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Grey Group Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
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Pros
  • "Mostly really great people to work with" (in 27 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is not a factor of consideration" (in 28 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (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. "Ship is sinking"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get out, get out now. After a ton of layoffs, the company is completely going down the drain.

    Holding company benefits
    Good People
    Some accounts (mine included) are keeping the lights on

    Cons

    Pay sucks--no annual pay raise or bonus, not even for inflation
    Lack of training leaves so many incompetent people in managerial positions

    Advice to Management

    Clean house--clearly you guys don't know how to win new business.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Clients Avoid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is somewhat a good culture and I will say you will meet some pretty amazing people.

    Cons

    The company does NOT do best for their clients. Grey very much has an agenda. It was clearly shown with their Anti Male Gillette ad that the company was so proud to create, but internally everyone discussed how much they were screwing over P&G.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your client. Don’t put people on accounts who don’t care about actually speaking to their target audience.


  4. "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.


  5. "Avoid Like the Plague"

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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This place such a lowdown cesspool there's no place to go but up.

    Cons

    Toxic/political atmosphere. NO new business acumen. Dirt cheap pay. They fire the really good people, keep the nitwits and sycophants.

    Advice to Management

    Hire back some of the people who took you to greatness just a few years back, the ones you foolishly pushed out.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "a sad state of affairs"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    some decent clients, beautiful modern office

    Cons

    toxic vibe, BRO dominated creative culture, top-heavy management structure, waaay too many bosses and not nearly enough worker bees. terrible communication and morale. Client loss is catastrophic. Rare raises or reviews. Open floor plan sucks.

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees like humans and not pawns. Get with the times and promote and hire multiple women in management roles. Stop acting like the privilege of working at grey is more important than salary increases or promotions.


  7. "Sinking Ship"

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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

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

    Pros

    - Good location
    - Some cool + smart folks

    Cons

    - Bad benefits (this is a WPP issue, not Grey, but still..)
    - Horrible coffee
    - Constant layoffs
    - Stuck in the the past/traditional realm. Management isn't interested in digital opportunities even though they have decent clients they could do decent work with
    - Extremely siloed, you won't meet anyone new if they don't work on your account or in your department

    Advice to Management

    If you want to survive this wave of change in the ad world – you need to deprioritize commercials and invest heavily in digital. You won't last without it.

  8. "Corporate Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    Organized, access to tons of resources, ultra professional staff.

    Cons

    Corporate Atmosphere, buttoned up, stiff.


  9. "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Grey Group full-time

    Pros

    Grate place to learn and grow as a plannee

    Cons

    The same of all agencies. Short deadlines and long days


  10. "greyt!"

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    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Writer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome people! great location! shake shack!

    Cons

    not the same since Tor left