MRY Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Marketing and Event Intern

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Events Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing and Events Intern in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MRY (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Manager was very motivating and it was exciting to host fun events with friends on-campus.

    Cons

    Stipend pay was earned as a lump sum at the end if we hit targets. This was very motivating to hit, but could be difficult for some college students if they fell short and are on a tight budget. I understand where management is coming from though- you really get out of this job what you put into it and the top performers rake in the cash at the end!

    Advice to Management

    Keep making the job exciting for the students! We loved working with our manager and having skype meetings every week.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Working at MRY

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many Benefits and perks! plus their own barista and HR really cares and takes care of people here

    Cons

    theres no set time/limit to the hours or projects you work on

    Advice to Management

    take note of training people more and doing more promotions especially from within


  3. Helpful (2)

    Smoke and mirrors

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people work here. I built some great friendships and was able to build my network.

    Cons

    -Client driven creative -Agency takes big name clients for small budgets to build up portfolio -Hiring freeze, promotions freeze and freeze on raise -Empty promises from management -Management tries to hide problems by offering minimal benefits like an extra $100 of spending money and delayed start on Monday's in the summer

    Advice to Management

    Stop using your talented employees. Many people deserve their raises or promotions, or they will run.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Rough Stretch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MRY full-time

    Pros

    So many, fun, smart, and hardworking people. Working at MRY you genuinely become friends with your coworkers. The laid back environment helps curb some of the stress too, with a lot of PTO, flexibility if you need to work remotely, and summer Fridays.

    Cons

    Low pay, even by industry standards. After a while it's hard not to feel like you're being taken advantage of. Perks like coffee, snacks, and late Monday starts are nice, but they can't take the place of a raise, especially when you've worked hard and feel that you deserve one. Lots of finger pointing at Publicis, but after a while you get tired of hearing it.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees or else there won't be anyone left.


  6. Best experience! I miss them!

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    Former Employee - Spotify Campus Influencer in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Spotify Campus Influencer in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MRY (More than a year)

    Pros

    *Large network of people you are exposed to *Chance to really grow as a marketer

    Cons

    Delays were present in communication.


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    Swimming Upstream

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There is so much to like working here, from the perks like paid health insurance (soon to be a thing of the past), a full time barista to service all you caffeine addicts, weekly beer fridge, working with a portfolio of clients with great name recognition, to the amazing people who you'll end up becoming great friends with. There's a lot of potential here for this place to be an amazing force within the industry, but a lot needs to change.

    Cons

    For a creative agency the majority of the creative is mediocre at best, with ideas seeming to be recycled from more successful and innovative work at other agencies. There is also a strong lack of leadership among senior staff members, at times it seems like everyone has just given up, which affects the morale of the staff. Every year, it seems that the organization is delayed on giving promotions and raises, yet seems to have enough money to throw at parties that are supposed to boost morale, but end up aggravating people by making them think that "as long as we're drunk, no one will care that we're not advancing in our careers." Turnover is high, even for an agency, and there seems to be no rush to try to retain top talent before they're forced to start looking for somewhere else to take their skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! People are miserable and underpaid, at least acknowledge that fact as opposed to brushing it under the rug and giving weird perks like "Summer Mondays." Also fix the San Fransisco office, people migrate West, and are gone in 3-6 months. That should be a sign that something isn't working like it should. Champion everyone, not just the creative department. When you're just left with an agency full of creatives, there's no one to execute the actual work.


  8. Helpful (3)

    At best, a bad agency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MRY full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    MRY is great for a first agency due to the fact that it does count some household names in it's client roster. For someone fresh out of school or looking to break into the agency world, it is a great resume builder. The MRY office is SUPER nice. The emphasis on binge drinking and partying at the agency is great you love partying hard. MRY has some really talented people working there and some of them are super kind.

    Cons

    Where to start... Morale at the agency is absent. The main topic of conversation between employees is when they are moving on. Work/life balance at MRY is a complete joke. Due to lack of management oversight, half the agency works half days because no one knows what they do, while the other half works until 11pm every night and weekends. The agency has trouble convincing clients to pay for work, so the agency will do work out of scope, and then tell the lower level employees that their jobs may be jeopardy because they aren't working on enough billable work. Accountability, growth, and culture, is completely missing from MRY due to the high attrition rate. Due to the fact that MRY has been bought, sold, and stripped for parts five times in the last three years, no one at MRY (especially management) seems to know what is going on. Each year, employees are told that, due to the ownership group that owns MRY, no one will be receiving raises or promotions. This is obviously disheartening -- especially when MRY will continue to throw lavish parties and pump money into paid advertising to promote itself and it's executives' pet projects. Management openly says "if you want more money here, the only way you're getting it is by going out and getting a competing offer from another agency" Management openly complains that the company is directionless and says that they will be leaving ASAP. There is a real feeling that once MRY was purchased, the top brass at the company stopped caring about the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Top management needs to refocus on MRY, or quit. Simply staying around because it's a paycheck has a significant negative impact on employees. Management should begin figuring out who is an asset to the agency and who is a liability -- many managers and department heads are widely regarded as useless but kept around because no one cares enough to fire people.


  9. Amazing group of talented people

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    Former Employee - Creative in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MRY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone at MRY has an intense passion for what they do and they want to have a good time doing it. They are constantly concerned about keeping the culture of the agency exciting and innovative. There are not a lot of big egos here, people are down-to-earth and truly friendly.

    Cons

    Work/life balance was rough on certain clients. There were a lot of late nights and weekends to uphold impossible deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all departments are properly staffed to handle the large amounts of work. Train account managers on when they can push back on a client's impossible demands.


  10. Great Growth Potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team camaraderie and upper management is down to earth, yet focused on results.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can sometimes be non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention so that great staff members aren't burnt out too quickly.


  11. Incredible company and culture.

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

    I worked at MRY full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In-house coffee house and barista Best-in-class benefits, including unlimited PTO Passionate workforce: work hard, play hard Many opportunities for growth for the motivated Fun ad agency perks: Beer Thursdays, Summer Fridays, etc.

    Cons

    Can be very long hours, depending on client Decidedly more "corporate" since Publicis takeover - get ready for many unnecessary meetings

    Advice to Management

    Stronger focus on the work output



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