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  • "Work from home Fridays is nice to avoid the toxic environment of the office(in 14 reviews)

  • "Great place to work and learn and also work life balance is good cares about employees wellbeing(in 9 reviews)

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  • "Senior management turns a blind eye to the extremely high turnover rates (over 10 account servicing staff have left within a year)(in 10 reviews)

  • "Team spirit (between the PA and PR team)(in 9 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      A wonderful place to work.

      Dec 27, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Atomic (soon to be Grayling) is a truly unique public relations agency where office politics are kept to a minimum and the focus is on producing quality results for clients. The company puts great trust in its employees which gives employees both flexibility with their work/life balance and the opportunity to be creative, knowing that the agency has their back. On multiple occasions, I've seen Andy Getsey show 100% confidence in employees. Again, this is unique from other agencies as the approach to any issues that arise at Atomic is solution oriented, not a question of "where can we place the blame?" Atomic has a generous vacation policy and is welcome to having employees work from home. It's a wonderful place to learn and grow and a true family.

      Cons

      If you're not self-motivated or ready to work hard, this probably isn't the best company for you. Also, be prepared to make a strong case for yourself when it comes to promotions and raises - employees at Atomic often perform far beyond what their title would correlate to at another agency.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Grayling is a sinking ship

      Apr 27, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Grayling treated its employees fairly well in terms of perks: work from home Fridays, full benefits, unlimited vacation*.

      Cons

      With senior executives (CEO, managing directors, founders) leaving left and right since end of 2014, the company, formerly known as Atomic, has definitely hit its one year mark of rockiness since the company was acquired by Grayling and took on the company's name in Jan. 2014. It is the egos and belittling manner of Grayling's senior management, though, that serves as the biggest contribution to Grayling's current downfall. While choosing favorites, senior management often has a "every man for themselves" attitude, often throwing junior team members under the bus to save their own butts. While the company boasts its unlimited vacation policy, employees were often criticized for taking "too much" time off which caused them to feel guilty and as if their job was at risk for partaking in a perk that was supposed to be available to all. Lastly, Grayling struggles to onboard and maintain clients on a longterm basis. Clients often cycled in and out every 3-6 months which caused employee workload to be either incredibly high or very very low. With the agency's largest client being a Silicon Valley payments giant, Grayling was very vocal about the fact that this client was helping to keep the agency afloat, making job stability feel very nonexistent.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Held a lot of promise but failed to deliver

      Jun 26, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      Really great health benefits and had flexibility with work. Work from home Fridays were a huge plus and some of the clients were fairly impressive to have on the roster. The HR people were probably the best part of the company - very responsive and tried to help bad situations wherever possible.

      Cons

      the management was not committed to finding new business and did not seem concerned about their employees growing as professionals. It became a cutthroat environment with public shaming and calling employees liars without having basic facts. Junior staff was made to work long hours with no direction from senior management. Managers were not given the tools or guidance they needed to effectively manage. Reviews were non-existent and when employees pushed for reviews they were punished. Each office acted as its own entity and there is not a cohesion throughout the company. Grayling, in comparison to other top 20 agencies, does not act like a big player. No one stuck to budgeted hours and interns were expected to work extra hours without compensation. Employees were threated, yelled at and called names by managers and senior management did not show concern. Overall it was an unfortunate setting and not a place to grow one's career or learn.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Wouldn't go to Any Other Agency

      Aug 27, 2012 - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      A very streamlined style of PR that cuts out a lot of the nonsense and offers a streamlined, quality approach to media relations. My team was particularly close and that fostered a secure, honest and fun-loving workplace. Atomic is the "anti-agency" and I love them for it. More pros: Job security--Atomic does fire people, but it has to be an extreme situation, and they work on issues with people individually before handing out pink slips. Access to top-levels--you sit right next to your VP so you can always ask questions and use your team as a resource. Work from home benefit Cell/internet reimbursement The week between Chistmas and New Year's off

      Cons

      I left Atomic because I wanted to get out of agency PR.My team was particularly close, which wasn't always a good thing. Managers were often inconsistent and rude. More cons: Open seating environment, people can see your computer screen all day Teams work independently, meaning if the lead is doing something wrong, no one who can do anything about it will know No regular reviews, if it's time for a raise/promotion you'll have to ask for it

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Disappointing

      Jul 6, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
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      Pros

      Flexibility, including the ability to work from home, was one of the main things Grayling still had going for it by the end of my time there, though word is that it's since been reduced. There are a still a few good mid-level people left, and the high turnover sometimes means promotions happen quickly. I was able to work with a wide variety of clients, some of them very cool.

      Cons

      Senior management is disconnected from the people doing the day-to-day work, and doesn't seem interested in prioritizing changes that would really improve the work and culture. Morale has steadily decreased since the Huntsworth acquisition several years ago. For a long time, there were still fantastic, bright, hardworking people in the mid-to-senior levels, but many of them have been laid off in the past 18 months or so, while many others have jumped ship. Junior employees have left as well, as the growing lack of mentors and strong leaders has left them without growth opportunities. A once-impressive client roster has dwindled.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Absolute misery

      Jun 29, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      The career growth opportunities at Grayling used to have tremendous appeal, as you were able to grow quickly based on performance. That has completely gone away as the company has struggled to maintain a consistent client roster and senior mentors within, with no budget for raises and promotions and zero incentives left for remaining employees. The only other perks were work from home Fridays for work/life balance and flexibility, and unlimited vacation, but WFH Fridays no longer exist because management does not trust employees.

      Cons

      - Incredibly high rate of turnover, both for clients and employees - unstable - Terrible management - unprofessional and inappropriate, management does not know how to lead by example or take constructive feedback - Insane workloads due to understaffed accounts - Completely toxic culture filled with micro aggression from management - Below market pay and empty promises from management - spot bonuses based on performance and salary audits/adjustments were promised numerous times, with zero follow-through

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      6 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Unbounded growth for star players

      Sep 21, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Grayling SF offers one of the purest meritocracies I’ve seen in my career. For entrepreneurial people who demonstrate passion, hard work and raw talent, growth is rapid and unbounded. Specific examples: Intern to Account Manager in 3 years, AAE to SAE in under one year. Unlike many organizations where promotions only come when someone above leaves, Grayling promotes frequently based purely on individual performance. Additionally, Grayling has a family-friendly culture. Benefits such as unlimited vacation, work from home Fridays and a flexible work environment allow for greater work-life balance.

      Cons

      Following a merger and some office reconfigurations, Grayling is in a period of change. While that can be scary, it is also presents a unique opportunity to shape your own path, grow rapidly, and make a meaningful contribution to your team.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      On the path to success

      Mar 13, 2015 - Director in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The past several months with Grayling San Francisco were tumultuous - due to the transition from Atomic to Grayling and a lackluster Managing Director who has since left - but it's allowed the team to recalibrate and forge a new path entirely our own. It's exciting to be part of a team that gets to rebuild the way we want to rebuild. The clients we target are entirely up to us and we get to implement our own ways of tackling new business. Additionally, the current employees - across both the consumer and tech practices - are absolutely brilliant and driven. We not only focus on delivering really great results for our clients but we also are adamant about creating a workplace culture that everyone appreciates, whether it's scavenger hunts in our new neighborhood (we moved offices), breathing exercises with a local yogi or baking competitions. It really is an exciting time to be part of the Grayling San Francisco team. The world is our oyster. And, of course, we have incredible flexibility and a legitimate work/life balance. We work from home on Fridays (unless there is a client meeting) and have an unlimited vacation policy. We have nine Grayling locations in the US and can work from any of those offices at any time.

      Cons

      Previously, it felt like every team worked it its own silo and didn't share resources. The company has made a concerted effort to change that, including putting processes and training in place. We still have work to do but it's definitely moving in the right direction. Compensation is on par with the San Francisco market, but our bonus program has all but disappeared. It would be great to see that come back.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Account Executive

      Sep 8, 2015 - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great environment if you're an independent, hard worker. Grayling offers the opportunity to rise up fast if you're good at what you do, but you must be a fast learner. GREAT benefits, work from home Fridays and unlimited vacation time. Very laid-back, comfortable office

      Cons

      Lack of HR or structure, employees are overworked and under appreciated, lack of management and knowledge of employees workload. Grayling has culture issues that stem from merger and recent turn-over.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place for independent learners

      Aug 16, 2013 - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Certain teams can be extremely supportive of your career growth - Great benefits and flexibility with work from home - Will be given responsibility once it's earned

      Cons

      - Not enough emphasis on company culture, especially for a growing company - Not strategic in selecting employees or clients - Promotions and work load not reflective of actual results - Not enough transparency from above

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      1 person found this review helpful
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