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Carlson Marketing Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2017

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Carlson Marketing CEO Jeff Balagna
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12 Ratings
  1. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Carlson Marketing

    Pros

    Honestly one of the best places I have ever worked. Highly recommend.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons at the moment ...

    Carlson Marketing2015-12-08
  2. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Carlson Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Good group of nice people all very talented at their jobs.

    Cons

    Top heavy in management, each project manager has to report to three different supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Too many layers of management and the lines between manager and sales person are often blurred.

    Carlson Marketing2017-07-07
  3. "Had potential, but too bureaucratic"

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      Former Employee - Director in Alameda, CA
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Carlson Marketing for more than a year

      Pros

      had some good people and potential, but never fulfilled on it

      Cons

      old school thinking, couldn't figure out what they stood for, lack of focus, senior management too enamored with flashy execs with no substance

      Carlson Marketing2016-10-25
    • "Account Supervisor"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Carlson Marketing for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Most of the people are very talented and have a passion for doing a great job. Teams are focused on delivering for clients.

      Cons

      Management is continually changing direction and sending mixed message to employees. Regular layoffs don't do much to help morale among employees.

      Advice to Management

      Develop a strategy of who you want to be and follow it. Seems to be a foundation of sand that is continually shifting with the wind. Not a strong message to the rank and file employee.

      Carlson Marketing2016-09-18
    • "Corporate, Steadily Professional"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

        I worked at Carlson Marketing

        Pros

        A steady and standard corporation, set in the suburbs of Minneapolis. It seemed like a pretty drama-free workplace, with everyone comfortable and calm.

        Cons

        Vast sterile office space (in the Plymouth, Minnesota facility) relaxed a little by high ceilings. While positioned as a market leader, internal awareness of market context was low.

        Advice to Management

        Unsure. Much has changed since the re-brand to Aimia. If low internal awareness of larger business context (competition, etc) persists, some education might help.

        Carlson Marketing2016-01-27
      • "Relationship manager"

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

        I worked at Carlson Marketing

        Pros

        A lot of freedom to grow your business due to the broad solution sets

        Cons

        The financial instability created very tentative enviornment

        Advice to Management

        It's a good thing the company got sold.

        Carlson Marketing2015-09-14
      • "Account Supervisor"

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

        I worked at Carlson Marketing

        Pros

        Good people, interesting work and good clients

        Cons

        the ongoing re-organizations and layoffs continue. Senior management is a revolving door

        Carlson Marketing2015-09-04
      • "A good place to work with a few exceptions"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
        Recommends
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Carlson Marketing

        Pros

        Executive level is committed to diversity and acceptance. Carlson was an early extender of benefits to same sex partners. Respect for diversity and cultural understanding is valued.

        Cons

        Some management didn't seem to get the memo on work/life balance, but in general, contributions are appreciated altho randomly rewarded.

        Advice to Management

        If you are going to preach the gospel of "engagement", you have to walk the walk not just talk the talk.

        Carlson Marketing2015-07-30
      • "At the time I was there there was a complete leadership change which was awful. I think the culture has changed now."

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        Former Employee - Project Manager 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Carlson Marketing full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Exceptional creative work, interesting clients and great creative talent.

        Cons

        Very deadline driven, long hours when on deadline

        Advice to Management

        Remember that people need balance in a highly deadline, high pressure environment - be generous with them when working on high profile projects and reward them well.

        Carlson Marketing2014-10-21
      • "Dinosaur on its last legs"

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        Former Employee - Senior V P in Minneapolis, MN
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Carlson Marketing full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        They were throwing big money around to get some top quality people so salary levels were high. New owner in Canada had their act together but.......

        Cons

        Parade of non-effective leaders who thought they could turn around the US Consumer group failed at every turn. Employee motivation, strategic planning, and more importantly improving the technology product they needed to stay competitive.

        Advice to Management

        Blow up the consumer group and create from scratch. Cut your layers of management so you can provide a competitive offering. Get people that know what they are doing in the Technology group. Support and enhance the Analytics team....they need to be the leaders.

        Carlson Marketing2014-10-07
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