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Marketing Werks Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Learned a lot, great building, beautiful office (in 6 reviews)

  • Comfortable, relaxed work environment (in 8 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. Helpful (1)

    "The future is bright"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  2. "Client service position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Future Is Looking Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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!


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  6. "Good pay, distant home office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not good."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it used to be..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Some people are really nice

    Cons

    Just laid off 16 people without notice. They promised that with the new acquisition that they wouldn't anyone off, but they did. Hard work is barely recognized. Employees are misinformed. Employees aren't trained properly and some teams don't have enough staff. Misuse of interns. Low pay for hours worked.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your staff. Treat them with more respect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun work experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Build a good network. Company seems very organized. Young organization.

    Cons

    Everything is done virtually. Very little face to face interaction


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great for 1st or 2nd Years in Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Services in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marketing Werks full-time

    Pros

    Great place if you just graduated from college or are looking to get into the marketing industry. You work on a various amount of tasks across the board.

    Cons

    Grow your base layer and then move on to the numerous other marketing outlets in Chicago. The advancement rate and pay is much higher outside this company and it's good to get out and see how other companies work as you try a build a career.



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