Shaker Advertising
3.0 of 5 8 reviews
www.shaker.com Oak Park, IL 150 to 499 Employees

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Joseph G. Shaker

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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One of the best for its time...but then so was black and white TV and propeller aircraft

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Oak Park, IL

I worked at Shaker Advertising

ProsThe family legacy is charitable.

ConsThe business knowledge is inbred. The more years that pass from the days of the founder, the weaker the "we are family" mantra became. If their business was a game of poker, the president would want to see everyone's card before making a bet.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe president should have read :"The Emperor's New Clothes". Then he would have known what his industry and employees thought of him. Sadly, the family management team became victims when they believed they were as talented as their father.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I enjoyed my time at Shaker

IT Manager (Former Employee)
Oak Park, IL

I worked at Shaker Advertising

ProsShaker is family owned so you don't get that corporate feeling. Many great people to work for and to work with.

ConsThe company was a bit behind on the industry trends at one point, but I believe they've made the necessary changes to be successful in the future.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep searching for ways to stay ahead of the competition. Continue to bring in the best people you can find.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Training, yes. Long term, no.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Shaker Advertising

ProsSmall company that makes for a good learning environment. Not too many complicated accounts so work day is fairly casual.

ConsPretty unheard of to get promoted unless you've been there for a few years, bonuses and raises are also rare. Economy hit pretty hard and a lot of changes were made. Not much is being done to modernize the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementPossibly hire more staff, each team seems understaffed and employees seem dissatisfied. Better management training would be beneficial as well as better employee benefits and incentives. Need to hire a younger demographic to modernize the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Print Is King

Account Executive (Former Employee)
Oak Park, IL

I worked at Shaker Advertising

ProsThey were essentially the best newspaper classified rep firm in the country. They did it better than anyone else and ran their company like a well oiled machine.

ConsTheir industry is dead. It has been dying a slow and agonizing death over the past decade, but this recession has put the final shovel of dirt on this horse and buggy industry. It is not their fault. Newspaper classified jobs have simply moved to the Internet for 1/20th of the cost. Change is part of life. It's a shame though, at the peak of their revenue back in 1999-2001 their sales reps told them this was comming and instead of innovating and evolving like TMP did and create Monster.com they chose to back print...because after all, print was king!

Advice to Senior ManagementThe sales staff told Joe 8-9 years ago the Internet was going to alter their business forever and he didn't listen then. Take whats left of your family fortune and try something else.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Days are numbered

Account Executive (Former Employee)
Oak Park, IL

I worked at Shaker Advertising

ProsNone - it's a sinking ship. I don't think they are hiring but if they are many are being let go so I would definitely stay away. Used to be a great firm.

ConsEveryone is being let go, dying industry, failed to move with the times, too tied to print advertising which is a declining revenue stream. Poor employee morale, company just removed its 401k match and contributions for the entire year breaking their end of the deal mid-year. Joe goes on rants and fires people at will because he can. Family managed company which inherently leads to struggles amongst the family.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou should have sold out years ago before the industry declined

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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shaker advertising is high tech company with regards making tv commercial.

Creative Director (Current Employee)

I have been working at Shaker Advertising full-time for more than 8 years

Prosgood company , generous , well know in advertising firm....

Consintellect , submissive, contour , brave, competance

Advice to Senior Managementmore avira to come

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to learn

Account Executive (Former Employee)

I worked at Shaker Advertising

Pros- Family owned by passionate people
- Great opportunity to learn the recruitment advertising and communications business from industry veterans who have seen and survived change

Cons- Opportunity for career growth are limited
- Compensation was not competitive - most people I talked to who left earned more, and sometimes significantly more elsewhere
- Don't seem to be set up to retain their best people

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Tough times are behind us

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Shaker Advertising

ProsManagement is working to make the company stronger, after a few years of low employee morale. New programs and incentives have been introduced and the company is getting back to its roots.

ConsWork/life balance is an issue, but direct supervisors can be understanding. New business development is slow and there is no relevance to how new business is doled out.

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