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I worked at Fahlgren Mortine full-time
Pros – Fahlgren is a great place for agency professionals to start and develop their careers. Overall, this is an agency of smart people who are passionate about clients and, in turn, produce award-winning work. Lots of opportunities for learning and growth; management places high importance on building up young professionals. Amazing culture and company values.
Cons – Sometimes a disconnect between satellite offices (Cleveland, Dayton, etc.) and main office in Columbus.
Advice to Senior Management – Keep doing what you're doing!
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2013-07-10 13:56 PDT
I worked at Fahlgren Mortine as a contractor for less than a year
Pros – The atmosphere is a blast and the people are incredibly smart and driven, plus they have a lot of the "big" local and regional accounts, as well as a good number of national accounts. This is a great agency to gain experience. Also, if you have a day where you don't have a lot of work, it's okay to surf Facebook until something else comes in and the time is still billable.
Cons – Freelancing at Fahlgren is an interesting experience. There are a ton of fun events, but it's kind of frowned on for freelancers to participate - you're not treated like an employee at all. Despite how much experience you bring to the table, you will do "churn and burn" work (on an extremely tight timeline) as a freelancer and you will not be given anything exciting to work on, like new business pitches or strategy. Weirdly, there is an inordinate number of Vice Presidents and on-boarding for new people is pretty much nonexistent. This is a young man's agency and new hires in creative tend to be younger guys they can mold. Also, the atmosphere is pretty clique-y and can come across as unfriendly to new people.
Advice to Senior Management – Invest in senior talent - hire a few great senior creatives, instead of a bunch of young guys with not much experience. Your clients will thank you.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2014-02-04 15:32 PST
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I worked at Fahlgren Mortine full-time for more than 3 years
Pros – The culture is really fun -- there are a lot of company events. The people who work there are the best...some of them are my closest friends to this day. People are generally really supportive of each other and willing to help out. The atmosphere is casual, but professional. Everyone who works there is really, really smart.
Cons – For the amount of hours you put in, there is very little financial reward. My salary was pathetically low compared to what I could have been earning (and am now earning) elsewhere. Money isn't everything, but when you're working 60 hours a week, one likes to be compensated fairly. They are constantly understaffed which means long, long hours and very few resources beyond interns to help. I approached my boss several times about being completely overwhelmed but nothing ever happened to fix the situation. I became severely burnt out after weekends and evenings spent in the office. Some people get it a little easier and don't have to work as many hours. After asking a superior about that, I was told that "those people have kids." Well, I am sorry that I am being punished because I don't have children, but I would like to have a life outside of work as well.
I really miss the atmosphere there, but I feel like the company invested in the "fun culture" as an external PR tactic to appear to be a "great" employer, while internally, they were too focused on profit margins to provide their employees work-life balance and a living wage. Also, the $100 bonus at the end of the year is a slap in the face. The raises are pathetic too. I got a promotion and my "raise" was basically a cost-of-living increase. Really, really insulting. Finally, I was in a compromising situation with a client and the agency ended up throwing me under the bus...which for me, was the last straw. The sad thing is, despite those things, Fahlgren Mortine was a really great place to work. I still care about everyone I worked with. I miss my clients. The environment was lovely and I learned so much.
Advice to Senior Management – First -- pay your employees what they deserve. A decent raise for good performance and a fair bonus at the end of the year go a long way. Second, people need RELAXATION and work-life balance in order to their best work.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-07-26 13:19 PDT
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