I have been working at BIGfish Communications (More than a year)
--The account team is all pretty young, but everyone is professional and driven (and good at their jobs).
--The account team works together in an open-office space which encourages collaboration and camaraderie. There's no sense of competition, unlike lots of other agencies.
--Because of the smaller company size, entry-level positions (AND interns) are given a great deal of responsibility, getting into important projects like pitching right away. Everyone has their hand in almost every account in some way, so you get a wide variety of experiences.
--The company offers lots of benefits - unlimited work-from-home days, work-from-home Fridays, summer Fridays, paid parking/public transit passes, etc. They also do a lot of team outings and BIGfish parties throughout the year.
--Moving up in the company is pretty much built in on a yearly basis if you're performing well, and you're naturally given more responsibility outside of promotions as well.
BIGfish management isn't the type to hold your hand through your work day, so new employees may not be used to the "hands-off" management style. However, it does encourage you to grow and push yourself to do more, so I've appreciated it as a young professional.
Advice to Management
Keep giving the same responsibilities to your entry-level positions and interns, because it helps them learn a lot!
I worked at BIGfish Communications (Less than a year)
BIGfish Communications is a small agency with a big feel. The clients are interesting and fun to work with and have experienced a lot of growth with the help of BIGfish. Besides the clients, the BIGfish team is very talented and passionate about PR. Even though I was just an intern, I was very much treated like a part of the team and they really cared about my progress and growth. This is a very hands-on internship and you will be given a lot of responsibility if you can prove you can handle it. Just some other pros:
-Close knit, friendly office
-Progress reports to track growth and areas to improve
-Real PR work (won't be doing purely administrative work)
-Smart, growing business
-Really good company culture
The con that stands out to me is the fact that the internship is unpaid. They're very flexible with your schedule though so if you have a part time job it's pretty manageable.
I worked at BIGfish Communications as an intern (Less than a year)
Small company so everyone personally knows you & all the employees do things together
Got the opportunity to pitch to media & have articles published on the client's website
Really accommodating in terms of scheduling issues
Casual & laid-back environment
While all the employees do things together, interns get left out & are not invited on any company outings
Not a ton of work to do, the days can go by pretty slowly
Advice to Management
Create a program for interns so they feel more a part of the company's team & have the opportunity to get to know each other!
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