G&S Business Communications Reviews | Glassdoor

G&S Business Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 42 reviews

3.4
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
60%
Recommend to a Friend
94%
Approve of CEO
G&S Business Communications CEO Luke Lambert (no image)
Luke Lambert
16 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great team, growing company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time

    Pros

    G&S has a great team and works hard to encourage employee engagement.

    Cons

    It's a growing company and there are some growing pains from a process standpoint.

    G&S Business Communications2018-05-08
  2. "Kinda like family"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at G&S Business Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great group of people, clear career path, opportunity for growth and development, good salary and benefits, flexible work policy, recognition for a job well done, approachable leadership

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times, limited opportunities for lateral movement, can get bogged down in process

    G&S Business Communications2019-07-03
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Managers make or break your experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The culture and work life balance is pretty good, in that G&S isn't a churn and burn agency like a lot of the big competitors. Unlike other agencies where you might lose your job if a key client is lost, G&S will work to keep you and place you on another client/project, so job security is good. There is a lot of camaraderie with your same level employees and team members. Casual dress (unless a client comes... into the office). Decent PTO policy. There can be a lot of access to clients fairly early on, which can be great exposure and experience early in a career. There are some really really great managers who really want to foster their employees' skills and career aspirations. Better technology improvements over the past couple of years have made working cross office much easier, more efficient and more enjoyable. While there isn't much diversity, a lot of the employee programs show that the desire and effort is there (diversity and inclusion, volunteerism, lunch and learns, etc.).

    Show More

    Cons

    G&S plays favorites with managers and is loyal to those who bring in a lot of client work/revenue, regardless of how poorly they manage and treat their employees or how many complaints they get. There has been enormous turnover on teams like this because employees feel extremely unsupported and their feedback falls on deaf ears. Be sure to ask about the team progression/turnover if you are interviewing here.... The salary threshold for lower level employees is much lower than industry standard for the city. G&S often tries to tout their other benefits as making up for it, but most entry level employees don't even get to take advantage of these (ie: they can't take advantage of the insurance or 401k plan). Upper management is extremely averse to employees negotiating salaries. Many employees get stuck on a single client for waaay too long and it's very difficult to work on other types of projects or clients and get exposure to anything new.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary thresholds. Most people will be willing to look past some of the negatives if they feel like they're being adequately compensated. There are a lot of good things about the company - but salary is your biggest blindspot and makes it super easy to walk away. There's so little room for growth on the salary spectrum. Listen to all of your employees and be willing to make REAL changes to fix... problems. You'll have less turnover in the long run.

    Show More
    G&S Business Communications2019-04-22
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Nice people, but dysfunctional environment and old way of thinking"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time

    Pros

    - Flexible with work hours if necessary - Employees are generally nice

    Cons

    - Clients are boring, being mostly in the ag-tech space - Old fashioned methods of doing things, with no plans to adapt to change - Campaigns and programs created by upper management are dated- They're out of touch

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing worse than resting on your laurels. As the landscape of PR and the world at large changes, the company should be adapting as well.

    G&S Business Communications2019-01-27
  5. "Decent"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great creative sharing, friendly management

    Cons

    Growing pains of a growing company

    Advice to Management

    continue to listen to employee needs

    G&S Business Communications2018-08-13
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, good leadership!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time

    Pros

    The company really cares about you and the leadership is very involved in day-to-day work. The managers know their employees and seem to really care about your personal life. Work life balance is generally good, depending on the time of year. The offices (in all 3 cities) are in good locations and there are often lunch and learns and other perks like celebrating holidays at the office and/or doing charity events.... There is a lot of room for growth as they promote frequently. Pay is OK with nice bonuses typically every Christmas.

    Show More

    Cons

    The clients are not very exciting. Mostly ag-focused.

    G&S Business Communications2018-07-12
  7. "Great Company, Great Benefits, A Little Behind the Times"

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

    I have been working at G&S Business Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Company takes care of employees - Health, Dental and Vision premiums are low - Pay is average to above for agency industry in RDU - Job security due to key client - A great boss can make your life here worth it. I'd could work here all of my career and be ok with that. - Work/Life balance is great. I work 40 hours a week and that's it. - Lots of new initiatives to bring culture to the company.

    Cons

    - Strict WFH policy (2 days a month) - Working for a single client can get repetitive - Longer you work here on Account team, the less you skill set qualifies you for jobs at other companies - No maternity/paternity leave. Only FMLA

    Advice to Management

    Loosen your hold on your employees. Give them the flexibility to work from home more often. Most of our meetings are on the phones and rarely do we have to do things face-to-face. If you can't trust your employees, why hire them?

    G&S Business Communications2018-01-29
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Dysfunctional Culture"

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

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time

    Pros

    There are opportunities to take on a lot of responsibility/work.

    Cons

    Below average salaries. Unqualified/overworked account supervisors lead to missed deadlines, poor quality work and disappointed clients. Recently, quite a few people have left or been fired shortly after coming on board. Either HR/management is doing a poor job vetting candidates or supervisors are doing a poor job on-boarding and setting unrealistic expectations. There are forced attempts to improve culture... agency-wide, but they seem inauthentic.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more qualified supervisors to improve work quality and internal operations.

    G&S Business Communications2018-01-02
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, good people, limited client account base."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at G&S Business Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people at G&S are great. Managers and peers are friendly and accessible and I always felt valued and very comfortable sharing ideas, offering feedback, etc. Benefits were also good, with a nice amount of PTO that accumulates over time, good healthcare and 401K plan. Agencies get a bad rap for their long hours, but I always found work-life balance at G&S to be very achievable. There are managers who seem to be... "online" at all times, but even at the manager level I think G&S is a place where employees can establish boundaries and achieve a healthy work-life balance. The company is also making a dedicated effort to improve its culture, with more frequent fun activities and professional development opportunities.

    Show More

    Cons

    The main issue, and the only significant issue in my opinion, is that employees often only get to work on one account and this is especially true in the Raleigh office. The account is in the ag chemical space, and the work can feel dull with very similar projects being done each year. It can also be hard for employees to transition their career elsewhere after having been at G&S awhile because they've been working... in such a narrow area. There's not a very friendly policy toward work from home / flexible work schedules, either, which can be frustrating since the bulk of the work can very easily be done from home and managed independently.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in diversifying your account base and as you bring in new accounts, don't just hire new people to staff them or give them to the same handful of people -- give more of your employees the chance to work on a mix of accounts. Also, consider ways to improve flexibility -- you have a young employee base that really values flexible work schedules and opportunities to work from home.

    G&S Business Communications2017-09-17
  10. "Great Company Culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at G&S Business Communications full-time

    Pros

    The people here are wonderful and while the environment is fast-paced, the organizational structure makes it easy for everyone to know what their responsibilities are.

    Cons

    Not many work space perks or extra curricular benefits

    G&S Business Communications2017-08-08
Found 42 reviews