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Mother New York Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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  1. "A great place to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mother New York (More than a year)

    Pros

    One of the few notable independent creative agencies left, Mother definitely doesn't get the credit it deserves. One of the most innovative and creative places in New York, this agency is constantly working to create some great work. The whole agency is closely integrated so everyone, no matter the role, is valued.

    Cons

    Like any agency, work/life balance can fall to the side if you don't put in the effort to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek out the best talent and push clients to try new things and be daring with what they make.


  2. "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mother New York full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, smart people, fun people

    Cons

    Work/life balance, movement, selling in the idea of Mother that isn't there anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell in that Mother is a place that is unique anymore

  3. "An unbelievable fall from grace"

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

    I worked at Mother New York full-time

    Pros

    You can take as much vacation as you'd like.

    There are lots of quirky personalities at Mother, so if you like your agency to be a bit less buttoned up, you'll likely fit in here.

    Cons

    Where to start? Mother is trying to be a lot of things that it isn't right now, and it's desperate for new business (seeing it hasn't won any in quite some time). People come to Mother for an environment that is supposed to breed creativity, and while it does that, it does so at a great cost to professionalism. It's an agency that has its eyes on W&K, Droga5, Anomaly and other top-tier creative shops, but until they get some professional rigor in the house, they will continue to fall short.


  4. "Magical Culture, Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Mother truly is a special place. The collaborative work environment is something that is very hard to find at other agencies. Senior management is very transparent with new developments and the flat structure makes it easy for everyone to be heard.

    Cons

    Some organizational challenges that naturally come with such a liberal work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being rad.


  5. "Not bad overal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Culture, lots of perks like company events and travels

    Cons

    Big egos not much help from sr designers

    Advice to Management

    There should be some kind of help and mentor ship for jr designers or interns


  6. "Happy at work, happy at life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture is one of the most protected elements of the agency, which extends from big events thrown for employees during the year, and careful hiring.

    Management cares genuinely about doing work that people at Mother will be excited to work on, and doing good work on those opportunities.

    The Mother motto - "Do good work, have fun, make a living", in that order, is followed pretty strictly.

    It's a great place to come to work every day.

    It's not owned, still independent, and that is noticeable in a great way. There are very few layers to go through in order to get approvals or make needed changes at the agency. It's easier to get things done. And feels a lot more like you're working for the people here and not a faceless corporation.

    Very creative place and environment. People stay here for much longer than other agencies.

    Cons

    Emphasis on culture can sometimes get in the way of making good hires or making the best business decisions, though it's all in the interest of keeping Mother as special as it is.


  7. "Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Mother New York part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Great people
    Good projects
    Fun and inclusive
    Benefits of large agency feeling of a small studio.

    Cons

    Not too many downsides in my short time there. Maybe occasionally work on more corporate ad projects but it seems to be a good balance.

    Advice to Management

    The management from my experience was really good. They are organized and communicate really effectively.

  8. "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great perks, lots of parties, really cool office, flat structure (no hierarchy), friendly environment

    Cons

    office is very hard to get to, the types of new hires is steering away from the original culture of the company, pay is not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    bring back the cool kids, they are what made your culture.


  9. "Every Day is a Party"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mother New York full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Probably the strongest agency in terms of company culture. Everyone is pretty close-knit and friendly. There are no titles, so (almost) everyone's opinion is valued. Ideas and side-projects are encouraged. It's a great launchpad for bigger opportunities.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is tough. You're expected to be on call at all times. There was a time when it was very difficult to get pitches sold and produced, not sure if that's still the case. Budgets are very tight. For all the perks, the pay is an industry low.


  10. "Current employee review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mother (Account Executive) in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Mother (Account Executive) in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mother New York full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture, people, flexibility in lateral movement

    Cons

    Upper management structure not aligned & resourcing not well thought out, current client roster and work unfulfilling, creative output not as strong as it used to be

    Advice to Management

    Needs alignment in the direction of the agency, projects we accept, resourcing, advocating work life balance and efficiency rather than excessive work with little output


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