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Finn Partners Reviews

Updated June 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "The company is also flexible with schedules and promotes work/life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, great people, and transparent" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hard to strike a strong work-life balance if not established from the beginning" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Old school senior managers that have prejudices and should do their job instead of watching others" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Company Culture!"

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

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

    Pros

    - Friendly office atmosphere
    - Engaging client work
    - Fun office events

    Cons

    - Not a terrible amount of room for growth in some departments


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Turn and Run"

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

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

    Pros

    Genuinely nice people. The best hours and work/life balance imaginable.

    Cons

    - There is zero office culture across the board. Each office (with the exclusion of NY) might have its own bit of culture but that's fully dependent on the agency it was BEFORE being acquired by FP.
    - There is zero integration on newly (or previously) acquired agencies. They all just keep action as they did prior to the merger
    - There is no accountability for profitability, meaning that over service runs rampant. It is a completely top line driven agency, meaning that there is constant pressure on new biz wins and no focus on being a better partner to the client. Just say yes, no matter what the best approach would be
    - The CEO has no idea how to run an agency. He only knows how to quickly and effectively make money for the founders of Finn Partners.
    - Sitting in a meeting with the Founding Managing Partners is like being at another family's holiday dinner. Moments of interesting conversation but mostly just sitting there feeling awkward, watching them bicker amongst themselves without coming to any conclusions and thanking your lucky stars that they aren't YOUR family.

    Advice to Management

    Build a company. A company that promotes culture, client partnership and smart work. Leave this notion behind that "playing nice" is what happens at Finn - this is only code for an environment of passive aggressive behavior and lack of clear direction. STOP FOCUSING ON ACQUISITIONS. Or at least pretend to your employees that you value organic growth, professional development and profitability.

  3. "Great, healthy agency to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Finn Partners part-time

    Pros

    I've been with Finn Partners for 8 months and I'm extremely impressed with the agency. They care about their employees and the work they do. They offer a nice benefits package as well as a lot of extras like complimentary healthy snacks and drinks, wellness reimbursement, professional development opportunities, fun team building activities, 401K and bonuses, monthly happy hours, etc. Finn is constantly looking at their mission statement to make sure they are following their vision. One of my favorite lines is "Work Hard, Play Nice." They are picky about who they hire because they want to make sure the team works well together.

    Cons

    The agency is growing very quickly - up to 600 employees still they started in 2011. The Detroit office is on the verge of pulling in a lot of new clients so people are working extra hours to get over this growth hump. The agency doesn't have a lot of processes in place which can be frustrating. Parking in Detroit can be a challenge - full-time staff can receive a commuter discount but it still doesn't cover the cost.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for the agency to concentrate on processes. Each office has good ideas they can share. Get offices together to share those ideas with each other.


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    "Sincerely terrible - depending on department"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Depending on the department, the managing partners are truly caring, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and have what it takes to lead a team. There is a lot that you can learn from certain individuals if you do find yourself in that situation.
    - Its founding values are great. (Whether or not this rings true throughout the company to this day, is a different question).
    - You will meet some great, driven, talented people, although these people will most likely not stay.
    - Decent amount of days off, okay benefits

    Cons

    - If you are not so lucky with your department, then you will experience the worst experiences in your professional career, where your managing head will not treat you like you exist. You will only be acknowledged if you have an outstanding media hit, and otherwise, your voice will be ignored, your presence will be ignored, and you will not be greeted. Considering that none of the departments at this company are huge at each office, this is saying a lot.
    - Executive management do not actually care about HR problems of significant magnitude. They will put a temporary band-aid on it at best, and at worst, will brush everything under the rug. No real changes will be made even if they do 'see' a problem, even if several team members make an official HR complaint.
    - Depending on the department, there is a lot of drama, politics, and power-play that is impossible to ignore. There is definitely possibility of retaliation depending on who you are dealing with.

    Advice to Management

    - Do not place people who have no managing capability or human decency into managing positions of a department simply because they may bring in new business. Create a new business position for them, but these people should not be leading a team that they are incapable of interacting with as real breathing people.
    - You are bleeding young talent. There is almost nobody left at the level that I joined after two years across many departments, because they all felt their career development was entirely stagnant, that management did not care about their employees, and felt a complete dysfunction at every sudden acquisition and random (entirely new) teams moving into offices with no warning.
    - Recognize it as a warning sign when more than one department is losing younger talent faster than they can be replaced.
    - Do not think that more 'happy hour' type activities are all it takes to bring back culture or create community. Employees can see through this, and it's obvious these are not permanent solutions that reach to the root of the problem.
    - Create actual career tracks for each employee so they can not only the value they can add to the company, but what this company can do to advance their career. If you can't provide value to your employees, why would they want to continue creating value for you or your clients?
    - Obviously, it is a growing company that has a lot of potential and good values at its foundation (originally), but don't let it become a hollow shell of what it first started out to become.
    - Your own people will become your bottom line. Invest in them and they will flourish and so will your bottom line. Ignore their needs and concerns, and eventually your bottom line will suffer.


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    "Hard Work"

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    • Senior Management
    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 Finn Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Exposure to a variety of clients
    - Work with colleagues of all levels from day one
    - Great location on Michigan Ave (Chicago office)

    Cons

    - No work/life balance
    - Poor compensation for junior staff members
    - No flexibility to work from home


  6. "Account Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finn Partners full-time

    Pros

    Nice people
    Good clients
    Great experience for college grads

    Cons

    Poor salary
    Lack of motivation at all levels
    Over servicing


  7. "The lesser of the Finn Family"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAE
    Former Employee - SAE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Finn Partners full-time

    Pros

    - decent salary compared to other agencies but you must negotiate for it. They will try to lowball you.
    - dogs in the office
    - free food for various lunch meetings. There are always leftovers from other teams and they share & summer, holiday parties

    Cons

    - terrible benefits - the health insurance cost is ridiculous
    - awful office location and antiquated office design
    - cut throat and not supportive

    Advice to Management

    Inspire and support your staff to help them grow and feel confident in their work

  8. "Pay attention"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Finn Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Easy commute to office for me. Interesting accounts and phenomenal clients. Support staff on 3rd floor and Office Services very helpful. Pay is decent but not extraordinary and could easily make more elsewhere doing the same work.

    Cons

    I like my coworkers but the lack of support from upper management is bewildering. Old school senior managers that have prejudices and should do their job instead of watching others. I don't need babysitting and nobody does because we all work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to who you bring in and why because not everyone is a team player and you will continue to lose people as a result. I don't need to be around someone who shows up occasionally and is then hostile to everyone. And why buy more companies if we are not doing as great as expected?


  9. "SAE"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Finn Partners full-time

    Pros

    Finn Partners has a lot of pros. It is a company filled with some of the most intelligent people in the industry. They have a wonderful variety of clients and truly do care about their employees. They want employees to enjoy their jobs while delivering results. They strive for excellence, so you are absolutely going to get a well-rounded experience and be inserted into all verticals of the industry. Depending on the department, they are flexible about working from home but understandably you have to prove yourself first. They have great maternity leave and understand the importance of family obligations. Plus (if approved) you can bring your dog to the office. 99 percent of the people that work at Finn Partners are wonderful people.

    Cons

    Every department is managed differently and some blanket company policies are not followed in certain groups. Good management and a career trajectory is desparately lacking. They are very top heavy so if you are in middle management or below - you won't move up, even if you are outpacing your peers. People leave the company because of bad managers. Good benefits but poor salaries.

    Advice to Management

    You have a great foundation and good values, don't let toxic managers continue employee turnover. Turnover will eventually effect the bottom line. Provide management training and make sure managers take their job mentoring others seriously.


  10. "Account Supervisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and great office location.

    Cons

    Integration of different practices in progress.

    Advice to Management

    Continue integration efforts.


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