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Commonground Marketing Reviews

Updated April 29, 2017
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  1. "good while it lasted"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network and Computer Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Network and Computer Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Commonground Marketing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good team, good group of people to work with

    Cons

    i came in on the tail end of the management fiasco, right before the company dissolved.


  2. "Senior Production Artist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Production Artist in Oak Lawn, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Production Artist in Oak Lawn, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Commonground Marketing (More than a year)

    Pros

    great studio environment and management team. They manage workflow effortlessly. Great multicultural environment, varied projects.

    Cons

    creative work needs a boost. Some people come and go as they please, while others work hard and stay focused

    Advice to Management

    button up the management team


  3. "Missed Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonground Marketing (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good vibes, talented

    Cons

    Horrible management, egos destroyed an amazing opportunity


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    "So Much Potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonground Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great people & a fun environment.

    Cons

    Fun isn't enough. Unrealistic expectations for people who care and get things done. No reward or appreciation shown for people doing a good job. Bad people are rewarded and promoted. Too many people without traditional advertising experience (typically in leadership roles). Top heavy. Clunky processes. Churn and burn culture for many, but not everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention


  6. "Great Culture, Poor Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Culture, and lot's of fun...especially with experiential events.
    - Very diverse, you'll find nearly every ethnicity everywhere you turn and make great friends
    - Very laid back work environment
    - Great flexibility to work from home
    - Great talent in that agency. You'll find some gems with amazing personalities

    Cons

    - POOR leadership skills from senior level management.
    - Underpaid
    - No agency processes or structure. Literally a sink of swim environment
    - 0 investment in junior level employees (there's an extreme shortage of junior level employees.
    - Account runs it, pushing the creative envelop to clients is rare
    - You'll wait FOREVER for a promotion because senior level management don't invest in their staff's growth and development. It's damn near every man for himseld

    Advice to Management

    - Hire more junior level employees, invest in their development, and LEARN how to manage them properly (or don't hire them at all)
    - Implement yearly employee evaluations.
    - Continue to build on the fantastic work culture in place.


  7. "Exciting, energizing environment"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Commonground Marketing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The agency has many Blue Chip clients that look great on your resume. If you work hard you can easily stand out.

    Cons

    Difficult to develop as a more junior level account person since Sr level account staff is very disengaged and quite poor at leadership

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with the employees hire more better client service leaders


  8. "Lack of communication and direction"

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

    I worked at Commonground Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Cool office space
    Friendly people
    Big accounts

    Cons

    Lack of junior-level employees
    Lack of communication within teams and among departments
    Account teams run creative
    No office culture/not a fun work environment/endless open gossiping

    Advice to Management

    This agency could be more successful if there was fluidity of communication amongst employees.


  9. "It has potential, but it lacks respect…."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Great culture
    -Room to be creative
    -A good place to start, not a good place to grow

    Cons

    -Senior management (some not ALL) don't look out for their team. Some are notorious for throwing their team under the bus to save themselves
    -Low pay (No one gets paid well…with the exception of owners and their closer personal buddies)
    -Little room to grow or be promoted

    Advice to Management

    -Be upfront with your employees. Let's be honest, parties, bottles and photos with celebrities don't pay the bills. Do they pay yours?
    -Stop over promising and under delivering! Don't promise bonuses and pay raises when you know they will not be distributed.
    -Don't insult the intelligence of your employees. Some of the practices are complete acts of blatant disrespect. As if people don't know they are getting paid below market salary and being pacified with temporary fixes.
    -Appreciate the work your employees do. It is their work, blood, sweat and tears that keeps the company going. Don't just say "Thank You", MEAN IT!

    CG has the potential to be one of the best multicultural agencies in the history of marketing and advertising but somewhere along the way, the CG family culture and values were lost. Get back to the spirit that started the company. It will take you a long way.


  10. "Great Potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonground Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Cool people. Laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Founders are former Account Executives, so it's no surprise that the AE's run this place. Too many new business pitches. Too much client pandering. Work/life balance is pretty much nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up to your Clients. Stop pitching new business every week, maintain current accounts. Hire the help you need and not just a long line of perma-lancers. Create an opportunity for growth and development for your creatives. STOP LETTING AE's DICTATE CREATIVE. Try to do work that can win a creative award and not just the mediocre BS that's produced to simply satisfy client obligations. You're making money, it's time to do great work. LIVE UP TO YOUR POTENTIAL.


  11. "I worked in the creative department for three years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a few people who work there who are gems. I do not know why they work there.

    Cons

    The partners are selfish, egotistical and unmotivating. They spend company money on fancy hotel rooms, lots of trips, and brag about it on social media--all while salaries are low, vendors don't get paid, and and employees are overworked.
    Extremely long hours, they only care about meeting unreasonable client demands, not at all about the people who work there and this causes intense burn out and really rude and cranky employees.
    The rude and unprofessional behavior is never addressed, employee reviews are never given, and neither are raises.
    They started me out on a below-average salary and over the course of three years gave me zero raises or bonuses. Working well into the night was not uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't the Ahmad show. You are dealing with people's lives, health, and families. Its your job to take care of the people who are making you rich.


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