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Revel Marketing Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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  1. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Muskegon, MI
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Muskegon, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome place to work. Employee feedback is valued and hard work is rewarded. Beer and food provided in the office. Great culture.

    Cons

    Someone broke the tap on the keg and it took a month to fix.


  2. "Not a "Cool" place to work"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gain experience for your resume

    Cons

    Low pay, bully mentality, no loyalty

    Advice to Management

    No advice, besides buying out the problem partner.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "No heart nor soul, only dollars (and not that many)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If this is literally the only job that you can get, there is in fact a small paycheck. It beats homelessness (narrowly.)

    Cons

    Company owners fancy themselves on an episode of small struggling post-industrial Mad Men (but with more narcissism). They fail to consider employees as people, but instead as resources to be mined, while espousing positive values as a means to convince employees that if they give all of themselves, such commitment will eventually be reciprocated. Spoiler alert: it will not. In my short tenure, I saw ultra committed and talented people fired, countless people quit, and still others have their salaries reduced, told to either take it or "we'll just find some college kid who will work for nothing."

    Advice to Management

    Your "hard decisions" are not par for the course for being a businessman, they are par for the course for being a bad person. If you cannot run a company with integrity (use your turnover to judge how you're doing) don't run a company at all.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Creative Culture and Talented Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI

    Pros

    There are a lot of very creative minds that work at Revel and I learn from them every day. Growing the culture and doing good work is expected.

    Cons

    People who can self-manage their workload and meetings do well here. If you need a more structured 9-5pm job working here could be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and professional development opportunities are appreciated.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Happy they are in Muskegon."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Revel Marketing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As someone who was born and raised in Muskegon, I appreciate that I can work at an agency in my hometown without having to drive to a bigger city. Revel values culture. They have a flexible work schedule. The leadership gives employees opportunities for advancement. They are very involved in our community.

    Cons

    Fast paced. Demanding. Tight deadlines. Lots of projects going on at once. Typical of any agency.

    Advice to Management

    Firm up processes. Foster communication between groups within the company.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Shady leadership, advertised company culture is a facade. Very high employee turnover."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good chance to get client and industry exposure, solid co-workers. If you need an "in" to the industry, can be worthwhile, but enter with the intention of leaving as soon as you can.

    Cons

    Low-end compensation, poor benefits, work-heavy work/life balance. The company tries to put forward a culture of a "cool" startup like workplace, but with the over commitments and poor scheduling you'll never have time to use the ping pong table, and you'll need the free beer to self medicate. Clients relationships are not well managed, making most projects very high stress.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Dishonest practice, low pay for the industry, disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Muskegon, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hours are very flexible, you can work offsite if you want, and they provide free beer and allow you to drink on the job

    Cons

    Every project was a struggle. Poor scope control. Requirements were unclear or incomplete. Expectation that the employees will work additional hours to compensate for poor project management. Contracting for the company means that you may be paid less for a project if the project manager decides the agreed on amount was too high and they want to pay less after invoicing.

    Advice to Management

    Have a look at the average web developer salary for the area. Don't try to negotiate price after the invoice is sent. Hire a consultant to teach project managers proper scope control and project management. Learn to gather requirements for a project.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Beware! Long track record of abuse and mismanagement!"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Muskegon, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are just starting out in the industry, and you do not have any other options to get your foot in the door, Revel may be what you need to get off the ground.

    Cons

    The seemingly cool culture around Revel is just lipstick on a pig. Having worked there for nearly two years I kept seeing the same patterns and behaviors repeated over and over again. Management is always over-promising functionality and delivery of projects, and employees are always the ones that are expected to sacrifice themselves with their evenings or weekends to correct managements mistakes.

    What is worse than the poor project management is the systematic mistreatment of employees. I have personally experienced verbally abusive screaming from Partner/CEO Jason Piasecki. Other tactics used on me have included shaming and guilt tripping after having asked for a raise, and again after putting in my notice to leave.

    Former Revel employees are often badmouthed after they go, and in some cases are continually harassed and made to feel unwelcome in their own town after leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Jason Piasecki is a hot-head who has no business managing anyone. If anyone suggests that Revel may not be what he thinks it is, he lashes out in anger like a child who needs his afternoon nap. He is a man with no honor, who will only stand by his word if it benefits him.

    This company will never break the cycle of mismanagement and abuse so long as he is in charge.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work! Fun atmoshere, great opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Revel Marketing part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Agency that's involved in the community, has a fun working environment, great coworkers, huge variety of clients and unique projects.

    Cons

    Very fast paced, lots of projects at once.

    Advice to Management

    Revel is in a great place with a solid foundation and and excellent team - bravo! Keep up the great work!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Reputation, Dishonest Leadership, Not Sustainable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Revel Marketing full-time

    Pros

    Revel provides a fast-paced, figure-it-out agency model in which to sharpen your skills. Those typically employed are hard-working and just want to do good work for good people.

    Cons

    Revel has a reputation for setting poor expectations, internally and externally. They’ll sell culture in the name of a ping pong table and tout benefits and compensation rates to compete with other agencies but (if provided) will revoke those benefits without notice if it doesn’t suit them anymore. Impulsive decisions ensure they’ll always be a reactive company.

    Those that do the work are Revel’s biggest asset and yet are largely under-compensated and asked to push the boundaries of what’s possible with little time, information, or support. Clients fall by the wayside as team members with 3-4 job roles are forced to keep up. Efforts are wasted waiting for a company to provide focus and direction.


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