Marketing Werks

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Marketing Werks Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
65 Reviews
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Pros
  • I learned a lot while I was at Marketing Werks (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place if you just graduated from college or are looking to get into the marketing industry (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • its a tough business and sometimes work life balance is hard to achieve (in 5 reviews)

  • You have to work your way up to a full-time job position (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Invaluable experience, but low salary and morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketing Werks

    Pros

    Experience
    Client portfolio
    Travel
    Casual work environment
    Flexibility with working from home

    Cons

    Salaries low relative to industry standards
    New ownership has led to change in corporate direction
    Corporate culture and morale has declined over the years
    Hires many young inexperienced employees which it can pay low salaries to - Once employees spend a 1-3 years with the company gaining experience, they often take their skills and talent to an agency offering more competitive salaries
    Innovation relative to larger competitors has remained a bit stagnant
    Disconnect between departments leads to under-utilized resources and a lack of cohesiveness between high level management and lower level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain employees who have built valuable client relationships over the years by focusing efforts on increasing salaries across the board instead of constantly hiring new employees. Over the long term, this strategy will be cost effective by retaining the client base who have been disappointed in constant turnover in recent years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn a lot as an intern

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marketing Werks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is so fun and everyone is really nice. I was surprised to find out that everyone in this office is so young, but it is refreshing to see young, motivated individuals like myself handling their business. This is a great place to intern/work if you just graduated from college or are still in college like I was when I did this internship. The turnover rate from intern to full time employee is really high, so there's opportunity for advancement in that aspect.

    You can dress casual every day, so there's no pressure to go out and buy expensive business clothes. I worked with a smaller team on a program for one of the company's major clients, I liked it a lot because it's not the type of internship where you're going on coffee runs and filing paperwork. The work I did was very diverse, so I was never doing the same thing every day. I also loved it because my managers acted more as mentors than bosses; they took the time to explain everything to me and made sure I was comprehending. They also gave me a lot of opportunities to apply what I've been learning, and when I made a mistake they never reprimanded me, but took time to help me work through the problem step by step. They also gave me multiple opportunities to work at additional events happening around the area so I could make some extra money.

    They make a very big effort to keep things lively and fun for their employees because working 9-5 everyday can become mundane. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here at MW and I would recommend this job to anyone who is interested in learning about experiential/event marketing.

    Cons

    -Interns don't get to travel
    -Communication between some of the different client service programs could be stronger

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you should take your interns with you to at least one major event. My managers gave me the rare opportunity to travel with them to a huge event our client sponsors every year and I learned so much! It made my work easier when I came back to the office because I had a better picture of how things worked on the event site, and everything I was learning just made so much more sense. Being able to go to that event with my managers was definitely one of my biggest takeaways from this entire internship and I learned the most from that experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Mediocre At Best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketing Werks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Young, fun environment and a nice office location. Potential to work with great people, but definitely depends on your team. Great opportunity to work with big name clients.

    Cons

    Oddly cliquey and not professional in many ways. Hard work is sometimes noticed, but a lot of the times overlooked. Compensation is terrible. Very behind on anything digital and disorganized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Los Angeles - Marketing Werks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketing Werks

    Pros

    Very fun and relax working environment

    Cons

    minimal motivation from higher ups, no goals, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Rich history and great people, ownership change and resulting leadership change make for an uncertain future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marketing Werks

    Pros

    - There are still great people here
     - Accumulating great tools and new capabilities
     - Enough of the culture remains to positively influence the work
     - Definitely now a player in the big leagues
     - Tons of new business should give great opportunities for advancement
     - Talented new employees coming in at high levels

    Cons

    - High turnover, particularly at key positions by long-time leaders
     - Uncertain identity
     - Demanding schedule
     - Many higher-level positions being created, but given to people outside the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ok job but not a career

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    Current Employee - FiOS Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - FiOS Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Pay but you work for every penny!

    Cons

    Employees worked to death while management works part time hours. Hr is a mess! Pay is always wrong and it's a nightmare to get it corrected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketing Werks

    Pros

    I created my own schedule.

    Cons

    Not much communication with employees.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    For a young agency, it's not very open minded.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketing Werks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location in the Loop. That's about it.

    Cons

    -They claim to be a very open minded agency that welcomes everyone. Except if you're gay. Everyone in this agency acts like they're still in College (no matter the level), they are all in their own "clicks" and the homophobic jokes come left and right. After working for years here, no one likes to know that someone is gay. And if they do, there's all sorts of gossip around it. I wouldn't recommend anyone that's openly gay to apply here. During their "Poetry Party", I experienced a lot of "gay jokes" that were straight out inappropriate.
    -If you're not a heavy drinker, you're judged as not being a team player. The upper management plans Days of Fun and parties where everyone's goal is to get completely wasted. And if you don't take part, it's taken against you.
    -Compensation is not even a topic for discussion. You get what you get and if you don't like it there's no room for negotiation; salary rises were a joke after Crossmark acquired them. It was the perfect excuse to tell everyone they have their hands tied by Crossmark. The best thing is to see client budgets where account management is billed at 10 times what someone in the agency really makes.
    -Personal time doesn't exist. You need to be available all day, every day.
    -The "great things" they've implement are: working from home (when your manager thinks it's appropriate) and Summer Fridays. The agency closes at 1, except if you have client meetings, if your team or boss needs you or if there's anything pressing; so don't even think about making plans, something may come up last minute. I would rather have 2 official days off every summer than their so called half days where you still have to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP treating everyone like they're kids. The Company is a high school because it starts that way from the top.
    STOP overworking people. You have a lot of staff that sits on their desks all day on their Facebook pages. While others have to work 15 hour days.
    START being honest about what changes are coming.
    START compensating your employees the way they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lackluster

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketing Werks

    Pros

    - Some managers genuinely seem to care about their direct reports

    Cons

    - Client teams have final say over everything
    - Seniority based on tenure is unfortunately held in very high regard
    - Absolutely ZERO work/life balance. You are expected to be available at all times even if they don't flat out say that you are

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to get your foot in the door after school and a great look at the agency life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Service Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Service Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marketing Werks as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company has some really cool and well known clients and the company culture is very social. I've learned a lot as an intern in my first couple months and I really enjoy working with my team. Even though you may be mainly working for one client, as an intern, the company allows you to occasionally help with other team projects so you can get a better idea of what you would like to work on in the future.

    Cons

    It seems that some important things have been a bit unorganized in terms of the On-boarding (hiring process).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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