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Decent job but no clear path towards career growth or advancement

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Graphic Department  in  Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Graphic Department in Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Sparks

Pros

Decent Pay
Friendly staff
Chance for overtime pay
Intimate work environment

Cons

Takes forever to accumulate vacation time
Hourly wages
Job stability depends on workflow
Intimate work environment
Project mngrs. hold on to info. until the last minute

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The modern employee wants effective leadership, mentorship and career advancement opportunities.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Great Working Environment, Always Trying to Improve

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The thing that I like best about working here is the environment. Everyone is very friendly and there are so many company sponsored perks that make it rewarding (On-site lunch cafe, small events and BBQs, etc). There is a lot of effort to continuously improve on conditions and address employee issues.

    Cons

    Some policies could be improved like 401k match and the vacation policy (which does get better after multiple years).
    Some employees are overworked and demands from clients can be overbearing.
    Communication is sometimes a problem, people aren't made aware of things and protocols are not always followed properly.

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

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks 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
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