Slack and Company Reviews
“This company is now called Slack and Company. Working here was a phenomenal experience with a few cons.”
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 Senior Management – 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.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this 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 Senior Management – Creative staff must have clearly-defined roles, including those managing freelance help.
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 Senior Management – 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Cross departmental training and experience.
Cons – Outsourcing needs due to small size.
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 Senior Management – 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.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend