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Updated October 12, 2017
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Pros
  • People, 401k, work from home policy (in 46 reviews)

  • Work-life balance seems to be very good (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can become a challenge (in 14 reviews)

  • The upper management could care less how the writers feel (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Challenging work at a fun company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brafton full-time

    Pros

    It's an agency filled with great, talented people, where the culture is awesome and you'll make great friends. You'll get professional experience with huge growth possibilities, and if you take it upon yourself, you can learn so much about a wide range of industries. I've found that usually serves people well in the future.

    Cons

    The pay is comparatively low, but I believe they're working on that. The workload can be excessive at times, but if you deal with stress well, it's fine. Sometimes there's a disconnect between account management/sales and creative teams, but such is agency life.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that creativity on demand can be taxing and hard.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "content writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers if you got to know them before they went through the revolving door that is Brafton employment.

    Cons

    People come and go all the time because the workload is horrendous with low pay to match. They bill themselves as a news-gathering company when all they're doing is having their "writers" lift already published information from other sources. Everything is product-driven so it's all marketing, and not very good quality at that. The outrageous workload sucks the life out of most people so quickly they can't wait to go on to their next job.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest - you're a marketing firm, not a news operation.

  3. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brafton full-time

    Pros

    Experience, learn to work quickly

    Cons

    Very little pay, poor management, bad morale

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great entry level sales positions"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere. Incredible management. Perfect Boston location. Clear expectations. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    A BDR role can get tedious at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  5. "Senior Writer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A job that allows a writer to gain business writing experience.

    Cons

    A factory environment. Not conducive to quality content production. It's pretty much a sweat house environment for writers and the pay scale is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Don't churn through the content producers that give you the product that's sold to corporate clients.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Go anywhere else, literally, anywhere else."

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    Former Employee - Director of Account Management in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director of Account Management in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SEO is a cool space and fun to learn about how it works.

    Cons

    Horrific work life balance. Terribly inefficient in all business process. Not open to any unique ideas on how to do business. Constant turnover, for those that stayed longer they could be awful at their, job dragging everyone else down around them and still keep their job. Constant miss-management of expectations. I've been around for a bit and I've never experienced a worse culture/environment/workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Tom Agnew the owner is not available to the employees so I have no idea where he sits on this but frankly I think he needs to clean house all the way from Scott Conway down. You need a culture shift and that begins with replacing leadership that created/enabled the culture for so long.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Underpaid, overworked, undervalued - but cool people"

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    Former Employee - News & Content Writer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - News & Content Writer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made a lot of amazing friends during my time at Brafton.

    Cons

    Making far below a livable wage at a content farm with completely unrealistic expectations was literally soul crushing.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the entire model and start over.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "It's okay, unless your laid off."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brafton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great teams/coworkers, the people I got to work on my team were so talented and did an amazing job.

    - Summer/winter party, and there are smaller parties throughout the year, which have free booze and snacks.

    - Decent benefits.

    - Good after college job.

    Cons

    - Within the past two years, there have been 2 major layoffs. Which were so terrible. HR would come clomping around tapping people on the shoulder pulling them into an office and sending them home mid-day.

    - The workload is insane. They constantly go back and forth on wanting people to spend time to be creative or pump out as much sh*t as possible.

    - The office space is dark and dreary. There are some conference rooms that just have broken chairs or desks. They call the back of the office the "lounge" which has two random bean bags and a few chairs and tables.

    - The computers are so old, they frequently break down, take over 20 minutes to boot up and your lucky if your programs don't crash while you are working.

    - Very low pay, and due to layoffs, raises can take months to even get.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent with your workers. Have better HR. Try and value your employee's more and give them the tools they need to grow.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Content Writer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brafton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, approachable management, plenty of training and instruction/orientation

    Cons

    work takes place in open table "pods". I prefer cubicles


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Meh. It's OK."

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

    Pros

    The hiring process is pretty straightforward. If you have an English degree and a pulse, you can probably be on board within a week or two.

    Cons

    A lot of boring work for not a lot of money. Clients can be frustrating to deal with. Not the most pleasant work environment - a lot of people are either stressed or disengaged with their jobs.


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