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Hargrove Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "Going in a good direction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best teammates I have gotten to work with. My immediate supervisor and the VP of Operations over him are really great and always have our back. One thing that has impressed me with Hargrove since I started there a year and a half ago was the effort the company has put into improvement. I came in at a time where they were working to fix procedures, quality, and consistency of products, and they have done a wonderful job in those areas. They have also done a lot to get new people into key positions that have improved many of the 'cons' listed below. The company is on a good trajectory even in the areas if could use improvement.

    Cons

    Relatively low pay for the industry and area. Some interdepartmental politics that I really can't stand, and would be worse if my supervisor didn't shield us from most of it. A person's experience with Hargrove is going to vary depending on what department they are under. The inconsistency seems to stem from who is the VP in charge of your area. There is often a lack of communication between departments and a ‘this is how we do it even if it makes things harder for everyone else’ mentality that breaks down team work for the overall projects—and this is not a comment on a single person so much as a culture problem.

    Advice to Management

    If you could break down some of the separation between the departments so that areas like account management, sales, design, and operations saw each other as all part of one whole then you would go a long ways towards fixing a lot of problems. Too often the different departments are worlds apart.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't waste your life away"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Employee in Lanham, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really great co-workers, good pto (if they let you use it) good healthcare

    Cons

    No room for advancement, little pay compared to other companies and way way too many hours they do not care at all about your personal life it is always the next job which is due tomorrow. Never recognize people unless they are in the executive clique, 7 diff. HR people in 7 years what does that tell you! Unethical and employees lots of illegals. 401K they will match if they feel like it

    Advice to Management

    start recognizing the talent you have, don't believe everything your directors are telling you, things are not fine

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Only for those able to truly accept mediocrity"

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    Former Employee - Unable to Say in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Unable to Say in Lanham, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The top leadership - CEO & COO are savvy. I can't understand how they find such poor leaders to work for them or keep some of the simply bad ones that have been there for decades.

    Cons

    Leftovers and lifers, though loyal, are often poor leaders and unfortunately, way more than is healthy for the company. The people at the lower levels, driving the work are under appreciated and underpaid. Nepotism reigns and terrible show site management.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time in the trenches and learn how to operate profitably. It starts at the top, not at the bottom.


  4. "Creativity personified"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most creative colleagues with whom I have ever worked.

    Cons

    Set in their ways; seem afraid of innovation


  5. "Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hargrove full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Management was relatively approachable.

    Cons

    none. I was not there long enough to provide that information

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Friendship based company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hargrove full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay good people on the working level - people will help train you since mgmt won't

    Cons

    Where to start - crappy pay, extremely long hours, no promotion opportunities....The COO and all the directors are friends - nobody has a chance to move up due to this...cost overruns poor management..lack of understanding the employees

    Advice to Management

    Start replacing all our upper mgmt...none of them do any work..this company is 100% perception mgmt


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Young and Fresh out of college and have 17 rooomates this is the pace for you."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    10 years I could say - there were some the best people I ever met, however because of upper management the seasoned employees have all quit or been fired.

    $100.00 Christmas Bonus

    Cons

    Open Discrimination

    Excessive Work Hours

    LOW SALARY

    Clique Orientated

    Poor Management

    High Turn-around

    NO LOYALTY

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice that they need, they continue to receive increases and reap the benefits while their employees do all of the work

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Full of Nepotism & Fake management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Receiving a paycheck. Industry experience, it's a decent stepping stone and it stops there.

    Cons

    Unless you are close with the higher ups in management, you're kept on a tight leash. They openly practice discrimination (especially the Directors/hiring managers). It's no coincidence, only certain people with a certain "look" get promoted and hired for front office and project management. If you don't fit their ideal of what's considered as "right for the job", your chances of progressing or getting into the company are nonexistent. There is no department and organizational structure. Many of the Directors are a joke (ie. account management & events). These Directors receive thousands in pay increases, yet many of them complain about their jobs and frequently make mistakes that often cost the company in over spending. They are never reprimanded for their actions either. There is no budget on project spending. Yet they give you the good old excuse,"we can't afford to give pay increases". Everyone acts like their own boss, so there is no sense of comradery. I have yet to see true leadership and proper training.

    Advice to Management

    Get new Directors. Quit hiring your tennis club friend's daughter just because you owe him one.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Awful"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get paid every week and the staff is nice. There is free parking. They offer short and long term disability.

    Cons

    Senior Management. Disorganized. Refuses to communicate with each other. And they don't treat their employees with respect. The senior management has a "just do what I'm telling you" not, "since you are the person doing the actual work, I will listen to your suggestions" attitude. Highest turnover rate I've ever seen. Especially in their front office. All of the HR staff, the account executives, the receptionist and the two assistant positions have all been replaced several times this year.

    Also, no refrigerator for staff to keep their food so you're forced to bring in one of your own or buy lunch everyday.

    Low pay and health insurance is very expensive. Likes to have everyone in the office in salary so they don't have to pay overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Have meetings with each other to discuss the operations of the company and listen to each other as well as your staff. Respect your employees.


  10. "Best and Worst of times"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hargrove (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Absolutely ZERO work life balance, 12 hour+ days a norm


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