Targetbase

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Targetbase Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
56 Reviews
2.5
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Targetbase President and CEO Mark Wright
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very smart people who understand the power of big data (in 12 reviews)

  • Targetbase has a very laid back friendly culture (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Fast paced, occasionally understaffed, work life balance can be a challenge, politics, 401k match is below average (in 3 reviews)

  • Client services has no one in charge (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Smart People, Good Work, Some Internal Hurdles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Targetbase full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has a lot of very smart, thoughtful employees who care about their clients and producing good work. Depending on the team internally collaboration can be really impressive. Schedules for employees can be pretty flexible. Some complain about crazy hours and work-life balance challenges but this place has pretty typical agency life in this regard. Growth opportunities are nice due to the size of the company and the amount of work through the doors.

    Cons

    If you are not a senior level employee, communication from leadership can sometimes be misinterpreted or misunderstood. Training - as with many companies - isn't as strong as it could be so it can be sink or swim for some employees. Retention of good employees is a struggle with so many competitive agencies in the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company in need of stronger leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Targetbase

    Pros

    The people
    The data-driven approach

    Cons

    Short term visibility among management - don't walk their talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Job I Ever Had

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Targetbase

    Pros

    free food, free cokes and premium coffee, summer hours, some teams are fun and nice, smart people to learn from, interesting clients

    Cons

    TB is the most politically charged workplace I have ever experienced. To move in the organization, you have to be noticed. But if you create attention to yourself, the vultures come out and the attacks begin. The "leaders" are pure managers only. They should all be fired by Omnicom and a fresh batch inserted who know how to grow and run a business and an organization. The culture is non-existent and the occasional party and new carpets cannot substitute for a true culture that is desperately needed. No training either. You're thrown into the fire on day one and then you're made to feel stupid when you have challenges. Also, forget about seeing your family and friends. Not with the 60 hours you work each week. One last thing: enough with the boys club attitude. If you're a female, be careful with certain managers. They are clearly scared of smart women. It's beyond coaching. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "you're a female, so you won't understand." Then they go back to their "my car is better than your car" conversations and laugh as you walk out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hit the reboot button.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator

    I have been working at Targetbase full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very open and friendly
    - Input is valued
    - Great benefits
    - Interested in professional growth
    - Fun activities planned for employees
    - Full week off during Christmas
    - Great work-life balance

    Cons

    I really do not have any complaints, it has been a really great experience thus far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion, they do a really good job making new employees feel welcomed. They offer support if you need it and it's an all hands on deck type of organization. You can tell that they genuinely care about their employees and they value your input.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run as fast and far away as you can.

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    Former Employee - Client Services
    Former Employee - Client Services

    I worked at Targetbase full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some of the smartest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Made many great friends. Fairly flexible schedule, but there is a price.

    Cons

    Sweatshop, understaffed, very political, many clicks, cut throat, borderline mentally abusive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Targetbase was once an amazing place to work, but has unfortunately faded over the years. You rarely see anyone even crack a smile. Very tense culture. Management allows some employees to torture others as long as they are generating revenue. it's all about the revenue/profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Too much useless QC

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    Current Employee - Senior Information Analyst in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Information Analyst in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Targetbase full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back dress code, corporate events

    Cons

    POLITICAL!! Unnecessary QC procedures that don't catch errors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reimagine what you want your company environment, impart from the top down the sense that employee work/life balance is crucial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great career experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Targetbase full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It has been a few years since I worked at Targetbase. I learned very useful skills that helped me gain an advantage when I moved from account management to an in-house marketing position. I also made some great connections among peers in several departments - many of whom are still the most talented marketing people I have met (and I have worked with many agencies).

    Cons

    Like many companies and especially agencies, Targetbase had difficulty strengthening its own team. The departments did not collaborate (they tolerated each other), I watched at least 3 Vice Presidents lose their jobs in one year when training might have been a better solution, etc. Like many agencies, they also said they had skills they didn't and then found it difficult to deliver, worked with any client no matter how likely to make them lose profit in the end, and basically created a very tough, non-supportive environment. Many of us bonded from what was similar to PTSD. You can't beat the intelligence at an agency like Targetbase but it is infinitely easier client-side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you focus on collaboration, you might be able to become more lean and therefore more cost effective for your clients. Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I didn't know how bad until I left

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at Targetbase full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    some of the nicest people I've ever met. still good friends with many of them. during the summers we only worked until noon on Fridays.

    Cons

    I thought my experience was just average-until I left. now I know the true reality. I left for more money to a TB competitor. but now I know that money wasn't the real opportunity. my summary of the challenges at TB: no work-life balance cuz I worked close to 50% overtime every week. no training of any kind. no internal systems to help learn. leadership never came into the cube areas to check on us worker bees. I never got an opportunity to work on new things-same thing over and over. when I talked to my manager about any kind of frustration, I was told to be glad I have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just be nice. think about how you would want to be treated. quit lying-you're so easily caught-it's obvious when your doing it. invest in training. when you talk to workers, don't complain about your own problems the whole time. quit telling customers TB has capabilities when it's not true-it's sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Be Very Afraid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Analyst in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Information Analyst in Irving, TX

    I worked at Targetbase full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are very smart and very nice. Targetbase also has free cokes and there is free food pretty regularly.

    Cons

    I feel like I was lied to from the beginning. Nothing in the interview was true. I was told there would be training. None. I was told there would be a nice home balance. None. I feel like I was thrown to the wolves without any preparation. Then I was made to feel low when my work didn't meet the requirements. No support. No help. No team. Nothing. I can't imagine a more sad place. I'd rather work in a factory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with a tiny bit of respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stayed for the people. Left for advancement.

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Irving, TX

    I worked at Targetbase full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wide variety of client work.

    Cons

    Office politics/favorites are common. Bad leadership/career guidance - or lack thereof.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up consistent rules and guidelines. Don't be afraid of confrontation especially if you're at an executive level. That's part of your job as a leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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