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Performics Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, great culture (in 11 reviews)

  • Very fun and relaxed work environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Performics' HQ is in Chicago so all the upper management sit in that office and NY is considered a remote office (in 7 reviews)

  • Work live balance is hard to maintain for certain accounts if the clients are high standard and work long hours themselves (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Overall good ad agency, offering great opportunities to grow!"

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

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

    Pros

    Performics has good benefits and perks for employees, and provides a lot of training opportunities and chances to learn things outside of your daily responsibilities, if you want it.

    Cons

    They are really trying to expand their offering to be a full service digital agency, and change the reputation that they are mainly a search agency. Some of the growing pains mean that there isn't always support in all the new disciplines (like social media), but this is great way to learn and grow and be on the ground floor, as long as you don't need a lot of hand holding.

    Advice to Management

    Understanding that clients needs come first and this may not always be possible, but it would be good to provide more opportunities to employees to be able to apply the new skills they are learning outside of paid search, so they are more cross functional. I think this is the ultimate goal of the company but it could be good to have some sort of rotational program to get people achieve that and be more competitive in the industry, and also retain talent.


  2. "Toxic, Fake, Not Worth It For Good People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great PTO.
    Free beer.
    Attempts at fun, inclusive events.

    Cons

    Clueless, disconnected middle management.
    Clueless, disconnected senior management.
    Folks who make the account people look smart and DO THE WORK are never recognized.
    Culture is toxic, everyone is in it for themselves.
    Management addresses issues but never makes action to solve them.
    Management tries to fix culture with fun events and alcohol despite understaffed departments with no time to participate.
    Hyper-popularity contests
    Promotions and salary bumps move at snail's pace

    Advice to Management

    Get Out. Restructure. Start Over.


  3. "Work Smart, Not Hard"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of PTO, great work (depending on client), lots of exciting new business, huge potential for the next 5-10 years.

    Cons

    Pay can be on the lower end and opportunity can be dictated by how saturated a client team is.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working out the kinks, it's going to be a great place to work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Junior Associated"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The larger holding company has great benefits. You get a lot of vacation and unlimited sick days (though you will be shamed if you use one). Sales reps bring in a lot of "swag" and lunches.

    Cons

    Everything else. The company culture has been completely lost within the past year. Compensation is pathetic. If you are a junior, they will put your salary just above the rate they'd have to pay you overtime. Depending on your clients and team you could be working until 8pm-10pm. Because the turnover rate is so high, managers are usually pretty young and have no idea how to train or mentor juniors. They will not take the time to teach you. No matter how good you are at your job, you will never be promoted. Everyone I kept in touch with from the training program juniors take has moved to a different company for better compensation and a better work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Take notes on how the agencies your employees are leaving for treat their employees. This company thinks it is the best because it has great benefits, but the other agencies have the same, or better, benefits. They need to realize that isn't enough anymore. They actually need to train employees and create a genuine company culture, not just hand out free bagels on Fridays.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Don't Do It"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met some amazing people working at Performics, but for every great person there are three that are incompetent

    Cons

    Performics was a completely different place in 2015. They cared about company culture and employees. But that has gone almost completely by the wayside. There is CONSTANT turnover because of the state of the company and its current work force, top talent has been steadily leaving for months. I had pretty much nothing but negative experiences with management, from directors to VP's. Management has tunnel vision on their own careers and agendas, and it is evident that they don't care about the growth or development of anyone below them. Leadership has made it a point to call out issues with retention and performance, but do absolutely nothing to solve the problem. There is little to no opportunity for growth, climbing the ladder is extremely political. Its not only about being in the right place at the right time, but having the right people behind you. Be prepared to give up nights and weekends at a moments notice. This company and its teams are thankless and petty, it wasn’t until I left that I realized just how little opportunity I had been given. This is a dead end company, don’t do it.

    Advice to Management

    START CARING ABOUT YOUR EMPLOYEES. Stop naming problems and doing nothing proactive to solve them. Stop filling positions with anyone who applies and take finding talent seriously. Start having any form of accountability.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Employee Uncertainty & Retention Causes Stress On Teams"

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

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

    Pros

    Performics shares some of the same benefits of all advertising agencies; beer fridge, young workforce, cool hip furniture, video games and free food. Everyone generally receives 19 vacation days for a year with addition holidays and extra long weekends. In my 3 years of being here we have received the week between Christmas and New Years off, but the agency wont let you know until Thanksgiving. If you stay 10 yrs (which is generally unheard of in advertising) you receive a 5 week vacation. Most employees started off as DMTs (interns) and will generally stay for the majority of their professional lives.

    Cons

    When a senior level member leaves Performics, the position is generally filled by a junior member, even if they are not ready for the role. That junior member's role is filled with some who is entry level. This will cause stress on some team members who need coach/on-board both people.

    Currently there seems to be very low moral at Performics, which might be due to high turnover rate; people tend to stay only a year. The agency is growing, but is going through some very visible growing pains and is still trying to figure out the Publicis reorganization

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire well qualified senior level team members who can help the agency grow and bring in new ideas and practices. Return to the agencies old "startup" culture and get rid of any red tape. Continue to address the low moral!


  7. "PFX-ing"

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

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

    Pros

    People, people, people! Biggest PRO is the culture at Performics! And also the high learning curve, PFX is the new undergrad for adults if you want to keep learning on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Be ready to work long-hours but it is really worth it!


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Going Downhill"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Performics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, time off, nice office location, perks.

    Cons

    Upper management changes in the last year or two have led to veteran employees (myself included) jumping ship. What used to be a fun team and work life turned into an atmosphere of backstabbing and distrust. "Leadership" team was completely in the dark in regards to the actual day-to-day of the team and acted on rumors that bubbled up to them.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your veteran employees, who have been there through think and thin, keeping the account running and managing the in-the-field client relationships. Kill the rumor-mill method of "knowing" your team.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "What Happened?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Performics full-time

    Pros

    -Time off package is unbeatable
    -20 corporate holidays (or 16 days plus 4 days off last week of the year)
    - lot of social events and happy hours
    - new lounge
    - opportunity to grow career within the Publicis Groupe network

    Cons

    The culture and leadership up until recently was a high performing culture, collaborative environment with a passion for client success. In the first half of the year, they brought in new leadership which has damaged our people focused culture. It is now a cold environment with less than average leadership and a lack of strong talent and trust.
    - merit/promotions process falling apart
    - no transparency/closed door environment

    Advice to Management

    - Don’t claim to be a programmatic agency when you don’t have the programmatic framework.
    -Acknowledge the mass exit of our best and brightness currently. We have lost a lot of talented employees recently and there needs to be changes in leadership to change the direction in which it is headed.
    -Talent is leaving because of people managers, that simple– fix it.
    -Listen to your people when provided solutions to issues/problems.
    -Culture has shifted into a closed door, lack human touch, and a hierarchy mentality.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Times are changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Performics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Fun atmosphere
    -Good benefits
    -Easy workload, if you aren't client-facing

    Cons

    -Managers don't get much guidance and tend to be left to determine how they want to run things. A lot of "it's my way" mentality
    -department goals not communicated and roles don't align with the business
    -asked to complete performance reviews, but they are very subjective. No peer reviews and most times you don't know what you are being rated on and then find out you failed later
    -uncertainty around re-org has people on edge

    Advice to Management

    New hires in the past year aren't fitting into the culture and many long-standing employees across all departments are leaving due to this. Take the extra time to screen, rather than panic hire.


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