Hargrove Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Interesting projects, lively work environment

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

    I have been working at Hargrove full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hargrove is a very interesting place to work. Projects are varied, from Galas to political events to experiential marketing. Colleagues are very friendly and inviting. The campus is large and beautiful and the offices are nicely appointed. The location, just off of the beltway, is very convenient. Ample, free parking on the campus...a bonus for those of us who have worked in DC.

    Cons

    Project loads can seem overwhelming at times, with the best people getting the bulk of the workload.Training can be haphazard, with a sink or swim approach in some departments.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your best employees! They are worth keeping. Consider bonuses to mid level staff (the worker bees) for successfully steering larger projects.

  2. Helpful (1)

    I have been here a little over 6 months and I really enjoy the people, the creative minds, etc.

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

    I have been working at Hargrove full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are awesome, great sense of pride in work, the company is very reputable in the event/trade show industry and that is reflected in the employees passion for what they do; very flexible work schedule for many; great opportunity for people in the creative or account management arena to get their feet wet, especially right out of college.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are communication between departments, senior leadership is still a bit archaic in their approach to employee engagement; need better work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Chill, take the controls down a bit. Allow department heads to put together programs that will not just benefit their employees, but the company. Be an example!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall Review

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

    I worked at Hargrove

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, nice facilities and decent pay.

    Cons

    Scattered management structure, somewhat disorganized throughout the divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in an independent group to analyze the company structure to optimize the team for stabilization and set up for steady growth and profits.

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  5. Interesting place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    No day is the same, everyday a new and different project in places most people only see on television

    Cons

    Lack of constancy in yearly reviews. We get told something different every year.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the people that actually get the work done.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Okay

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

    I worked at Hargrove as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots to learn from. Great coworkers and mentors available. Always something to do around the office. Beautiful office, and love the events that are being put on.

    Cons

    Those who work in "lower level" positions do not get paid for the amount of hard work they are putting in, while higher ups are sitting around not knowing how to work a copier/scanner getting paid much much more. Not really any room for growth either.

    Advice to Management

    Give some credit to your employees, they deserve it.

  7. Over-worked and Under-paid

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

    I worked at Hargrove full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get paid every week

    Cons

    No support from senior management

  8. Helpful (1)

    Weird

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Lanham, MD

    I worked at Hargrove full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hargrove is located close to DC, is very commutable from all mid Atlantic areas (MD, VA), And has a long history and a good reputation.

    Cons

    It was the strangest place I ever worked. People didnt make friends with each other, nobody spoke to each other unless they had to for a project, it had the weirdest vibe of anyplace I have ever been.

  9. Great Flexibility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Hargrove

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great family oriented atmosphere
    Overtime pay
    Flexible hours
    Pay

    Cons

    Health Care premiums
    Coordination between departments

    Advice to Management

    Good job!

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good if you're good at sucking up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD

    I have been working at Hargrove

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hargrove can be a laid-back place to work, but it does have its times, especially when a lot of shows are going on at once. A sense of family is placed on the employees and many employees in fact are the very best of friends. The company is not huge and everyone knows everyone else for the most part. There are planned activities often enough that try to get the employees closer together, and the company has recently started a "go green" initiative as well as community service events to help out.

    Cons

    Moving up is not easy, and is primarily done by networking, not skills. You have to be very close to your "superiors" to have them put in a good word for you. Management is shady often enough. A few employees over the years were fired in weird ways, such as notifying a critical employee just after leaving work not to come in the next day. Another employee was forcibly logged out of his computer and later told to leave. In this and other situations, emails were later send out describing completely different events. You have to remain on everyone's good side to be secure here. Benefits are also not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent! Care more about your employees, and get some modern water fountains.

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