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Updated Aug 10, 2021

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3.8
70%
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Barkley CEO Jeff King
Jeff King
91 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 for many is out of whack(in 16 reviews)

  • "There are definitely times where you're forced to work really long hours that can take a toll(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great work environment

      Aug 10, 2021 - Senior Brand Manager in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Innovative, great work culture, great mentorship, and leadership! The agency truly cares about their partners and truly cares about creating a diverse environment

      Cons

      Not so much a Con but agency is fast-paced, you have to be able to keep up with the ever-evolving work you have to be able to adapt as things can change constantly

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great vision/intentions, stifled by silos & toxic positivity

      Mar 12, 2021 - Senior Strategist in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Genuinely try to do right by all employees, and committed to improving DEI&B. ‘Unlimited’ Pto. Work hard to promote a healthy culture, even remotely. Don’t glorify late nights. One of the best IT departments you could ask for. Create lots of opportunities to find people/get involved in initiatives that matter to them. Lots of smart thinkers who look beyond their job description at the problem they’re solving for their clients. Healthy business, growing steadily even through a pandemic.

      Cons

      A bit of a blind spot to own weaknesses. Billed as an integrated agency, but PR, digital, and media feel like they operate in different worlds than Creative/Acct/Strategy. It’s still largely a white straight boy’s club once you start to get into management or leadership. The emphasis on gratitude and positive attitude has a tendency to wash over real problems, and though they espouse open communication, that climate makes those who do raise concerns stand out negatively. DEI&B has a way to go, expanding people’s thinking about all the ways people are marginalized and getting them beyond self flagellating to making quiet, tangible change.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Amazing Culture

      Aug 6, 2021 - Creative 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Take care of people. Lots of perks and good vibes. Leadership is accessible and kind.

      Cons

      Strive for even more diversity as you grow to being more perspectives to the work.

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Agency

      Aug 3, 2021 - Art Director in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People are nice, the work is fruitful. Worthwhile trying to work at a B-Corp agency.

      Cons

      Pay scale is confusing on who gets what salary. Long nights and always on call

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee

      If you’re interviewing here I would think twice

      Jul 15, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Unlimited PTO - Hybrid Work Schedule (for now, in September they want everyone back in the office)

      Cons

      - Barkley promotes a “work life balance” yet glorifies the ones who burn the midnight oil and work the 60-80 hour work weeks - Lack of structure and process - New hires are put in an unrealistic position and expected to perform with no training, no background and unrealistic expectations. Onboarding? What onboarding? Leadership provides zero guidance, over promises and underperforms with giving mentorship. A big reason why SO MANY new hires are leaving after only months of being with the company. - VERY Understaffed. You might be doing the job of 3 people at times - Projects are consistently on unrealistic and very tight timelines - Serious lack of resources to do actually do the work

      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great Company if You're Focused on the Work

      May 7, 2021 - Undisclosed Management Position in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      • Barkley is about their people, the work and making happy clients. • Culture of gratitude that cares about more than just the creative team. (Although we love them too!) Everyone can share. • Business is very healthy, even after Covid19 hit. • Senior management genuinely cares about the people. • A very flexible work environment. • Good creative opportunities if you look for them. • Good HR and recruiting team. • Strategy and Design have emerged as great strengths of the agency. • Diversity is improving, but getting there in management roles looks to be a tougher challenge. Appreciate the clarity in the communication around it.

      Cons

      • Workflow still needs work. It's still the #1 area of needed improvement. Project Management + Brand Leadership + Ops still needs to learn how to properly create and run a project consistently. Some days it's texts, email and last second G-chats while others it's the barely used Workfront software. Agency needs workflow built around the realities of our very high speed industry. It's hard to navigate if you are a new employee. • Working from home for over a year with Covid19 restrictions was flexible but emotionally taxing. • If you are obsessed with titles, well you'll never be happy ANYwhere, but for some reason jr. talent freaks if they aren't promoted the first year on the job. In the real world you're usually 2-3 years (sometimes a bit more) between each promo even if you are killing it. Barkley is no different. • It's not a 9 to 5 biz. It's a career biz. Maybe that's a con? I feel Barkley is about as close as you can get to being a service based creative model while trying to figure out the difficult ongoing challenges of always on client needs. Still, it's a fairly common complaint. • Is there such a thing as too much gratitude? Friday standup meetings are creeping up on 25-30% gratitudes and thank-you's which starts to devalue the idea and stretches out the meetings length. This is obviously a nit-pick and there is always a balance to work towards. • Needs more digital first talent that can teach other teams how to think like them. (It's 2021 but it's still a weakness.)

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Awesome

      Jul 12, 2021 - Operations Manager in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, bonus, perks, PTO,

      Cons

      Pay, benefits, promotion opportunities sometimes not there

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great culture

      May 31, 2021 - UI Developer in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Awesome culture with genuine and approachable leadership. Creative, Talented, and Driven employees. Interesting challenges to solve.

      Cons

      Employee turnover and lack of career advancement

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good Agency, growth but busy

      Apr 9, 2021 - Media Supervisor in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture, working remotely hasn’t changed collaboration, socially conscious, opportunity to work on new things, work appreciation

      Cons

      Can get very busy so you will be working on multiple projects at one time.

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    11. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to learn/grow

      May 10, 2021 - Strategist in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Independent agency, fantastic leadership/C-suite, cares about people, easy to make your voice heard

      Cons

      Lots of "lifers" where there can be a bit of hesitation to change the "Barkley way"

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