McGarry Bowen Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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McGarry Bowen CEO John McGarry
John McGarry
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Pros
  • Some very nice people work here (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits and very easy to move up within the company (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Very corporate for an advertising agency, no work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Process becomes compromised because Account Management oftentimes cannot effectively manage client expectations (in 4 reviews)

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  1. I should have stayed

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director of Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director of Technology in New York, NY

    I worked at McGarry Bowen full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big clients, which means people you meet have actually heard of the campaigns you're working on Wellness director runs exercise routines and helps you eat healthy Department heads are approachable and join the team for drinks after work

    Cons

    Big clients also mean a lot of BS to wade through Morale is low and turn-over is high All the normal issues of life in a big agency... I realize now they are universal and mcgarrybowen actually has one of the better cultures

    Advice to Management

    Just keep trying to land a big deal and get the company back on track Listen to what people are saying in the exit interviews


  2. Associate Creative Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGarry Bowen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creative directors honestly and truly want to do great work. Open and honest atmosphere. Great offices.

    Cons

    No clear accountability of management when it comes to helping with career goals and mentorship. Can be clique-ish.

    Advice to Management

    Add more protocols to ensure that talent is happy and advancing appropriately.


  3. Creative Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGarry Bowen

    Pros

    Big Agency. Big Clients. Big Budgets.

    Cons

    Account (not creatively) driven. Conservative Clients.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit the right people.


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  5. Ad Agency with absolutely NO creativity

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at McGarry Bowen

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

    Pros

    - Compensation - Have to enter a minimum of 5 words - unfortunately there are no other pro's to speak of.

    Cons

    - Ultra corporate environment - Absolutely no creative thinking - Too many levels of management - Poor location - The people - Their entire outlook on advertising

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be a creative advertising agency. Spend less resources on people who know business and more on people who are creative and forward thinking


  6. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGarry Bowen

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Casual environment. Nice people and beautiful office!

    Cons

    Long hours. Senior Management doesn't always listen to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't always just say yes to clients!


  7. Helpful (5)

    Disgusted

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGarry Bowen full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I'm still employed at least for now. Tomorrow they're doing the rah rah for us. Food and drinks provided - how about no food or drinks and keep another person???!!!

    Cons

    Just heard an amazing person was laid off. This person's supervisor sits and plays Candy Crush at their desk all day. All I can say is wtf???? Kinda hope I'm next because seems they keep the bad and get rid of the good.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and look at what you're doing!!!!!


  8. great building block for a portfolio..

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Digital Producer in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGarry Bowen full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture, young teams, experienced leadership, frequent happy hours, gorgeous office

    Cons

    Poor account management and sloppy creative on my account.

    Advice to Management

    Build stronger relationship between the clients and the full teams. Too many poorly thought out demands from the clients.


  9. Nice people, good communication

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at McGarry Bowen (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good office environment and IT runs smoothly.

    Cons

    Low rate for contractors and questionable deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Spend a little more.


  10. A great place to work.

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

    I worked at McGarry Bowen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people. Smart, capable and very team-oriented.

    Cons

    A lack of process made resourcing a challenge at times.


  11. A place with a ton of opportunity to learn from others.

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

    I worked at McGarry Bowen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People, Culture, Promotions, Work, Opportunity.

    Cons

    Hours, Location, Time-Off, Compensation, Leadership.



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