full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great friends. Great co-workers - if you get on a good client.

    Cons

    Boys club. Dishonest management. Does not promote from within unless you are a part of the club. Low pay for work done. No work life balance - especially for women with children. People here are scared for their jobs and hate coming to work.

    Don't get me wrong - many work very hard. Just don't reap the rewards for the work. Just get more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more. Be honest. Promote from within. Truly reward your top performers. $1,000 bonus? Really folks?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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