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Updated December 19, 2017
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  1. "Great People and Environment"

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    • 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. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BVK full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture, creative people, nice office

    Cons

    Awful pay, no review process

  3. "Good Work Life Balance"

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    • 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!


  4. "VP"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BVK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Extremely professional and responsive. Focused specialties include tourism and healthcare verticals. Senior leadership is terrific and encourages participation from staff to bring new ideas and services to the agency.

    Cons

    Thus is both an advantage and disadvantage; we work in a very independent environment. That is great for staff that is disciplined but can be a challenge for accountability.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Too big"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BVK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent culture. I loved my co-workers.

    Cons

    BVK has a lot of money, and they're willing to throw as much as they can at problems in order to solve them. The problem is that they do so without investing time into figuring out how to do it smartly. The result is a monstrous media company shedding and gaining employees quickly, and a management with no patience to improve infrastructure.


  6. "Cool gig but abysmal pay"

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    • 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.


  7. "Good gig"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great coworkers to work with
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be difficult

  8. "Fun culture, great people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated staff who just happen to also be great people.

    Good working environment with flexible hours; you're always busy, but they understand and respect that you have a life outside of work.

    The entrepreneurial spirit of the company is not for everyone - but work hard, speak up and BVK will give you the room to thrive.

    Cons

    No clear supervisor, mentor & review process can be frustrating to younger staffers.

    Advice to Management

    Improve clarity and transperancy with reviews, employee expectations and compensation / bonus packages.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Entry-Level Beware"

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

    I worked at BVK full-time

    Pros

    There is a unique sense of camaraderie at BVK that I'm not sure you can find elsewhere. Casual dress code is a plus, and the unique work space allows everyone to have their own privacy that's typically not common for cubicle life. Develop a good working relationship with your team and department members and they'll have your back.

    Cons

    Entry-level positions, whether it be in media, creative, account service or elsewhere are completely taken advantage of. Meager starting salaries are the norm...of which they'll tell you you're at the top of the salary range, even though there seems to be one flat number. Starting salary won't reflect any previous experience or otherwise. Beyond pay, personal growth isn't a focus here. Trying to coordinate a yearly review is a feat in of itself, and any discussion regarding promotion is swiftly dismissed or delayed as long as possible. All that and they'll take advantage of long hours from you while dangling the carrot of a promotion.

    To summarize: You'll learn a lot in your beginning years at BVK that will take you far in your next role, but this place does not care for rewarding hard work and is indifferent to you staying long term with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Put value in your younger staff. Stop hiring new talent to fill vacant senior roles and develop your current staff. Reward dedication and hard work. Share job descriptions so people understand what's expected in their current role and how to get to the next level.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Preference over talent - entrepreneurship over investment"

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    • 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.


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