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Barkley CEO Jeff King
Jeff King
71 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people who give you every opportunity to succeed, great clients that give you great projects to work on, and great work comes of it all(in 14 reviews)

  • "Great benefits like free avocados, an in agency gym with workout classes 2-3 times a day to burn off your free beer(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be a struggle if you let it(in 14 reviews)

  • "And, a lack of project management people and systems is painful - I think they were working on a system(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Growth, balance, and work"

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    Current Employee - Account in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barkley full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    I've been at Barkley for several years, and am really lucky to have a fabulous boss. My growth path has always been my own and not very corporate. I work around 50 hours a week, which isn't terrible but is less than my other creative friends at agencies. I often start my day off at a coffee shop or leave early, and my boss trusts me to get my stuff done.

    Cons

    Health insruance is a bit expensive, but I think it's going down later.

  2. "Good people, fun clients, great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, company culture and the experience you’ll get on top brands are the best you’ll find in KC. Supervisors truly care about your career growth. Build trust, do great work and you will learn from some of the best at Barkley.

    Cons

    Growing pains like any other agency. Still rely on a few big clients, but I know they have a good plan for the future. Pay is below average compared to other local and regional agencies, but the benefits don’t suck (birthday off, holiday flex time, work from home isn’t frowned upon, etc).

  3. "Broken Business Model"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Barkley full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Cool rocket on top of building.

    Cons

    Lot's of talk, no walk. Can't compete with modern agency models. Still reliant on "Cannes-Like Objects" creative model. Woefully unfit to solve real business problems for clients. Underpaid, young, inexperienced staff. No "big brains" when it comes to business. Ridiculously fixated on being cool and winning awards. Unearned egos are pervasive. Work spaces are incredibly messy and lacking in privacy. Senior Leadership...

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on solving business problems. Hire people with business acumen. Look at new-agency models that understand how to compete with consulting firms. Our model is broken.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "All that glitters is not gold"

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

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

    Pros

    -Gorgeous, modern work space -Open floor plan -Security onsite -"Fun" atmosphere (possibly to a fault) -Creative people -Younger workforce

    Cons

    -Weak leadership -Little diversity -No recognition for non-client facing roles -Departments are not treated equally, a lot of favoritism -HR does not address inappropriate behavior -Employees come and go at an alarming rate

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good place if you’re just starting out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good first time job and there’s free alcohol (multiple beer taps, beer fridge, wine tap) + snacks every now and then. Holiday flex time available for partners and cool interior/working spaces. Has some interesting speakers come in from time to time. Company provides you with phone, but if you want to keep it you’ll owe back what it was worth if you haven’t stayed long enough to “pay it off.”

    Cons

    Only values certain teams. If you’re not creative or strategy, forget any type of recognition. They’re the only teams that people give a crap about, and so everyone kind of thinks you’re beneath them if you’re part of another team. Super political with any promotions. You can work your butt of for your clients, and get involved in as many different opportunities as possible, but it is extremely laborious to try and...

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    Advice to Management

    Value talent when you have it and don’t pick and choose your favorites to acknowledge. Competitive salaries are important and you should be doing more to try and discuss promotions/bonuses/raises, instead of only waiting for people to mention them to you.

  6. "Great partners, long hours"

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barkley full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Truly excellent people to work with. No huge egos. Strong collaboration. Challenging work. Employee owned.

    Cons

    Not all teams are created equal so the "pros" listed are not true agency wide. Work demands can be exhausting. Life outside of work is frequently sacrificed to late nights and weekends at the office.

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not What it Looks Like"

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

    I have been working at Barkley full-time

    Pros

    perks like any other agency that tries to seem "fun" like beer and wine.

    Cons

    - the same 10 people run this place with out any regard to the lower level employees. the one's making the work, putting in the time, and sacrificing weekends and late nights for them barely get anything in return. The "gratitudes" go to the same 10 people even though there were 25 others doing the actual work. don't expect to have a respected personal life. I've almost lost my relationship because of being over worked....

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    Advice to Management

    listen to employees when they have problems. working 24/7 doesn't mean you are making good work. figure out a good working process for all departments involved. stop wasting money on random things and maybe spend it on your employees salaries. no one cares about a microphone ball.....they care about being respected.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "They can't live up to their own hype"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barkley full-time

    Pros

    - open floorplan - free beer (like all agencies) - *some* good people

    Cons

    - full of big egos - ignore inappropriate behavior - promotions are only for the favorites - only a select few get yearly bonuses - underpay compared to other KC agencies - they are obsessed with "hustle" but also keep losing clients - they don't fix problems they ignore them - they waste clients' money on other clients and ideas if they think it could win awards A LOT of people have quit Barkley in 2018 because...

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    Advice to Management

    When employees bring up issues, actually try to solve them. You cannot take away the ESOP stock program and raises and promotions and expect employees to stay. Stop saying "Cannes like object." Not everything needs to win at Cannes.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Churn and Burn"

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

    I worked at Barkley

    Pros

    Client accounts to pad your resume

    Cons

    It is a typical “2 and out” agency

    Advice to Management

    Account Management shouldn’t be dictating the creative direction or strategy.

  10. Helpful (15)

    "Don't believe the hype."

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

    I have been working at Barkley full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    - Aside from the top tier, the majority of the people that work here are hard-working, driven, and wonderful people. - If you can overlook the serious cons, beer and wine are on tap. - Nice rooftop deck if you are able to work away from your desk.

    Cons

    - Barkley is hemorrhaging employees for good reason, but refuses to acknowledge that there are any issues. - Loyalty is not rewarded in any way, nor is hard work. - Positions are incredibly underpaid for the industry in KC and the only way to advance is for someone above you to leave. - Salaries are not adjusted for cost of living each year. - Reviews are pointless as nothing changes, despite bringing up the same...

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    Advice to Management

    Putting wine on tap doesn't make problems go away or keep employees happy for the longterm. Offer employees competitive wages that are comparable to the amount of time and effort put into the work.

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