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Bleu Marketing Solutions Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. "Off to a great start..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Recently brought on staff to add breadth to the creative firepower. Great opportunity to work on cutting edge technology projects with a very seasoned team of professionals.

    Cons

    Advertising is a business fraught with ups and downs...clients can be fickle but this agency values good talent. Long hours and stressful deadlines are often the rule.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, communicate, communicate. Be aware and be as proactive as possible with heading off bottlenecks in the process.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Unprofessional management and work chaotic environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time

    Pros

    There aren't really any, the junior staff is pleasant to work with and the location in San Francisco used to be nice but now the office has moved to a very remote location where there is literally nothing around.

    Cons

    The Management specifically the owner/CEO who creates a very chaotic and unprofessional work environment. There are no boundaries and you are constantly threatened to lose your job over a mood swing.
    You cannot report any problems to HR because there isn't really an HR department/representative, you are basically on your own.
    The annual performance review program is a joke as it actually never occurs, you are asked to fill out a long form but then never hear anything afterwards.
    You are expected to full fill multiple jobs at once but will never get compensated for it.

    Lack of true leadership, lack of company culture, lack of goals, lack of communication, lack of decent remuneration and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly, value their time, their commitment and listen to them.
    Implement true leadership and real hierarchy.
    Get organized


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Sweat Shop"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    neighborhood was nice while in SF

    Cons

    extremely low pay, dismal benefits, doesn't keep track of all the extra hours you work, but when you need to leave a couple of hours early, it will deducted from your PTO! WTF!?!? Uses lots of international students as they provide high quality work but cannot get paid or at least not much. Thus the establishment of the extensive internship program... lots of free labor!!

    Advice to Management

    Pay real wages, provide good benefits, don't use people and take advantage of international students interning with you


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lacks Leadership and Growth Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are very few "pros" when working at Bleu. They can be flexible with scheduling and are currently providing lunch, though that maybe ending soon.

    Cons

    Bleu lacks leadership, innovation and vision. There are very few active clients and new business is not coming in. Management is not open to new ideas.

    The office was located in San Francisco, but moved to San Rafael. Employees were only given about 1.5 weeks notice prior to the move.

    Advice to Management

    Lead the team, communicate and share goals.


  5. "Helped me build a great career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bleu provided me with the opportunity to work with a variety of Fortune 500 companies as clients. I was able to grow as a designer and learn about the industry and the way it changes. The CEO is very good at bringing together teams of passionate, hard working and great people. Management was flexible with my schedule so I could take career enhancement classes on the side.

    Cons

    Not very competitive sallary compensation


  6. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Design Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Team member was willing to help out. People were nice to each other.

    Cons

    Some loose week during the internship. Need more productivity.


  7. "Extremely Unprofessional workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The neighborhood is very beautiful with tons of lunch spots and nice places to take coffee breaks. The junior staff is very pleasant.

    Cons

    Horrible work environment, talking about staff to other staff by directors and HR. Sometimes my days were completely unproductive because of all the chaos. There is absolutely No HR department. Space yourself and find elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real leaders.


  8. "Smaller SF Agency."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Anselmo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Anselmo, CA

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great staff. Good work/life balance. Fun location.

    Cons

    Slow review process. No annual bonuses.


  9. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice neighborhood. Pleasant surroundings. Nice office space.

    Cons

    Despite assuring everyone that it's a family the agency is run like a sweat shop with a big turnaround of young, eager workers being bled dry without gaining and real experience or good mentor ship.
    Don't waste your time. There are plenty or real agencies in SF to chose from.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Be predictable. Pay honest salaries. Don't micro manage.


  10. "Great opportunity for go-getters"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Many talented and experienced coworkers to learn from. Work with big companies. Freedom to grow and try out different roles.

    Cons

    Many times design and management teams were short staffed which made fire drill projects stressful. Salary and benefits weren't the most generous.

    Advice to Management

    Needs bigger creative and management teams for the amount of projects in queue. Better pay and benefits.


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