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Pros
  • "They are involved in all forms of marketing so you learn a lot about how advertising channels work together(in 8 reviews)

  • "River Market is a great spot for lunch breaks - tons of lunch options/happy hour variety(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Their high turnover rate reflects that(in 10 reviews)

  • "Upper management has no idea what employees do on a day-to-day basis and will talk down to you whenever possible(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great First Job"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gragg Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Your peers are wonderful! Some of the best friendships have begun because of Gragg. • Outside of supper management on occasion, work/life balance is perfectly on check. Working late and weekends is never required and rarely needed. • The job is 100% what you put into it. If you want to learn and be challenged, there are people and opportunities. • Location! River Market is a great spot for lunch breaks - tons... of lunch options/happy hour variety.

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    Cons

    • There is somewhat of a cap to your growth. You are on their map of promotion windows and title structure. It is possible for growth & promotion, just definitely a “prove it”/“earn it” model. • Not much collaboration between departments. Social is separate from paid search, separate from creative/traditional strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, keeping the client happy is goal number one for any ad agency. But, the people who manage and deal with client requests and campaigns on a day-to-day basis would be more willing to go above and beyond to make that happen if management showed them more appreciation and gave more credit. (There are other ways outside of monetary compensation)

    Gragg Advertising2019-04-09
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Interactive Media"

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    Former Employee - Interactive Media in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gragg Advertising full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location, good location near river market.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, you can not even spend your time off. Very low moral and cultural values, which comes from management. No career opportunities to move forward without offering sex and drinks. Probably lowest compensations in the market. Affairs between management and department are common things.

    Advice to Management

    Please wake up and if you want to improve change the management team. All of them.

    Gragg Advertising2017-06-20
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Abusive Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gragg Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun people that I still keep in touch with. Lots of PTO. Decent pay. River Market has some culture. Learned which clients are the bottom of the barrel.

    Cons

    Don't be surprised if you are locked out one day because they fired yet another person & changed all of the codes. Extramarital affairs within the office are common. Drug use with clients is frequent. If you are not a manager you are forced to share a hotel room with a co-worker while traveling. The managers yell & scream at employees on a weekly basis. Parking is less than adequate & unsafe if you have to work... late which is most nights. If you don't make it to work even after KDOT or MODOT closes the roads they will take it off of your PTO. They say they have been so successful that they have never had to lay anyone off...does that still count if you fire people instead to avoid paying severance?

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    Advice to Management

    Get a grip.

    Gragg Advertising2016-07-01
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Overworked, Undertrained, Underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gragg Advertising full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Charity involvement, co-workers have decent work ethics (you have to to work here!), some free food, ongoing employee enrichment sessions, good introductory company training when starting about other groups. Central KC location in river market area is nice.

    Cons

    Turnover is AWFUL. There are a handful of core employees/management that has been there longer than a year. (And probably only because they don't have TIME to search for a different job) The majority of employees you ask have been there 3-6 months, which is probably the avg length of employment. They play the blame game and fire people regularly to blame people for mismanagement and understaffing. Employees are way... overworked, many working 50-60 hours a week regularly, and the pay scale does not back up those hours. While overall industry training is good, training for the actual job is virtually non-existent. You learn as you go, especially since there aren't many who know what they are doing around to train you, and the ones that do know don't have time because they are so overworked. People simply look exhausted here... Because they are. On their their "flagship" account and they give away their services at such a discount, that they operate with a skeleton crew to manage it which creates long hours and mistakes. The clients are allowed to be rude to gragg employees, even yelling and screaming at them on the phone or berating them in front of peers, and management allows it since they are desperate to keep the accounts. Upper management is awful, belittling employees in meetings in front of peers. They berate them and manage through embarrassment. They play the blame game a lot and throw each other under the bus regularly. Management regularly comes up with "special projects" with unrealistic deadlines and force employees to work over weekends and holidays to accomplish unreasonable tasks. Parking is awful. Often having to park a block or two away.

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    Advice to Management

    The main problems are understaffing and turnover, each related to the other. Make sure employees are fully trained in their JOBS before expectations are made to do the actual job. Pay employees better and don't overwork them... This is a management issue. Need much better work/life balance. Treat employees respectfully and take their feedback to make the environment better. You will get more out of employees... who are happy. One of the worst work environments I have ever worked in.

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    Gragg Advertising2013-08-26
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Not Worth It"

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     in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gragg Advertising

    Pros

    Young staff, lots of fun, smart people to work with Located in the River Market (pro/con, cars often get broken into but good proximity to downtown)

    Cons

    Yes, there is opportunity for growth, yes you can learn about advertising - but when it comes down to it, taking a job at Gragg was not worth it for me. The disrespect with which I was treated was appalling, from being screamed at for work/mistakes that weren't mine to having my job threatened, to having my time monitored down to the minute. Everyone is so tapped out from long-hours, turnover, etc., client work... suffers. The best outcome is not often achieved because people are just interested in getting the task in front of them completed, it feels sad. You don't worry about losing your job due to lay-offs, it's because of the blame game. Someone in management needs someone to point a finger at too often, people get fired left and right for this stuff. Fifty billable hours is the base-line (openly spoken), so if you want to standout expect working 60 plus. Work/life balance is not supported. At the end of the 2011, turnover was 77%, year-over-year The benefits are expensive and don't be deceived, the discounted gym only applies to River Market Crossfit, which the owner also owns. Reimbursement is not available at regular gyms.

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    Advice to Management

    I'd have to agree with a previous poster, no one listens to input so it doesn't matter.

    Gragg Advertising2012-04-30
  6. Helpful (4)

    "OK for new grads looking for experience and then move on, but this place can be a dead end"

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     in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gragg Advertising

    Pros

    - lots of experience, especially for new grads looking for a resume builder right out of school - the owner is brash and honest - he let's you know what he thinks of you and your work - decent location (River Market) - casual office atmoshere - 3 weeks PTO (sick and vacation time rolled together) - frequent company outings (1 per quarter) - coworkers are all great people - primarily young staff (new grads)

    Cons

    - little room to advance - the owner is brash and honest - he let's you know what he thinks of you and your work - the building is max capacity - cramped space and short on parking for employees - health benefits are expensive - no place to eat you lunch/socialize away from your desk - clients are in "sleezy" industries (career schools, pay day loans) - chronic high turnover. Awards are given to those who... last one year. - it's not real advertising. The creative dept is a joke. They're talented people on a tight leash in terms of what they can do. Everything is formulaic in terms of design and execution. No free thinking campaigns. This is a lead generating, profit-first, please-the-client-at-all-costs company

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    Advice to Management

    - You are a marketing firm (at best). Stop pretending you're an advertising agency. It deceives job candidates. - Promote loyal staff. You know how high turn over is, so perhaps promoting from within rather than paying top dollar for out of town job candidates will encourage people to stay. - Give creatives something creative to do. Stock photo searches and copy/pasting copy from an old ad that "worked" is only SO... fulfilling. - build a decent breakroom. You love to make money, but let employees take a break once a day. They'll appreciate it.

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    Gragg Advertising2012-04-23
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Do not take a job with this company"

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     in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gragg Advertising

    Pros

    There are lots of great people that work for Gragg (non management) you will make good friends Tons of places to go out for lunch since its in the River Market district Quarterly outings It will make your next job look like pure gold

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate. Which might be fun because you get to meet someone new at least every week. But its bad because you will always be training someone, and never building a team. Very little respect to employees from upper management. Don't ask for it. You won't get it. People who deserve promotions are often looked over and new hires are brought in, who then quit. High stress environment. Do not... expect anything less than 50 hour hour weeks. But this is advertising. Very shady clients. Do a google search and read about them before you take a job offer. You will be working for for profit colleges and pay day loan companies. Gragg specializes in those frustrating ads you see on FB and many websites that ask for your information...and then you are contacted by 100 college admissions workers and your email is spammed for life. When asked where we worked, a lot of us would not respond "Gragg Advertising!!" as we were ashamed to have our name associated with the company.

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    Advice to Management

    Restructure everything. EVERYTHING.

    Gragg Advertising2010-12-07
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