Horn Group Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
11 Reviews
3.2
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Interesting Culture, Smart People, Excellent Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Horn Group has an interesting culture - meaning, good mix of people, different personalities and strengths. It makes the office unique and accounts are staffed accordingly. All the staff are really smart, talented and hard-working. Everyone is very collaborative with one another, and generally, wants to help one another and see each other succeed. Horn also has a great benefits structure and flexible work options.

    Cons

    Too much stress on billable hours and how you spend your time. Senior management can often times micromanage and get in the weeds. We've also struggled with over-promising clients coverage/results which has set us up for failure from day 1.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management skills and empower your staff to do good work and grow as professionals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great People, Great Growth Opportunities, Opportunities to Represent Great Companies

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    • 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 Horn Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Horn Group is a great place to work if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, results oriented mindset and pride yourself in great work, working with some of the world's leading enterprise and digital clients. People genuinely care about each other and challenge each other each day to become better professionals.

    Cons

    As is the case with most agencies, sometimes generally having the balance of work/life can be challenging but management is always willing to step in and help where they can to try to preserve that as best as possible and accommodate individual needs to ensure that is happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Collaborative Environment Surrounded by Smart Peolple

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Horn Group full-time

    Pros

    HORN offers team members of all levels the opportunity for professional growth and development and the ability to be challenged. The client list is solid, and provides people the opportunity to work on a variety of teams with clients in various areas of the technology field. Sr Management is incredibly supportive of junior staff, and most importantly, people have enjoy working here in the collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Not very many stand out -- one might be that it's not as structured as a larger agency which might be challenging for some who need more boundaries.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Frenetic environment, out of touch with employee needs

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

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

    Pros

    The variety of clients are good. It's mostly mid-sized budgets. You get to experience a lot of the different industries in technology. Generally, most of the employees are nice folks (the ones who are director and below). Promotions often if you push for it. The company really stretches your bandwidth so if you are willing to work 10+-hrs every day, you will grow and learn a lot and be ready to move up, although others just flame out. You get to learn a lot about new business pitching because that it 30-50% of your time no matter what level.

    Cons

    The company is all about the money and new business. It's about selling to new clients. Senior management stretches the truth (our accomplishments, client load) to new biz prospects just to get a new win. They are very big on name dropping on clients from 5-7 years ago and often take too much credit for the business success of those clients. They keep on bad managers who have bullied other employees because we needed people who can bill hours to clients. Very little guidance from senior management, and some of them are out of touch about how media works today. Some of them call on old tactics that worked for them 5-10 years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get training on how to be a good manager. Don't take on clients if you don't have capacity. Pay attention to the development of junior employees and invest in them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Unhappy With Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Horn Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There were some people there who were very friendly - I had a hand full of coworkers who really cared about my skill set and professional development. Unfortunately, that's where the pros end. Female CEO which I was very drawn to at first, but the management didn't live up to potential.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was non-existent. The SF office had about 25 employees when I started, but more than 10 of them left within the 9 months I was there. Management chose favorites and was VERY obvious about it and only made themselves available to those they deemed "worthy". The whole management system and HR/Accounting structure was very disorganized and didn't feel stable to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your team structure - you can't just promote people because you need someone to fill a certain position. Somebody with one year of experience is NOT Senior Account Executive material, no matter how well they know their clients. Make sure you are making decisions that not only make you happy, but also make your employees happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people and opportunities to grow

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

    I have been working at Horn Group full-time

    Pros

    Horn hires smart, good people who do killer work for clients. The Horn way allows you to grow quickly and gain valuable experience doing digital communications for high tech companies. The company culture is creative with a work hard/play hard attitude that pushes people in all the right ways.

    Cons

    Horn embodies an entrepreneurial spirit and has a flat structure where everyone is given opportunities to drive their career; however it is not a good fit for someone who needs a lot of structure or hand holding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Meh

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

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

    Pros

    Horn Group is a great place to grow if you love the tech industry. Great benefits and vacation packages.

    Cons

    - The employees are overworked and the client turnover rate is high. The interest amongst senior leadership is solely revenue, so HG takes on a boatload of clients even though they're far too understaffed to support them. In turn, clients become frustrated and eventually fire the agency. How can a company champion work-life balance, yet pile on 6-7 accounts per person?
    - Those with tenure receive special treatment from the senior leadership and it is made very obvious.
    - Lack of diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take on every new biz opp simply because it adds to your revenue stream. Assess which companies and brands will add growth to your portfolio and will be fun to work with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture and wonderful learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    At Horn you get to work with and learn from a lot of smart people. You have the opportunity to carve your own career path, and they give you the resources to help you achieve your goals along the way. The clients are very interesting and because they are in the tech industry, this allows you to be super creative in your communications efforts. The best part about Horn is the culture - it's a work hard/play hard environment and you get to work with awesome and interesting people who always have your back no matter what.

    Cons

    The company's clientele is constantly growing and sometimes the number of staff doesn't always line up with the number of clients. This can put you on 7 - 8 accounts at times. While this may seem like a lot, Horn provides the right resources to make this as easy on you as possible. Also, you're constantly working in a very fast paced, entrepreneurial environment, so if you're someone who needs a TON of structure, then Horn might not be the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    High turnover, employees overworked

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

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

    Pros

    You will have the opportunity to work with some good clients and get a sense of the new york tech scene. The pay is decent and they have good incentives, such as public transit reimbursement.

    Cons

    The company is completely understaffed yet the management keeps bringing on more clients and puts pressure on the staff to service them, unrealistically. Then the clients fire the agency and the partners blame the staff, rather than taking responsibility, meanwhile they tell each other how great they are because they probably get paid based on numbers. This was an awful experience for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with how people really feel about working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Unstable

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

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

    Pros

    Pleasant working environment, smart people, interesting clients

    Cons

    Did not have job stability, was not very flexible with family-work balance, projects were not very interesting

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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