GSW Marketing & Advertising Reviews | Glassdoor

GSW Marketing & Advertising Reviews

To filter reviews, or .

Found 132 reviews

3.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
49%
Recommend to a Friend
86%
Approve of CEO
Sonja Foster-Storch
15 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "Not able to use time off, work life balance, leadership doesn't care about employees(in 12 reviews)

  • "Tied to a holding company with crappy benefits and HR policies(in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work and Grow your Career!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Overall
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GSW Marketing & Advertising full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Amazing culture and incredible people who like working here and take pride in the great work they do. Producing great work that is industry awarded and acknowledged.

    Cons

    Sometimes working at a small agency within a large corporation can allow for red-tape when trying to pivot quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Management feels like they are part of the day-to-day team, keep this up.

    GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

    March 6, 2019VP Human Resources

    Hi! We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. We certainly appreciate your positive comments on culture and our incredible people. The leadership team and I are always looking for feedback, so we appreciate each comment to help us know what is important to you. If ...

    Show More
  2. "Outdated messages: GSW pays well!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Overall
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GSW Marketing & Advertising full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great people. Great environment. Candy hours. Plenty of time to be with family and are accommodating with WFH.

    Cons

    They don't pay new people like they old. Ageism. Not a ton of opportunity for young people to grow. Culture isn't as fun. Holiday party has been cancelled the last two years.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your youth

    GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

    March 19, 2019VP Human Resources

    Hello. We appreciate you taking the time to share your positive thoughts and areas for improvement. The leadership team and I are always looking for feedback as we are fully committed to following through to ensure we have a great place to work. I’d like the opportunity to discuss ...

    Show More
  3. Helpful (2)

    "A sinking ship"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Overall
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GSW Marketing & Advertising full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Some very talented people who deserve better

    Cons

    Upper creative management is an absolute disaster. They are completely uninvolved in the day to day, but still manage to give their incompetent input on projects when they decide to work past 4 pm.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for management, but rather advice regarding management—replace them.

    GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

    March 14, 2019VP Human Resources

    Hello. We appreciate your feedback and want to ensure we are using it to better our organization. We value your opinion about our people and leaders. We want to continue to make strides to move forward. I’d really like the opportunity to hear from you to discuss your thoughts more ...

    Show More
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Abusive work environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at GSW Marketing & Advertising

      Pros

      VP’s and Executives are very hands off, they let you run your clients and teams your way.

      Cons

      Junior High School clique environment. If your not in with the “cool crowd,” your day will be miserable and you will get pushed out. Pro - it’s obvious when they’re pushing you out, they have no shame in establishing obvious paper trails for this purpose.

      Advice to Management

      Respect the quality of work over the quality of flirting you can get from the junior women in the office. Create an environment where people are comfortable sharing ideas, and respect and pursue those ideas even if they don’t come from your ‘chosen ones’ clique, and even if those ideas don’t come from a woman you think you’ll get sex out of.

      GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

      March 14, 2019VP Human Resources

      Hello. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Across the Leadership Team we are committed to listening to feedback and ensuring each employee has a positive experience within our organization. I’d really like the opportunity to discuss your concerns specifically so ...

      Show More
    • Helpful (4)

      "GSW - meh"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Overall
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Account Executive 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at GSW Marketing & Advertising full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      some of the people there were great to work with

      Cons

      Not able to use time off, work life balance, leadership doesn't care about employees

      Advice to Management

      Focus in on your employees. People wanted to be cared about when they are performing so well! Not allowing employees to use vacation at the end of the year is not cool. give more promotions for those excelling and give bonuses to those who deserve them. Lots of people are leaving for these reasons.

      GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

      January 24, 2019VP Human Resources

      Hello. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are always looking to better our organization and ensuring our people are set up for success and feel valued. I’d really like the opportunity to discuss your concerns specifically – 100 percent confidential. Please feel ...

      Show More
    • Helpful (1)

      "Soul Crushing"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Overall
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Westerville, OH
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at GSW Marketing & Advertising full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Nice people, fair work/life balance.

      Cons

      Like being back in eighth grade with its favoritism, cliques and egos.

      Advice to Management

      Treat all employees with respect and equality.

      GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

      March 6, 2019VP Human Resources

      Hello. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are always looking to better our organization, and hearing an individual’s thoughts is important to that process. I’d really like the opportunity to discuss your concerns specifically – 100 percent confidential. Please ...

      Show More
    • Helpful (4)

      "Horrible"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Overall
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at GSW Marketing & Advertising full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Some of the people and the company outings were okay

      Cons

      Poorly staffed, poor management, poor creative, no work life balance

      GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

      January 24, 2019VP Human Resources

      Hello. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on management, staffing and work-life balance. The leadership team and I are always looking for feedback as we are fully committed to following through to ensure we have a great place to work. I’d really like the opportunity ...

      Show More
    • Helpful (2)

      "Great place for creative & motivated self-starters"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Overall
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at GSW Marketing & Advertising full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      I've worked in agencies where there is a siloed/political structure, and the idea that only certain people in certain positions could have good ideas was the norm. The one great thing about GSW NY (and LA) is that a good idea can come from anyone. Everyone's voice is heard, and it creates opportunities for people at all levels to promote both themselves and awesome ideas.

      Cons

      Benefit plans could be a little better, especially health insurance plans considering this is a healthcare company.

      GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

      December 13, 2018VP Human Resources

      Hey! Thank you! We love to see such great comments and really appreciate you taking the time to post them. Having a culture like the one you described is so important to us, and it is critical to our success. Thank you for sharing your other comments as well regarding benefits. We ...

      Show More
    • "Fantastic"

      StarStarStarStarStar
        Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Newtown, PA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at GSW Marketing & Advertising

        Pros

        Great people and environment, convenient location

        Cons

        Sometimes work can get slow

        Advice to Management

        Keep doing what you’re doing

        GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

        September 6, 2018VP Human Resources

        Hey! Thanks for the great comments! We love hearing feedback. When that feedback is positive, it makes it that much better. We will keep doing what we are doing but if you have more you would like to share, please feel free call me directly at 614-543-6443. Comments will be kept 100 ...

        Show More
      • Helpful (2)

        "Solid place to build a career with typical agency challenges"

        StarStarStarStarStar
        • Overall
        • Culture & Values
        • Career Opportunities
        • Compensation and Benefits
        • Senior Management
        Current Employee - VP-Technology in Newtown, PA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at GSW Marketing & Advertising full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        The values and personalities are collaborative and supportive. There's generally an effort for work-life balance. Leadership wants the best for their people and plans accordingly.

        Cons

        There's the typical downsides to agency life: some projects will get away from you and demand extra time and effort. Work is fickle and can dry up quickly, or swamp you by coming in too fast. Corporate efforts stir things up and make difficulties.

        Advice to Management

        Keep focused on what really matters and do you best

        GSW Marketing & Advertising Response

        June 14, 2018VP Human Resources

        Hey! Thank you! We love to see such great comments and really appreciate you taking the time to post them. We know typical agency life can present challenges, but we believe the great people at GSW with the right values makes this agency life as good as it gets. Please be sure to ...

        Show More
      Found 132 reviews