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"MarCom Department is a great place to work."

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Visionary leadership in MarCom Department, willing to change with the times and adapt to new technologies
Excellent professional development program, if the employee is willing to take advantage of it
Department management is willing to let employees build their career within the department around their own strengths - always open to suggestions
Upward mobility, yearly raises, yearly bonuses, 401k match, open door policy

Cons

Clunky creative design department - far too much depends on the leader of the department, and she is an individual with her own agenda. If you don't fit in her agenda, watch out.
Shady-seeming executive management that doesn't tell the whole story or keep promises
Workload can get overwhelming in a hurry if not well planned
Politics - people get promoted or stick around simply because they have been there for a long time, not necessarily because they excel at the job
HR department is a joke
Some PDL's are more active advocates than others, if you get a lazy one you may not get the bonuses or raises you feel you deserve

Advice to Management

MarCom management - keep up the great work, the vision and direction of the department is inspiring, relevant and on track
Executive management - stop backtracking

Other Employee Reviews for SmithBucklin

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good place for a first job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're talented, you can get from a very low level position to a relatively higher position fairly quickly (through lots of stressful work). After a certain point, however, growth will slow and you'll need to get the heck out.

    Cons

    Your job satisfaction will vary greatly based on what clients/teams you're assigned to. Work load will almost constantly be insane, and pay in general will be low (unless, I've been told, you leave and come back). For a large group of long-time employees, there is an attitude of just doing whatever is needed to get through the day. It's completely depressing.

    The CEO has the kind of "open door policy" that means that you can say hi to him in the halls - but if you want to speak any kind of uncomfortable truth to him, forget it.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with the "you've gotta serve your time" mentality for great workers. They leave you in droves because they can do much better. That means that managers higher up in the food chain are (with some exceptions) entrenched in their own mediocrity.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Support"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SmithBucklin part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great clientèle to work for, overall the employees are educated and nice, diverse work environment

    Cons

    -disorganized teams
    -little room for growth
    -many of the employees are overworked and definitely underpaid
    -the teams are made up of people who contribute to other association teams so there is no visible cohesiveness

    Advice to Management

    Mentor your staff
    - pour time and energy into employees who really show potential as soon as six months in
    -refrain from promoting people who are unable to lead a group
    -If a team is not working efficiently, it is important to have someone from outside the group evaluate what needs to be changed


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