Brandyourself Reviews

Updated Feb 5, 2020

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Brandyourself CEO Patrick Ambron
Patrick Ambron
64 Ratings
Pros
  • "You develop a range of enviable skills -- SEO, client service, branding, social media marketing(in 6 reviews)

  • "The people are hard-working and committed to the growth and success of the organization as a whole(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "The excitement of ironing out processes that will help this company to the next level is coupled with growing pains(in 6 reviews)

  • "In addition to that, no one monitors it properly(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great work environment"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brandyourself part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere, lots of space to grow with the firm. Learned a lot about the company and its goals. Was able to apply my skills to help the firm with its data analytics.

    Cons

    Could be a little more organized

  2. "Great Atmosphere"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reputation Advisor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brandyourself full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility is a major plus. Great people to work with and a growing company.

    Cons

    Pay is not truly competitive

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor and Crooked Upper Management"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reputation Specialist in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brandyourself full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work From Home days and flexible schedules

    Cons

    Management plays favorites and is very disrespectful once they target you

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  4. "Great Company with a Great Atmosphere"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Representative 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brandyourself full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now

  5. "Growing Company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Reputation Specialist 

    I worked at Brandyourself full-time

    Pros

    Fun, community oriented, room to create your own role beyond over and above agreed responsibilities

    Cons

    well held together even if all in 20s at the time sometimes fratty

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoy going to work every day."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brandyourself full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work flexibility is easily one of the best perks of working here. It also helps to be surrounded by great individuals who make the workplace that much better.

    Cons

    I think we'd all enjoy more pay, but isn't that how it always goes. The workload can pile up, but it's manageable.

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "A Promising Idea Now Starting To Spiral"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brandyourself full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Brandyourself was a great place to start, especially as a communications student, fresh out of college, looking to break into the more competitive agency environments. The team started out as very collaborative, communicative, and caring... we often saw happy hours, complementary snacks and bagel breakfasts, as well as a nice Christmas party and summer "trip" (Amusement park night). Time off was super flexible and allowed for assimilation to real life from college without the pressure of running out of PTO time. The HR staff was incredibly professional and worked with all employees to ensure better benefits, workplace environments and procedures. The company thrived on being young and vibrant in the community, often recruiting new employees on recommendations from their internal staff. The morals of the company started out very bright -- as most clients were those looking for a hand in the new digital frontier and didn't have time to do it all themselves --- and some departments still see that from time to time. It brought together lots of exceptional local talent together in one place, all for the cause of second chances. I have kept a lot of the friends I made at BY, even though I am no longer with the company.

    Cons

    There came a pivotal point where many got tired of hearing "we're a start-up" and wondered when future plans would truly come into play. Moving up within the ranks to "senior" or management status was left to those who often had deep internal friendships, current or previous romantic relationships, or experiences within the company that didn't take up a lot current manager's time -- if you had difficult clients, need not apply. Chances are your efforts would go unrewarded and you'd be encouraged to take more of the reigns of your load before you'd be considered for the role again. Even if those clients hadn't paid, spoken to you, or approved their content in months -- which was becoming common place. The only time management encouraged is unpaid overtime... spending late evenings or even weekends catering to strategies that your clients never understood or the results were minimal at best. Even those who turned the lights on in the morning and made sure they were all off at night, barely ever saw recognition for their work -- as any recognition within the company came to a vote that could be swayed by simply gathering several of your friends together and conspiring over coffee. Pay is average to start (slightly below average for others) and raises are few and far between. You will not be able to ditch your roommates on the salary...and having a second job is not a bad idea -- assuming it doesn't conflict with your day to day.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fine Opportunity Out of College, But Not Anymore"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brandyourself full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Snacks and drinks on hand - Happy hours every once in a while - Work from home days (parameters are based on what department you work in) - Volunteer time off - Unlimited sick time policy - 15 days PTO to start, plus the 11 Federal holidays. Each year you stay at BY you get an extra PTO day. You can roll over 5 PTO days each year. - Occasional team bonding activities like a trip to Hershey Park. - Holiday parties are usually fun - Casual dress code. Most people wear jeans, t-shirts, sweats, yoga pants, etc. - Healthcare is pretty decent - Maternity leave policy is very generous - HR genuinely cares about the employees - Some people are provided work laptops, others have desktops - Loads of experience that’s hard to find elsewhere. You’re touching dozens of social media accounts per client, managing their websites on Wordpress, writing blogs, reporting, and managing accounts. You’re also getting exposure to a handful of online tricks and tools that you likely never learned about in college - The office is located in Lancaster City, so it’s easy to grab coffee or bounce to dinner with your teammates or friends - Paid parking, if you live far enough away from the office that you need to drive - This is both a pro and a con… but most people who work for BY are either straight out of college or have only been out for a few years.

    Cons

    - Be prepared to forever make less than market value while you're here - Management is INEXPERIENCED. Even while an employee there, I noticed things they did that definitely wouldn’t fly in the real world. Most higher-ups have gotten where they were because they started when the company was still in its infancy, and they were just out of college themselves. It’s good for them that they’ve worked themselves up the ladder, but management hasn't had any other experience besides BrandYourself. I've seen a handful of people get hired in a higher level other than a Rep Specialist in Concierge and they never stay longer than a year - Clients are awful. Not all of them are… some are very nice people who need assistance with running their websites and social presence because they don’t know how. And some were just in the wrong place at the wrong time and were slapped with a negative online presence that was no fault of their own. But in my time there, I’ve seen more and more clients come through who don’t give a damn about you, treat you like a personal assistant, might not treat you like a human being at all, etc. More and more of the clientele is composed of criminals and men of the “Me Too” movement. - Sales makes the job an extremely stressful one. They sell the client a dream (because they get commission), then the account manager gets tasked with the impossible to make it happen. More often than not, the client blames the account manager “for not achieving the impossible” and they drop service, then the blame gets placed on the account manager because their client didn’t last the full 12-month contract. - Toxic work environment. It was great for awhile but a lot of people lost faith and trust in management. Since I’ve left at least two dozen other employees have followed suit — including many long-time employees. - The admin systems are outdated and frequently crash. In addition to that, no one monitors it properly. It also can’t handle what the company is today, and likely has been the cause of a lot of revenue loss. Doing work for clients that are several months behind on their payments are common. So is letting a client walk away without paying the early termination fee they agreed to when they signed their contract. Not kidding, so many clients have never paid tens or thousands of dollars and I don’t think the company tried to go after them for it. - A lot of these positive reviews are manipulated. The company does reputation management, which essentially means you can influence ratings on Glassdoor. - Very little diversity. Most of the workforce is young white women in their twenties.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity for new graduates in an inclusive environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brandyourself full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Provides excellent right out of school experience. Great SEO, marketing, and PR experience Environment open to change Collaborative Friendly Office Snacks and Coffee Excellent vacation and Holiday schedule Decent Benefits

    Cons

    Pay is still lower than market

  10. "Nice people, poor management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brandyourself full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -positive coworkers and atmosphere -room to grow

    Cons

    -The management here is very laid-back and doesn't take much interest in needs of employees - managers seem inexperienced for this role -Odd communication in VIP

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