Naked Communications Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Ups and downs but excited about where we are now and whats next.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I've been at Naked for a few years and in that time I've seen the company transform itself from a strategy consultancy into a full service agency. In the process a lot of changes have been made, people have come and go at all levels and new people have joined. I've been sad to see some people go - others I think belong somewhere thats a little easier. Has the transition been difficult at times - of course. Would I still be at Naked if I didn't enjoy working there and didn't see things getting things taking off - absolutely not.

    Naked is and has always been a place for interesting, intelligent and hardworking people.

    Pros:
    Lot of new clients in the last few months
    Finally have strong leadership in place
    Culture that values hardwork as much as personality

    Cons

    Leadership changes (though I'm actually confident with the team now)
    Compensation could be better.
    Turnover (though some people who have left really just weren't the right for the company)

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward. Also - hire the right people the first time.


  2. Unorganized Leadership Changes

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

    I worked at Naked Communications

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

    Pros

    small office environment
    Summer Fridays
    Beer in office

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with needs and wants of employees.
    No structure or growth plans for employees. Creative environment is weak and poorly structured for growth, especially for those wanting to learn.
    Lack of diversity across the board - especially within the leadership team.
    Changes in staff make the morale of the office and and somewhat fearful of any and all changes from leadership

    Advice to Management

    Give employees respect to earn theres.


  3. All fluff, little substance, sad place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naked Communications full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is pretty generous for a small company. Small team means everyone gets to know each other (if you're willing to introduce yourself). Convenient location near the Flatiron, and you have a bit more flexibility with your schedules than some places.

    Cons

    A small start-up creative agency can be a great place to make an impact and do great things. Sadly, Naked is not creating a very optimal environment for either pursuit. Transitioning from a strategy shop to a full-service agency requires a lot more work than the "leadership" team is willing to put in. Very low morale, employees are dropping like flies, and there isn't much to show for it.

    Advice to Management

    Relentless optimism is hard to believe when so much dishonesty is apparent and rampant. Also, emotional abuse and gas-lighting isn't an appropriate means of raising morale.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Kind of like a fading movie star who used to be an A-list celebrity but now hosts a segment on QVC

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Naked Communications full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Convenient Flatiron location. The health care package is pretty great for being such a small company. Most folks leave around 6/6:30 so you can have a life outside of work.

    Cons

    Very low morale in the office due to a revolving door of leadership and employees. The work itself isn't very exciting or creative and the situation doesn't look like it will improve any time soon. Plus, being desperate for new business is a scary position to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Your optimism feels forced.


  6. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better company culture...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    In the world of start-up creative shops, Naked culture is one of the best out there. Everyone works hard but has a sense of work/life balance. Brand new office space. Everyone is respectful, fun, and genuinely loves coming to the office everyday. Music is always playing, there's always a snack or ten floating around the office, and sometimes people even bring in their dogs. Creatives and strategists have very little structure to their work. The global network is huge. There is tons of travel offered depending on your client needs, and opportunities to get to know interesting people around the world. It's a true global agency with offices in London and Australia. Finally, they offer full benefits package and excellent vacation. I'm proud to be Naked.

    Cons

    Employees tend to wear many hats and don't move up quickly. Employees view agency as a revolving door that will get them to the next level after only a year or two. Former Naked leadership left things tangled and it's been a hot mess for "the next generation".

    Advice to Management

    Use this clean slate in brand history to build something really strong. Naked has always been the black sheep of creative agencies. It's time to capsize on our talent and global networks, get fresh new business and make an exciting come back.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Don't believe the hype (not that there's much hype left)

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    Former Employee - Senior Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Strategist in New York, NY

    I worked at Naked Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Seems like a cool company looking from the outside. Funky offices. They had a good reputation outside the US (now somewhat tarnished by major account losses). A lot of people raised eyebrows at the US leadership team choice, a bunch of British (of course) B-Teamers. The third wheel Neal is at least amusing company (although devious and insecure, and with limited talents when it comes to marketing). It would probably be a good resume builder to say you had worked there. At least its not a carbon copy of many of the other agencies out there (although the bitchiness and self-inflation remains). There are some nice mid-level people there.

    Cons

    Very political and cliquey. Cramped office space. Management very concerned with their own image (and remuneration) and less concerned with team development. Arrogant and cynical approach to clients (when clients aren't listening). The whole dog and pony show tends to get repeated over and over again ... all clients basically get the same schtick. The pay down there is terrible and the freelancers get jacked. You have to work like a dog and someone else generally gets the credit. After the initial smoke and mirrors magic show there is little transformative effect on a clients marketing, which is a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Try and add some substance to the style. (And by the way, the style is looking a little out of date).


  8. It's a shame, basically

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

    I worked at Naked Communications full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Small company means you can form some tight relationships. Good people trying to do their best.

    Cons

    Disorganised due to leadership changes, extremely high employee dissatisfaction and turnover, constant (unsuccessful) attempts to create a positive outlook without honesty about the situation, blatant favouritism and selective praise to boost morale. Parent company doesn't know what to do with a creative shop.


  9. All in all an ok place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Naked Communications

    Pros

    Pretty cool clients like SBS.

    Cons

    Their parent company, Enero. Run by someone that doesn't care about the quality of work in happiness of employees, only the bottom line.


  10. A great brand, a great family, and a world of opportunity

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

    I have been working at Naked Communications

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

    Pros

    Naked is a place where you can be part of something amazing. There is an openness to new ways of doing things and a commitment to excellence.
    There is also a family aspect to Naked which is rare in the industry. Beyond the occasional party, there is a real sense of camaraderie within the team.

    Cons

    Like most agencies and SMEs, it's not handed to you on a plate. The more proactive and engaged you are, the more you will get out of Naked.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, lads!


  11. amazing. best place I will ever work.

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

    I worked at Naked Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    incredibly smart people, purposeful approach to marketing, and attention to the details that matter

    Cons

    You need to make the tea in a kettle, not the microwave.



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