Marketing Architects Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Started out great, devolved into a degrading daily experience and limited career path

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent strategic, tactical and collaborative approach to testing and proving ROI positive direct marketing campaigns. Smart people and smart systems. Internally highly integrated. Glad to see the CEO recently responded to one of the reviews posted here. That's healthy. I challenge him to respond to this review as well, and to take its recommendations seriously.

    Cons

    Profoundly insular, risk averse, paranoid senior management. Same team that once innovated and strived to be a "Good To Great" culture collapsed into a deeply suspicious (of their own people and their clients) group of germaphobes (if you touched something on their desk it was promptly tossed into the garbage). Extreme micro-management on steroids. It was like working for a team of Howard Hughes clones ... smart but completely delusional. Executive Management Team believed only their own advice to themselves. All employees calls/emails are monitored. Reviews based more on perception than actual data/facts. Constant re-orgs killing off any positive momentum. CEO would create huge company culture shifts every time he read a new business book, or if just one consultant offered him a different perspective. I could go on. This barely scratches the surface.

    Advice to Management

    Let the smart people you hired do their jobs. Praise their success and don't work behind the scenes to undermine their role and their confidence. Return their loyalty with yours. BE CONSISTENT, and stop the never ending, counterproductive re-orgs. CEO should stick to ZoomWorx "O&O" product development and NOT interfere with the account management teams, leadership, or other advertiser-client facing aspects of the business.

    Marketing Architects Response

    Apr 29, 2015 – CEO

    Personally, I think it’s healthy to leave a business you don’t believe in. I’ve done that twice in my career. Great companies are polarizing to work at. I know of great companies in this town that if ... More


  2. Management caused a lot of issues among their teams

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

    I worked at Marketing Architects full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Pretty good about going after a vision

    Cons

    No flexibility and employee morale was extremely low. Very top down company. Office politics was always a problem. No team building opportunities, ever. And never got a formal review or exit interview. They're business model isn't very easy to understand or follow

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff. Whether you knew it or not, employees weren't always happy and often feared for losing their job.


  3. Helpful (4)

    This place is frustrating and ridiculous

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Marketing Architects full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well, there WAS free lunch and cookies...until they took that away.

    Cons

    Nothing ever gets done. People won't make decisions even when the evidence is staring them in the face.

    Marketing Architects Response

    Mar 4, 2015 – CEO

    Do be fair, your perception is what it is, and I can't change that. What I don't see offered in response (so doing it here) is the more common concern I hear for how fast we actually work, change ... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Different even surreal at times.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. The fact that the company prides itself on being at the cutting edge of technology is admirable.

    Cons

    Overly controlling and distrusting. Too many rungs on the decision making ladder even after "flattening management".


  6. Helpful (3)

    Too many directions, not enough attention to the issues that really matter.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Marketing Architects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There is such a exhaustive interview process and so many candidates interviewed that you ended up working with great people-- Those career connections will last a lifetime because of a shared experience. Appearances do have an impact, but focusing only appearances can by both a blessing and a curse.

    Cons

    MA's EMT is held hostage by a micro-managing owner/CEO, and is therefore unwilling or unable to leverage organic (bottom-up) thought leadership or growth. The current environment at MA stifles professional growth, suffocates any semblance of culture and destroys any hope of truly having innovation be the driving force of your company.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees to think for themselves, instead of complying with the EMT's spastic ideas and reactions based on their own insufficiencies. Get out of the weeds. Segment your target audiences, not your resources. Growth does not come from hiring more people to take on internal (sometimes downright meaningless) projects. Focus on your core compentencies and explore where you need to be stronger. . Get known for being a thought leader in a few key areas of your industry. Stop trying to be everything to everyone.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Great pay and benefits but uniquely strange environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Marketing Architects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay including bonus. Free lunch, beverages and snacks. Modern, high-tech environment. Overall, co-workers were great and highly competent.

    Cons

    Management is very distrusting of employees. Things were very strict and everyone was watched like a hawk. You are expected to devote yourself beyond a reasonable amount to the company. Nights, weekends... sacrifice your personal life and family for the good of the company on a regular basis. For those that love this, the environment is very cult-like. It was a very odd culture at times.


  8. Helpful (2)

    It was ok, I liked my co-workers

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

    I worked at Marketing Architects full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with. At the time, the company provided free lunch which was a great perk.

    Cons

    They expected you to work an extended work schedule. It was hard to achieve work/life/balance, which is why I left.



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