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Marketing Werks Reviews

Updated April 11, 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. "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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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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  5. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  6. "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 .


  7. "Group Account Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  8. "Good check cashing job"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and the compensation

    Cons

    Must work on certain days to do certain things or you get penalized. Too much admin work for a sales position, hardly any help when it came to producing your numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Try putting yourself in the EMs shoes


  9. "Business Relationship Manger"

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    Former Employee - Verizon FiOS Small Business Relationship Manager in Tonawanda, NY
    Former Employee - Verizon FiOS Small Business Relationship Manager in Tonawanda, NY

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

    Pros

    Overall great people to work with and for.

    Cons

    A bit too much micromanagement.


  10. "Exciting pace/ good clients"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Marketing Werks offered the chance to work with great people, great clients and great projects. Travel and corporate perks were pretty good and fair

    Cons

    The agency has changed dramatically and lost its focus on people and the work. Hours were long and travel was extensive

    Advice to Management

    More time spent valuing the employees would ultimately create better culture and better output. Clients and staff would both benefit from improving the work environment and eliminating the fear associated with the changes


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Downfall of Marketing Werks & Not a Good Employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Marketing Werks used to be a private company that built itself up from nothing and had great leadership in the past.

    Cons

    There should be a book written on Marketing Werks. In just under 2 years the company was bought by Crossmark Co out of Texas. Crossmark ruined the culture and the ability for MW to serve its clients. They brought in leaders at MW that had no vision or ability to lead the company into the future of event marketing. They have laid off hundreds of people and all but lost every client. The current leadership team has not solid a single dollar in new business revenue. The company has no future and the current leadership team have no solution on ways to improve their financial standing. It's too bad, MW used to be an awesome place to work....two years ago. If you want to go to a company with horrible leadership, no stability and no strategic vision Marketing Werks is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Sell some new accounts and stop saying that the layoffs are done.


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