Mission: To be an agency that clients love to work with and are proud to call their own.
I have been working at sandbox full-time
Good pay, decent mix of people, recently started doing employee reviews, good benefits, less drama than other agencies, good tech and bookkeeping.
Uninspiring leadership from on high (starting to improve), not enough focus on winning new business, lack of a sense of humor/fun to motivate employees (starting to improve), high-end creative not prioritized enough (a few catalysts are helping, but need more creative leadership), sparse Account leadership, failure to help disparate locations get to know one another to help build working relationships.
Advice to Management
Just one request: Find a way to really level with us. Most communiques from upper management come off like stiff political calculations full of tired, safe corporate speak without empathy or spark. It comes across poorly, like employees are being "managed" rather than valued.
Example: Bonuses. We don't need to see the financial charts--that kind of detail isn't helpful--we just need to hear you say, "Hey, everybody. You've rocked out this year, *thank you.* Unfortunately, we've had ups and downs, and bonuses aren't looking likely. It sucks and we're sorry. We're gonna do everything we can to still pay them out, so let's see if we can crush it this final quarter. Have some free booze."
I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at sandbox (Kansas City, MO) in January 2017.
A phone interview was the first step, I then received an in-person Interview where I was set to meet with 3 different people on one team. At the end of the interview I was told that I would definitely hear something either way. The Interview went very well on my end, I then followed up with mailing a hand written Thank You note to each of the individuals that I interviewed with. A week later I had not received a response, so I sent a follow-up email to the person who had referred me to submit my information. In the card I just thanked them for the opportunity and that I looked forward to speaking with them again. I never received an email back from that person. Another week went by and I sent my final email still expressing my interest in the position and asking if there was any more information I could provide. I still did not get an email back.
I am not upset that I did not receive the job, it is just a little rude to ignore someones genuine responses inquiring about the process or the status of their application. Every other company I have interviewd for I have gotten some sort of response if I did not get the job, sure its generic but it is at least something.
I was excited about this opportunity and it has just left me wondering if I did something wrong?
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