The San Jose Group Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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The San Jose Group President & CCO George L San Jose
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  1. Account Services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The San Jose Group (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location. Nice office. Very nice people to work with in the office.

    Cons

    A lot of the agency runs on interns. It can be great experience for a young professional to take on more responsibilities, but there probably needs to be more full-time structure.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Vice President/Director Level - Single worst professional experience I've had

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The San Jose Group

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

    Pros

    I'm sorry. I honestly can't think of one simple thing I would classify as a "pro" within the agency. I suppose the kitchen area and your individual work area is above average.

    Cons

    I'm not a malicious person and honestly have never shared anything like this before. Something recently reminded me of my time working for George San Jose and thought this forum to be appropriate. I have worked in the ad agency industry for over 10 years and have met, worked for and befriended Principals (Owners) of agencies like this all over Chicago. There are so many things wrong with the way he runs his agency. (and to be clear.... he literally runs and micromanages every aspect of the agency) There literally is no staff other than maybe the 4 full time employees he has. the rest are 10-20 (no kidding) interns entering data for a summer. He tries to mentor this group with a once a week staff meeting but he is so far removed from the trends in the industry and how successful agencies are run, his efforts teach the young interns poor habits. He is operating in the very scary capacity of selling first and staffing second. There is no "creative" team or "Creative Director". He has absolutely no expertise within the digital space and the only stream of revenue I saw a possibility in was in utilizing his "global" San Jose Network (small, boutique agencies in places like South America) in possibly charging his client an extra 10% to put a billboard in Peru or something. Anyway, the portfolio is incredibly outdated which makes winning new business hard, no creative staff so execution is usually sub par and on top of everything, George honestly is not a kind person to have as a colleague. As mentioned, I've worked for all kinds of agency owners but this was an experience I can't even begin to express in regards to the just flat out rude and managing my fear type of approach. I had potential pieces of business who George wanted to speak with in which I immediately received a call with just how flat our rude George was on the phone.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing to give because there is no management. My advice to George is to have a slice of humble pie and realize your shop is not relevant in the current marketplace. I'm sure the 70's and 80's were successful as you cornered the Hispanic market. I guess maybe merge with a more digital and/or relevant agency to energize your portfolio? Either way... very poor mistake on my end for staying as long as I did.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a very good internship program for undergrads

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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

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

    Pros

    the company was alright, but their internship program wasn't great; seemed like the full-time staff really enjoyed being there, though

    Cons

    as an intern, I received very little work (almost none at all) and it didn't seem that anyone even noticed; I wasn't paid for my time either, which is perhaps how not giving a good internship experience was justified


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

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

    I worked at The San Jose Group

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Last Resort Only

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Interesting experience with good people to work with. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Leads to nowhere. You're basically their free workforce

    Advice to Management

    Pay JE's


  7. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    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. Helpful (3)

    Not a Great Career Choice

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Free snacks. Pretty office.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Keep your brand promise to your employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Hated it, but I needed experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (4)

    You will regret taking this job!

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

    I worked at The San Jose Group

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

    Pros

    Great location, easy access to CTA trains and busses.
    Most of the people who work there are great, everyone realizes that no matter what you will be underpaid and unhappy but still can have fun and joke around, only when the CEO is not around.
    Free gym in the building

    Cons

    There are no clients and no real work to be done.
    The CEO is a bully, always will be.
    There is only one person who can make a decision and he will never listen to new ideas no matter how great and fresh they are.
    No opportunity for advancement when it comes to career or paycheck.
    Summer Fridays is a lie, leaving early before a holidays is a joke, neither of these will ever happen!
    Work enviornment is hostile people are afreaid to leave their desk in fear of being seen not working
    Most importantly ther is nothing to do, what could have been a great concept has failed. Other agencies have better ideas, more moreny, more resources to really get new business and keep clients happy.

    Advice to Management

    RETIRE! Sell the agency to someone who can do something with it and maybe save the company name.



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