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Grey Group Reviews

Updated May 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Great company to work for, great people, great atmosphere (in 21 reviews)

  • It is a very comfortable work environment (in 20 reviews)

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

  • require long hours but very good for newcomer (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. "Worth a few years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Prestige, Clients Sets, Account Management Training

    Cons

    Compensation is not on part with industry , Resourcing and Staffing

  3. "Digital Producer"

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    Current Employee - Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    You get to work on many different projects of different level of complexity. A great place to learn and get exposed to different teams. The work load can be heavy and fast-paced at times. A great place to learn and build your chops.
    The company offers great benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Not recommended for someone who likes to work in a stable environment. Advertising is a volatile industry and your job security is contingent upon client's commitment each year. The work load can be very irregular so one has to be adaptable and flexible. Overall, there is a high turn around. Teams tend to be cliquey and there is some favoritism among managers.


  4. "good people, terrible management"

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    Current Employee - Junior Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    grey is full of a great group of people, even when there are tough days, everyone still manages to be enjoyable around.

    Cons

    the culture at the agency doesn’t exist much, though they’re trying now. the current climate is very negative, everyone is completely overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    rearrange the way you divide work


  5. "Copy Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, did not feel there was a "blame game"

    Cons

    Was not there long, but did not personally experience anything negative


  6. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Accounts in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Accounts in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great people, reputable name, impressive clients, good culture, decent hours

    Cons

    The pay is on the lower side of NY Advertising. High turnover rate. The company is a bit corporate and formal in structure. Grey doesn't provide many perks or benefits to employees beyond the standard health plans, 401ks, and vacation days. Office can feel a little cliquey and segmented but that's also natural with 1k+ employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and flexible to change and compensate employees better. If employees felt valued more or received better pay/benefits there might be less turnover. Wouldn't hurt to be more transparent in upper management as well.


  7. "Pros & Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -I have a great team
    -It is a very comfortable work environment
    -Not many egos

    Cons

    -Clients are not great - super demanding and not human element to them
    -Hour are very bad, especially dealing with global clients

    Advice to Management

    Grey is a great place to work, but prioritize your employees over your clients. Bending over backwards for clients who are unappreciative is what is driving people out of this agency.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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