Marketing Werks
2.9 of 5 60 reviews
www.marketingwerks.com Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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Marketing Werks Co-CEO Scott Moller & Julia Guida

Scott Moller & Julia Guida

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great place if you just graduated from college or are looking to get into the marketing industry"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The work environment is very laid back and fun"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "You have to work your way up to a full-time job position"
    in 7 reviews
  • "its a tough business and sometimes work life balance is hard to achieve"
    in 4 reviews
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    Great company to work for right after college and stay around 1-2 years there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Majority of people who work there are young, right out of college
    - Depending on program you work for, you can get management experience early on
    - Company is located in a great location, right downtown in Chicago
    - Will be able to travel a lot for events

    Cons- Work and Life balance isn't there - very stressful work hours and not enough free time
    - Compensation is low compared to similar agencies

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThey have some great clients and the company culture is awesome. As an intern, you will learn a lot about how to work with a major client and be able to experience agency work. Ability to look into other programs and even work events.

    ConsMW is very last minute in notifying you about anything, take quite some time to get a response. Moving up to a full time MW employee takes quite some time, field experience during their tours is a requirement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get out before it is too late......

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Fun atmosphere
    -Good clients
    -Great 1st job out of college
    -Learn a lot when you are an ACC, AC & SAC
    -If you are lucky to have a good manager, you WILL learn a lot from him/her
    -They hire a lot of pretty people

    ConsFrom your first day working there, management basically "hand picks" who they will help to succeed and advance in the company. If you are not one of the "chosen" ones, you will have to fight tooth and nail for everything. You will get promoted if you "besties" with your manager or do a lot of brown nosing to the proper people otherwise forget it. Learn what you can early so you can get out and apply your learnings at another company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that there are a lot of people that are VERY unhappy working for you. Listen to your employees instead of sitting in your ivory towers pretending everything is fine and dandy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Student Brand Ambassador (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsMake your own schedule
    Work independently
    Pretty relaxed environment
    Communication between schools and managers in Chicago was pretty good

    ConsSome grassroot events felt pointless

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive some more creative ways to put on events besides walking around school campus and setting up in the union, it got a bit monotonous

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun company but....

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHas a good atmosphere and culture.

    ConsCo-workers are like high school cliques, not enough work

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    Good Company to work for out of college

    IT Specialist (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsYoung Vibrant environment, Open door policy

    ConsHigh Turnover, Not much room for growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Immature and unprofessional office staff

    Tour Manager (Former Employee)

    Prosget to travel the US, young work environment

    Conslack of understanding from office team, unrealistic goals, not treated like the adult you are, overwork you all they can, never can have a "real" day off, too much office politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company, Still Needs Improvement

    Client Services (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsManagement is available to answer any and all questions you may have. Owners walk the halls just like everyone else.
    The atmosphere is amazing, but can be to casual at times.
    They entrust you with real projects and work. You do more than just print, bind, and make phone calls. You get the work on projects that make an immediate impact on the organization, client, and team you work on.
    At MW, if you want to take on responsibilities, they will not fear away from giving you those responsibilities.
    You get to work directly with the clients via meetings, and calls.
    With such a fun culture, you get to participate in all company events like Halloween parties, company athletics, DOF (Day/Director of Fun), and many other events.

    Oh, and did I mention that they work with some pretty awesome clients?!
    - Verizon
    - NFL
    - Bridgestone
    - Pretty Muddy
    - Isis
    - Air National Guard
    - Playstation
    - NHL
    - Walgreens
    - Chase
    - IndyCar
    - LEGO, and more!

    You get a mentor when you arrive to show you the ropes and then you will eventually get a new mentor more on your team who will work to help you organize your work as well as help answer questions you may have.

    ConsIn order to work in the office full-time you MUST go on tour. They will likely not hire you full-time if you do not have road experience. When you near the end of you contract it is more of a waiting game to see if their are any tours to go on.

    Lack of compensation
    Long work hours (they are working on this)
    Pay is not competitive for the industry
    Minimal room for strong growth within the company
    High turnover rate at low-level positions (AAC, AC, SAC) due to lack for high level growth
    Agency seems to have flatlined with regards to overall growth. Few New business deals are being made, and when they are, they are not a new client, but a new project for an existing client, therefore no new hires will be brought in.

    Just because you put in a ton of work and effort, does not mean they will hire you in the future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of having intern-road-office hiring process which allows for someone to gain experience and then level for better pay doing the same type of job, start a management trainee program separate from the internship or as a post-internship opportunity. This will allow for ACs to have real management experience in stead of simply being a road MM or BA. THis position should also have a good benefits package and be full-time. That is a great way to keep employees!

    Communicate opportunities for growth better.
    Give feedback on a regular basis
    Work to integrate new staff into the organization, not necessarily just staff you have history with.
    Keep to fun atmosphere, but make sure goals are met
    Work to better communicate with the little fish, not just the big fish.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company for those recent graduates looking for their first job

    Client Service Intern (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Pros- Laid back organizational culture
    - Day-to-day tasks are flexible and vary
    - Attire is casual
    - Performance matters as you may have the opportunity to travel as a brand ambassador
    - Majority of employees are young and friendly
    - You learn essential things that you will use if you are able to stay with the company or elsewhere
    - Company parties and events are enjoyable. If you put your time into getting involved and participating, you'll get the most out of it.
    - Paid internship, full time, good hours
    - HR does a good job trying to expand your time here through extended internships, on the road opportunities, or networking elsewhere.
    - Overall a great learning experience and great insight look into the agency life.

    Cons- Involvement/work in your programs are limited
    - Internships do not lead directly into a full time position. Unless you are able to gain on the road experience (99% of employees have been on the road), do not count on having a full time position afterwards.
    - Expected as an intern to assist in administrative duties (receptionist, etc.) and do miscellaneous office tasks such as Kitchen/Office duty
    - Senior management rely on interns A LOT to do small tasks that they otherwise do not have the time or energy to do so.
    - Senior management sometimes look down on you and are not friendly because of your 'intern' status (I have personally experienced this). Or they think they are being sarcastic when in fact it just looks like they are mean.
    - Culture is somewhat cliquey, but manageable.
    - Some days you are extremely busy; other days you are bored out of your mind.

    Advice to Senior Management-Allow your program interns to flourish by delegating responsibilities that will challenge them, such as being responsible for road teams - things that we will eventually have to be responsible for
    - Do not allow this great company to become segregated and cliquey.
    -While some reviews tell upper management to hire experienced and specialized employees, continue to hire interns to allow them to gain insight and experience, and help them grow by giving us the opportunity to go on the road. How else will we grow as professionals if you don't give us that chance?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company - you get out what you put in

    Senior Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsLots of learning opportunities, management helps to succeed, thorough review process, GREAT place to get your feet wet for your first 1-3 years in agency work, many fun team-oriented OR solo travel opportunities

    ConsThings move very fast and work distribution is inconsistent (you are either really busy, or there's not much to do)

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through is key in establishing trust in a rapidly growing company. Mean what you say, say what you mean and follow up consistently.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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