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George P. Johnson Reviews

Updated October 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "The company culture is very froward thinking and Upper Management truly cares about the work-life balance of their employees" (in 10 reviews)

  • "The founder and Family that currently run the company locale hard working people" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Busy season makes it difficult to have a work life balance" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Long hours during busy season, lots of management changes, not much upward mobility" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Love working here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George P. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Cultures great, weekly happy hours and breaks from work

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low for the work you’re doing


  2. "Move on"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George P. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    There are some great people who pitch in to help each other succeed. Casual office environment, good benefits, flexible office hours and unlimited fto (which you really can’t use most of the time due to workloads as others said)

    Cons

    The work here has taken a bad turn. More of an accounting job than events job. Management completely focused on employees doing client finance work at the compromise of delivering successful events. Most of this work could be automated but due to completely outdated tools and processes be prepared to spend most of your days in excel spreadsheets. Management very out of touch. Pay below industry standard. The culture used to offset that but no longer does.

    Advice to Management

    You’re going to continue to lose good people unless you make serious changes.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "If you want a work life balance, look elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at George P. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited FTO but good luck finding time to use it.

    Cons

    This office is going downhill quickly. Top performers are completely burned out and not compensated appropriately. What was once a positive work environment has been completely destroyed. Outdated tools and processes make the job near impossible, managers expectations are completely unrealistic. People who haven’t left yet have suffered health wise due to lack of any life balance.

    Advice to Management

    No one listens so not worth giving advice at this point


  4. "Event Producer"

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    Current Employee - Event Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Event Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George P. Johnson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, lots of fun events, tons of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Zero career growth, very low pay, extremely long hours

    Advice to Management

    Help employees plan their career growth, promote from within.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at George P. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time off (if you can get your workload done), ESOP, travel, occasionally work from home, peers always willing to help

    Cons

    This job is the definition of “overworked and underpaid”. The culture used to make up for it but now I’d add undervalued to the list. Treated like a workhorse instead of a human being. Constantly under pressure of unrealistic deadlines, deliverables and client expectations that seem to never end.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great agency to get experience. Not the place to build your career."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George P. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Excellent peers. Talented people who're passionate about what they do work here.
    High-profile clients across industries. You'll work on interesting projects.
    Pockets of encouraging leadership. Great place to find your champions.
    Flexible schedules. Unlimited time off and one-month parental leave is progressive.
    Work here if you want to learn about top-notch event marketing soup to nuts.

    Cons

    Long hours. If you don't set work/life boundaries, they'll be crossed without mercy.
    The only way to grow your career here is to threaten to leave and get a promotion.
    Hard to transition to multi-client projects if you start on leading client accounts.
    Lack of diversity. It's an executive priority year over year that stays unaddressed.
    Excruciating politics. Highly unproductive. Completely unnecessary.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees fairly for like work. Years of service is an outdated and biased metric.
    Address your diversity problem. It's been hanging around for years. People notice.
    Respect work/life balance. If people are on vacation with family, leave them alone.


  7. "Long work days"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Tech in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Graphic Tech in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at George P. Johnson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and steady work

    Cons

    Long hours during busy season, lots of management changes, not much upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Appreciating your good employees fosters good morale

  8. "You deserve better."

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    Former Employee - Event Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Event Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at George P. Johnson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perks that come with any corporate gig plus ESOP for folks who stay long term. No one should stay at the Austin office long term.

    Cons

    Austin office is falling apart at the seams. Turn over is huge. Lots of long time employees who helped keep the place running and the culture what it was have left in the last 8-10 months. Leadership is in shambles. Solution appears to simply keep hiring new warm bodies to fill the empty spaces. Salary isn’t nearly enough for the amount of work required to keep the doors open.

    Advice to Management

    Until major fixes are in place, more and more people will keep quitting. Replacing people who have years of experience with new people, who need months of training that they aren’t actually getting since senior management has no practical knowledge of how to do the job, doesn’t work.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "No growth"

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

    Pros

    Office was nice
    Encourage individuality
    Flexible on vacation time

    Cons

    No room for growth
    Promises made from upper management that never panned out
    Pay was well below average
    Poor management from seniors who had no interest in building a relationship with their team
    High school like environment filled with “adults” who only looked out for their best interests
    Favorites were chosen constantly
    Absolutely no process to anything and was basically just a “get the job done at all costs” place to work

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your employees and maybe have 1:1’s every week or bi-monthly. Management had no clue what my goals were and just kept piling things that I wasn’t interested in on my plate.


  10. "Well-Paid 3D Design Work in a Fun Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at George P. Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited time off, young, fun, creative team. Pays well. Incorporates modern technology and designs when client budget allows.

    Cons

    Work flow is ebb and overflow. Sometimes slow (but then when you take vacations) and sometimes you are slammed with easily more than 40 hours/ week.


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