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Marketing Werks Chicago Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Marketing Werks SVP, Managing Director Holly Meloy
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Pros
  • Learned a lot, great building, beautiful office (in 6 reviews)

  • Comfortable, relaxed work environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • treated like a slave; no work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • High Turnover, Not much room for growth (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marketing Werks as a contractor

    Pros

    Marketing Werks is an ecstatic place to work-- but there is no denying (as mentioned in many reviews) that the acquisition by Crossmark led to many hard changes. Mergers between companies are difficult-- great werkers left, clients were lost, and the vision of MW was uncertain. It changed the energy of the entire company.

    But as an employee who stayed with the company through the tough times, I am SO happy to say that life has been reborn at Marketing Werks. Holly Meloy's leadership and the Senior Leadership Team brought new success & positivity to the company. There is a clear vision for the agency. Employees have a clear path to grow. New clients are coming through the door. And the positivity, support, and confidence of the agency is through the roof.

    While it may not have the old energy that previous employees felt, an MW 2.0 is now here to stay. The agency will always have that work hard, play hard mentality and those who come to join the MW family will see and feel the excitement the agency has to offer.

    Cons

    If you don't like to travel, would not recommend joining the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on-- the work you are doing is inspiring your werkers and everyone can feel the momentum the agency has now!


  2. "BAD Overturn rate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Client Service Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Client Service Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marketing Werks as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    working with large clients; outings

    Cons

    treated like a slave; no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    If an intern is offered a contracted position, why should we have to be brand ambassadors before becoming a full time employee? I don't think it makes sense to do road activations when as interns we do all of that.


  3. "Make it what you will"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tour Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tour Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got to travel around the country for seven months and work at different types of events for my client. Built up driving miles.

    Cons

    Was on the road with homesick interns who could hack it on the road, but nevertheless were placed there. Even though most office staff have road experience (by force), it is not an acceptable tail by fire.
    A lot of complaints fell on deaf ears. If what is going on in the field isn't exactly like the PowerPoint, theupper management gets panicky.
    Also, being acquired by another company at the time of my employment.
    Morale was low due to frenetic pace and overwork.

    Advice to Management

    Most of you have not been on the road in years, and have inflexible attitudes toward problem solving.


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  5. "Great intentions, but inability to get out of their own way."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, ability to work from home often and ample vacation. Laid back atmosphere. Located in a building with good amenities.

    Cons

    Leadership is disorganized, lacks experience and understanding of navigating large organizational structure and its politics. Parent company is constantly breathing down the neck of senior management, forcing them into less than ideal scenarios that only further set back growth the continuum.
    Internally, directors lack basic abilities to drive junior talent growth and development.
    When you put all of this together, it's a recipe for disaster. An environment that lacks trust, camaraderie, and frankly future potential.

    Advice to Management

    You will gain a lot of trust by standing by your decisions instead of flip flopping back and forth every few months. Also, take time to listen to your junior staff, don't just rely on your directors and VPs to deliver the messages. If you spend less time talking to each other, and more time talking to the people that are involved in the day to day (and actually understand the business) you will accomplish far more. Your reactionary decisions are exhausting and taking a toll on the employees that matter most: those that execute the business the agency has managed to maintain.


  6. "Administrative Intern"

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    Former Intern - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Marketing Werks as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture, fun work environment, and fun people.

    Cons

    It is tough to move up. I had to go on a tour for 6 months at 100% travel just to come on board as an intern.


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    "Activation Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great place to begin a career

    Cons

    Lack of new client development


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    "Senior Account Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marketing Werks (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    (Pre Acquisition-2014) The people! From interns to senior management it was the people that made MW special.

    Cons

    Everything was great until the acquisition. After that, clients were lost, great people were lost, and all the pieces that made MW great started to fall. What remained were low salaries, no upward mobility, and lack of new business opportunities.


  9. "Tour manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Not to many i cant think of a pro at all . they were nice at first then became fake . i dont have a pro for them.

    Cons

    Not good enough pay for working on the road . company breaks laws requiring you to drive and work while exhausted from working .

    Advice to Management

    Please dont have people work long hours and then drive or do recaps after working 12 hour day .


  10. "Group Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Group Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fun environment
    - Creative, hard working people
    - Impressive brand portfolio
    - Inspiring creative leadership
    - Great travel opportunities and on-the-job learning opportunities
    - Breadth of experience across all levels of management
    - Continued job training and investment in your career advancement

    Cons

    Since the recent acquisition, Marketing Werks has had some struggles with long term vision and leadership which lead to a period of high turnover. But the current leadership in place has made vast improvements in process, pitching and planning.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the HR department's involvement with employee feedback; implement employee feedback on an ongoing basis


  11. "Miss the old atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Marketing Werks as an intern

    Pros

    Company culture started off very strong, nice perks to working there, everyone had their own Apple laptop.

    Cons

    Once acquired lots of change happened that employees were not too fond of. Some programs we're outdated and had little room for change or improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Let younger hired get more involved with client, provide training and classes for all levels of employees.


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