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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. "Layoff after Layoff"

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

    I worked at Marketing Werks full-time

    Pros

    Nothing really worth calling out.

    Cons

    This place is getting worse each year. All smoke and mirrors - how about that "Canadian Office" they opened recently? All talk, no substance.

    Advice to Management

    The ones that have stayed by your side for years are now broken. Morale is long gone. What's going to hold you together now?


  2. "This Sinking Ship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marketing Werks full-time

    Pros

    Casual attire, but what agency isn't these days?
    Cool office

    Cons

    The sad story about Marketing Werks is that they've been waiting and waiting at the dock, but that ship sailed a long time ago. Crossmark doesn't help the situation whatsoever. They're greed for higher margins and massive debt from 1st and 2nd lien term loans have been taken out on the employees. Below industry standard salaries, little to no annual bonuses, and 0% 401K contributions. Layoffs after layoffs, that's been the story since the merger (today marks their 7th round since 2013). Seems like clockwork that a client after client walks away every year and I can't imagine how much longer Marketing Werks can take the hits.

    If you're looking at opportunities here, then you're the type that's desperate or just looking to get something fresh out of college. Gotta do what you gotta do, for everyone else, now's not the time.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to separate from Crossmark. Hell, buy yourself out if you have to. Marketing Werks used to be the best damn agency in the country to work for. Now, it's the laughingstock.


  3. "Engagement Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, training, management want you to succeed and are supportive. Freedom of schedule. Flexibility. Good compensation and benefits. 401k. Tablet and phone given to us by management. Jacket and shirts provided also.

    Cons

    Travel, other than distance to my properties the compensation should be worth it overall when taking into consideration the base salary plus commission. So you have to enjoy at times to travel to those properties.

    Advice to Management

    Mileage reimbursement program is needed. That would be a big help. Other than that, everything is good.


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  5. "Evolving into a new agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time

    Pros

    Building on a strong experiential history while adding new skills and disciplines

    Cons

    It's a work in progress


  6. "No growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice office and casual attire. Young and fun culture. Good opportunity for entry level position with little to no experience. Will learn a lot for starting a career.

    Cons

    A lot of gossiping and no respect for hard work. Also no room to grow and low pay. A lot of negativity in the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Allow hard working employees to grow and move up in the company.


  7. "Make it what you will"

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    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.


  8. "Marketing Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexable

    Cons

    Lack of Growth

    Advice to Management

    More Growth!


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "MW"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot, great building, beautiful office

    Cons

    Too much gossip, was told I was talked about negatively, impatient, unorganized team, negative energy, too big of an office for the company


  11. "Sharp Marketing Agency"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A smart group of marketing professionals.

    Cons

    Merger with Crossmark resulted in the ways of working are just too different than Marketing Werks.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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