Grey Group Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Grey Group Chairman and CEO Jim Heekin III
Jim Heekin III
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Pros
  • The creative department is full of great people (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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  1. Grey is a great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    They really do value a culture of creativity
    The office is incredible

    Cons

    Working very long hours with no overtime
    Hard to move to the next level

    Advice to Management

    Try to add more transparency


  2. Big Agency Striving For Better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, positive culture, an effort for work balance, and senior management that tries to improve the organization.

    Cons

    Hindered by size. Not enough creative staffing. Growth opportunities few and far between.

    Advice to Management

    Help define career paths with obtainable goals and provide more accurate feedback to employees.


  3. WE KEEP GOING

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President, Director of Strategic Planning in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President, Director of Strategic Planning in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    GREY San Francisco is an agency that is driven to do great work. We are a group of hard working, passionate ad geeks, determined to challenge the conventional wisdom in pursuit of modern ideas that permeate culture and drive business results. We don't just tell stories on behalf of our clients' brands, we create products, content and experiences that people seek out and share. We sit at the intersection of 'idea culture' & 'maker culture,' and while It's not always easy to take the road less traveled, we keep going. We do whatever it takes to make our ideas become a reality. It's this relentless spirit that makes me so excited to be a part of the team at GREY.

    Cons

    GREY San Francisco is not an agency for the faint of heart. We work hard and we expect a great deal of one another. We push one another to be great. We challenge each other to bring our very best each and every day.


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  5. Wish I was still there....

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant to Corporate Counsel in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant to Corporate Counsel in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group

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

    Pros

    Great Agency, collaborative people, smart and creative managers. I was only there for like 4 months, but when I left, I felt sadder than when I left former jobs after years.

    Cons

    Wasn't there long enough to see any


  6. Great Agency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Integrated groups that work on very interesting and innovative projects. Overall, the experience has been very beneficial in terms of growing as a professional.

    Cons

    In terms of the big picture, there are no cons. Work is work. It would be great if we had more common areas (not official conference rooms) to sit and have meetings more organically.

    Advice to Management

    I think one thing to reconsider (though this is an industry issue) is the attention on junior staff, which I totally get. But, sometimes they are asked to get involved in way too many internal/company culture things, taking away from real world professional development. There is a growing sense of entitlement among young professionals that their employer is their friend. This is not correct: your employer is your employer and they should strive to be a good one. Work isn't a dance party. This is not to say that having company happy hours etc. are a bad thing, however, eventually a line will be crossed, where junior staff are promoting the agency as a product they know very little about.


  7. Digital Head

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grey Group

    Pros

    Great Creative People and Clients

    Cons

    Almost nothing to say about Cons

    Advice to Management

    Believe power of younger creative


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    Account Supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grey Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    * Large Agency with strong reputation and impressive acocunts
    * Smart and creative employees

    Cons

    * Agency is so large, it is easy to get lost and fly under the radar
    * No work/life balance
    * Poor management of the Client on the brand I worked on

    Advice to Management

    I recommend being more upfront and honest with employees when they start. I personally felt like I was deceived a bit on my role and then once I started, it was completely the opposite of everything I had been told.


  9. Account supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Big name advertising company that does award winning work. Positive, upbeat energy with very rich and vibrant culture.

    Cons

    Salary is low and turnover rate is high, especially in the creative department.

    Advice to Management

    Set up better structure to avoid such high turnover


  10. Great Work Experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grey Group full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hours and pay were good, sick days were given if needed, people in the work place were professional and very nice.

    Cons

    Places when you were sent to work, you weren't always prepared since they didn't let you know on time, so the materials needed to work or the time to get there was always hard.


  11. Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Too much red tape to get stuff done



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