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Coven of witches--with one "Supreme".

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Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
Current Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at The OutCast Agency as an intern (Less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

During recruitment and early phase of employment it was a fun place to work and I was treated with respect.

Cons

Mid-level managment snipes at those beneath them. There was one employee--and when she felt threatened or if there was ever a question--even for clarity--you were then targeted by her and she systematically began eroding away not only my confidence--but the confidence that others had in me.

Advice to Management

Carefully monitor the tendencies of the person I am referring to--you know who she is--she is the one that pentultimately is responsible for the termination of the majority of the employees that come and go in this revolving door culture--why revolving?--no one can stand working/inter-facing with her, it becomes apparent, and she sees them eliminated and she moves on to her next target.

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    The worst professional experience of my life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Associate (Intern) in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Associate (Intern) in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The OutCast Agency as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    OC has an amazing client list and portfolio of work, but the bragging rights and client exposure aren't worth the lack of basic human decency.

    Cons

    I'm not even sure where to start. The internship program is a revolving door of hard-working, hungry young professionals who do not realize they are being taken advantage of in a horrible job market where college grads willing to work for Facebook and Instagram are a dime a dozen. If you are not well-liked at OutCast, do not count on being hired on at the end of your internship. It is nothing more than a popularity contest where blame can easily be passed onto interchangeable interns and your fate is essentially sealed by whomever you're answering to, regardless of your work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the fact that most decisions and promotions are based on blatant favoritism.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Intern/Associate: Worth every minute.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The OutCast Agency as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to learn and work in tech PR, have the BEST clients (hands down, no other firm has the top-to-bottom account wins that OutCast does) work with insanely qualified people, and set yourself up for the future in case it doesn't work out or you want to move on, then there are very few (if any) other places where you can do all that. You just need to go in with the proper expectations.

    *By the end of your time at OC, you will be able to name the players (big and small) in tech media, and what they like to write about. Interns are not allowed to pitch media, but.. you're an intern, so it happens.

    *Learn PR - If you pay attention, learn and perform on the things you will be asked to do on a fast turnaround, you will be better prepared than the majority of AC/AAEs at other firms. It's PR bootcamp.

    *Clients - You will work with 3-4 client accounts at a time, and they will be a combination of established/startup/consumer/enterprise and at least one of them will be a major player - Facebook, Airbnb, a16z, Box, GE, Instagram, Pinterest, Spotify, etc.

    *The island: My time on "the island", with the other interns was a big part of why I enjoyed the experience. Having 10 other people who are going through the same things as you, and having them as a support system, is critical. You are competing for a full-time job with them, but if the right people are there, it won't feel like that.

    *Network - If things don't work out, the HR and VP/SVPs are really nice and know a people all over the PR and Tech industries that will help you find a job, if you prove you can perform.

    *Office - "Start-up cool" looking office with open seating in a great location: MUNI stops right in front of the SOMA office, which happens to be across the street from AT&T Park. Roof deck for relaxation, too.

    Cons

    In full disclosure, this is a competitive, stressful and fast paced work environment. When you work on multiple accounts, accounts that are popular with media and who have no promise they will be around in a year, that's just the way it is. People are told to be hyper-professional, especially over email.

    If you expect this job, or really any PR job, to be easy-going, you will be disappointed, but that is the trade-off that comes from being able to do the work you do.

    HR was vastly overworked while I was there, but I believe they have increased staffing.

    The staff can be a bit clique-y and not the friendliest, but they are also under the gun all the time.

    The biggest issue is the monthly reports: Every account puts together monthly summaries of activities that largely fall on the interns to draft (which can take 5-10 hours each), that are detailed to a degree that hinders productivity with other deliverables. I find it difficult to believe that they represent a worth-wile ROI, considering the time/resources that go into them.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce monthly reporting scope, pair interns with a staff member mentor that they do not report to, keep pulling in amazing clients.


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