Marketing Werks Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great for 1st or 2nd Years in Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Services in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Services in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Marketing Werks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place if you just graduated from college or are looking to get into the marketing industry. You work on a various amount of tasks across the board.

    Cons

    Grow your base layer and then move on to the numerous other marketing outlets in Chicago. The advancement rate and pay is much higher outside this company and it's good to get out and see how other companies work as you try a build a career.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Hard place to be new or experienced.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Marketing Werks full-time

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

    Pros

    Good first job out of school. Lots of young people and really focused on the culture. Most of the day to day teams are good people who are great to work with. Office space is really cool and conducive to team work.

    Cons

    Not good for seasoned employees. You pretty much have to go on the road if you want to work in client service. Tenure means more than anything and there is tons of upper level drama and favoritism. A number of difficult personalities block any attempt at change or doing new things. Not really creating much new or original, just falling back on past ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Move people around teams more/do rotations so people bring new ideas across the company

  3. Great Company, Very Low Pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful culture, great for anyone just out of school, most everyone is very nice and easy-going, coming to work is fun, you get to keep travel miles and get to book personal hotel and flights (so you can use preferred chains), work can be challenging and fun

    Cons

    Poor day-to-day management, some teams make it easy to get by without doing a lot of work, feels like a high school clique at times, weekend travel with little to no "reset" time or vacation compensation, lots of travel in general, no real sense of urgency until the last minute, enforcement of policy is lacking, very high turnover rate, bonuses that make you feel worse than not getting one at all.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management is absolutely wonderful and very approachable, however day-to-day management needs more training. Marketing Werks wastes a lot of money and time by not properly training manager. Additionally, the company recently implemented Marketing Werks University, but a lot of the classes are not well structured - they should have more structure, be more professional and be mandatory. Once you become an Account Manager, your opportunities for growth and development within the company taper off unless you get moved to a piece of new business to run yourself - this needs to change to keep people around.

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  5. Great Experience and Culture but Very Demanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Marketing Werks as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -learn to understand marketing techniques and why they work
    -first hand work with clients (some of the PPTs and Spreadsheets you make go directly to the clients)
    -great laid back company culture
    -birthdays are awesome
    -alot of free time to do your own thing, but work comes sporadically
    -can listen to music while working
    -most employees are understanding and nice
    -pay is solid for a internship

    Cons

    -Very Demanding with your time
    -full time internship here and you practically have no time for anything else
    -sometimes employees give you work in a rude manner and make it seem like you don't know what you're doing when its them who doesn't delegate their task in a thorough manner
    -Tight schedule if you have school also
    -not guaranteed a full time job
    -must go on road, prior to possibly getting full time job
    -pay sucks for full time employee
    -turnover rate is incredibly high

  6. Good for your resume

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is very laid back and fun. Work attire is basically anything you want to wear. Great location in downtown Chicago. Majority of the employees are young.

    Cons

    The hourly wage for interns is not much, but that could be ok for the interns who are still in school and still getting support from their parents. Pay is barely enough if you are paying for your own rent and other living expenses. Sometimes I feel micro-manged as an intern. You have to work your way up to a full-time job position.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for right after college and stay around 1-2 years there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketing Werks full-time

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

    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

  8. Great experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    MW 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.

  9. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time

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

    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

    Cons

    From 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 Management

    Realize 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.

  10. Student Brand Ambassador

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Brand Ambassador in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Brand Ambassador in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Marketing Werks part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some grassroot events felt pointless

    Advice to Management

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

  11. Fun company but....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Marketing Werks

    Pros

    Has a good atmosphere and culture.

    Cons

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

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