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Updated June 28, 2018
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  1. "Loved It"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Big Spaceship full-time

    Pros

    Brooklyn natives. Nice new office. Roof deck. DUMBO. Super cool people.

    Cons

    You'll find the weather in New York City often leaves a lot to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be a stranger!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Soulless Oblivion with snacks and lockers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, snacks, benefits: okay but not great

    Cons

    The "culture" is sentimental from days when it might have still existed and now is just a disorganized long established company that acts like a start up in bad ways. They used to build cool stuff but it's all social media now. Brooklyn ad bros who think they're woke low key sexism atmosphere. Core is mostly people who seem to work maybe 35 hours a week for big salaries while the rest work for a lot less but are expected to put in far more than 40 hours per week whenever it's needed. CEO is not a good person.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "culture is a buzzword"

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

    I have been working at Big Spaceship full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance. Some excellent clients. Some friendly people.

    Cons

    It's where inexperienced C-suite go to retire. Complete disorganization, lack of communication, and lack of direction in the company aside from occasional pushes to do more 'tech stuff' and 'culture stuff'.

    Advice to Management

    be transparent. be united. follow up and execute on the yearly plans.


  4. "Great Place to learn the business"

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    Former Employee - Internship in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Internship in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Big Spaceship (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great bosses, great office layout

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments,


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Another Example of a Poorly Run Agency"

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

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

    Pros

    - Excluding management, most of the people who work here are great - smart, interesting, creative, nice. Not a lot of egos.
    - Some of the projects/campaigns can be creatively challenging and interesting.

    Cons

    - The distribution of work isn't great. Half the office plays ping pong and watches YouTube videos all day, while the other half works nights and weekends.
    - Management is totally unorganized. There is no alignment and often major operational decisions are made by one C-suite member while another C-suite member remains completely unaware.
    - There are a few bad apples in more senior roles that are incredibly political and regularly throw others under the bus.
    - The CEO only cares about image. For example: after moving into the new office, the CEO repeatedly reprimanded us for not storing our belongings in lockers (I didn't realize this was 2nd grade??) as he wanted the office to appear clean and sleek. Meanwhile, all of the conference rooms had major acoustics issues that were so problematic, our clients couldn't hear us during conference calls. We often had to resort to using a cell phone on speaker and passing it around while presenting work. This went on for months and made us look like total amateurs.

    Advice to Management

    You state that "taking care of each other" and "speaking up" are core values and yet, your actions completely contradict this; the only thing that seems to matter to you is the company's reputation. If you really believe in these values, than treat your employees like the human beings that they are and stop punishing people who try to voice their opinion.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Fake Empire"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are some hardworking junior staff who are committed to staying on top of their work. An A-list of clients to work for. Social gatherings are frequently arranged.

    Cons

    Holden Caulfield would have a field day with the level of phoniness at this place. Management lacks vision and frequently takes a very rigid "my way or the highway" attitude that comes across as condescending despite lack of credibility. The "culture", which acts as the foundation of the company, is all fake. Nobody talks to each other and stories are made up in management's head and shifted on a whim to suit their needs. While there are frequent social gatherings in the company, they rarely last beyond a drink or two because nobody actually wants to hang out with each other afterwards.

    Advice to Management

    Just because BSS is an independent company does not mean you can force culture from the founder down. People should be able to feel free to express their opinions without fear of consequence. Core needs to think of and commit to a vision. Additionally, Core needs to be less hypocritical and put in the same amount of work as junior staff.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Place to work when you're young"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Spaceship full-time

    Pros

    Fun people, hard working, great place if you are young and getting started, learning to be more family friendly.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be better

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Weird disaster"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Smart, cool, respectful, tenacious people.

    Oddly enough, all of these old reviews are still somewhat credible. The feelings, both good and bad, are still stuck to the walls.

    Cons

    You'll have really great times, work with diverse personalities, and make some nice memories... but the dark times are extra dark, and once motivation and confidence is lost here, it's difficult to muster. Individual expectations and responsibilities are extremely unclear and performance reviews don't seem to hold weight.

    The employee manual was written by awesome individuals who have since left because the culture is no where near what it used to be. That's unarguable.

    Agency's PR is awkward because the no ego rule dampens pride for great work, both inside and out.

    Advice to Management

    Core struggles to articulate vision for the agency and fails to build creative structure with the talent under its roof. Agency over inflated itself in the past year only to purge a ton of misguided talent.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Hard to tell who is steering this ship."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Big Spaceship full-time

    Pros

    It’s a young nice crowd that socializes a lot and stays very current on internet trends. Also, Dumbo is a really cool area to work in. They have pretty frequent hack days that are really fun. A great list of clients.

    Cons

    The identity that the company markets itself with (via the famous manual) is based on an earlier incarnation before it became a social media agency run by midtown big agency folks. A quirky layer of parties and pep rallies remains, but in the actual work, most people seem unhappy. It’s possibly due to the monotony of endless social posts and an inaccessible core management team that doesn’t seem to have a clear vision on what kind of company it wants to be.

    Advice to Management

    1. Take care of each other
    2. Collaborate
    3. Produce amazing work
    4. (Actually encourage people to) speak up


  10. "Intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome people and culture & clients

    Cons

    not many. There's even beer!

    Advice to Management

    Not sure


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