Slack and Company

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Slack and Company Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
6 Reviews
3.5
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful company, fantastic experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Slack and Company part-time

    Pros

    Upper management is loyal, flexible and straight-forward. The CEO truly cares about his employees, their families and their well-being. Staff is enthusiastic about their projects and that enthusiasm is infectious. Management wants you to succeed and they provide the tools to make that happen. They encourage you to learn and share your knowledge with co-workers. Clear objectives, established processes and office procedures are easy to follow. Fast network, the latest software and equipment make completing a project more streamlined/less frustrating. Clear instructions on how to use core services like printers, email, conferencing, AV equipment. Staff meetings offer opportunity for you to show pride in your work. Incredible view of the city, lively office atmosphere and great parties. Work late? They offer dinner and a safe cab-ride home. This place is more like a family - a family who works really hard together and loves it.

    Cons

    The cons about working at Slack and Company are nothing different than what exists at every single other agency. Same "people" issues, different names and faces.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    10-day freelance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Slack and Company

    Pros

    Rate isn't bad. Relatively conveniently located.

    Cons

    Difficult, passive aggressive management-level creative, disorganized workflow, completely dropped the ball on completing simple administrative task which led to a long delay in payment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creative staff must have clearly-defined roles, including those managing freelance help.

  3.  

    Great Talent, Poor Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Slack and Company

    Pros

    There are some very talented creatives that work at slack and company

    Cons

    Management is more concerned with image than with work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the agency and not outside organizations. More time is spent on working on pro bono work and doing "favors" for organizations, than helping to promote the agency and it's strengths. Upper management does not take the recommendations of the day-to-day people, which will more often than not cause issues with client management. It would be great if those that understood the clients the most had the most say on how things are managed. At the end of the day, having the CEO swoop in at the last moment to make changes simply for the sake of making changes, does not make for a successful agency, or happy/satisfied employees. Slack is a job. It is not a place to grow a career. It's best for people at the end of their career or for transients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    This company is now called Slack and Company. Working here was a phenomenal experience with a few cons.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Slack and Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful people. Gary Slack is as involved in the culture of this company as much as the work. The company it self has grown immensely in the past couple of years; not only are there more workers, but also more accounts.

    Cons

    Upper management is nasty. If everyone was as friendly as Gary, then there would be no problem. Some of the senior account employees need to get their heads out of their asses and start respecting their employees below them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating people with the respect they deserve. HR needs to keep their eyes open and stop ignoring peoples' ignorant attitudes just because they have been there for a significant amount of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great company to learn and grow.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Slack and Company

    Pros

    Cross departmental training and experience.

    Cons

    Outsourcing needs due to small size.

  7.  

    Slack Barshinger is made of people - excellent, intelligent, funny people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Slack and Company

    Pros

    There are actually a number of compelling reasons to work at Slack Barshinger:
    1. Interesting and diverse client roster - all BtoB but covering many industries including financial services, banking, food additives, steel and steel working, construction equipment, software, and internet-based.
    2. One of the more "green" companies I've witnessed - reusable plates, flatware, mugs and glasses, recycled paper, energy saving appliances and computers. They even do their own assessment of energy consumption within the office and determine what they can do to use less.
    3. Relatively creative environment - it is an integrated marcom agency after all.
    4. Relaxed culture - You can wear jeans and tees to work unless you're meeting with a client and there are many activities incorporated into everyday life to encourage camaraderie among employees including a softball team, pizza parties, Friday breakfast and happy hours.
    5. The people - almost everyone I worked with at Slack Barshinger was bright, motivated, interesting and wanted to do their best work all the time.

    Cons

    The senior management needs to communicate more effectively and more often with their employees. The lack of communicated equates an underlying feeling of distrust among employees who are not within senior management. There are smart people in this senior group, but they need to remember how to appropriately communicate and that teamwork applies to more than softball.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees with information and see them as valued members of your team. When you provide people with information, they can develop create solutions to problems and make more educated decisions and decrease the running on of the rumor mill, which unfortunately has been more accurate than not.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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