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Updated Sep 18, 2019

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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 (7)

    "Run away FAST"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative 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

    PTO on the day of your birthday.

    Cons

    Everything else but pto. Management has no clue what they're doing. Their high turnover rate reflects that. They hire young ignorant people fresh out of college to take advantage of them...and to keep their health insurance costs down. Extramarital affairs are very apparent in upper management and favoritism is rampant. Made the working environment very uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    Close the agency. Pick another industry.

    Gragg Advertising2018-12-28
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, mediocre business"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to get your foot in the advertising industry door. You'll work with some great people, most fresh out of college, so it's a young, fun group. There is adequate PTO, great parties, and you'll likely never be bored.

    Cons

    Highest turnover I've ever seen, including retail jobs. The company will do anything to keep a client, even if the relationship is no longer sustainable, but can't keep employees to save its life. The CEO throws childish tantrums regularly. Upper management has no idea what employees do on a day-to-day basis and will talk down to you whenever possible. The "benefits package" is laughable at best...you pay for... everything out of your own pocket, the company pays nothing. Salaries are quite low, especially just starting out.

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    Advice to Management

    Realize when it's time to let a client go. If you don't like working with them, and they don't like working with you, it's ridiculous to expect your employees to bend over backwards to try to please them. Take advantage of the great people you have working for you and try to keep them on board as long as possible. The turnover there is not even close to being normal.

    Gragg Advertising2015-12-18
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Ugh."

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

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my co-workers. There are a lot of smart people working there. Unfortunately, they are poorly led. I should note that not ALL of the managers were poor.

    Cons

    Leadership. There is an inherent lack of a moral compass in management (sex with employees, lying to clients, yelling and demeaning employees). The culture will never change unless upper management changes.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless. They only care about what they think and aren't open to new ideas or change.

    Gragg Advertising2014-01-26
  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 (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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