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Updated February 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Great company to work for, great people, great atmosphere (in 21 reviews)

  • Fairly low-stress work environment (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not a factor of consideration (in 26 reviews)

  • Very long hours, lots of red tape to go through for even the simplest task (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Grey Group"

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    Current Employee - Office Services Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Office Services Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Grey has a amazing work environment and accepts input from their employees on a regular basis

    Cons

    Many employees have a sense of entitlement.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Grey was the best and worst place I ever worked."

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

    I worked at Grey Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity. Clients. Talent. Culture. Salary. Benefits. Location. Growth. 401k. People.

    Grey hires some of the best people in the business. You’re constantly surrounded by a wealth of knowledge and talent. They always strive to do the best work possible for the best clients possible. They hold many events that allow for a fun culture. They offer a good salary, and the best benefits and 401k package. There’s opportunity to grow within the agency. Plus it’s located in the heart of the city. So it’s easily accessible from NJ, and the 5 boroughs. It’s just far enough away from all the tourists but also close enough to find plenty of great food.

    Cons

    Sweat shop. Hours. No weekends. No holidays. Pitch. Pitch. Pitch. Need to request weekends off. On call at all hours. Zero work life balance. Only CDs go on shoots. Lots of work, little of that gets produced. Too busy to enjoy events. Thankless Agency.

    Greys pros, are completely overshadowed by its cons.

    Work life balance does not exist here. You are expected to work all hours of the night, most weekends, during holidays, and even during your vacation. Want to watch the Super Bowl? Don’t worry they’ll turn it on in a conference room. Mom dieing in the hospital, she can wait. Vacation booked? Sure your wife and kids can go but they’ll pay for you to cancel last minute. Have something planned for the weekend? Better request off a week or more in advance. Agency event? Expect to watch others party while you work. Sick? Well that shouldn’t stop you from answering emails and working from home.

    Cut whatever pay they offer you in half. Because you’ll be working upwards of 60 - 80 hour weeks. Plus holidays. Think I’m joking? I worked 3 weeks straight once without a single day off and pulled upwards of 85 hours during a 5 day period.

    Expect to barely use your PTO or vacation time. And if they are nice enough to let you. Expect to make up for any days you took off during the weekends, Christmas, vacation. I kept track my last year there. All the days I took off, I ended up reworking.

    Good brief on your desk. Expect to work on it while pitching multiple other clients at the same time. And pitches are expected to take precedent. That means more work, less produced work. Clients have been known to complain that their accounts are not getting the attention needed. They’ve even asked for people working on their accounts to not be involved in pitches at the same time.

    Got a great idea? Client loves it. There’s a shoot. Don’t expect to go. Why? Because there are 5 CDs above you who all think that idea is part theirs and they already booked a plane ticket for them and their wives. No room left in the budget for the person who put all the time into coming up with the idea. Sorry maybe next time.

    Oh and don’t even expect to get credit for your ideas. By the time things are ready to be produced they’ve already forgotten your name. Hell do you even have a name? Pretty sure you’re just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Don’t make people work till they find themselves in the hospital. Reward them for going above and beyond.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    people are great, management is nice.

    Cons

    pay is below par with what industry in NY pays.


  4. "Great, but politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    Award winning agency, lots of potential

    Cons

    politics, esp in pharma. relies mainly on one client


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Behind the curve pharma group"

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the benefits from Grey as a whole, quality presentations to stay updated on trends, tech and vendors. Great location. It was nice to work in integaated brands both consumer and HCP.

    Cons

    The creativity DOES NOT spill-over to the pharma group. This is a non-cohesive group, overly run by Account teams with staff that either has a lack of experience or desire to put the agency in the best light, or be truly innovative.

    Communication is used as a tool to keep people " in" or out of the "favorites". Although this happens in other places it is super overt here. All in all old-fashioned, isolating, with some sacred cows. No medical or strategy regularly engaged and part of the ongoing team to apply learnings and insights. Very disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    The system/culture could use a major overhaul as it is reliant on mostly one client. The pitch process also needs rethinking. Understand and apply a different employee engagement, and transparent, collaborative management. Processes are applied willy-nilly, and vary from account to account...it pales in comparison with Healthcare/Wellness agencies with much better reputation.

    Break the silos. Diversify. Change leadership and give them real wings to help raise your game. Or merge it with GSW, which by all accounts seems to be doing it all better. What's the point in having an internal group that is mediocre or just average?


  6. "rare loyal employee"

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    Current Employee - Producer
    Current Employee - Producer

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

    Pros

    room for growth, good vacation, benefits,

    Cons

    revolving door, not strategy driven work, loyalty is not rewarded


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Do not join the Eli Lilly group"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grey Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Grey itself is a great agency that churns out award-winning work. Office and location are wonderful.

    Cons

    Do NOT join the Eli Lilly group. It is poorly managed, run by a few people at the top who are vindictive and inept at managing. You will never get a raise or annual reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Give deciding power to the people below you who actually know what's going on.

  8. "So much potential..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Despite the large size (1K+), the agency had generally been good at maintaining a community feel and being inclusive about celebrating the highs and being transparent about the lows.

    Cons

    As part of a global network under a larger parent company, processes can be a bit slow. Way under-market salaries with seemingly no intention to remedy to draw top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evolve to meet the competitive marketplace in terms of compensation both financial and otherwise to draw the best talent.


  9. "Fun but exhausting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Energetic atmosphere, smart people and great location in the city

    Cons

    Understaffed teams and poor project managers


  10. "Great name"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The agency is large and has a lot of resources

    Cons

    There's poor company culture compared to smaller agencies

    Advice to Management

    Management seems to be removed and uninvolved in process


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