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Beam Interactive & Relationship Marketing Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "Overall a great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For junior staff, you can make some great friends here. There's always a happy hour or some event. The hours are long for full-time staff, but a good balance for interns. The office is great - free fruit, vending machines, nice set-up. The location couldn't be better - restaurants, shopping, T right outside the door.

    Cons

    There are some management issues and I know lately there have been layoffs. I had a great experience as an intern though.


  2. "Drink the kool-aid or expect to be fired"

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    Former Employee - Senior Pawn in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Pawn in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Interactive & Relationship Marketing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location - proximity to the T, free fruit, Dave Batista, free fruit Dave Batista and...location. Oh, and Falafel King is fantastic.

    Cons

    Eric Snyder's insecurities and fear of people not loving him causes top level management to be his puppets ordered to keep the pawns in-line with what makes him feel good or fire them, which creates an environment of drama, cliques, closed-door gossip and very low esteem, creativity or willingness to extend yourself and do great work.
    Avoid this agency at all costs if you want to get ahead.
    Check out LinkedIn to see how many people have been through this agency. Revolving door.
    There's a reason the majority is run and owned by only 1 person. Give Dave Batista the shop and go home.

    Advice to Management

    Remove yourself from sight of your employees, hire 2 GM's to manage the shop, stay at home and collect the profits.

  3. "Fast moving interactive agency."

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    Current Employee - Senior Front-end Web Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Front-end Web Developer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beam Interactive & Relationship Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's usually a variety of work. And we work with many big name clients. The engineering team is small and tight knit.

    Cons

    There the usual agency burn. There's the occasional crunch times that require extra hours. And the company as a whole has some communication problems between groups.


  4. "Fantastic Experience"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Analyst Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Strategy Analyst Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beam is filled with amazing people who are always willing to help you. During my Summer there, I got to truly experience the city of Boston as the office was located right on the Freedom Trail and was a mere 5 minute walk from the Boston Common. The office set up and general culture were simply awesome.

    Cons

    There weren't enough laptops on hand for me and the other interns which limited our capabilities during meetings. The problem became worse when a new hire came in and he had to use the only laptop we were collectively sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Christopher Stemborowski on staff at all costs. Rarely was there a moment someone wasn't asking for his input or requesting his presence in a meeting.


  5. "Great Creative Agency"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Interactive & Relationship Marketing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BEAM is one of the best creative agencies in Boston. Cool people - Dynamic brands - Professional without the intimidation factor. You may come to BEAM for the work, but will stay for the education. Their creative and managerial workflow is tried and true - you'll learn from the best but still have the opportunity to lead (it's really up to you). There is little pigeon-holing, so doing your job well matters, but flexing your creative muscles is what makes BEAM go 'round.

    The Creative Directors are patient yet know when to push the team. New technologies, alternative strategies, and different ways of thinking are encouraged across all departments. There is a progressive feeling there.

    Salary is competitive, benefits are very modern and generous. Location is key. Downtown crossing gives you access to many T stations and places to eat or shop. The office is very contemporary with brand new amenities and plenty of sunlight shining through.

    Cons

    - Turnover was a little high
    - No exit interview or real open conversation about why people left

    Advice to Management

    I think the positive impact of assigning smaller teams to less mature clients (MINI vs. a startup) where creativity, not conservation, is encouraged, would promote a nice ebb and flow for employees month to month.

    It would also be interesting to see how using Friday afternoon's (for example) as a platform for employees to work on any creative vice, personal project, or just experiment with other teams would pay off in the long run. It's just another way to rejuvenate the office with little impact to current client projects.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Beam Interactive & Relationship Marketing (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good junior staff, solid clients

    Cons

    Awful culture. Very negative, CYA environment. Highly doubtful that anyone there is even remotely happy.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Satisfying But Not Aspirational"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Designer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beam Interactive & Relationship Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Satisfying compensation and benefits
    - Nice office amenity
    - The bosses are respectful
    - Good employer ethics

    Cons

    - The social environment is a bit cliquish.
    - Not very clear upward moving path.
    - Hard to align the personal growth with the organization growth.

    - This workplace doesn't seem to recognize outstanding performance, nor does it reward it.
    - No mentoring or any mechanism that encourages people to collaborate and learn from each other.
    - If you're good at something, you tend to be tasked to do that thing again and again and again. Then you become a one trick pony.
    - If you didn't hit something right at the first try, you're likely to be removed from ever being tasked that thing again. Then you never learn or improve.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great talent in the creative team. Quirky culture. Lots of drama."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Super smart, talented people who care about the quality of work.

    Cons

    Some personalities and work approach were destructive.


  9. "Great place to launch your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beam Interactive & Relationship Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    teaching environment, fast paced, tons of super smart people, jalapeño bagels on Fridays, brutalist architecture, amazing lunch options, close to Park Street and Downtown Crossing, good benefits and vacation

    -Great training programs, and heavy access to more seasoned employees who are happy to provide mentorship

    -Lots of interesting clients with cutting edge work

    Cons

    Very busy days due to several meetings a day and too many Falafel restaurants nearby

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Keep people in the loop and listen to what employees want.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "If you can survie here, you can survive anywhere"

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

    I worked at Beam Interactive & Relationship Marketing full-time

    Pros

    The location of the space is central to all MBTA T Lines, which makes commuting from the office easy.

    Cons

    Company is owned by 4 old white men who don't get along with each other. They boy had different visions and directions for the company, which causes a lot of chaos for employees. Eric Snyder (co-owner) comes in late and makes little time for his team - unless its to yell and belittle them in front of everyone else. He easily is a major reason why people are miserable as well as the company. Dave and Birch are great to learn from, but don't expect a work/life balance while working from them. They're expectations are high and will have you constantly in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Sell, while there is still some value to the company. You all seem to over it and don't know how to run a company properly.


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