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Great company

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Sparks Marketing Group full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great benefits, great leadership, fun corporate culture, dog friendly, catered lunch 3x a week, great people to work with.

Cons

Can't think of any cons

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has potential to be a leading experiential marketing agency, but falls short.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks Marketing Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Depending on team, some great people work here.

    Salaries are good, compared to similar agencies.

    Cons

    The name is confusing. Is it Sparks, Sparks Exhibits, Sparks Online, Sparks Marketing Group? The brand is all over the place and not a clear solution driven picture to clients.

    Office location is very inconvenient. Located in the upper Northeast region of Philadelphia, it requires a 30 minute commute from Center City.

    Leadership is non-existent. Seems to a disconnect between management and employees in terms of work-life balance and corporate goals.

    Time-off is also lacking. 10 days from when you start, and increases after your 5th(!) year.

    Company seems really set in the old ways of conducting business. For example, the accounting systems is very antiquated and division workers are very unpleasant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure time-off policies.

    Better utilize marketing department to put Sparks brand at the forefront of experiential marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh. It's a job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Sparks Marketing Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people. They are dog-open for the right dogs owned by the right people. There is corporate funded lunch available from time to time. Creative team is amazing (but overworked).

    Cons

    Not a family friendly company. Management is old boys network - the money doesn't shake down. Many hard working staffers are just scraping by with gov't assistance while owners drive multiple Porshes, etc. They are also big on looks and pretty sexist. Don't have children, ladies, if you want to be kept or to advance. Benefits are abysmal, no 401k matching, enforced furloughs in recent years, no bonuses. Graphics department works nonstop. Travel for account teams is insane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits, share the wealth. Also, it's not 1950 anymore. Better open up the doors for women to advance (women with families, even) and cut the Don Draper stuff. Also, watch the maternity related layoffs; could get you in more trouble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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