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Moore & Scarry Advertising Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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Pros
  • While still carrying some of the stereotypes of an advertising agency, the environment is very laid back (in 5 reviews)

  • Very unprofessional hostile work environment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Know that if you join MSA you will work long hours (in 7 reviews)

  • There is a high turnover rate, especially in the account team, and sometimes it feels as though there is not enough communication or planning (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Media in Fort Myers, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really exciting place to work for those that are willing to work hard on tier 3 auto business knowing that we are graded every month based on sales And the pace is going to be busy. Great people fun environment good health benefits good 401 k

    Cons

    Like any auto advertising at very busy times it can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Mildly Interesting Work, Terrible Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Could be a stepping stone into the marketing world if you lack experience

    Cons

    Awful pay
    Upper management is egotistical and disrespectful
    High turnover
    Over-promised clients

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Leadership & Bad Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Specialist in Cape Coral, FL
    Former Employee - Digital Specialist in Cape Coral, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Casual dress and beer Fridays

    Cons

    Poor communication and favoritism from leadership, negative work environment, poor pay


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Don't be fooled..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Myers, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time

    Pros

    The vacation time wasn't bad, beer in the office on Fridays, occasional perks--I guess they have to do SOMETHING to keep their employees

    Cons

    After the 3 month "initiation" period, they will throw you to the wolves-- granted they do tell you this at the interview.
    Depending on what account(s) you are given, you could be sitting there twiddling your thumbs for half of the day or working non-stop, from 9-9, trying to keep up.
    Pay is low for the industry.
    No training whatsoever. You pretty much spend the first three months watching account executives manage their accounts without any real hands-on experience. Plus, it wouldn't matter anyway because they put you on a completely different account in the end.
    Hostile environment-- artists/account services/production/copywriters are constantly butting heads. In the short period of time that I was there, I was talked down to several times to the point that I dreaded going to work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings who have lives outside of Moore and Scarry. Hire more people or at least pay your employees what they deserve!
    Handle the hostile environment like a respectable company would. No one should ever feel uncomfortable going to work.
    Get a training program together. There wasn't even a manual to look over and AEs are clearly too busy to train AND handle their accounts.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don't do it. Just, don't."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Lakewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experience if you're new to advertising.

    Cons

    Work environment, long hours, huge work-load, monotonous, immature staff, basically no training.

    Advice to Management

    Get an updated training book and program. Don't try to get more accounts when your staff is literally drowning in them.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "If they where a vehicle, They would be a Bad Lemon!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Fort Myers, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time

    Pros

    A paycheck that lets you live here in SW Florida.
    HR is very helpful!

    Cons

    First of all and most important Management is a huge problem at MSA. The level which they disrespect employees is unbelievable they get away with it. They have this ego boost from there fancy titles and it goes to their heads. If they having a bad day well employees have to suffer it.
    You cant argue your view or point because your automatically wrong even when they clearly are. But showing your points/views is "Communication Problems".

    The amount of work they make employees do per day is insane. MSA is like a sweatshop, you get a very low salary for the industry and on top of that you have to do 3X 5X 10X , the amount of work you would normally do on a similar kind of agency.

    Also BEWARE of false positive feedback they are done in-house just like other bought positive reviews they do for some of the dealers they work for. If you value your future apply somewhere else, if you just don't care and just need a paycheck to cover your bills well MSA is perfect for you!

    Advice to Management

    Respect employees and show them what they are worth because they are the ones that keep the roof on that company and thanks to them you get paid (DONT FORGET THAT). They all work very hard and deserve more credit for what they do than they are given!.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Stay far away..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing. Very unprofessional hostile work environment. Only perk is you get 104 hours of vacation time each year.

    Cons

    Stay far away unless you want to be bullied at work. Very unprofessional toxic work environment. You will be miserable here and it's disappointing that they allow people to be treated that way.

    Advice to Management

    Fire poor managers and pay more attention to what is actually going on

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Low pay unprofessional environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Lakewood, CO
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Lakewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time

    Pros

    You don't need a degree or experience. They will promote you much faster than an average agency in order to keep at the company. (Larger role with still poor pay.)

    Cons

    They take advantage of people who will work hard and many hours with low pay. Very low pay for the industry. You will not be paid for overtime but expected to work it. Taking lunches and vacations are frowned upon. Management creates an unprofessional environment. All personal/professional discussions with management are not private. Benefits are not good. An Account Executive at this agency is at an Account Coordinator level at an established agency.

    Most positive reviews are asked to be done by Management.

    Moore & Scarry Advertising Response

    Dec 10, 2015 – General Manager / HR

    I am sorry to hear you are having a negative experience at Moore & Scarry Advertising. We strive every day to have a professional environment that is centered around a family focus. Our Account ... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Account Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Fort Myers, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moore & Scarry Advertising full-time

    Pros

    Extremely limited- I am hard-pressed to think of more than one. Decent overtime compensation for hourly work. Basic benefits provided in employment package.

    Cons

    Management is disrespectful to employees, both openly and to peers and coworkers behind subordinates' backs. Advancement, or even success and longevity in your current position, is solely determined by your willingness to be a part of the clique-based environment. Dedication to quality work and demonstration of valuable skills has no bearing on continued employment. After reading the provided reviews, I can personally attest to the truths stated in many of the negative comments through firsthand experience.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of ego and the perceived degree of power that accompanies the fancy job title. Focus on the growth of a successful team through fostering employees that seek to grow within the business, as they provide the true value within your team. General mistreatment of staff, intoxication at work, and numerous other issues should not be tolerated, let alone defended. Separate work from friendship- it is highly unprofessional for certain staff to flaunt unethical privileges granted out of association with higher-ups.


  10. "It's not as bad as it sounds"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Select State in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Select State in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Denver office - the people are incredible. The teamwork is outstanding. Everyone is supportive and we have a lot of fun.
    The experience is plentiful, you learn everything from Print, to web, to TV/Radio, etc. It's fast paced, so you're never bored. It's a good learning opportunity for sure, but perhaps not something to stay in long term.

    Cons

    The benefits are not great. You can't access the 401K in any capacity until you've been here a year, and if you're in the Colorado office, everyone looks at your Florida insurance with confusion or just don't accept it.
    The fact that the company is based out of Florida is not the best for the Denver office. Our pay is abysmal, especially when you consider the skyrocketing cost of living in Denver. They try to tell you it'll be worth it because they promote from within and if you move up, you're set. But, it doesn't feel that way when you're stressed for days and still can't pay all of your bills.
    The top tier management can be volatile, but they're not here too often, so you're usually okay.

    Advice to Management

    Consider taking better care of the employees. While sure, the experience is great and we do some cool things, the turn over wouldn't be as high if we weren't all burning out so quickly. Or, if it at least felt it was worth burning out for.


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