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Updated February 22, 2017
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Loretta Ahmed, Sarah Scholefield, Peter Harris, Jan Simunek
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Pros
  • Benefits such as unlimited vacation, work from home Fridays and a flexible work environment allow for greater work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Grayling does more to promote work/life balance than any company I worked for in the past (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No one sticks their necks out for people, every man for himself (in 7 reviews)

  • Some senior management were out of their depth and hanging on to positions for their salaries instead of committing to continuous improvement (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "A work in progress, with smart people and potential"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people with creativity and drive.

    Cons

    Lots of transitions and turnover.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "World is moving forward, these guys are stagnant to backwards"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Grayling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for younger people, because the senior layer does nothing. At least in the US. We don't know about the other people.

    Cons

    The media and business world are getting faster and more diverse and the Grayling team just gets older, slower and more gray with each hire. Everything special has left. The place feels like a golf club.

    Advice to Management

    Stop just hiring your buddies and look for more relevant leadership. Get involved with your team and do actual work. Earn respect instead of assuming it comes from your title or years in the business.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Struggling Agency, Proceed with Caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grayling (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, some smart coworkers, occasional interesting client work. Competitive salary.

    Cons

    Very top heavy. Valuable accounts staffed improperly... senior leadership/strategists have their eye on new business and not on helping to ensure quality of service on current accounts.

    Lots of politics and a few nasty people who are afraid of change.

    Annual bonuses are non-existent. Annual review process not consistent year to year.

    Advice to Management

    Button up internal processes like reviews and regular check-ins with employees of all levels to provide consistent constructive feedback. Stop all of the senior-level investment hiring and take care of the people you have.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best Agency Workplace in Industry"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, great work-life balance, very positive and friendly people; ability to take initiative in your career growth and your ideas are heard; team is open to new perspectives and new techniques and not stuck in outdated PR tactics like so many other competing agencies. No micromanagers, no pushy people. By far a better workplace environment than any other agency out there.

    Cons

    Very little downsides to working at the agency. Still developing its culture. Sky's the limit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people, keep encouraging innovation, and encourage staff to take advantage of its great work-life balance.


  6. "Agency life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grayling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a current employee out of the SF office, I’ll be the first to admit, the Grayling/Atomic merger wasn’t the smoothest of transitions. However, I do believe that the management team is dedicated in the team and genuinely cares about turning things around for the better.

    It’s an interesting opportunity, as it really is a place where you will get out of the work experience what you put into it. Right now, it’s an environment for self-starters with entrepreneurial interest, so sure, it might not be the right fit for anyone who is coming with agency experience. With that said, if you are the type that wants to proactively report your successes rather than be questioned about your value at the company, then it’s a good opportunity for you. There’s very little room to ride the wave; you have to constantly be thinking about your next move.

    WFH Fridays and flexibility with working remotely and cross-offices are also some great perks.

    Cons

    The company tends to be in a constant state of flux, but I would say that most agencies have this character in some way shape or form. So, as long as you can navigate this and make it work in your favor, then it shouldn’t be a major issue.

    Advice to Management

    Stay invested and committed in the team and our clients.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Office Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Grayling Sacramento is professional, fast paced, energetic Public Advocacy and communications firm. Great benefits,package

    Cons

    The corporate offices are not employee friendly. They should get greater feedback from the people who keep the organization running.


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Beware!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grayling full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible hours and the ability to work from home on occasion, early Fridays all year is a nice perk, but many times you're too busy to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    Cold, unfriendly, secretive work culture, extremely disorganised, severe lack of communication throughout the agency (even within teams), very low pay, consistently long hours and weekend work, management is out of touch and do not appreciate the hard work and talent of their colleagues, very few opportunities for growth, constant restructuring and redundancies have significantly reduced morale

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management?? Unfortunately this is not the sort of place where your voice or opinion matters. Management don't care what you think. It's all one big chess game.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Incredible Disappointment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grayling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Grayling has some beautiful offices throughout the world, a great finance and administrative team. The salaries are within or above expectation.

    Cons

    The US CEO and many of his team are below average when it comes to management, loyalty, office politics and support for client. There is little-to-no high level strategic or creative support from Peter or those who report to him.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the current CEO for the US market with someone who has strong tech, digital media and Fortune 100 experience.


  10. "More Good than Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bremerton, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Bremerton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grayling full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent vacation time
    Flexible working schedule
    Opportunities to grow and excel in a fast-paced environment
    Supportive management
    Access to approachable, high-level execs in the company

    Cons

    Disorganization and slow turnaround in certain departments, HR specifically.
    Over-servicing clients, allowing some bad practices to take shape
    Office technology needs updating

    Advice to Management

    Get more help in the HR department. How things progress there is frustrating, especially for new hires.
    Empower your teams to collaborate across offices. Sometimes we still act like different factions based on location instead of one seamless pool of talent.

    Grayling Response

    Feb 3, 2016 – SVP, Human Resources

    Thanks for your feedback, as you know our HR Team is small and is running as fast as possible to keep up with the demands of this Agency. Please know that local teams own the responsibility for ... More


  11. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of learning opportunities and interesting tech clients.

    Cons

    A difficult work and life balance.

    Advice to Management

    N/A



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