JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO

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JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place where things actually happen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There's no one quite like John. He's a mix of the most brilliant person you've ever met mixed with a complexness and mastery of the ad game. The DNA within the company reflects this. It's part of start-up, part studio and part-agency. The mixed roles require a lot of hat wearing, but there's nothing that the teams don't turn down. It's ambitious. And it's really going places. If you have the gumption to do something different with some incredible folks that challenge you everyday, this is the place to do it in. I enjoyed my time here immensely with the JMS family.

    Cons

    Lots of work. But it's meaningful and a great place to challenge yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earn trust and you'll be guaranteed loyalty. There are no games here. Just genuine folks doing something fun and different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic environment, lacking structure

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO

    Pros

    This can be a great entry way into a career in design, video production, strategy and project management with lots of opportunity to build experience. Coworkers are inspiring to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    The social environment at the studio is disjointed, which promotes a lot of miscommunication. It really depends on which department you are in, but on the whole, there are some serious kinks in the iron that make things more stressful than they need to be. Staff is stretched thin in all departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Challenging and rewarding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO full-time

    Pros

    Unique and creative environment. Many great benefits. You learn alot.

    Cons

    When they run out of wine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Creative and positive atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Animator in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Animator in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of my coworkers were super helpful and constructive during my time here. Even though it was crunch time, we were given much creative input in the project.

    Cons

    When trying a new kind of project that the company hasn't done before, it would be great if they could do some more research on the pipeline aspect so there isn't so much wasted time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    lots of fun but lots of chaos

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    Former Employee - Contract in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Contract in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great workplace where they really know how to keep you happy. They like to make sure everything is provided for you. Not that pretty from the outside but the inside is gorgeous.

    Cons

    Management is a little crazy. Sometimes there's just too many managers and you just don't know what to do because everyone is telling you to do something different. And it ends up being a lot of over time and late nights due to bad time management for products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Amazing creative shop dedicated to innovative and exciting creative

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    Former Employee - Strategic Planner in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small shop, with smart creative people and involved management.
    Young team of designers and UX people who know their stuff. Strong bond between employees and management. Opportunity to innovate and grow your role.

    Cons

    Not the easiest location to get to in Berkeley if commuting from SF on public transport.
    Be aware that commitment is expected in the form of hours invested. This will be rewarded however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for delegation and trust employees to own work more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs to improve operation

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    Former Employee - Developer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Talented colleagues keep the working environment interesting.

    Cons

    Primary clientes are disorganized, causing crazy working hours for creatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company operation needs to be improved. And heads of all departments should have better communication within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JOHN MCNEIL STUDIO

    Pros

    Beautiful environment, fun and talented co-workers, great coffee and kitchen treats, dog-friendly.

    Cons

    Upper management oblivious about running a business, spread too thin. No proper staff management, account management, or project management. No onboarding process, it's sink or swim. No proper briefing of new projects, creatives are expected to follow orders blindly and work extremely long hours for low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your staff's abilities to do their jobs, don't micromanage.

    Doesn't Recommend

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