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BVK Reviews

Updated May 10, 2017
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  1. "Great People and Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Co-workers
    Energetic Environment
    Opportunities for team-building outside of work
    Wellness program
    Success is determined by individual effort / drive

    Cons

    Workload can fluctuate week-to-week
    Employee review system is very loose
    No set compensation advancement schedule

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee review / compensation advancement structure


  2. "Good Work Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone at the agency truly values a work life balance. This mentality helps to foster comradery and teamwork within the office that ultimately produces great work for our clients. The entrepreneurial mentality also opens doors for employees to blaze their own trail.

    Cons

    There is no review process in place. This can make it challenging for employees to understand what they need to learn or master in order to advance their career. Again, the entrepreneurial spirit presents both pros and cons.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate with employees about management updates, new initiatives, new business, etc. Agency meetings are appreciated and the recent company survey shows that employee feedback is valued. Keep up the good work!


  3. "Cool gig but abysmal pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BVK full-time

    Pros

    The casual dress atmosphere was great.
    Work/life balance was decent, alright benefits.
    Coffee was mostly Stone Creek or Collectivo which was a + in my book.
    Best thing overall were the people; super smart, fun and chill group.
    Good mix of young and older folks.
    Large & free parking lot
    No cubicles. You get your own little private office.

    Cons

    No structure, no organization, everyone for themselves. Can't find work or people don't want to work with you? Good luck.

    A lot of creatives and new hires start out making a dollar or two above what the interns are being paid. There's no review process and raises are almost unheard of. Profit sharing bonus is also laughably low. Very little room for growth. They've lost quite a few talented folks due to this.

    No promoting from within. When a position opens up, they'll find a new hire.

    Very tight turnaround times. Expect to put extra hours to meet demanding, unrealistic deadlines.

    Can be very gossipy.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Preference over talent - entrepreneurship over investment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BVK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun people, relaxed/calm environment. There's no micromanagement. Also, there are a lot of fun accounts. Working with Serve non-profit has to be the highlight. In depth learning, start to finish brand ideation. Also, great teamwork. Enjoy it. That's the most teamwork you'll get.

    Cons

    There is a lack of investment of employees. Strengths are not fostered and hiring new creatives is the go-to method, instead of building and promoting within. This is not a company to grow in. After about 6 months, you will remain stagnant unless you somehow fit the "in crowd." How do you do that you might ask? Drinking booze for days, gossiping and "getting friendly". There's a fine line between taking charge and being intimidating. Tread carefully. You mess up once, there's no recovery. People are friendly, but that can also be interpreted as fake. Watch who you trust. Again, tread carefully on BVK waters to stay afloat. Poor culture. Add some flavor and stop clicking with only what you know. You're missing out on amazing talent.

    Advice to Management

    Actually have an annual review. Ridiculous! Shouldn't have to hunt people down for feedback. Think they are scared you will ask for a pay increase, but did you ever think people may just want to grow and learn?!? Also, hire project managers because obviously Creative Directors aren't doing their job. There's an imbalance of work because of this. Some are stretched thin and some being paid for free. Common sense.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Milwaukee Agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at BVK full-time

    Pros

    Agency Culture
    Free Parking
    Promotes from within
    Health Benefits

    Cons

    Compensation lower than average
    Work/Life balance takes work


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Nice folks but weak leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people for the most part, very polite in a Midwestern way.
    My immediate boss was very kind about encouraging life/work balance and ensuring family came first.

    Cons

    Weak HR department with NO annual review process in place. Never worked in a place where you had to ASK for a review. With that, of course, means no annual salary increases.
    CEO was pretty absent except for when he'd send out his end of year email which made you feel you were lucky to have a job. :)
    Not the greatest company at having clear processes in place, but that's pretty common for an ad agency.

    Advice to Management

    Please, please get an annual review process in place and hold the managers accountable for keeping that on track. Young hires expect (and need) feedback and it is reasonable to provide that.


  7. "Good professional internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The internship gave me the professional experience I needed I get more formal internship positions later on. Definitely a great internship

    Cons

    The internship was almost too informal. A lot of processes that bvk employe were not well organized, maybe due to such an informality regarding the chain of command


  8. "Best place to grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Art Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + Creative team is very hard-working and talented
    + Lots of room to grow and have responsibility in entry-mid level roles
    + You also get to work with Serve on non-profit work

    Cons

    - No creative manager to help manage work load
    - Account side could use more training in working with creative
    - Departments are all separated throughout 3 floors

    Advice to Management

    More structure would be helpful


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Loved working for this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President and Account Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Vice President and Account Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BVK (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My executive VP was truly outstanding. A true mentor. The members of my team were supportive and an example of how things should work in an agency.

    Cons

    We were all spread out across the company, occasionally providing logistical issues, but these were not insurmountable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. "Mostly satisfactory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really flexible work hours and environment, many willing mentors, office is going under a cool remodel

    Cons

    Management can be hard to track down, lots of work to go around, many people spread almost too thin


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