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G&S Business Communications Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great work/life balance. Enjoyed my time with G&S"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with some solid benefits (lots of vacation, pays well, amazing insurance, 401K contributions). The office is always buzzing and the scope of your job is very structured and adhered to. Work/life is perfect - you work 8 hours, you go home. No weekend work. Beautiful office in a great part of Raleigh. Respected in my position. It was the hardest job I have ever left (and only did so because of a chance to 'live the dream' and go non-profit) and would go back.

    Cons

    Lacking in culture which is a difficult place to be a creative. But the leadership team is working really hard to change it so I see great things out of HR/company engagement. I honestly do not have cons here - there is a client or two I didn't love working for (that was for my own personal reasons) so I jumped on other projects and it wasn't a big deal.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any, I mean - the CEO sent me a birthday card. As in the TOP LEVEL of this company recognized the 'little guy' and made a point to connect. And the VP/top dog in Raleigh is just a really amazing person. I loved the HR department and the project managers are seriously amazing.


  2. "An oldschool company with a mixed bag of workers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gibbs & Soell Raleigh office has an employee base primarily of young twenty-somethings just out of college. If this is your first job out of college, you'll definitely get the work experience you need to move on to a mid-level PR role within two years, and you'll be surrounded by peers your age. If you're not a great writer, this place will cultivate those skills. The PTO plan was great.

    Cons

    If you're at the Raleigh office, you'll more than likely have only one client, and the work can get pretty dull and repetitive. The management is really the luck of the draw-- some are amazingly kind, care about your career growth, and will be mentors to you. Others are micromanagers who will not hesitate to deploy intimidation practices. After a couple years of working here, I do not think there are many new skills you could learn, since the work is so repetitive. You will get promoted if you do what you are told, but it's not an environment that fosters creativity. Pay isn't great but is about what you can expect for a PR firm.

    Advice to Management

    If you want a company with a high-turnover rate, keep doing what you're doing. If you want to create a strong reputation and get tenure with talent, get with the times and let go of old business practices. Make the office a fun, open place to spend your 8-5. Seek out bold, independent thinkers-- these people and their ideas will set you apart as a firm.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "G&S is moving ahead"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at G&S Business Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    G&S has changed exponentially since I started working here summer of 2014. The company is constantly looking to expand their client base with a focus in energy and companies with technical/science backgrounds. While there is definitely a single client in the Raleigh office who almost everyone at the agency touches on at least once or twice, they're doing everything in their power to make sure we're not a one client company. With G&S, you will be in a cube but you will be encouraged to COLLABORATE. With expanding digital and creative departments, teams are constantly engaging with other coworkers to find the best way to handle things. While clients can be hard to convince (this isn't rare in the PR industry), anyone at G&S will be willing to sit in on a pitch or meeting to help backup your strategy if they were involved with planning. If you're looking for a job where you're not forced into doing the same thing every day, this is the job for you. I've gotten a chance to work on a multitude of projects ranging from digital, trade shows, event planning, media relations, point-of-purchase displays etc. One of my favorite things about this job is the hours. You are free to work 7:30-4:30, 8-5 or 8:30-5:30 and can work from home if you have a sick child, dog, or just need to be at home (this isn't an every day thing, but an as needed thing). If you're a JAE or an AE, expect to get about 18 days of PTO for the year. They will allow you to work from home if you are sick and can function so that you don't have to work every day and you get one day a month where you can leave at lunchtime.

    Since we have offices in Chicago, Raleigh and NYC, they'll usually let you move from one to the other if you want to move.

    Upper management has been very transparent and is easy to talk to.

    Lastly, new office in North Hills soon for the Raleigh location.

    Cons

    Since clients are largely technically based, this could get boring to some people.
    If you start right out of college, you pretty much have to wait a year to become AE and raises are typically small (but around industry average).
    Your time at G&S can be amazing or very dull based on the manager you get to work with. Most managers are G&S are great and allow you to do your work (and present it as yours) but I do know of some that aren't as great.
    Cubes
    Easy to get pigeon holed if you don't speak up with other interests but as long as you do, they will usually find a way to accommodate you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for ways to expand, include and improve. Notice the managers who are clear favorites and find ways to encourage their best qualities to other managers. This is a huge factor in determining someone's experience at the office.


  4. "Great place to work with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Junior Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at G&S Business Communications (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, great people and lots of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Noteworthy clients, but very specialize and can be a bit technical/boring for certain people

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The agency is really doing well.


  5. "Ch-ch-ch-changes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Relation Specialist/Junior Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Public Relation Specialist/Junior Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is really authentic. The people here are so kind and know how to have a good time. From what I've heard, this year has been a big change after rebranding as G&S Business Communications. I'm getting amazing experience and growing as an individual. The office is moving to an amazing new sky rise in North Hills this summer. I really see this company growing and evolving into something special. Supervisors are really flexible and really care about helping you grow into the professional you are meant to be.

    Cons

    Quick-Paced, Closed environment (soon to change)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Junior Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of young people fresh out of school - convenient office location - entry-level received own office with plenty of space

    Cons

    Closed off / isolated office, people just stayed in the office, lack of community - work could be boring at times - lack of transparency from the top down

    Advice to Management

    Create a more exciting culture and atmosphere, then the work might not seem as boring with exciting things in the office.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Joke of a PR Shop"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time

    Pros

    G&S has flexible working hours.

    Cons

    G&S has the worst senior leadership out of any firm I've ever seen. The management team have been there for more than 15+ years and never worked anywhere else so the agency is extremely dated and archaic in every sense of the word - this is down to their policies and procedures in addition to the communications approach they take with clients. An infographic is considered a "cutting-edge" recommendation. G&S basically has one account (which is large) but there is no new business pipeline - all in all a very bad business model. Extremely low pay in comparison to other PR agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that in order to be successful in a big city, the CEO will need to make some serious changes.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "I wouldn't recommend it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    Pros

    It's a starting place for a career.

    Cons

    G&S has the worst management and it makes working there a miserable experience. They started small and have kept the same managers that they've always had. The truth is that these managers wouldn't be able to get their jobs if they applied again today but yet they're still there and they don't know how to manage or grow talent within their junior staff. Despite consistent feedback from internal employee surveys that there are problems with their management team, G&S turns a blind eye. If you do take the job, just know that you'll be the only one that looks out for your best interest.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house if you want to bring on new, fresh talent and retain them.


  9. "Not glamorous but incredibly accommodating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at G&S Business Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great job security, incredible management, work acknowledgement

    Cons

    Not very exciting work and sometimes overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    Keep expanding opportunities


  10. "Staid company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at G&S Business Communications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company if you want to work 9 to 5 in the PR world, which is a rarity.

    Cons

    Not a lot of diversity in clients. If you are hired to work on one account, chances are you will not be able to work on anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in skills and people development for your company.


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