Wire Stone

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Wire Stone Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
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    Current Employee - Creative in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Creative in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Wire Stone full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wirestone is an agency on the cusp of achieving more greatness. A key difference from other agencies is that WireStone has an integrated strategy group allowing them to move up the ranks with their clients, leapfrogging the traditional agencies with the types of engagements they are being asked to work on.
    Wirestone was born from the joining of several small agencies which brings with it the many benefits established agencies are trying to bring back. The down side of this is, at times, WireStone struggles between its roots and acting like the world class agency it is. Management appears to be actively recruiting from the larger agencies bringing in the best of agency practices while still keeping to their small agency heritage.
    The culture is genuine and oddly does stretch across all offices. I have many tight relationships with colleagues in offices other than my "home" office which is a testament to WireStone always trying to hire the right person who doesn't just do good work but is also good to work with.

    Cons

    Career path and growth is vague. Part of the small agency heritage WireStone is still working through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would say a lot to invest in your employees by investing in their future with 401k matching.

    Recommends
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    Insanely talented and wicked smart people, in an environment that respects the humanity of work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Wire Stone full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This agency is all about bringing out the best in people to do great work for its clients. It favors curious-minded, self-starter types that like to collaborate and are mentally agile. The focus is on generating great ideas and what you can do to help solve a client's business problem, sans the politics and bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Like any agency, the pressure is always on to deliver, deliver, deliver.

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    Uber creative, strategic, intelligent and friendly people

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Wire Stone full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership is very involved in the success of our clients and employees. They allow the staff to take ownership of our respective work functions and don't micromanage our teams. My supervisor is always there if I need him -- he's a great leader and is always teaching me something new while encouraging me to use my skills and experience. He also is very transparent in sharing information from the management group and about the health and growth of our organization.

    Cons

    As a newer employee, the on boarding process could have been a little more organized (from an HR perspective), however, from a work perspective I was given the rope to just dive in and get started right away. I was fortunate enough to have a "buddy" assigned to help me with the transition, which was great!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways or encourage employees to interact within our office and across the different locations more frequently.

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    Exciting Company, Great Culture, Wonderful People, Interesting Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Wire Stone full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great employees, fun environment and inviting spaces. We laugh a lot and work with some of the most creative and smart business minded professionals in the industry.
    We have a great executive team. They are transparent, they are good to their teams, and they believe in the growth of the company as much as the growth of the individual.
    We have a great culture. Wire Stone is supportive of a healthy work/life balance and are flexible with family committments. There is a focus on wellness of the body and mind, and a real effort to connect as a team to experience true community.

    Cons

    Could benefit from having a new hire orientation to make a new person feel that they understand the company, departments, and org chart. Strong HR procedures and on boarding process would help a new employee feel more grounded in their understanding of their job, their management and their expectations.

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    It's all in the manifesto

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Wire Stone full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will never be bored of Wire Stone. It is not the sort of place where boredom occurs, and no day is quite like the next.

    People at Wire Stone are among the kindest, most talented you could ever wish to meet.

    It is a great place for career growth and opportunities to learn from your colleagues.

    The salary and the benefits are competitive. The health insurance benefits are especially good.

    Cons

    You will never be bored. Occasionally, you may wish you were. \o/

    Have struggled with a work / life balance, but also struggle with being a workaholic. Two pieces of advice I would offer are:

    * You set your own pace and it largely up to you to keep it sustainable. If you need help all you need is to ask for it.

    * Don't be afraid to market yourself. It is good experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you. Through all the ups-and-downs I have loved and continue to love being a Wirestoner!

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  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company full of opportunities for the talented self-starters.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wire Stone full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is more than talk here.

    Cons

    Fragmented office set up makes cross-office personal relationships hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More company parties.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    could not be happier with my career at Wire Stone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wire Stone full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wire Stone is a company led by thoughtful, down-to-earth executives who sincerely work to do what is best for their employees. I have grown up professionally and personally inside of this company, and have always been offered the support and trust I need to exceed my goals. I have experienced career growth beyond what I thought possible and have seen many of my peers do the same, as we have evolved from a small, scrappy organization to a professional company with clear career paths and regular internal promotions. I'm certainly biased in support of this organization, because they have had my back at every turn. My coworkers, peers, and bosses sincerely care about me as a person and work to set me up for success. Not only would I recommend this company to a friend, lots of my friends wish they worked here and we have hired a few of them!

    Cons

    We are such a transparent company that leadership decisions are openly questioned, as you can see by the reviews on this site. While our managers and executives successfully managed our company through an economic downturn that hit a lot of independent marketing companies really hard, those hard decisions caused morale challenges for a lot of people who had been here since the early days. The only thing that really gets me down at work is hearing the complaints of few impact the upward momentum of the rest of the crew. However, there is less talk about the past and more focus on the future every day. The last couple years have been full of positive momentum and I have a lot of faith in the leadership in place at this company!

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    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, Great experience

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    Former Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Wire Stone as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great team, fun project, open environment, lots of great informational prep work done, smart people on board. Very friendly environment.

    Cons

    Explaining objectives clearly was a bit of a hurdle the ramp up and ramp down process could use some smoothing out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smooth over the kickoff process, other than that everything else is really well done!

    Recommends
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  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    I absolutely love coming to work everyday.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Wire Stone full-time

    Pros

    This is a company of good, smart people who want to do great work. The culture and the people are fun and fabulous. We get along, we joke, we laugh, we hang out outside of work, we get stuff done. With a wide array of clients and projects, there is plenty of innovative, exciting work to be had; as well as freedom and opportunity to push the envelope in several areas.

    Upper management is dedicated and approachable. I always, always feel that my voice is heard and my suggestions and opinions are welcomed and respected.

    Cons

    I've been in the agency world for about 7 years and have experience at all kinds of shops, big and small. I've never seen an agency that didn't have some sore spots. Wire Stone is no exception in the sense that there are times when resourcing is a challenge, new processes create frustration, working down long hallways can be tough, etc. But at the end of the day, I love it here. The fun, happy days far out-weigh the stressful ones, and that is more than I can say for several of the other Chicago agencies where I've worked.

    Also, I've seen several comments about salaries being low/unfair, but I don't believe that is the case more than any other advertising agency. Unfortunately, in this industry you often have to change companies in order to jump your salary. This was not my first agency, and the salary they started me at was very competitive -- a jump from where I was before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since we have offices in various cities across the country, an annual company trip would be very helpful in developing relationships with our colleagues across the network. I know this has been done in the past, but it would be great if it were an annual event.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Wire Stone Response

    Oct 22, 2014Corporate Communications

    Thank you for your feedback and for the positive vibes you bring to the team every day. Because of our distributed “long hallways” model, passion and motivation in one office translates to a morale ... More

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stagnant company for the last few years and this won't change soon

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wire Stone

    Pros

    Great for someone who is just starting their career. You have the ability to work on some very cool projects for some larger clients.

    Cons

    Do no expect a raise or career growth here. Very rarely will they promote people. The company is all talk with very little follow through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking that you can compete with the larger agencies. Find a niche and run with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Wire Stone Response

    Sep 23, 2014Corporate Communications

    Thank you for your feedback. We truly are committed to transparency and hope you will utilize one of the available internal channels to express your specific concerns along the lines of career ... More

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