Sparks Marketing Group

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Sparks Marketing Group Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
6 Reviews

3.6
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sparks Marketing Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, great leadership, fun corporate culture, dog friendly, catered lunch 3x a week, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has potential to be a leading experiential marketing agency, but falls short.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks Marketing Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Depending on team, some great people work here.

    Salaries are good, compared to similar agencies.

    Cons

    The name is confusing. Is it Sparks, Sparks Exhibits, Sparks Online, Sparks Marketing Group? The brand is all over the place and not a clear solution driven picture to clients.

    Office location is very inconvenient. Located in the upper Northeast region of Philadelphia, it requires a 30 minute commute from Center City.

    Leadership is non-existent. Seems to a disconnect between management and employees in terms of work-life balance and corporate goals.

    Time-off is also lacking. 10 days from when you start, and increases after your 5th(!) year.

    Company seems really set in the old ways of conducting business. For example, the accounting systems is very antiquated and division workers are very unpleasant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure time-off policies.

    Better utilize marketing department to put Sparks brand at the forefront of experiential marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh. It's a job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Sparks Marketing Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people. They are dog-open for the right dogs owned by the right people. There is corporate funded lunch available from time to time. Creative team is amazing (but overworked).

    Cons

    Not a family friendly company. Management is old boys network - the money doesn't shake down. Many hard working staffers are just scraping by with gov't assistance while owners drive multiple Porshes, etc. They are also big on looks and pretty sexist. Don't have children, ladies, if you want to be kept or to advance. Benefits are abysmal, no 401k matching, enforced furloughs in recent years, no bonuses. Graphics department works nonstop. Travel for account teams is insane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits, share the wealth. Also, it's not 1950 anymore. Better open up the doors for women to advance (women with families, even) and cut the Don Draper stuff. Also, watch the maternity related layoffs; could get you in more trouble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Love this company

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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 Sparks Marketing Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, great working environment. There's a great energy about working here, I really like the owners of the company. Growing company. Dog friendly, catered lunch 3x a week, company activities. Great reputation. Work life balance, people are usually out of work by 5pm.

    Cons

    Not too many cons but I think the benefit package could be improved slightly. No 401k match and vacation policy is average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Opportunity in Corporate Environments, Exhibits, Tradeshow, & Retail

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    Former Employee - Interactive Designer  in  Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Burlingame, CA

    I worked at Sparks Marketing Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Sparks has a pretty comprehensive offering in the environment, exhibits, tradeshow, and retail world. They offer event management, logistics, design, and manufacturing services. A team of seasoned professionals who really know their stuff. They're not afraid to take on challenges and push the boundaries. People are generally friendly and a fun culture.

    Cons

    Process. Perhaps because Sparks was not founded in an agency environment, some of its process regarding branding and marketing exercises lacked strong focus and leadership. This resulted in some inefficient use of time and can be frustrating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent job but no clear path towards career growth or advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Department  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Graphic Department in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Sparks Marketing Group

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    Friendly staff
    Chance for overtime pay
    Intimate work environment

    Cons

    Takes forever to accumulate vacation time
    Hourly wages
    Job stability depends on workflow
    Intimate work environment
    Project mngrs. hold on to info. until the last minute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The modern employee wants effective leadership, mentorship and career advancement opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend

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