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Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Beer Fridays, fruit 2 or 3 days a week, cookie Wednesdays, and casual dress

    Cons

    Disorganization and low pay. The usual sexism with a touch of the usual racism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize! Stop the favoritism!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good job for "right out of school graduates" not for experienced workers

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good location. Easy to travel to via bus or train. Paid medical for employees with certain restrictions. vacation and sick days.

    Cons

    Low pay. Very bad office culture. No real defined chance for advancement. No annual review system in place that was ever adhered to. Confusing and antiquated PC based system to book and track work. Weak and undertrained managers with little or no people skills and not much business sense. BRITISH OWNED AND MANAGED and i observed more than once that American employees were treated with disdain and british employees were treated much more favorably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to become better, more fair managers to all of the people who work for you. go to school, improve your skills. read an american history book and learn about the country you're working and living in.

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

    A good place to start, but not a good place to stay

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Top-of-the-line macs, access to pretty much any software you need, relaxed jeans and t-shirt environment (in general, when there's not clients parading through), Free beer on fridays and cookies on wednesday if you like that sort of thing. Some interesting work and/or clients which makes for good mentions on the resume. Good place to start or to put a few stars on the resume in order to get to somewhere better.

    Cons

    NO opportunities for advancement unless you're in with a very select few. NO correlation between title and responsibilities, as you end up doing things well above and beyond your job description (of course it's expected but one of those things left unsaid). Lots of BS paper work and feel-good corporate programs that account to nothing. Can be VERY click-y, as most of the agency is below the age of 35 and there are standard high-school politics at play. No real defined purpose of agency as it seems the standard rule is "make it cheap and don't say no," which is going to step on more than a few toes considering the agency is supposed to work with other CREATIVE agencies and be nothing more than a PRODUCTION agency. Salaries are, of course, below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen when those lowly employees below you say the business practices only have the clients' best interests in mind. It isn't a sweat shop, and if the management doesn't value what the employees do, why should anyone else? Also, maybe pay people better or provide opportunities for advancement and you wouldn't have the crazy turnover you do...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great for kids, a danger to mid- or advanced-career

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    95% of staff are friendly, easy-going (but see Cons below)
    Beer on Fridays and fruit or snacks most other days
    Starbucks coffee
    Healthcare is good but co-pays could be better ($50 specialist co-pays and mediocre deductibles; dental and eye are pretty good.
    You may get to work with experienced non-management people who actually know what they’re doing; consider them a good asset, keep them close

    Cons

    Firstly, whoever wrote the review from August 31, 2012: ‘Fun, engaging, the kind of job you jump out of bed for’ – was your bedroom on fire?

    On to the list:

    Positively no leadership or guidance, despite there being a director of seemingly everything. The result is getting conflicting direction from multiple people. What’s the saying about too many cooks…?

    Promotions: nearly always given to people already in middle- to upper-management. In three years, I never saw a ‘Newsflash’ email about a low-level being promoted. They were always for C-levels and higher being promoted to even higher positions.

    Do you value structure, organization, and clear sense of responsibility and appreciate them as helpful to your development? This place is NOT for you.

    Are you self-driven and self-motivated? Run, don’t walk from this place! Tag is a place for those who prefer to take orders, not take ownership and leadership.

    The company is relatively old yet still wants to treat itself and act like it’s a start-up, further perpetuated by the tee-shirt-and-jeans atmosphere.

    The remaining 5% of the staff will make your work life a living hell, certainly more than the 95% that make it pleasant.

    Almost no one shows up to work ready to actually work. The first hour or so is spent talking about how bad the commute in was (sucks living in Brooklyn, huh?), followed by which dive bar the night before ended with, followed by which ‘indie’ band is playing the next weekend.

    Know-it-all attitude of the child bunch fresh out of school and all ready to be the boss; their tons of inexperience will easily trump your years of knowledge.

    If you’re middle-management, you’ll spend the majority of your day babysitting the children to the point where you actually think the whole operation is just one big daycare center (so that explains snack time!).

    Your years of experience will mean nothing when pitted against the dumb-dumbs that vastly outnumber you; in fact, their inefficiency will slow down you and your development.

    401(k) match only just started as an option in December 2013. How it is possible that a company can remain viable and accountable to its employees without offering a match for so long is beyond me. Match was begun in December 2013 but here’s the catch: you need to be there a year for the match to start! That means you miss out on a year’s worth of contributions.

    Smokers pay an extra $100 a month if they buy an insurance policy, translating to $2600 a year in addition to your nearly $1700 a year insurance premium. I take umbrage with not knowing exactly where that $2600 a year is going, as it’s not made clear. It simply vanishes out of your check and you won’t have a clue where it goes.

    Facilities: horrendous. Old building, one elevator for 9 floors, hundreds of people, and no option to use the stairs (the door in the stairwell is locked), do the math and be prepared to come to work an extra 10 minutes early if you want to be on time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work and learn!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Pretty decent working environment with a good learning opportunity. Very little red tape.

    Cons

    Salaried are a little below the norm. Employee reviews are done promptly but salary increases if any can take a few months to go through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked in the NYC office and there seems to be a selected group of people that always get the promotions, salary increases and other perks more than others, specially if they come from the main London hub.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Leap Pad...

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    3 weeks of vacation, good dental (since being bought out by Williams Lea), beer on Fridays...thats it.

    Cons

    Working at Tag is like working at MTV, no one is over 35...if they are they are senior managers and they will make your time there a miserable one. Working at Tag for almost three years I have gotten one review and only because i fought for it. The only chance of promotion at Tag is if your manager leaves - even then there is a very good chance you will just take on their responsibilities and not reap the benefits in your pay / title. My advice is to use Tag for what they can give you - a paycheck. Use your time there to look for a new job that will give you a step in the right direction; its bearable enough to stay until you find the right next move in your career - don't just leave because you hate it there and take another position that will be another dead end. Good Luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand employees need a work / life balance or else they will resent the office. Fix CMD!! This is a terrible tool and one I am embarrassed to have to represent. Reward your employees with timely annual reviews - if you forget about them - they will forget about you!

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    There are better places to work in NYC with capable management and steady business.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good healthcare and vacation days off given the company is UK based.
    Good location in Soho office.

    Cons

    Inept senior level management who have brought many of their cronies with them from past jobs. Seem to hire based on personal friendships rather than the requisite skills and experience needed to do the job. Bar maids are hired as account reps and other inept or just out of school employees with little experience in the creative/development departments. The company doesn't pay well in comparison to other agencies so they get the bottom of the barrel with regard to talent.

    Also not very good at bringing in new business or retaining existing accounts. They lost several large accounts due to their ineptness. Their managing director comes from a sales background and therefore doesn't really understand the industry or its clients business. Just because you have a Harvard degree doesn't mean you know how to run a design and production agency.

    My role was supposed to have a bonus potential and formal review but I never received either although it was stated in my hire letter. The salary is low by industry standards and most people who work there live in the boroughs.

    I interviewed at other agencies who are Tag's clients and their opinion of Tag is consistent with mine in that they don't have their act together and are chaotic and disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management who knows what they are doing and understands the business. Tag has been trying to grow their digital business but their talent has a background in traditional production and are therefore clueless although they present something different when pitching new business.

    Reward and promote those who deserve it rather those who have cronies in high places and little to contribute.

    Their value proposition is flawed in that they tell clients they can produce their campaigns more cheaply across international markets by utilizing the same creative from another market but in reality their developers spend more time trying to figure out what developers did in other offices when it could have been created from scratch more cost effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend

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