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Bleu Marketing Solutions Reviews

Updated May 10, 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. "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.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Don't do it. Go somewhere else."

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

    Pros

    That's a tough one. Nice view from a couple of windows. Walkable neighborhood with good shopping.

    Cons

    Owner is so old school it's scary. Internal tools are beasts. No strategy or vision for the company. No full time creative director, strategist or digital expert. Senior management distracts, distorts and doesn't blink an eye about lying to staff, clients or potential clients. Teams are separated into 3 buildings which makes working together difficult. Passive aggressive behaviors bypassing direct conversations regarding issues which ignites more chaos. Nightmares are better than this company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a general manager and a creative director who have current digital skills and passion. However, if you're not interested in being relevant just keep doing things the same way.


  5. "Overall a great company to work with."

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    Current Contractor - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great projects, plenty of challenges, and understanding team for the most part. I've worked with several of the people that have given negative comments and they wanted personal glory and to sabotage other employees to make themselves look better, not what's best for the end client. So take the negative comments with a grain of salt. If you are honest and sincere about meeting the goals of the client, Bleu is an excellent company.

    Cons

    Not much to say here, the cons are the same as every business but there really aren't many. We've had a slow time building up an understanding, but that's true of every business.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth your blood, sweat and tears. There are way too many agencies in SF to chose from, don't settle for less."

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    Current Employee - Media in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Media in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Your peers are generally good people, you get to work on several aspect of media campaigns due to small and nimble teams. Client roster is okay, good way to start in the business

    Cons

    Main cons would be the exec staff. Concur with all the other negative reviews. Pay, work ethics, not a good resume builder.

    Not sure where the 5 stars reviews come from...


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A small agency with big clients"

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

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Bleu marketing is great if you are relatively inexperienced. With the small company size, everyone gets to work on a variety of projects, build new skills and explore what interests them. Many people have started off as interns and have grown into full-time employees and moved further up the ranks in the field of their choice. All employees do not end up working on one client performing one task over and over.

    The client work is varied and challenging. The integrated campaigns pull together strategy, media, print design, digital design, traditional advertising, code development, and analytics that are all produced by a team in-house. Nothing is farmed-out. We own the work.

    The location is nice—in a victorian at Union & Fillmore in San Francisco. A lot of shopping, dining and transportation options are right here.

    Cons

    Being in a small company means everybody interacts with everybody. You can't hide at your desk from the CEO or the other members of your team. Also, the deadlines are tight and the clients are demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Have more open dialogue with the staff to ease the stress level when the demands are high.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "An awesome agency!"

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    Current Intern - Client Services in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Client Services in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bleu Marketing Solutions as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    • I work as an intern at Bleu Marketing and I this is why I love this agency. If you want to get involved in interesting projects with big clients it's an excellent choice.

    • Bleu's employees are also awesome and it's a pleasure to wake up every morning and work with them. We regularly go out together! This detail shows a certain form of agency culture: we feel involved, we have similar goals and values.

    • Bleu's employees are very talented and highly skilled. They have incredible analytical, creative, and oratory skills. As an intern I learn a lot of things with them. I have never felt so positively stimulated at work and it is mainly due to the work atmosphere.

    • All these reasons make me want to stay at Bleu because I am deeply convinced that this agency is full of potential, notably thanks to an orientation towards new technologies.

    • Since its creation in 2001, the agency keeps growing and this is a sign of its ability to evolve in the splinternet era based on digital content. It is also a sign of quality management. All the departments play an important role in this constant growth, from the design studio to the client services, including the IT and the Business Development departments.

    • The agency is located in a peaceful and extremely nice area (Marina/Cow Hollow) where you have plenty of good restaurants, bars and cafes.

    • Bleu Marketing is not one of these big agencies where you feel like a cog in a machine. It is a workplace where you constantly interact with your peers, a place where you can really make a difference if you have big ideas and strong motivation. I definitely recommend this agency.

    Cons

    • Interns are only paid with bus clippers. It shouldn't be like that because San Francisco is a very expensive city. But you know, for interns it's almost everywhere like that now...

    Advice to Management

    Focus on digital marketing and social integration. It's an evolution that shouldn't be missed!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good clients, but poor management and work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are some decent clients that are interesting to work with. The location of the office is nice, right in the marina.

    Cons

    The leadership is poor which makes for a suppressed work environment. The pay is far below average, yet the hours you're expected to put in are long. The upper senior management is very difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    1) Adjust your salaries to pay people fairly
    2) Don't take advantage of foreigners
    3) Treat people (clients and staff) with respect and honesty


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Growing agency with great clients"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great group of multicultural and multidisciplinary people:
    One of the things I love about Bleu is the people I work with. You'll find a diverse crowd from all over the world. Their experience, positivism and enthusiasm create a good vibe within the company. Something I look for everyday.

    Bleu is located in a great area:
    There are plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and great bars for happy hour.

    Good client exposure:
    Because of the size of the company, your voice is always heard. You have the opportunity to make a difference in all the projects and get great client exposure.

    Fortune 500 companies:
    Bleu's client list include big tech companies. Great opportunities to work with big brands.

    Growing Agency:
    Although Bleu is a small agency, it is growing at a fast pace. It's a great opportunity for current employees who can move up in their careers and new employees who are looking to enter the field.

    Cons

    Mostly business to business work

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on social media integration


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