Sparks

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Sparks Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Sparks continues to excite me every day, it allows me to propose creative solutions to different obstacles.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for Sparks gives me the opportunity to do something different almost every day. The company coordinates many types of projects for our clients which keeps life very interesting and entertaining. We also have a ton of internal company events....The summer BBQ's are great.

    Cons

    Sometimes I feel that we do not have enough resources for the high-pace work that we have to deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have a better company communication vehicle, teams and departments are sometimes feel like they only know there own world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Working Environment, Always Trying to Improve

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The thing that I like best about working here is the environment. Everyone is very friendly and there are so many company sponsored perks that make it rewarding (On-site lunch cafe, small events and BBQs, etc). There is a lot of effort to continuously improve on conditions and address employee issues.

    Cons

    Some policies could be improved like 401k match and the vacation policy (which does get better after multiple years).
    Some employees are overworked and demands from clients can be overbearing.
    Communication is sometimes a problem, people aren't made aware of things and protocols are not always followed properly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I have worked at Sparks for over two years now, and everyday I feel as if I learn something new and grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people that I work with as well as observe at Sparks are unbelievably smart, talented, passionate, and motivated.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging at times do to the extreme deadlines,last minute changes, and the time it takes to ensure that a show/event has the best chance of running smoothly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team building/activities that the company can participate in together to get to know one another outside of there individual department and/or team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rapidly Expanding Event Marketing Agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Sales in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sparks offers flexible work schedules including the ability to work from home (depending on role and project load). There are some very talented people in upper management who have a powerful vision of turning Sparks into a top notch brand experience agency. The employees are friendly and fun; there's a good mix of industry veterans and energetic young professionals. Company culture is important and there are a number of employee appreciation -type events throughout the year. Nice, newly renovated office in Philadelphia with some great amenities like an employee lunch program.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the industry, there will inevitably be projects with tight deadlines requiring long work hours. Additionally, there are periods where the whole company is busy and bandwidth for most employees is slim. Certain departments (Creative, Events) are particularly overworked, which can make it difficult to get things done which require collaboration with those departments. The company is growing at a quick pace, and sometimes it seems like certain departments/ systems are lagging behind the growth in business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to solicit and act on the feedback of employees (upper management does a good job of this already). Continue to share your vision and specific plans for the continued growth of Sparks and expansion of services. Be sure to staff up appropriately if you intend to maintain the current rate of growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sparks full-time (more than an 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
  7. 3 people 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 full-time (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
  8.  

    Great 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 full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    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 full-time (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Burlingame, CA

    I worked at Sparks full-time (more than an 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
  11. 3 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

    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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