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Carrot Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Unlimited vacation - if you're every allowed to take it (in 5 reviews)

  • There is a certain honesty and realness amongst employees that makes you feel like people genuinely care about you (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Typical growing pains but nothing we can't figure out (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior management is an absolute joke (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Culture Is Everything"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Carrot is full of self-starters and wearers-of-many-hats. While it's far beyond a startup, much like a small scrappy company, Carrot gives ambitious people a chance to expand their skillset and to explore new opportunities. The beauty of this agency is that while it competes with the best of the best, it doesn't fall into the same negative habits that marketing firms often suffer from. If you want to work with great brands and great people, I would highly recommend exploring Carrot.

    Cons

    Being owned by VICE is a powerful differentiator but there are some inevitable growing pains as the companies work more closely together. This is very solvable and the company seems to be on track for major success in 2017 and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be picky about the brands you work with.


  2. "Great Place To Grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carrot full-time

    Pros

    Carrot has afforded me tremendous opportunities as someone cutting their teeth. Very open culture.

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth at Carrot, and you sometimes get the sense that a lack of experience at high levels has an unfortunate trickle down affect.

  3. "Professional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carrot full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People, some are genuine....some are still trying to bring the old Carrot back..

    Cons

    The list is too long....lying, immaturity, back stabbing....

    Advice to Management

    Grow up!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Systemic Issues From Top Down"

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

    I worked at Carrot full-time

    Pros

    Free food, cool office space, some smart people

    Cons

    Where to begin? Senior management is an absolute joke. They are untrained and act like a bunch of frat boys with a measuring tape. Everyone I worked with during my time there was unhappy, overworked and competitive to the point of back stabbing anyone who stood in their way

    Advice to Management

    Focus on cultivating a place of learning and growth rather than burning and churning


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Left & Never Looked Back"

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

    I worked at Carrot full-time

    Pros

    Free food, free beer, parties, I guess, though there are a lot less lately.

    Cons

    Left some months ago and never looked back. It's a shame because I wanted to feel that camaraderie after leaving, but save for a few people, everything there is too much of a mess to try and keep in touch, or want to. I'd rather rid myself of the bad taste of low pay, boring projects, lack of leadership, and everyone being overworked. Maybe your decks, your pitches, your everything would be better if deadlines and timelines were reasonable. They aren't. You have smart people overwhelmed and struggling, doing the workload of 3 people, then blamed when they weren't set up for success to begin with. If all we can respond to that is "that's agency life," then I recommend you steer clear from this and any other agency. It's not worth your 50+ hours a week, especially for work that is cool, but not great or ground breaking.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved. Every since Vice became a priority, you forgot about your own employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Unsustainable Fantasy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carrot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Carrot hires those that can build and sustain their culture; it's addicting and fulfilling to be surrounded by like-minded people
    - Brands come to Carrot for FUN, so you get to work on a variety of projects that other, more established agencies, dream of
    - Lots of blurred lines: opportunity is there for the taking if you're willing to figure out and play the game
    - Perks on perks: the Google of Brooklyn advertising in terms of free, convenient things, but it comes with the trade off of making Carrot your life
    - The VICE thing is fun to say at parties (but doesn't mean much...)

    Cons

    - Cult or nothing: You either fully commit or you will never be happy working here and always feel like an outsider (and therefore also miss out on professional opportunities)
    - Still an underdog: Big, juicy creative briefs are not coming through the doors. Carrot is the agency that's fun to experiment with, but too risky to commit to
    - A few leaders amongst a sea of children: Carrot's culture is built on the people it hires, so youth is crucial. However, when leadership is homegrown and mid-level talent is scarce, there are a lot of workers and not a lot of teachers. Depending on the side you're on and the stage in your career, this is a pro or con
    - Ego - senior management, despite grand gestures and lengthy speeches, are in it for themselves

    Advice to Management

    Foster talent, reward growth, invest in opportunities that benefit the larger organization (vs the core), teach and sustain emotional intelligence, practice humility (vs surface level cool). Find a way to build on history without clinging to it; don't ostracize new employees or force initiation. Be more transparent with opportunities with VICE.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "PR is the only thing keeping this place afloat."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carrot (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is constantly looking to jump on the 'next big thing', so there's constant effort to evolve [with very mixed results]. Lack of process means you get to freedom to shape accounts how you please, but that can be a little chaotic for those fresh out of college.

    Cons

    They prioritize agency PR and false testimonials over actually fixing their process and leadership issues. Complete shame. They looked amazing on paper but in practice, they're all talk and zero action. All in all - a bad place for women - senior management even pulled a hardworking female staff member off an account because she wasn't "hot enough".

    Advice to Management

    Treat your agency like a client. Spend less time winding + dining and prioritize fixing your issues.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "For the hungry and energetic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities for people to really own their work and grow alongside other really smart, driven people. The clients are wonderful too!

    Cons

    There's a "figure-it-out" mentality that can make you feel lost at times, but if you seek it out, people are always willing to support and figure it out with you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep close to your most valued talent! You guys are great people and it's easy to feel connected after just a few interactions with you. That will always work to your favor... so do it as often as you can.


  9. "Good Place to start as a young engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lax atmosphere
    Big name clients
    Fun company events

    Cons

    Questionable Management
    Short lived projects
    peaks and valleys of client work. Feel either overwhelmed or starved


  10. Helpful (2)

    "An amazing career starter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Junior employees are given a lot of responsibility, making it so that the line between more junior and senior level employees a little blurred, which can be a blessing or a curse.
    - Opportunity for growth is incredible. If you are hoping to grow your career in a certain way, and have a supportable case behind it, you better believe your managers and co-workers will be there to support you every step of the way.
    - Not one person is above another here. As a Junior employee, I have never felt inferior to someone with a senior title - more as people who can give advice and help when I'm learning something new.
    - Employees often have side hobbies that are celebrated and supported within the agency. If someone has a specialty in a different area, employees are sure to know they have the ability to capitalize on it if a certain project calls for that need.

    Cons

    - Because Carrot is growing so quickly, it's going through typical growing pains that any agency would go through - but it is affecting the company culture a bit.
    - The move towards more structured operations is a positive for Carrot, but we're not fully there yet.


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