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The Bloc Reviews

Updated November 15, 2018
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "A strong leader makes this a great place to work"

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

    I have been working at The Bloc full-time

    Pros

    They say the tone is set at the top and I couldn't agree more. I can't say enough about the managing partner/president at this agency as she inspires me each and every day. She's not only wicked smart but really down to earth and approachable. I feel like she always has my back and treats me with the utmost professionalism. The same holds true for the extended leadership team. It's nice to be surrounded by such a great group of inspiring people.

    Cons

    People that are used to working in larger organizations can't hide their flaws at this agency and while most thrive, there is the occasional person that just can't cut it since they're used to hiding in the crowd. Some people just can't handle the more entrepreneur spirit at The Bloc and when they realize they aren't up to par, they tend to come to this site to whine about their own failure by blaming it on others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    The Bloc Response

    Feb 28, 2017 – VP, Director, Human Resources

    Thank you! We couldn’t agree more about our Commander in Chief, Ms. Matthews! While we appreciate the sincere words, we are also open to honest and productive feedback from those who may not have had... More


  2. "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Bloc full-time

    Pros

    Great open office, people tend to bond well and stay friends even after you leave, interesting structure with how they work with a support office in Asia. Great internship program.

    Cons

    There needs to be more leadership training. The structure makes sense, but the people filling the roles don't seem to have the experience, especially on the creative side. Company went from a downturn to an upturn on a dime and can not effectively scale resources which means painfully long days and a shortsighted vision of just wining more and more business without taking care of those who have stuck through the bad times. I wouldn't recommend this company to juniors who join outside of the internship program as you will get very little, if any, training. People are nice for the most part, but there's a legacy of horror stories with how some people have been treated.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure performance reviews are done on time. Have a more structured training and mentorship program. Train your leaders. Be transparent about financial health throughout the year.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Making an Effort"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart caring people and great at branding

    Cons

    Struggling with marketing and strategy fundamentals

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the basics and lead with your strengths


  4. "You gotta have faith"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Bloc full-time

    Pros

    This company tries to do the right thing at all times. While there are bumps in the road, some out of our control some not, they course correct and try to get back on track. This company does care about it's people and while it can seem a bit cliquey at times I think that just comes from a small group of people that have worked together for a long time. I believe in this company or I wouldn't be here anymore.

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of trust is put into people that don't deliver. It's always figured out and fixed but sometimes takes a bit longer than is ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your people first. Get back to doing what we do best which is do great work. We're on a great roll let's keep it up!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Long way to go"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    View of the East River

    Cons

    Clicky. It’s a work machine with little regard or care for the people who work there. If you leave before 6pm, you feel like everyone is judging you. There is no culture to speak of. The energy is low, the enthusiasm is low. People stay because they earn more than they would at other places. All in all a very depressing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Attend seminars on how to positively communicate with your staff and let them know how much they are valued


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, abysmal company culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation policy, company events, variety of accounts.

    Cons

    Clicky and negative work environment. Culture of gossip and favoritism that starts from the very top.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at what kind of vibe you're creating in what's suppose to be a professional working environment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Bloc full-time

    Pros

    Good fun culture and a nice office space.

    Cons

    Not enough support on certain accounts.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Helpful (4)

    "beautiful sinking ship"

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

    I worked at The Bloc full-time

    Pros

    beautiful office, lots of talented people, and a few good managers

    Cons

    Poor upper management based mostly on personal favoritism, lots of passive aggression, people promoted because they're pals with the bosses, chaotic creative and pitch process. A lot of pretending to care about employees but not really caring. Very clique-y. A sense of desperation pervades every move. Don't be sucked in by the beautiful views. There's a dark side.

    Advice to Management

    Actually get to know your staff. Really listen to their concerns (don't just pretend to) and address them (don't just nod and walk away). You don't need more fancy management ideas. You need work. Go get it.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Run, baby, run!"

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

    I worked at The Bloc full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible views, great location! Immaculately clean--cleaning staff were always present during the day and were very helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    A culture of fear, buck-passing, and blame. Witnessed the owners backbiting each other during team meetings. It was openly discussed and "joked" about that the owners' German Shepherd dog had attacked another employee's little terrier causing it serious injury. Empty offices were labeled "operations" giving the impression of higher agency headcount. Employees who had been there 2+ years did not know the names of their colleagues in IT, Operations, or Finance. There are less than 100 people at this agency, yet no one seemed to know their colleagues outside of their immediate team. This speaks volumes about the culture.

    Advice to Management

    1. Owners, please leave your marital issues and the dog at the door! 2. Focus on developing great people rather than buying project management systems. 3. Unless you enjoy your current 2+ year streak of losing business, square footage, and talented people, take a look at the common thread and remove the cancer from the vine, because (sadly) everyone sees it but you.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Former Employee"

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

    I worked at The Bloc full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good work and life balance.

    Cons

    Not good quality of work being done.