Grey Group

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Grey Group Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
120 Reviews
3.7
120 Reviews
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Grey Group Chairman and CEO Jim Heekin III
Jim Heekin III
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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 6 reviews)


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

  • Very long hours and no real support from the management (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front End Web Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Front End Web Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are lots of good people and the environment is quite relaxed. Many social events are held which let you bond with coworkers and meet new ones. It's been an overall good experience so far.

    Cons

    Processes and procedures can be a bit scattered. Sometimes it feels like the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more forthcoming about negative situations while they are brewing instead of waiting until the last minute to drop bombs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hire talent/ fire talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President CD in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President CD in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Unbelievably great location. Interesting, stimulating people, for the most part.
    A powerful feeling of camaraderie exists, even while enduring sweat-shop conditions

    Cons

    Still an account-driven shop. And with the exception of a handful of smarter ones up top, most are untrained and not very experienced.
    Grey rewards talent. But on the same hand, making any money puts you in serious and constant jeopardy. The agency is a financial investment for WPP, and the actuaries in charge of the books see compensation of any sort not in black and white, but in red.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping talent should be as important an investment as getting talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    nice culture, revolving door

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Writer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great company culture. lots of opportunities to learn new things and view good work. mostly monthly happy hours. almost nobody has an office. great location. very candid about business changes.

    Cons

    account driven (don't value creative strategy as much as just doing whatever the client wants). hard to get raises/promotions. all they care about is money and cannes lions. reward "famous" work more than just plain good. if it's not in the press, it's not good work here. do not try to keep talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nurture the talent you have so that you don't have to look elsewhere. that includes regular raises and promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Grey has been great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As a first job, I have been able to absorb so much and work on a great client, that will open many doors for my future.

    Cons

    long hours for little pay

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Start to the Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great exposure/introductory into the advertising industry; high-profile clients; surrounded by creative and bright minds

    Cons

    Compensation, could use better communication throughout (top-down), and fostering a more active culture for mentoring and development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great brands and work with lacking communication.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with great brands and some smart, creative people.

    Cons

    Communication amongst teams is limited and lacking. Rare face to face interface which causes for miscommunication. Transparency with career opportunities could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need greater top down communication, not only about Grey's latest achievements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Love it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AAE in New York, NY
    Former Employee - AAE in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best I have ever encountered in the biz

    Cons

    Advertising is a difficult industry to be a main player in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
  9.  

    Fun, creative people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grey Group

    Pros

    great location to work in

    Cons

    pay isn't great as an intern

  10.  

    Great place, bad salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    High energy but disorganized place lacking in business strategy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grey Group full-time (more than an 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

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