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Pros – Open environment with lots of information shared about performance. Good financial incentives for team performance. Caring leadership. Free soda. Dedicated coworkers. Good teamwork. Very good work produced for clients, including some cutting-edge programs involving 3D gaming, content management, digital signage, social media and networking, microsites, online casual games, and other technologies.
Cons – Sometimes difficult to balance work-life given demands of clients. Cramped offices for now (will be moving to new, larger offices in 2009.)
Advice to Senior Management – Act more quickly to address opportunities and threats. Strive to retain the excellent talent that currently is employed at Fullhouse.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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Pros – Very open environment. Managers and staff alike sit amongst each other and there isn't a feel of a very "tiered" management organization. Very young and vibrant employees in a creatively-driven environment. For those who don't like structure, this is a great place to be. Wear blue jeans every day. Management tries to be very open and honest and they're pretty fair. The culture is very relaxed but hard-working. They are also very dedicated to charities such as the Diabetes Research Institute.
Cons – Although this company is a creative web agency, don't be fooled -- it's run by the numbers. While this is good in keeping the company profitable, it also denigrates to unrealistic expectations for employees to complete their work within the given time. The result? Employees regularly work "overtime" on their own time to hid the real number of hours they work on a project. While the company is very casual, I found that coworkers only friendly in a superficial way. My observation is that new employees aren't always welcomed with warmth and kindness. The company also doesn't think twice about firing people. While this is a good thing -- beware newbies -- your stay there might be short-lived if you don't fit their mold. Also, while the company is strong on technical folks, there's only a scant few in the organization that can churn out really strong design and creative.
Advice to Senior Management – Guys -- I know you're watching billable hours -- but are you really? Are you really aware of the work habits of your employees? I'm not sure you are.
Pros – Fullhouse is a growing interactive agency focused on working with great clients and brands. The employee population spans a wide range of personalities, ages and experiences - which provides a great environment for learning and growth. Regarding location, Milwaukee is one of best kept secrets in the country for cities to work and live in. Chicago is close (and Fullhouse has a growing office there), we've got a Great Lake, and snow (yes, that can be a positive).
If you read carefully, you'll see this review comes from someone in senior management - which probably makes you a little skeptical. Just so you know, I really don't have to say these things. Bottom line, I've been here for more than 10 years and thoroughly enjoy everyone I have the opportunity to work with and each new experience @ Fullhouse.
Cons – Like all agencies, the pace is fast and sometimes the demands on time can be high. That said, the work is always changing which keeps things interesting and co-workers engaged.
Advice to Senior Management – Continue to invest in leadership in order to stay on top of both employee and client relationships.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Cool experiential work for large clients with big brand names which provides unique opportunities for technology solutions. A lot of talented people on staff, especially Creative and Tech. Overall digital savvy employees. There are opportunities to be included in pitches at almost all levels of staff. Sharing of key agency information isn't limited to senior leadership. Flexible work hours, including ability to work from home.
Cons – Big peaks and valleys in work. Large reductions in talented staff due to loss in work. Several major changes in the organization have affected employees (and the once thriving company culture) in a very negative way. Employees haven't been able to fully engage with the new direction or many don't agree with the decisions made. Office space is in need of a facelift.
Advice to Senior Management – Return to focusing on the work. The exceptional work brought the company to its pinnacle a few years ago. Need to get some positive momentum going.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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