The Bradford Group Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Solid Company Overall, Slow Adopters of Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copywriter
    Current Employee - Copywriter

    I have been working at The Bradford Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've been treated well for the 5+ years I've been here - great benefits, job security, my boss in particular is very understanding of the work/life balance, efforts are made to promote "team building," and I've been able to attend several conferences that would typically only be open to marketers.

    Cons

    Location sucks, they're a little old fashioned and slow to adopt new technology as well as new corporate culture, not likely to take risks, creative staff tends to be viewed as support rather than integral part of the team

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff. Immediately.


  2. Positive Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Bradford Group full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    My experience at The Bradford Group has been very positive. I work for a great boss who allows me the creativity and autonomy to try new things. She is supportive and encouraging and creates opportunities for me to continually grow and develop.

    Cons

    The technology is a bit behind but initiatives to upgrade are in place.


  3. Great Experience; would work for boss again

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Niles, IL

    I worked at The Bradford Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was lucky to have found such a great mentor in the Recruitment Manager. I grew from an HR Associate to the Employment Coordinator in approximately 18 months because she not only groomed me, but when I asked to do more I was allowed to and I proved that I could do it successfully. So when an opening came - I got the promotion.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the VP of HR at the time decided to make some changes and outsource some of the recruiting to an agency which affected my employment and I was laid off. Last year was 2005

    Advice to Management

    Don't always think about the almighty dollar/bottom line. I've seen companies in my career, time after time. Find ways to save money via outsourcing and in the long run, people were not satisfied and things get brought back in house. Customer Service is something that isn't easily measurable but is invaluable.


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  5. Great company to start your career

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Niles, IL

    I have been working at The Bradford Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome smart people to work with. Very unique products. It's a mid-size company that has been growing for decades and still on the up. Casual working environment, business attire is not required and work hours are pretty flexible. HQ in Niles is like a theme park with real trees, rivers and fountains inside the building.

    Cons

    Not too many perks with average compensation compare to the market. Some of the most talented people left when they find better pay.

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job so far - only advice would be to try to retain top talent however they can.


  6. Marketing Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Bradford Group

    Pros

    Good time off Could take a long lunch and no one noticed

    Cons

    Stubborn upper management Lack of raises or incentives after 2 years No attempt to negotiate salary


  7. Helpful (3)

    anonymous

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Niles, IL

    I have been working at The Bradford Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a good place to get a start but don't stay long.

    Cons

    People are overworked, stressed out. Over time, I have seen good people apply for team leader, supervisor positions who were not qualified for the position. Good people have been bypassed. One manager likes to believe the lies, gossip about certain people and will not go to the source and stop it.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to step down and let some decent people run the departments. This company may not be in business for too long. As for Rich Timberg, you need to start listening to the employees who have something worthwhile to say. Really listen. Don't push the problem down to the manager of certain departments that have problems and tell the manager to take care of the problem. It does not happen.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Niles, IL

    I worked at The Bradford Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Casual work environment - Nice facilities - Talented employees

    Cons

    - Under paid and over worked - Archaic technology systems - Low quality products - Few opportunities for advancement - Lacks modernization

    Advice to Management

    - Retire already


  9. Helpful (1)

    Senior Media Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Bradford Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment, flexible hours, good location.

    Cons

    Top management has been there for years - need fresh/new ideas. Systems are archaic. Hard to get promoted without fighting for it. Salaries are not great for employes that have been there a while.


  10. Great Starting Point

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Bradford Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely casual work environment, minimal stress, nice people. Location is great in the suburbs. Can obtain basic marketing skills.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is unlikely, work product is likely going to fizzle out in several years (mail order and older clientele targeted).


  11. Good Place To Start

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CTN Marketer in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - CTN Marketer in Niles, IL

    I have been working at The Bradford Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to get general business. Skills are generally not transferable, however the general business knowledge that you learn is worth it.

    Cons

    Micro managed to the extreme. No decisions can be made without upper management approval.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your skilled employees to make decisions, and invest in new IT infrastructure.



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