TracyLocke Reviews in Wilton, CT

Updated June 12, 2014
Updated June 12, 2014
42 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Art Director  in  Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Art Director in Wilton, CT

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Top clients, creative environment, ok benefits, beer/ wine cart fridays, always busy, great location.

    Cons

    Medical portion employee pays should be a lot less, No 401k match & no yearly increases.
    Some long tenure employees take the company for granted, Lack of experience managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the long term employees that are no longer effective. Provide more promotions or yearly increases. Look into why medical costs is so high when we are a large group.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Went Downhill fast

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    Former Employee - Account Services  in  Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Account Services in Wilton, CT

    I worked at TracyLocke full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Used to have a great culture, great talent, great work. Spent a wonderful 5+ years there...it was like family.

    Cons

    I left after numerous rounds of layoffs and high turnover. Everyone became fearful for their jobs...changes in leadership were not favorable. They didn't replace any of the bodies...just worked everyone to death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe now that BA is leaving things will improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It's not WHAT you know but WHO you know

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    Former Employee - Art Director  in  Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Art Director in Wilton, CT

    I worked at TracyLocke full-time

    Pros

    - good entry level job to gain experience
    - beer cart fridays & bagel wednesdays
    - employee field outings is good for team moral

    Cons

    - don't expect a promotion based on working really hard and late nights, its not how hard you work but instead its how hard you make friends with upper management to move up.
    - company has no interest in your goals, career or quality of life, if you want to grow and get promoted, make friends with your manager and get invited to their house for drinking and partying. Scheduling a professional appointment and bullet pointing expectations won't get you anywhere.
    - Upon hiring process, promises of 401K matching, bonuses and promotion are promised, but once the contract is signed and you hear the inside info, turns out they haven't done any matching or bonuses in over 5 years...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're not in high school anymore, and it career growth shouldn't be based on who's in the cool club, but instead on who works the hours, puts in the hard work and is motivated to get things done. The "new" company motto of: Own IT, Lean IN and Press On, should be rewarded with acknowledgment, promotion and investing in the good talent you hire.
    CEO is in denial that people leave cause TracyLocke doesn't treat their employees right but instead calls a meeting and tells the company to not "freak out, and that's what the industry is about, people leave because not everyone fits into agency life..." - um ok, sure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Just Ok Agency

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    Current Employee - Account Director  in  Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Account Director in Wilton, CT

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Worked with great people and some great clients

    Cons

    Terrible President/CEO with poor Agency vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Burn and churn then burn some more

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    Former Employee - Group Account Director  in  Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Group Account Director in Wilton, CT

    I worked at TracyLocke full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    creative fun environment
    talented people
    easy to get promoted to fill staff voids

    Cons

    management unplugged
    inefficient
    poor communication
    too many talent shifts to fill staffing voids with no long-term vision or career plan for employees
    always relying on flagship retainer to carry smaller size client retainers or new business
    Can't keep best industry talent
    burn and churn through entry level employees
    account leadership bullies and is very unprofessional - no clue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your management team. Extremely unprofessional and bias. Team would be ill-qualified if it weren't for the pre-established relationships they have with one main flagship client. If you need proof, look at your track record with new business. COO needs to be less organic and more attune. Sad state of affairs for a once talented agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constantly evolving, rarely stable

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    Former Employee - Account Service  in  Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Account Service in Wilton, CT

    I worked at TracyLocke full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you can tune out the politics. The work is interesting, most of the people are great, and the place is full of energy. Though I have plenty of complaints, it's still one of the better companies that I have worked for.

    Cons

    TL is constantly blowing up the structure in an attempt to improve, but really they are only making things difficult. The work produced trends towards the stale, as the creative department loves recycling. There is very little communication between management and field employees, and the agency has a complete disconnect with both field employees and field clients. The average age at the agency is probably 23, which may explain the quality of work. There is little room for advancement, and politics are abound. Merit alone will not propel your career at TL.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the field, and clamp down on the home office. It wouldn't hurt to have a little bit of discipline. Focus less on empty philosophical "paradigm shifts" and focus more on your people and producing quality advertising.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's like Lord of the Flies in there, only worse.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT

    I worked at TracyLocke

    Pros

    It's a very casual work environment where you can dress how you like and socialize with co-workers without threat of reprimand.

    Cons

    While they portray themselves as one big happy communicative family, TL is anything but. The Creative Department is run by a bunch of young, inexperienced boys who have never worked anywhere but TL, have zero management training, and come from an environment where working harder rather than smarter is continually rewarded. There is rampant favoritism and sexism going on, which contributes to the pervasively negative morale issues plaguing this once-nice place to work. It's a shame what happened to TL and I can only see things getting more deteriorated as time goes by with one bad decision made by management after another continues to pile up. The saddest part is that management, at some of the highest levels, are fully aware of the issues, but choose to turn a blind eye to them. Instead, they're perfectly content to let TL turn into a sweatshop run by a pack of unfairly entitled "Lost Boys" who have no idea how to properly run their teams, or satisfy their clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop PRETENDING to listen and care while exacerbating the situation by rewarding bad behavior. Things may SEEM ok for now, but the chickens will most certainly come home to roost. It will show in employee turnover and client dissatisfaction, and by the time you decide to actually take action, I fear it will be too late. With so much riding on one big client, no one at ANY level over there at TL can afford to make these kinds of mistakes, and no one is safe from losing their livelihood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Their own worst enemy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT

    I worked at TracyLocke

    Pros

    Great national accounts, big programs, serious clients who have resources for major campaigns. Company has great systems and people in place to handle almost any kind of advertising or promotion.

    Cons

    TL is a group of small, Balkanized fiefdoms, rather than a unified company. The various home and field offices do not have any clear idea what each other is up to; resources and information are not shared effectively. This is reflective of the overall culture within the DDB network, and within Omnicom as a whole. Clients have a field day pitting agencies in the same network against each other, with employees getting the worst of it.
    You will do some of your best work for TL, and they will take the credit and show you the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get everyone on the same page; invest in the future, and stop looking at quarterly results so closely; give your risk-takers and entrepreneurs leave to try new things and fail early and often.
    You give lip service to these ideals, but you don't act on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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