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  1. "Watch out! You might be joining a sinking ship."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Plymouth, MN

    Pros

    You get an agency like feel and meet a wide variety of clients throughout the world.

    Cons

    Carlson Marketing has been dwindling down to almost nothing for the last 9 years. Carlson looses clients left and right resulting in layoffs and down sizing. The culture at Carlson Marketing is very harsh because everyone is very protective of their own job.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure their sales and pricing strategy to align current needs of potential clients. Basically they need to provide a pricing model that is competitve in the market place and able to pay the bills at CMW (and then some),


  2. "Co-workers are awesome to work with"

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    Pros

    Full range of services that we offer to clients provides a great variety of tasks and collaboration during the day. Pace is quick so you are always busy working on client deliverables.

    Cons

    Shortage of resources at times,

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more ahead of the times with technology solutions

  3. "Gladly will be leaving soon"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to work around a lot of nice people and the office is close to a lot of the main roads.

    Cons

    Seniur management always put personal politics in front of the success of projects and promoting good people. the people who are the personal friends of the management are the only ones that get any of the recognizing. I know of a lot of the people that are fed up with this thing and are now looking to leave including me. Bringing in the new things in technology is very hard too because the management does not get educated on new areas.

    Advice to Management

    In good busness you get and reward good people, and you do not promote or put-down people because of personal politics or race or religions. Also the learning of yourself does not stop because you get in management. Try to go to some seminar to learn the new things to do better technology leadership.


  4. "Travel Services. RUN AWAY!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Meeting & Event Director in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Meeting & Event Director in Plymouth, MN

    Pros

    You can take as much time off when you want.

    Cons

    You will never get a raise and will also have no option to move up in the company. They will always find ways to hold you back.

    Advice to Management

    Show your workers some respect and pay them a fair wage with yearly raises


  5. "Extremely outdated company."

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    Current Employee - Client Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Client Services in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you like corporate jobs, this place is your typical corporation. Usual corporate benefit packages and annual bonuses.

    Cons

    Poor Management of clients and staff. Also slow in adapting to new technologies and trends. There is also a severe lack of cooperation between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more knowledgeable and capable management staff and acquire an external creative boutique instead.


  6. "I loved working at Carlson"

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    Current Employee - Creative
    Current Employee - Creative
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing, talented and funny people. A serious, "what if..." and "Why don't we..." attitude. Open to ideas.

    Cons

    Some people are not so good at communicating. Passive aggressive. Just say what you think. Don't whine, make it better.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the people who don't care about the work. They are poison.


  7. "ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    people are very nice and hours are easy relatively speaking, salaries can be generous and there is a lot of communication

    Cons

    not the most innovative place, trying to change this, however... there is a siloed mentality and not enough integration in my opinion

    Advice to Management

    need to do a better job integrating the various groups also fostering innovation would be a valuable endeavor for mgmt

  8. "Life at Carlson Marketing"

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

    Pros

    THere are a variety of projects and clients. Many talent people, but much confusion with frequent changing of management, cultural practices and more.

    Cons

    Carlson went through multiple levels of management and layoffs -- sometimes making huge mistakes with the people and departments they decided to ax people and then reverse their own misakes Many long lasting fifedoms also still exist at the corporate and regional levels.

    Advice to Management

    There have been too many legacy people (who have been there 20+ years) still running things the way they want to -- leaving litle or no room for new ideas and innovation.


  9. "Great people, okay work"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Good Benefits
    Nice people

    Cons

    Poor advancement
    Poor morale
    Not so great salary

    Advice to Management

    LIsten to your employees and recognize them financially


  10. "-"

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    Current Employee - Information Architect in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Information Architect in Plymouth, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great team work; great company culture

    Cons

    more generalized roles; have to wear different hats

    Advice to Management

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