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Jonathan A. Braaten


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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosgreat people, good vibe, good office

    Consoutdated technology especially in the operating systems and programs available to employees, annoying conversations, open work space that feels not quite private enough

    Advice to Senior Managementstay cool

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    More 'Mean Girls' Than 'Mad Men'

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSelectNY has a successful record of attracting big name clients with solid brand equity and sex appeal. This is an especially potent draw for print-focused creatives looking to build their books.

    ConsThere is a significant lack of mentorship, development, and training. The company habitually hires people to then let them sit unguided until they either leave or get laid off. Too often, employees are made to fill roles and take on responsibilities unfit for their titles or levels of experience. If you're a creative, prepare yourself for long nights of working and reworking mock-ups that will ultimately get canned (or worse, stolen) in the end. If you're account, you'll just be another person to set up meetings. If you're an assistant to one of the senior management ... run. Despite all of the talk of "Family" the senior leadership at this company has established a very toxic atmosphere that sets a very nasty tone. If you're not one of them (aka the cool kids / the mean girls / "the plastics") you can bet on systematic abuse and misuse. You will be insulted, taken advantage of, and consistently thrown under the bus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice is as simple as The Golden Rule. Treat your employees as you would like (and expect) to be treated. Making a concerted effort to show your staff that they are valued and respected goes a long way.

    Lastly: Read and then re-read the review entitled “An analog agency in a digital world where the devil wears Prada.” Whoever authored that post is spot-on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    fun if you don't make working there your source of income

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Proslocated in SoHo, glamorous clients.

    ConsNonexistent career development within the company, nonexistent HR department, after hours work is the standard, extremely dysfunctional leadership.

    Advice to Senior Managementpromote creatives

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    An analog agency in a digital world where the devil wears Prada.

    Account Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros10. You work in fancy Soho/Tribeca (and not in Midtown).
    09. You sit in a light-flooded rooftop loft (and not in a cubicle farm).
    08. It's small and feels like family (vs. big and corporate).
    07. You know everyone by their first name.
    06. You work on a Mac (never a PC).
    05. You can wear Jeans, flip flops and a T-Shirt and no one cares.
    04. You can look at pretty pictures all day.
    03. You can read fancy magazines all day.
    02. You can overcome a lack of skills with dressing fancy.
    01. You can drop all the celebs names whose fragrance ads the agency's been producing to your friends: JLo, Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain...

    ConsA) IF YOU ARE ENTRY-LEVEL
    This is not the place for you. There is no structure in place to train you, guide you, teach you the necessary skills the industry demands, which will be a huge disadvantage once you want to work in a large shop. You will do endless amounts of online "research", make tons of copies and printouts, prepare and clean up meetings, write all the meeting reports, and deal with the frustrating task of scheduling and rescheduling meetings around certain erratic personalities’ chaotic schedules (50% of your time).
    Recommendation: If you are entry-level looking for growth, go look somewhere else.

    B) IF YOU ARE MID-LEVEL
    Know that you will be hired to hit the ground running, do your job, and then do 50% more of it, you will be working long, very long hours, often weekends, all the while running in circles to accommodate a few people’s idiosyncratic ways of doing business. You are there to serve them. If you are obedient, shut up and do your job, you will stay. If you complain, they will kick you out. New business win? New project? Ends up on your desk, meaning longer hours, more stress. But not a dollar more in your pocket. And be assured that they will pay you about 20-30% below industry average. Their rationale is that the celeb name-dropping is compensation enough.
    Recommendation: If you are willing to give up a lot of yourself and your time for the benefit of name-dropping, then go ahead. Else, look somewhere else.

    C) IF YOU ARE SENIOR LEVEL
    Then you will either quickly give in to the politics and be an obedient servant to the "inner circle" that runs this place or you will be squeezed / kicked out. If you have a strong personality and disagree on strategic recommendations with the “inner circle”, they will simply not invite you to meetings anymore and work behind your back to make you leave. You will also find yourself in a constant cat-and-dog fight with the other senior managers for the owner's attention who resides in Germany and is the only one making major decisions in terms of advancement and salary raise. This at times turns into an extremely game of brown-nosing.
    Recommendation: If you feel, your weapons arsenal of dirty tricks is big enough and your skin thick enough, then enjoy the ride. Just know they expect you to be available 24/7 and work 24/7. They don't care if you have a family and kids or not. Just make sure you negotiate everything you want beforehand, because once you are in, all promises for "later" will suddenly be forgotten.

    SUMMARY:
    A "pretty picture" agency where style is more important than substance. A place strongly driven by politics and superficial perception. Managing the chaos is a daily challenge. Organizational development and personal growth do not exist in the Select dictionary. If you have a family and look for a work-life balance, then it’s best to avoid this place as they expect you to work 24/7. Their meeting philosophy is somewhat like: the more people we put around a table, the better. Everyone and everything is evolving around one eccentric personality, which at times makes you laugh, and other times makes you cry. It’s like a soap opera in a way. Only difference is: it’s real.

    PREDICTION:
    I’ll be surprised if the shop will still be around in a year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAny advice would be lost as they do not care about it. And if they did, they would have to pay for it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    SelectNY is not for everyone

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEntrepreneurial

    Rewards those who roll their sleeves up, take responsibility and believe in themselves enough to stick their neck out.

    For entry level: you will have ample opportunity to be exposed to more projects and client interactions than at network agencies

    For mid-level: you can lead without the hierarchical layers but you’ll have to be brave

    For senior level: here’s your chance to try out those agency development / change ideas that no one was willing to listen to at other agencies

    ConsThis place is not for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for work/life balance, this is not the place, find a sleepy agency. This agency is about full-on, make it happen, whatever it takes, figure it out, type of environment. No one is tasked to hold your hand, tissue-wrap your feelings or listen to complaining. If you don’t like something, have the guts to change it. Courage is about facing your fear and stepping through it. We meditate. We do yoga. And yes, we wear Prada.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake Magic with Logic more tangible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    creative & fun & rewarding work

    Senior Art Director (Former Employee) Berlin (Germany)

    ProsThe atmsophere was very good
    colleagues are nice, friendly and helpful
    ethics were of good standards
    location in Berlin is excellent
    working hours were usually very satifying

    Consclients could be stressful and unreasonable at times
    headquarter involvement was often a burden and led to extra unnecessary work
    deadlines were sometimes set unrealistically
    internal communication was often poor

    Advice to Senior Managementmore delegation
    less involvement
    keeping promised negotiations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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