Grey Group Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
110 Reviews
3.7
110 Reviews
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Grey Group Chairman and CEO Jim Heekin III
Jim Heekin III
55 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Puerto Rico's Office) Great people, accounts and the place where I earned what I know today (in 9 reviews)

  • gt; Beautiful office space top to bottom; has a very contemporary look that is indeed unique (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is ok but can be much better (in 6 reviews)

  • Very long hours are assumed with no OT (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place, bad salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    Grey has a great culture. People are friendly and there is plenty of opportunity to produce good work.

    Cons

    The salaries are not the best and it is really hard to get a raise. They justify their bad payment to the fact that they are agency of the year.
    Depending on the team you work for, you might be spending long nights and weekends at the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mentorship is needed. There is a huge lack of leadership when it comes to CDs and GCDs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    High energy but disorganized place lacking in business strategy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grey Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location. Great office space. Some smart, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Feels like there is no internal business strategy beyond land new clients. Which may work for a small or even mid-size agency but Grey is too big to get away with that. A lot falls through the cracks and gets lost. People have almost no idea what's being done by people who sit a few desks away. There is an almost manic sense of "aren't we great and fun and the best place to work!!!" expressed by the leadership but it feels really forced. In reality people work crazy hours for very little in return. Don't feel supported. Feels like you need to perform in lockstep with everyone else or you're out. If this is what it feels like to work here now, at the pinnacle of landing big clients and winning big awards, I dread what it'll be like the day business takes a downturn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to invest in some internal business strategy so we actually feel some cohesiveness rather than having it force fed to us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not all it seems-

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    Former Employee - Creative  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    Grey is filled with very talented people that work hard and care about the accounts they work on.

    Cons

    You don't get much respect if you don't work on one of the high profile accounts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to give some thanks to all the people working hard on accounts that don't ever have a chance to win at the shows. They help pay the bills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Top Rated for a Reason

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grey Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people and management are some of the most talented in the industry. Top notch clients. Fantastic work environment both tangibly and culturally. Felt like my voice was truly heard.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot. Could use a larger space to fit all the intelligent people. (Already currently expanding so that point is moot)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    awesome culture. great company

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    Current Employee - Art Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    the culture and people that work at Grey are amazing.

    Cons

    Aside from late nights there is a heavy workload most of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Agency of the Year has Gone to Their Heads

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    MOST of the people. They have some really great employees at Grey. People that make you want to come in to the office. Unfortunately, they have a few employees at some senior level positions that make it a miserable place to work.

    Cons

    Probably the most arrogant bunch of senior management I've ever met. It would be one thing if they consistently did good work across all of their brands. Unfortunately, they only do good work on some of their brands and they neglect a lot of the others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great agency

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    Current Employee - Creative  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing office space. Great clients. Fun people.

    Cons

    A bit of musical chairs happening often. But good if you like to change desks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Love and hate relationship

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    Former Employee - Former Creative/Art Director  in  San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Former Creative/Art Director in San Juan, PR

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

    Pros

    (Puerto Rico's Office) Great people, accounts and the place where I earned what I know today. Made a lot of connections.

    Cons

    Client and financial losings, the operation is downsizing, good talents are leaving or getting fired because of those losings, stupid politics and awful management. The local board of directors is a total mess...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please quit your job and give it to someone who can make it better... Or at least, be more careful taking administrative decisions. Oh, and appreciate your employees. Without them Grey is nothing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, smart management, so-so creative work

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    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked with some of the smartest, most talented copywriters and art directors. Culture was high energy. Open office environment was very collaborative, a great equalizer.

    Cons

    Wish there were more opportunities to do really great creative work for clients. A lot of packaged goods clients that did not necessarily want cutting edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continual communication and outreach to employees is appreciated and does help us get through the rough times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    media/production biller

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    Former Employee - Biller  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Biller in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great company, great people, great perks, excellent senior management,loved that the CEO was so involved in the creative process.

    Cons

    compensation was OK, didn't like that they had a supervisor that thought she ran the whole department
    didnt like the fact that they outsource the job to india

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people to do the media/production work or send it to India as well. And hire a more competent supervisor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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