The San Jose Group

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The San Jose Group Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
44 Reviews
2.5
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The San Jose Group President & CCO George L San Jose
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    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Junior Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The San Jose Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This internship is what you make it. You can ask for work handed to you in exchange for good industry experience. Or you can sit silently and spend a boring 8 hours at your desk every day.

    Cons

    There are a ton of interns and only a few full time executives, which means most things you are learning on your own without much help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Internship Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Junior Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The San Jose Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say about this organization nor experience.

    Cons

    - Horrible organization
    - No HR personnel when I was there
    - Internship leader at the time would push religion on interns
    - No real world learning experience
    - Not a healthy work environment for anyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to change entirely! Not sure how they are still up and running.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reading the other reviews shows that nothing has changed. CEO is still a bully who undermines he's employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The San Jose Group

    Pros

    Location...yes that's all, nothing good in working here.

    Cons

    CEO bully and doesn't want to hear new and effective strategies, incompetent leadership, no direction, no growth, even though CEO is Hispanic he's racist against his own race and values white employees more, interns everywhere and unpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some anger management classes and listen to your employees. You're not the only one with ideas! Hire actual experienced individuals instead of dumping all your work on unpaid interns who don't learn anything because their supervisor is incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Last Resort Only

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    Former Employee - Junior Executive Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Executive Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The San Jose Group (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting experience with good people to work with. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Leads to nowhere. You're basically their free workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay JE's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Junior Executive

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    Former Employee - Junior Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The San Jose Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. You learn a lot from management. This internship is what you make of it.

    Cons

    - Unpaid internship
    - Use interns to do a lot of work that should be payed for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay interns or don't rely on them

    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to gain experience but not ideal for the long term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The San Jose Group part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you are trying to get into the ad industry, this is a great way to break in and get the much needed experience for your resume. There is free access to the fitness facilities and snacks in the building. The hr guy and operations manager definitely make coming to work pleasant and are very welcoming to everyone.

    Cons

    The CCO's way of thinking and running the company are out dated. There are more interns than employees (interns are unpaid). How can you expect to get quality work when the majority of your staff is just entering the industry and your regular employees look miserable. The account executive is over-worked and does not give clear directions which makes for a lot of miscommunication. You can tell she could be great at her job and pleasant to work with but they need to get her some (paid) help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend money on getting more regular experienced employees, acknowledge your staff for their work you are receiving at a low price; it may just help make up a little for the lack of fair pay, and last, take ideas from interns and younger staff; they may have a fresh outlook that can change the direction of the company for the better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The San Jose Group

    Pros

    They have a small creative team so you have the opportunity to work on everything.

    Cons

    I have no negative comments about this agency.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The San Jose Group as an intern

    Pros

    Small and easy to interact with people. They also treat interns very nicely

    Cons

    Might get too small sometime. the pros becomes the cons

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a Great Career Choice

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The San Jose Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free snacks. Pretty office.

    Cons

    Call center atmosphere. No creative input respected. Expensive parking. Management was not engaged in opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your brand promise to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hated it, but I needed experience

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    Current Employee - Junior Executive/Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Junior Executive/Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The San Jose Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A good amount of people you work with an sometimes make the 40 hour day/no pay worth it and the experience looked good on my resume after just finishing my freshman year in college.

    Cons

    I worked under a micromanager who was surprisingly immature for her age. Thankfully she left so maybe their internship program got better. Other than that, I would not recommend applying for their internship program unless it did in fact get better--They basically use this program as free labor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interns work hard and make up a huge chunk of the office. Don't they deserve more?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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