Moxie Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  • They have added great things like treat Tuesdays and Free Lunch Fridays that really make employees feel appreciated (in 18 reviews)

  • Great benefits and time off policies (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Today senior management seems intent on replacing the last vestiges of 'good' employees with their own useless cronies (in 9 reviews)

  • High-turnover; low moral; crappy client work (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great Internship!

    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Moxie as an intern

    Pros

    The 10 week internship was an amazing experience to really understand the ins and outs of agency life. My team was so informative and allowed me to do real meaningful work everyday!

    Cons

    None! This was a great internship to have if you're looking to go into advertising!


  2. Weak middle and upper management teams

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

    I have been working at Moxie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They hire great designers, writers and art directors. Future Experiences and Unit 3C teams are very unique and inspiring. Free lunch on Fridays. Happy beer on Fridays. Really care about diversity in thinking. Not a "boy's club".

    Cons

    Overall, they hire great talent. But in the 1.5 years I've been here, middle and upper management has shifted, broken promises and dropped the ball consistently. They tell you to come find them when you have an issue, but then tell at you when you do because you "broke process". They love having a million ACDs on every account but only have 4 FT copywriters total in their Atlanta/NYC offices. I really hope they get it together soon. Staffing is always an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Really make sure you have the right people doing the right work. And have the appropriate number of people on each account.


  3. Helpful (2)

    mixed bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Moxie full-time

    Pros

    It is a fun environment - but that does not make up for some serious issues in how employees are treated

    Cons

    Issues with management - people work very hard & are not appreciated. Some managers have very bad management skills; some are great

    Advice to Management

    Employees need more positive feedback. Watch the first-line managers closely - they can drive people away. Managers should not waste time and motivation with negativity and micro-managing.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    The house of smoke and mirrors

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The parent company is European so you get a generous amount of days off.

    Cons

    Those days off mentioned previously, you'll be hard pressed to take them as they work you like a slave. The cons FAR out way the pros. Think of the worst job that you've ever had and multiply that by infinity and you'll know whats it's like to work for Moxie.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being dishonest with employees, actually read the surveys you ask employees to take and do something with the feedback, learn how to manage people.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Dishonest, disheartening, disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some incredibly bright mid-level employees/worker bees. Great offices with fun perks (Moxie Mayhem, Free Lunch Fridays, random holiday celebrations, etc). Dogs in the office. Moxie will pay top dollar, so always ask for more. They are happy to waste money. If you travel, select the most expensive flights, hotels and restaurants. Moxie is happy to pay it and bill their clients. The least effective people get the most astronomical paychecks, so act accordingly.

    Cons

    Upper management is completely detached from the day-to-day work. Employees are not given the support they need to do their jobs, and upper management is quick to let an employee go rather than solve the actual problems. Politics. If you aren't in with the right people, then your job is at risk. The "right people" are rarely effective employees who care about the work, and are far more often people who seek power through dishonesty, manipulation and politics. HR DOES NOT WORK FOR THE EMPLOYEES. If you have a problem, DO NOT take it to HR as they exclusively serve upper management. Actual Human Resources issues are resolved to the benefit of the people in power, and everyone else suffers. This is a company that will ignore the basic human needs of employees. This is a company that experiences turnover on an epic scale, doesn't train new employees properly, and is quick to pass blame on anyone but themselves. This is a company that makes no effort to respect individual employee career paths and long-term goals. This is a company that will replace employees while they are on medical or maternity leave, then treat them poorly when they return. This is a company that allows and encourages toxic relationships with clients that negatively impact employee health, well-being, motivation, and quality of life. This is a company that cares nothing for individual employees. While at Moxie I had a VP from another department scream in my face multiple times with no rational provocation and no reprimand. I witnessed obvious lies that were accepted as truth because it wasn't worth it to fight the powerful liar. I saw more verbal abuse than I ever thought imaginable from a company with such a fun exterior. I saw personal relationships that led to promotions, despite an obvious lack of competence from the person being promoted.

    Advice to Management

    You need to take a critical eye to the way things are done at Moxie. Don't create a huge process or deck or inspirational quote to show how things should be done. Talk to your employees. Stop making everyone a Senior VP. Trim the upper management fat, focus on your worker bees, and forbid gossip and politically motivated decisions. Advise HR to stop pandering to you and start working for the employees. Make it easy for employees to report problems, and allow anonymous reports because the current culture doesn't support the level of communication that is needed to fix the problem. Stop focusing on growth and focus on repairing the massive communication/political/management problems.


  7. Helpful (4)

    House of Cards

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mid level (worker bees) are some of the most talented hard working folks in the business.

    Cons

    Dishonest and unethical senior leadership. I witnessed some of the most underhanded antics by the "leadership" team. Moxie drains the joy from your life.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Awesome and Amazing People When I was There

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    From a creative stand point, it was a great experience for me. I had amazing AD's that truly cared about my growth. Moxie was and possibly still is a family for most. Everyone had each others back, especially in creative. If you were over whelmed you knew you could count on a team member to help you overcome. All the departments meshed extremely well. The environment at Moxie was awesome during my time there.

    Cons

    There was a lot of shifts once the company was acquired. It started to lose its mojo and many of the individuals that gave Moxie it's moxie, left. Which prompted me to do the same.

    Advice to Management

    From what I have seen recently, from the outside looking in, Moxie is starting to get that Mojo back, so keep doing what you're doing and instilling confidence in your employees. I will always be in the rooting for Moxie, I gained so much from many individuals who have left and also from those who still roam those halls.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Acquisition gone bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and some great clients

    Cons

    Toxic culture and lack of consideration for employee moral

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on serving the single most important client - Verizon, and focus on building a culture of meritocracy vs. cronyism.


  10. Moxie is opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Audio Video Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Audio Video Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Moxie full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The clients, the co workers and the environment. Working for Moxie will introduce employees to a wide variety of clients and projects. Moxie is a full-throttle digital creative powerhouse. The friends that I made when I was there for 7 years have all become leaders in the industry - I miss working at Moxie. I was there just as Moxie skyrocketed and became one of the best places to work and one of the best agencies in Atlanta. Opportunities are given for almost anyone who wants to try something new.

    Cons

    Long hours during 4th quarter - but the hours were not that bad. At times management did have a habit of not telling employees exactly where they were as far as career growth but this wasn't often and usually was the result of changes in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and instilling confidence in your employees. Moxie still has a great reputation and most of the people I know that have moved on to outstanding careers elsewhere owe some of their status to what was learned at the company.


  11. Controlled Chaos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Client Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Moxie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, smart people, exciting accounts

    Cons

    Still figuring out processes and systems

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your office and talk to people about their challenges.



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