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Grey Group Reviews

Updated March 19, 2019
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Grey Group Chairman and CEO Jim Heekin III
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  • "Work-life balance is not a factor of consideration" (in 29 reviews)

  • "long hours, weekend work, late nights" (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Director, Digital Operations and Production"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent, talented people. Great projects and teams

    Cons

    Long hours, high Client demands. Account driven. Creative takes a back seat to Account.

    Advice to Management

    Value your dedicated staff.


  2. "Fun place"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you want advancement

    Cons

    Too many kids and not enough mid management

  3. "not forward-thinking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office in a good location. Starting salary was competitive.

    Cons

    Some departments are staffed with fossils that aren't up to date on industry standards. If you happen to work for a pharma client (as do I), better to work for an all-pharma agency than to have your fortunes tied to all these TV and print clients. One person out of the twelve in my department has received a review and promotion; no one else has gotten a raise this year. Strange, difficult people can hang on (and "manage") for years.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management--but staff, there are more competitive agencies elsewhere.


  4. "Great teams to work with"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love the people that work here.

    Cons

    There's an unknown future at Grey.


  5. "Good Stepping Stone"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - big name clients, lots of work

    Cons

    - very siloed
    - favorites
    - long hours
    - too busy to be reviewed/ listened to by upper management

    Advice to Management

    check in with your employees more and give them an opportunity to be heard


  6. "Good Benefits and fun work atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator

    I worked at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere. Good group of people. Fun projects. Lots of benefits

    Cons

    Poor pay compared to other companies. Long hours.


  7. "Blah"

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    Former Employee - Operation in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operation in New York, NY

    I worked at Grey Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    in my department there was no support. If you were on the bad list your time was limited. You could not disagree or provide alternate solutions other than what you were told.

    Cons

    Its a great industry to work in

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and listen to the team

  8. "Great Company to learn"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and tons of fun.

    Cons

    Hard to grow within department.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It's all Cyclical"

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    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grey Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Grey is like a house you might describe as having good bones. Everything is in place for it to make another run. But... it's currently on a bit of a downward trajectory. Will management be able to right the ship and start building again? That remains to be seen. In the meantime, it's like working at any other big agency — essentially a collection of smaller agencies working side by side. Get in with the right group and it's great. Get in with the wrong group and it could suck.

    Cons

    Currently upper management hasn't proven that they have what it takes to return the agency to the status it enjoyed in 2013/2014 when it was agency of the year. Time will tell if all the moves they made at the end of 2018 will pay off.

    Advice to Management

    Currently too top heavy. Are four CCOs really necessary? All those Executive level account people and Partners? An entire department dedicated to mostly meaningless award show submissions? Grey needs to bolster the roster at the mid level and bottom end in order to start righting the ship. But I think they know that. The question is, do they care.


  10. "Strong Account and Creative teams but in need of more staff"

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President, Account Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agency has great people and culture

    Cons

    Staffing issues and subpar project management

    Advice to Management

    Outsource talent recruitment