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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company and culture"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adfero full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been at a few different agencies and have heard how they all preach about "teamwork, work life balance, etc." While a lot of places say that but don't show it, Adfero actually values those things and it shows. No micromanaging, everyone sits in an open setting (even CEO and COO), and creativity and thinking outside the box is encouraged. Beautiful new office, good benefits, and great coworkers. Free lunch...

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    Cons

    The all open office environment can take some getting used to, but overall it works, just different at first.

    Advice to Management

    Great culture - keep fostering it.

    Adfero2018-06-28
  2. "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adfero full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office is nice. Good 401K plan.

    Cons

    I took this job due to a lot of promise and possibility. I came in super excited about the position to be met with a lot of smoke and mirrors. There was not enough work for me and I spent a lot of my days bored and hoping for something to do. I brought this up to management more times than I can tell you. I wrote loads of new business plans, created educational materials, went on pitches ... and nothing. I looked...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire people you need. The digital advertising work here is strong and the marketing tactics are good. Narrow in on the skillset you've mastered before trying to expand in new areas.

    Adfero2019-03-26
  3. "Awesome agency - Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adfero full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Incredible team atmosphere with everyone kicking in to help move projects over the finish line. There's never a boring day, and the company works hard to ensure that all team members are supported. New office space is incredible and the management is very approachable. Great people to work with and for. Also worth mentioning how transparent leadership is. Every major decision is explained to staff and all financials...

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    Cons

    Junior staff compensation is pretty brutal for how expensive DC can be. Depending on what client you're on, you can be pretty isolated from other colleagues for long stretches of time.

    Advice to Management

    Pay junior staff a bit more and I think you'd have candidates knocking down your doors to work here.

    Adfero2017-11-30
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Burning great people out too quickly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adfero for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The low to mid-level staff that are responsible for execution of client work make a great team and an overall hospitable working environment. The closeness felt among teams is great because of the small size and flexible roles/responsibilities.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the size is also a huge issue for the company. Because it is so small, certain people rise to leadership positions very quickly and allow their titles to cloud valuable input from other team members. While Adfero tries to congratulate that it is a "flat" organization, that is only really applicable in the delegation of work. Mid-level staff often end up taking on work that is above their pay-grade and are...

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    Advice to Management

    Recognize the strong talent at Adfero and realize that when people appear to be working well together, it is not good for the staff or the bottom line to throw monkey wrenches in things.

    Adfero2016-09-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adfero

    Pros

    Great place to work, when you are a team player.

    Cons

    Strategic communication is our client focus however, Internal communication is could improve.

    Adfero2015-08-13
  6. "Great agency that truly focuses on employees!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Adfero full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    While many firms develop a mission statement and core values simply for the purpose of putting them on their website, Adfero is truly dedicated to living and breathing its core values. Junior employees and senior leaders alike are committed to working together, learning from mistakes, being responsible for results, and respecting one another. Adfero leadership believes deeply in the mission: to create opportunities for...

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    Cons

    If you like a ton of structure and want to be given your to-do list everyday, this isn't the place for you. Hiring decisions are not made lightly (or quickly) and a lot of emphasis is placed on culture fit. Overall, it's the right approach - but when you have a lot of work and need help on your team, it can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    Adfero2015-07-22
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Level"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adfero full-time

    Pros

    The junior staff is amazing and they keep a high morale in the office.

    Cons

    The open office plan in intolerable, especially because some of the leadership thinks that the open layout substitutes for knowing what the employees are doing, feeling or thinking. That led to false assumptions and those that actually talked to the staff were seen as trouble makers.

    Advice to Management

    See the staff as more than cogs in a wheel producing a widget. Upper management does not demonstrate enough knowledge or love of public relations or the core business.

    Adfero2015-07-08
  8. "Account Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adfero

    Pros

    Definitely a good start if you are looking to break into the realm of public relations. The atmosphere is inviting but you definitely have to prove yourself in terms of your work. Make sure you are paying close attention to feedback.

    Cons

    Work can get hectic at times but then other times it will be really slow

    Adfero2015-06-19
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Adfero full-time

    Pros

    Although this experience was not a highlight of my career, there did seem to be a level of genuine camaraderie among the junior staff at the office, and many of the former higher level management team seemed truly interested in acting as mentors.

    Cons

    Discussions with the CEO are uncomfortable. The process for advancement is never laid out or discussed. There isn't much transparency regarding decision making and finances. Bad contracts are accepted without regard to the negative impact on staff.

    Advice to Management

    If there are areas of high turnovers, those areas should be reviewed and the problem identified rather than covered up. Mass firings are deeply unsettling and somewhat frightening, particularly when a staff member is looking at future success with the company.

    Adfero2014-05-13
  10. "Best Place to Launch PR Career"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adfero full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Culture: Having been at a new company for some time now, I can say that Adfero has the best possible culture. Not only can every (good) employee recite the four core values, but they are employee-focused. It's very inclusive and open, making for happy and accountable employees. Career Growth: Adfero focuses heavily on individual growth from quarter to quarter and year over year. Constructive feedback is helpful, so...

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    Cons

    Workload: It ebbs and flows just like any PR firm. Sometimes people are really overloaded, but as long as you ask for help (one of the core values is all working together in times like this), you should be fine. Bad eggs: In my years there, there was always a person or two who wasn't bought into the culture or didn't care to perform well. It's a client services business and that can really weigh on your experience...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep growing. Continue to focus on building a company of great people and great service. It has, and will continue to pay off.

    Adfero2013-12-09
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