The Barbarian Group Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
14 Reviews

3.1
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at The Barbarian Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome culture, very friendly, upbeat environment. Everyone is super helpful and is willing to help you move ahead in your professional goals.

    Cons

    Despite flexible scheduling, unless you're living in NYC it's a tough work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My only advice would be to have more departmental and internal reviews to keep that collaborative feel going, otherwise with increase workflow and projects it's starting to feel a little tough to get a hold of you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome Place

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

    I have been working at The Barbarian Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many clients.
    Great culture.
    (Mostly)Great leadership.
    Fun projects, especially for social media.
    Amazing place to start out at.
    Even better place to be mid-level at.

    Cons

    Too many pitches as of late. (Fall - 2013)
    They disrespect junior talent leading to a high turn over.
    Salaries aren't the best.
    Otherwise, not much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love your juniors!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Creative agency with a great atmosphere and work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Barbarian Group as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing people, creative atmosphere, opportunities to grow and really contribute to work, fun work culture

    Cons

    Internship program could have been structured slightly better, occasionally disorganized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start out

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at The Barbarian Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is awesome, and it's easy to make a name for yourself at a junior level when you have countless opportunities to take leadership roles on big projects. The culture overall is great, the divisions bond really well. There's free stuff in the office all the time.

    Also awesome that there's a CEO change.

    Cons

    Upper management seemed to be a bit all over the place especially on pitches. Which are super stressful. It can get a bit slow at times and you need to be motivated to create things on your own time. Easy to get stepped on in meetings from executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more with everyone, just because someone is a junior or just lower on the totem poll doesn't mean their opinions should be tossed away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The times, they are changing.

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at The Barbarian Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Smart place, very open to new ideas and an "entrepreneurial" sense of engagement/management
    - Great environment for tech / developers - management within tech is top notch
    - Flexible work from home, great vacation (though I've heard this has changed more recently)
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Disorganized, processes change on a weekly or monthly basis
    - Company culture has come to resemble an aging frat boy
    - Difficult to get recognition without playing politics (but this is true of most agencies)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down. The attrition rate was out of control when I left; I believe it's been staunched more recently. Look at the internal problems of the company, and realize there's no shame in solving them with new solutions - the culture of the first five years doesn't scale to what TBG is trying to be today. Sophie Kelly will be good for TBG.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unethical, unprofessional, intolerable atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Barbarian Group full-time

    Pros

    The agency has a good reputation among some circles.

    Cons

    Where to start? The ongoing sexual harassment? The lack of project management? The lack of ethics when it came to billing practices? "Barbarian" is not a name chosen lightly. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my contacts at the client company, so this made it possible for me to endure working with TBG as long as I did. But was relieved in the worst possible way to learn that the client was dropping them, and I left soon afterward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some grown-ups to lead the company. You have a lot of talented people coming and going through your doors and it seems worthwhile to manage things a little better so that more people will stay longer with the organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not as awesome as they say.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Barbarian Group

    Pros

    On the surface there's a lot of great things here: nice big work space with the freedom to float around, free snacks/coffee/soda, great benefits, somewhat decent compensation, occasional parties, generally laid back environment. The people here are hit or miss, but you may make some friends that will outlast your time here.

    Cons

    This agency is very much a slave to its clients, which means you will be too. Poor management of projects, time, and resources puts a lot of stress on the creatives/developers that deliver the end result. Some people here are just juvenile and quite a few lack the appropriate training to be adept at their job. It's very reminiscent of high school in that it tends to be cliquey and those who stay quiet will remain nameless wallflowers. If you want be noticed then prepare to be a loud, obnoxious kiss-up, otherwise be surprised if you ever get acknowledged for your hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the needs of your worker bees. Hire some real project managers with more common sense. Perhaps a refresher course in people skills is in order for HR as well.

  9.  

    Disorganized management with an untrained staff.

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

    I worked at The Barbarian Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The office environment is setup nice. The people are generally very pleasant to work with. The pay is on par with what I have seen in other agencies.

    Cons

    There is an endless supply of managers and not enough staff focused on actually building out products. A junior web developer will spend around 40% of their day in meetings and the rest coding, creatives will spend even more time in meetings everyday. This is a very unproductive workflow. Client management is also a complete failure, reasonable expectations are not set creating a hostile environment between certain client's and the agency. Some clients actually own a share of stock in the agency which really screws up the whole dynamic of an agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start insulating your staffers from the client more, it is inappropriate for the entire team to know every issue between agency and client. Hire upper management that is able to lead the entire departments with as few subordinate managers as possible, this is an issue with multiple departments. Hiring more managers because of other staff's incompetence is not a solution to a problem. Start using true Agile Management to your extended projects, this word was thrown around constantly and actually used when it was in dire need. If no management staff is truly knowledgable in Agile Management I suggest you send them for some training classes. Training is another area that is completely over looked for the staff employees, work on this as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Not a warm crowd

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

    I have been working at The Barbarian Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They give you a wide berth so you if youre a go getter and dont really mind the people you work with it could be a good opportunity.

    Cons

    Worked there 6 months and the people from the top down were just plain unfriendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You set the example, you can always tell from the receptionist on, what kind of people a place attracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    It's Gonna be Awesome

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

    I worked at The Barbarian Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for. Great environment. Flexible work from home policies. Lots of awesome parties!

    Cons

    Went through some culture shock/change with loss of one of the partners. Current management appears to now have turned that corner and is focusing on doing awesome work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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