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  1. "Account Assistant (Intern)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jasculca/Terman full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will work with well-known clients, both corporate and nonprofit.
    Senior staff is full of industry experts willing to give insights and share knowledge.
    Supportive and enthusiastic team that is committed to their work and each other.
    Great location in city and comfortable, welcoming office environment.

    Cons

    Tough to land a full-time position. (Fantastic place to be and people know it.)
    Upward mobility difficult.
    Moderately competitive rates of pay/salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Expansion seems plausible; could lead to more new business and take some of the load off busy staff members if there were more full-time account employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Account Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Intern coordinators are amazing/great mentors and role models.

    Cons

    No opportunity to advance which is a shame because so many AA's want to stay and start a career here. Maybe hire some new JAE's and have fewer AA's.

  3. "Mostly pleasant"

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    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty structured internship program - they're upfront with what they expect out of you and try to give some development opportunities to their interns beyond just work experience.

    They pay you more than minimum wage plus more for over time and are timely with reimbursements for travel, etc., not always common for internships in this discipline especially with smaller companies

    You will work with interesting, diverse clients. You will gain real-life public relations experience.

    There are some cool people who work here who have done some cool stuff in their professional lives. Something to take advantage of. Talk to people.

    Cons

    I worked with some awesome people who were very hands-on, but I got vibes from fellow interns that their experience with coworkers was less awesome - their supervisors were distant, didn't show any interest in them, were unfriendly, etc. I think experience probably varies based on who you're working with - this is probably true in any internship though.

    Advice to Management

    the CEO's son was unnecessarily rude to interns several times, not cold or unfriendly but actually rude - this was a shared experience by almost every intern in my group. It was unexpected and unprofessional; the only sour part of an otherwise pleasant experience. Interns never expect special treatment or even demand acknowledgement of their work, but they do deserve to be and should be treated with respect - especially since they actually do play a role in helping things at JT run smoothly.


  4. "Not a great place to work. Don't stay longer than a year."

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    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -As an intern (AA) you get a lot of great experience.
    -They are really flexible with time off.
    -As a JAE you get a lot of client-facing time and really learn on the fly how to deal with difficult clients.

    Cons

    -Pay is horrible. I actually don't know how people live on what they pay.
    -Office culture is non-existent. People stay in their offices and do not mentor younger staffers at all.
    -You will not be appreciated for the long hours your work.
    -I actually left feeling depressed. It just isn't a fun place to work and people seem to hate their lives there.
    -Everyone who works there has been there forever. That means there is no new blood and their tactics and campaigns are kind of stale.
    -They do not hire AAs at all. Work as hard as you want, but they will not hire you.
    -You are often thrown into difficult situations with no guidance. You need to be smart on your own, don't expect senior support.

    Advice to Management

    -Hire people! You need to hire young and experienced people. PR is changing rapidly and your whole staff only has experience at JT. You need to hire people outside of your bubble to continue to grow.
    -Revamp your "HR department." Basically no one knows what the rules are. Employees have no idea what their benefits are because they aren't clearly laid out or respected by management. Plus, there is really no one to go to with complaints of any kind which makes working at JT stressful and unsatisfying
    -Provide some formal training to your staff. There is no new learning going on within JT. People need training on new tactics and PR tools.


  5. "Great exposure if you're interested in public affairs work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Senior staff knows their stuff
    -You'll meet and make great connections if you're smart and savvy about getting in good with the right people.
    -The staff is ethical and creative with their clients' needs, no shifty PR stunts and coverups at this firm.
    -Great place to work and move on after 2 years
    -Good balance of old and young staffers

    Cons

    -Pay is well below industry average
    -If you don't like working with people who LIVE for cliques, don't work here
    -Knowing someone (as opposed to performance) will get you promoted faster than doing a great job
    -Some of the middle managers are borderline obsessive with their 24-hr schedules and they expect the same from you. Forget having a life that doesn't revolve around JT.
    -If you have an issue with your direct manager, good-luck finding an empathetic or impartial ear.

    Advice to Management

    Give more attention to a HUMAN RESOURCES department and hiring middle managers who will manage well... There's a huge lack of people-management skills in middle management. There have been plenty of staffers who start off great but eventually leave the firm because their Sr. AE was a problem.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "sweat shop"

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    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an ok company to work for, I guess. If you can't get a job anywhere, work here. You get free coffee, but don't you get that everywhere?

    Cons

    It's very liberal. They is a lot of politics going on.....everyone has favorites. Watch out. This place will take your soul.

    Advice to Management

    This is an ok company to work for, I guess. If you can't get a job anywhere, work here. You get free coffee, but don't you get that everywhere?


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A place to work at in passing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The principles are great at their craft.
    - Very Flexible with time off
    - A couple good middle managers (VP's)
    - You get to do a lot of high level message development for a diverse list of clients

    Cons

    - HORRIBLY Underpaid
    - Impossible to move up in the company unless you know or are related to one of the principals
    - Staff is overworked, too many clients for current staff
    - Getting stuck working events (regardless of whether you are on that team or not) without getting paid overtime
    - Office culture is extremely poor. Most people openly admit hating their job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are actually qualified to do the job, and not simply because they have a connection to the firm. Then invest some money in your workforce. Hire some Jr. Account Executives so that your staff doesn't have to rely on unerpaid, untrained, unqualified interns. Its a shame, JT could be a great place to get some real impressive work experience, but as it stands, I wouldn't suggest anyone work there.

  8. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Allow you to work on a variety of projects and with many different clients. Mid sized so it doesn't feel as if you're drowning in people.

    Cons

    Not as many resources as a bigger PR agency. Work can become diluted because of hiring too many account assistants.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire as many account assistants and take input from lower staff members, they have good ideas and valuable input.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "JT - It's a place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman full-time

    Pros

    -Opportunity to work on a diverse corporate, utility, not-for-profit and government sector clients
    -Large percentage of business is campaign-focused, meaning there is significant client-turnover and opportunity to work on new projects
    -Much is expected of account staff, which means individuals rarely get pigeonholed into a particular skillset
    -Generally very flexible with time off
    -Staff is generally very bright

    Cons

    -Blatant nepotism fosters sometimes toxic cynicism among staff whose last name is not on the letterhead
    -Pay is WELL below industry standards
    -All staff expected to make themselves available to work events on nights and weekends without overtime compensation


  10. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jasculca/Terman full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good experience right out of school that I can still reference on my resume years later.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay and very long hours. There is a lot of disfunction and too much work for too little staff.


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