Masterminds Advertising

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Masterminds Advertising Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Young, hungry creative shop.

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

    I have been working at Masterminds Advertising full-time

    Pros

    New office in Philly is really kicking butt. Watch out for these guys, they are going to be big. They recently hired a bunch of new talent and won some new accounts. They are turning out better work than ever.

    Cons

    Like any company that is in expansion mode, there are some growing pains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Haha - No.

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

    I worked at Masterminds Advertising

    Pros

    Well, it's 'advertising' shop in the city, so at least there are a ton of great lunch spots within walking distance. They also have a Kegerator, wood, and bathrooms...sort of.

    Cons

    Constant mismanagement of talent. Poor office communication. Poor client relations. Have advice on how to improve daily work flow - No one cares, keep your head down and follow the rest off the cliff.

    If your late in your career and want a place to veg out with copious amounts of stress, give this place a chance. If you're a Young Hungry Creative, treat yourself better and get your training and first couple years elsewhere. This place is like twilight zone meets bizarro world, and I don't mean in the good 'Tim & Eric' sort of way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees, or enjoy the imminent exodus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This company is a huge disappointment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    Current Employee - Creative in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

    I have been working at Masterminds Advertising full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Masterminds employs a lot of young talented people who treat each other well. Flexible start times, free coffee, meals after hours.

    Cons

    The company unfortunately has no leadership, so the young talent is wasted. There is no job security or loyalty. Management would rather hire - train - layoff - hire - train - layoff, and so on, than build a solid, experienced team. Morale is desperately low. Clients are continually firing us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold yourselves accountable for your job responsibilities. Stop laying off the people who are doing the work and start looking inward. The powers that be should be pounding the pavement networking and getting new business and if they aren't than they should be the ones who are replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper management didn't have a clue...

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

    I worked at Masterminds Advertising full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice and warm in the winter and cool in the summer with not much going for it in between. The bathrooms were always clean and the parking was free.

    Cons

    Overbearing account executives were always backed by management so the creative process suffered. True groundbreaking ideas from any source were rarely accepted. Talented people never lasted long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to working in the casinos. That's where your talents will be appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Starts out promising, but mostly smoke and mirrors..

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

    I worked at Masterminds Advertising

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, free 1/2 cup of coffee a day, sometimes free soda, free water (but must bring your own cup!), most of the time electricity is on.

    Cons

    Expects more work then a normal 40-50 hour work week, which is normal and would be OK here if there were any type of competent workflow. Management expects you to keep track of your every 15 minutes via a web program that works only half the time. Used to have great computer support, but now has one of the top execs son trying to fix things with the help of some dingy outside computer support place (good luck keeping your files and computer). Management promotes themselves as being internet 'savy' to their clients, but they are not, be prepared to do a lot of double talk to clients about this. Expect to be frowned upon when requesting any time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what you were good at, non-internet related advertising. Stop this hiring of top execs relatives in place of professionals. Take the cue from other top agencies and be honest to your clients. Completely replace your financial department with real MBA professionals. Give your employees more then just free water if they bring in a cup on a daily basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A nonentity in the Philly/SJ landscape of ad agencies.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

    I worked at Masterminds Advertising

    Pros

    Steady paycheck for about 6 months before you get laid off.

    Cons

    Company has suffered a brain drain over the last 10 years, allowing all the great creative talent (that could have taken them to the next level they want to be at now) to either leave or actually laid them off. A place where accountants have more say over creative than the CD/AD, and the designated leads in the creative department are inept & pompous, with absolutely zero relevant work to show for themselves in which to have their respective titles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice won't help.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in the past.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

    I worked at Masterminds Advertising

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, casual work environment, free coffee.

    Cons

    The management has little or no knowledge of the digital age, they are satisfied with staying in the print world and traditional agency work. They do not fully understand the digital age, the internet and how to educate/guide their staff to keep up with current times. The creative staff is way behind in understanding how to design and plan for the internet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some real digitally focused people in management roles to get you into the 2000's. You are nieve to think that you can be social media marketers when you don't fully understand all forms of digital media and how to offer, build, develop and plan for them. Send your creative people to actual classes to learn current and emerging technologies.

    Doesn't Recommend

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