Marketing Werks Reviews | Glassdoor

Marketing Werks Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
89 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

89 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Learned a lot, great building, beautiful office (in 6 reviews)

  • Comfortable, relaxed work environment (in 10 reviews)

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

  • Low pay compared to industry, particularly in lower positions (in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Ok job but not a career"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FiOS Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - FiOS Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay but you work for every penny!

    Cons

    Employees worked to death while management works part time hours. Hr is a mess! Pay is always wrong and it's a nightmare to get it corrected.

    Advice to Management

    Do some work!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lackluster"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Some managers genuinely seem to care about their direct reports

    Cons

    - Client teams have final say over everything
    - Seniority based on tenure is unfortunately held in very high regard
    - Absolutely ZERO work/life balance. You are expected to be available at all times even if they don't flat out say that you are

  3. Helpful (4)

    "For a young agency, it's not very open minded."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location in the Loop. That's about it.

    Cons

    -They claim to be a very open minded agency that welcomes everyone. Except if you're gay. Everyone in this agency acts like they're still in College (no matter the level), they are all in their own "clicks" and the homophobic jokes come left and right. After working for years here, no one likes to know that someone is gay. And if they do, there's all sorts of gossip around it. I wouldn't recommend anyone that's openly gay to apply here. During their "Poetry Party", I experienced a lot of "gay jokes" that were straight out inappropriate.
    -If you're not a heavy drinker, you're judged as not being a team player. The upper management plans Days of Fun and parties where everyone's goal is to get completely wasted. And if you don't take part, it's taken against you.
    -Compensation is not even a topic for discussion. You get what you get and if you don't like it there's no room for negotiation; salary rises were a joke after Crossmark acquired them. It was the perfect excuse to tell everyone they have their hands tied by Crossmark. The best thing is to see client budgets where account management is billed at 10 times what someone in the agency really makes.
    -Personal time doesn't exist. You need to be available all day, every day.
    -The "great things" they've implement are: working from home (when your manager thinks it's appropriate) and Summer Fridays. The agency closes at 1, except if you have client meetings, if your team or boss needs you or if there's anything pressing; so don't even think about making plans, something may come up last minute. I would rather have 2 official days off every summer than their so called half days where you still have to work.

    Advice to Management

    STOP treating everyone like they're kids. The Company is a high school because it starts that way from the top.
    STOP overworking people. You have a lot of staff that sits on their desks all day on their Facebook pages. While others have to work 15 hour days.
    START being honest about what changes are coming.
    START compensating your employees the way they deserve.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The future is bright"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is an awesome agency that has been gone through a tough transition after being acquired by Crossmark. The good news is that the worst seem to be behind us and we already see improved communication, higher level strategic thinking and opportunity for growth. There are bumps in the road as with any agency but this is a close knit group that cares about one another, works hard and plays harder.

    Cons

    its a tough business and sometimes work life balance is hard to achieve.


  5. "Client service position"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, creative work, great exposure and learning opportunities, great client roster, office culture, time off policy, leadership

    Cons

    Compensation, politics, communication across programs and departments

    Advice to Management

    Loop in junior staff more ofter


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The Future Is Looking Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marketing Werks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Collaborative teams
    - Great culture and environment
    - Opportunity to build relationships with senior level staff

    Cons

    - n/a. Great company to work for!


  7. "Ok job, if you can make it work for you..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tour Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tour Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the nicest people, if you get them.
    Get to travel the U.S, if you are on tour.

    Cons

    From what i can tell, the office staff seems somewhat "clique" driven. Camps of people here and there to get promoted. Their promotion system is too segmented.
    Also, their "trial by fire" for interns that worked in the office, they send them on tour out in the field for months at a time. Most of them do not want to do go out on the road, and it makes for low morale, especially when you aren't used to working day in and day out.
    The micromanagement is rampant, as well as the last minute planning, and the blame falls on the field staff, since we are "there".
    Off days, non existent.
    Pay definitely needs to be better, or you will have a revolving door, and high turnover is never a good thing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging, communicate in a more orderly format with your subordinates. Last minute procrastination helps no one. We get it, there are a lot of moving parts, but you have more than enough support with planning and execution. Stop hiring college graduates in the field who don't plan on getting a bit dirty.

  8. "Good pay, distant home office"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was very good for the position, support when needed, good training, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Home office was too far away, left in no man's land, did not have a sense of belonging to company, no health insurance options at the time

    Advice to Management

    Good company, perhaps a little stretched thin.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not good."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people: you can combine your social life into work since you won't have a real social life
    Non-stuffy work environment

    Cons

    Low pay
    Consistently work late nights without recognition
    Travel on weekends and holidays without comp days
    Promotion is not based on performance (suck up to the right people and you'll do well)
    Very poorly managed from the highest level which trickles down to the mid-20s "managers" who don't have a clue of how to manage people
    You have to jump through hoops to get hired full-time (expect to begin on contract)
    Unstable business

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage a company


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it used to be..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    I learned a lot while I was at Marketing Werks. Since the acquisition with CROSSMARK, Marketing Werks is no longer what it used to be. The culture, people and the exciting work was what made it a great place to work. It balanced out the very low pay. Unfortunately, the culture and type of work are changing, and now staff the staff is being laid off. Not many pros to list.

    Cons

    - Poor communication
    - Low pay
    - Lack of recognition - praise is rarely given for good work
    - Younger culture - can get high school-ish at times
    - Unachievable employee expectations
    - Over use of interns - paid a very low hourly rate and given Account Coordinator duties
    - Inconsistant application of policies and procedures
    - No work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    As changes continue within the office, employees need to have more honest communication. Stop telling staff vague, reassuring phrases like "great things to come" and provide staff with consistent informative updates on changes happening within the company.


Showing 89 of 107 reviews
Reset Filters