Marketing Werks Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Immature and unprofessional office staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Tour Manager
    Former Contractor - Tour Manager

    I worked at Marketing Werks as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    get to travel the US, young work environment

    Cons

    lack 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.

  2. Good Company to work for out of college

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Marketing Werks (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Young Vibrant environment, Open door policy

    Cons

    High Turnover, Not much room for growth

  3. Great Company, Still Needs Improvement

    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Management 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.

    Cons

    In 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 Management

    Instead 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.

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  5. Great company for those recent graduates looking for their first job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Client Service Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Client Service Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 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?

  6. Good company - you get out what you put in

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  7. The corporate culture is very laid-back yet very professional. Working at Marketing Werks was a great experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Intern - Intern in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Marketing Werks as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Extremely friendly office
    -Had contact with higher-ups
    -A learning environment that's fun
    -Professional employees
    -Corporate culture allows creativity with colorful walls, casual dress, office activities and more
    -Helps that the work done with the clients is fun also

    Cons

    -Jersey City office was a bit far of a commute (but they are moving to NYC soon!)

  8. Rewarding Work Experience and Fun Culture

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility
    Creative environment with the ability to work on exciting programs and clients
    Fun and engaging atmosphere

    Cons

    Salary low early on but then evens out
    Work life balance could be better - flexible work hours

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great for getting your foot in the door for marketing

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

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Marketing Werks is well known for hiring full time individuals from contract positions. It is a great way to test who is hard working. MW has also had a pretty substantial amount of growth as a company so the chances of advancement are great. The client service side handles a brunt of the work so you have the opportunity to gain a ton of experience. It is an independently owned company and has a family feel. I personally have been well looked after and am appreciative of my experience.

    Cons

    Just like any agency that specializes in events and experiential, you will work a lot of hours. Because the company doesn't have specialized individuals, you will be tested to find solutions to issues and sometimes budget projections for some line items aren't realistic and you are forced to scramble. Salaries are generally pretty low and because it is an independently owned agency, there are a ton of "politics".

    Advice to Management

    The atmosphere at MW is fun and exciting but you should think seriously about flex hours to fit the nature of the business and help keep employees. Also look to hire specialized individuals vs road crew with limited professional work experience

  10. Marketing Werks

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work for. The culture and people are what makes the company!

    Cons

    compensation could be more competitive

  11. Helpful (2)

    It's losing its luster

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

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Casual attire; fun company events; fun employees; great office location in downtown Chicago; young culture; great for those in need for immediate post-graduation employment (their job requirements are minimal).

    They host occasional 'Day of Fun' events (DOF) that range from bags tournaments, trips to horse tracks and local sports team games.

    If you're outgoing, you'll be a good fit for an internal position. The office is cliquey and if you don't fit in you will have trouble advancing.

    Cons

    Very low compensation when compared to industry averages; long hours requiring large amounts of travel; high stress and under-staffed account teams.

    Most of the junior staffers hired are not experienced or educated in marketing, so it can lead to frustration when trying to complete projects.

    The executive management team hires very conservatively, so be prepared to work long hours and handle a large workload. It will not change as you advance, either. Stress and expectations will only increase exponentially, but compensation does not keep pace with either.

    Advice to Management

    Review compensation packages and get competitive within the industry. Begin to implement flex time to allow internal employees to work from home when returning from long periods of travel.

    Begin to hire targeted, experienced and educated marketing and business professionals, not just folks desperate to land that first job; just because they're cheap and eager doesn't mean that they're a good fit for the work they'll be expected to accomplish.

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