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Jack Morton Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is typically pretty good (managers are understanding if you have a doctors apt or need to work from home) (in 8 reviews)

  • Great group of people to work with, everyone was always willing to help out and answer questions (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance will depend on the needs-size of the project (in 7 reviews)

  • I came on with the understanding that my freelance status would change to full-time employee within 3-6 months (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Exceptionsal place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jack Morton full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun People & Good Culture

    Cons

    Inefficient at times. Too many channels of input.


  2. "Great learning experience, growth is limited"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jack Morton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Own programs
    -Large responsibilities
    -Work on National programs and events
    -Great people working at the company

    Cons

    -Do not get rewarded based on work
    -Promotions and raises can only occur once a year (if you get one at all)
    -24-7 job, this is not a 9am-5pm, be prepared to be available

    Advice to Management

    -Put more value into the people who work so hard to give this company a good name

  3. "Fun environment if you can ignore bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jack Morton full-time

    Pros

    I worked with a lot of fun, young people. They had fun office activities and outings.

    Cons

    Terrible working environment. There were clear favorites who would get all of the promotions and excel quickly. Management took credit for work they did not do. Did not value their employees at all.


  4. "If you're a skilled worker go elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Robbinsville, NJ
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Robbinsville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jack Morton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free bagel on friday .

    Cons

    "freelancers" are not freelance. You're a glorified temp . Too much of a divide between departments. People with authority are utterly clueless. Lousy pay

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads out of the sand and stop letting skilled employees leave and rewarding friends and relatives of friends. Reward all your employees not just your chosen few! start time is 8:30 should apply to everyone!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jack Morton full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people are really great, you work on some really interesting projects and can gain work experience in a broad spectrum of areas depending on what clients you work on. Work/life balance is typically pretty good (managers are understanding if you have a doctors apt or need to work from home). Obviously there will be late nights, but it's agency life so that's to be expected

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower end and promotions can be hard to come by. It's a publicly traded company so when numbers aren't hit, lay-offs happen (seems to be on a roughly 3-year cycle, give or take). You can tell they feel guilty when it happens, not sure that really makes it any better!

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the long-term. If management shows loyalty/appreciation of their talent perhaps there would be less turnover


  6. "Regional Marketing Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Jack Morton full-time

    Pros

    - You travel a ton so you can build up your flight miles and hotel reward points
    - if you love the agriculture industry and coordinating youth sporting events, you may enjoy this career

    Cons

    - You travel way more than 25% of the time; you're actually gone nearly the entire summer for youth baseball events, and in the fall for state fairs, county fairs, farm shows, and auto shows. Not exciting in the least bit unless that's what you're into.
    - Job is very process driven. You have to insert a ton of info into multiple systems just to get an event going. It's tedious, frustrating, and slows down a lot of things
    - High turnover in this job, so when you come into it, your on-boarding process is incomplete because you quickly need to pick up the work the other person left behind.
    - HR is located in Detroit, so if you're based in a. regional office, it's very difficult to express concerns and get the assistance you need
    - The regional offices are completely different from Jack Morton Worldwide. Don't be swindled by what you see Jack Morton do on their website, versus what you'll actually execute at a regional level

    Advice to Management

    Be patient with new employees and properly onboard them to reduce turnover down the line.


  7. "Director level"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great clients, leadership is transparent and committed to evolving the agency as the industry changes

    Cons

    Public company puts pressure on financials that can sometimes lead to short term staffing decisions

  8. "Great company, if you don't mind long hours"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Company culture and leadership
    -Great clients

    Cons

    -Especially long work hours, difficult work-life balance


  9. "Great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow. The fact that it's a smaller agency makes it easy to connect with others.

    Cons

    Lack of resources which sometimes makes things very rushed.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Too Many Cooks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Jack Morton full-time

    Pros

    -Some very dedicated and hard working people who genuinely want to make this a great place
    -Ambition and potential are there to grow the agency
    -Very strong strategy department

    Cons

    -Many VP/senior level people wearing too many hats, they think they're helping projects but really they just slow them down
    -Creatives are either overworked or undervalued or both
    -Senior level people doing junior level work, and juniors having to do work above their pay grade (a.k.a no mid-levels to balance out the work load)
    -Hours make it difficult to improve the office culture/community (however, people are trying)
    -Promotions only seem to happen for account or production

    Advice to Management

    Trip at the finish line. Everything is in place for the agency to grow as a stronger, more developed shop but you guys self-sabotage. Creatives, for example, don't get to do the jobs they're trained and paid for, but rather have to execute the ideas of upper level directors who have little creative background or skills. Clients dictate everything when it comes to deadlines and account essentially is only allowed to be yes-men. Same goes for the developers who are buried under minutiae and aren't fully utilized. Everything is there to make the office function well and pull off great work, but you need to let go of old ideas and ways of doing things if you want the place to be better. You hired good talent, let them do their jobs and stop micro-managing.


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