Jasculca/Terman Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Account Assistant

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman as an intern

    Pros

    - Either though you do grunt work, interns get to work on unique projects that you won't get to anywhere else. JT has cultivated strong relationships with the Mayor's and Governor's office, so that's always good for a few cool political events. - Experienced staff - If you have a good group of fellow interns, you can bear the tedious work

    Cons

    - Tedious work (stuffing envelopes, creating spreadsheets, etc.) - Penny pinchers - No guidance from middle management. I received more one-on-one time with and guidance from senior staff vs those who were my direct supervisor

    Advice to Management

    Get middle management (AEs, SAEs) more involved with the interns and have them provide guidance, rather than just setting them loose with no direction.


  2. Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good experience right out of school that I can still reference on my resume years later.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay and very long hours. There is a lot of disfunction and too much work for too little staff.


  3. JT has been great agency experience giving interns the chance to lead projects and pitches instead of just supporting.

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    Current Intern - Account Assistant () in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Account Assistant () in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jasculca/Terman as an intern

    Pros

    Casual dress, young office, relaxed atmosphere with no micromanaging, support in job searches

    Cons

    Fewer writing assignments, no job guarantee


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  5. Not a great place to work. Don't stay longer than a year.

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    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -As an intern (AA) you get a lot of great experience. -They are really flexible with time off. -As a JAE you get a lot of client-facing time and really learn on the fly how to deal with difficult clients.

    Cons

    -Pay is horrible. I actually don't know how people live on what they pay. -Office culture is non-existent. People stay in their offices and do not mentor younger staffers at all. -You will not be appreciated for the long hours your work. -I actually left feeling depressed. It just isn't a fun place to work and people seem to hate their lives there. -Everyone who works there has been there forever. That means there is no new blood and their tactics and campaigns are kind of stale. -They do not hire AAs at all. Work as hard as you want, but they will not hire you. -You are often thrown into difficult situations with no guidance. You need to be smart on your own, don't expect senior support.

    Advice to Management

    -Hire people! You need to hire young and experienced people. PR is changing rapidly and your whole staff only has experience at JT. You need to hire people outside of your bubble to continue to grow. -Revamp your "HR department." Basically no one knows what the rules are. Employees have no idea what their benefits are because they aren't clearly laid out or respected by management. Plus, there is really no one to go to with complaints of any kind which makes working at JT stressful and unsatisfying -Provide some formal training to your staff. There is no new learning going on within JT. People need training on new tactics and PR tools.


  6. JT - It's a place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman full-time

    Pros

    -Opportunity to work on a diverse corporate, utility, not-for-profit and government sector clients -Large percentage of business is campaign-focused, meaning there is significant client-turnover and opportunity to work on new projects -Much is expected of account staff, which means individuals rarely get pigeonholed into a particular skillset -Generally very flexible with time off -Staff is generally very bright

    Cons

    -Blatant nepotism fosters sometimes toxic cynicism among staff whose last name is not on the letterhead -Pay is WELL below industry standards -All staff expected to make themselves available to work events on nights and weekends without overtime compensation


  7. Great experience and exposure; toxic environment.

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    Former Intern - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to many different types of tasks and important clients. Great variety, pretty exciting. Good experience - they really train you to work for difficult clients and people.

    Cons

    Crying-in-your-milk, soul-sucking depression. Practically a sweatshop - they tell you up front when you interview for an account assistant (intern) position that you probably wont get hired after your three months is up. The only way to even consider getting hired on is to start as an intern. Rampant favoritism and nepotism, although the CEO's son is pretty cool.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some decent account assistants and pay them a living wage instead of cycling through and staggering several dozen every three months.


  8. Nice way to start a PR career

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    Former Intern - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Opportunity to work very unique and interesting events. Management takes time to speak with you about the internship program.

    Cons

    Will work a minimum of 50 Hour weeks It's very hard to get a permanent position

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities for account assistants to grow.


  9. Great exposure if you're interested in public affairs work.

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    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Senior staff knows their stuff -You'll meet and make great connections if you're smart and savvy about getting in good with the right people. -The staff is ethical and creative with their clients' needs, no shifty PR stunts and coverups at this firm. -Great place to work and move on after 2 years -Good balance of old and young staffers

    Cons

    -Pay is well below industry average -If you don't like working with people who LIVE for cliques, don't work here -Knowing someone (as opposed to performance) will get you promoted faster than doing a great job -Some of the middle managers are borderline obsessive with their 24-hr schedules and they expect the same from you. Forget having a life that doesn't revolve around JT. -If you have an issue with your direct manager, good-luck finding an empathetic or impartial ear.

    Advice to Management

    Give more attention to a HUMAN RESOURCES department and hiring middle managers who will manage well... There's a huge lack of people-management skills in middle management. There have been plenty of staffers who start off great but eventually leave the firm because their Sr. AE was a problem.


  10. Helpful (2)

    sweat shop

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    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an ok company to work for, I guess. If you can't get a job anywhere, work here. You get free coffee, but don't you get that everywhere?

    Cons

    It's very liberal. They is a lot of politics going on.....everyone has favorites. Watch out. This place will take your soul.

    Advice to Management

    This is an ok company to work for, I guess. If you can't get a job anywhere, work here. You get free coffee, but don't you get that everywhere?


  11. Helpful (3)

    A place to work at in passing

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The principles are great at their craft. - Very Flexible with time off - A couple good middle managers (VP's) - You get to do a lot of high level message development for a diverse list of clients

    Cons

    - HORRIBLY Underpaid - Impossible to move up in the company unless you know or are related to one of the principals - Staff is overworked, too many clients for current staff - Getting stuck working events (regardless of whether you are on that team or not) without getting paid overtime - Office culture is extremely poor. Most people openly admit hating their job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are actually qualified to do the job, and not simply because they have a connection to the firm. Then invest some money in your workforce. Hire some Jr. Account Executives so that your staff doesn't have to rely on unerpaid, untrained, unqualified interns. Its a shame, JT could be a great place to get some real impressive work experience, but as it stands, I wouldn't suggest anyone work there.



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