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The OutCast Agency Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "Top clients, fun office environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The OutCast Agency (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - client roster
    - relationship with clients (lots of trust across accounts)
    - development program is great (coach, training programs, shadow program, clear path)
    - fun office environment

    Cons

    - bad email/Slack culture (always on/available mentality)
    - personal opinion: PR as an industry is not very stimulating
    - very common to hear people complain about how busy or stressed they are


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Associate program is not worth your soul"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Roster of clients is cool
    -Great bar... but that's about it

    Cons

    - Long hours for little pay, 10 - 12 hrs a day
    - Instead of helping you manage a work life balance, teams increase workload and tell you to deal with it
    - Cliquey and breeds a negative dog eats dog culture
    - Microaggressive
    - All the above leads to negative mental health and physical toll
    - 5 month review was a joke with no constructive feedback ex. strength = good at clocking in...
    - You are expendable and replaceable, employees are not valued for long term development

    Advice to Management

    Treat your associates fairly. They are still your employees, not just an expendable labor force in constant turn over. Create a positive inclusive culture with awareness for difference.

  3. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The OutCast Agency full-time

    Pros

    -Coaching program
    -Career development/opportunities
    -Incredible client roster
    -Training programs

    Cons

    -Intense working environment
    -Cliques
    -Unrealistic expectations from managers


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities for the right type of person"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The OutCast Agency full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training ground for those new to PR (especially the intern program) or those trying to gain a better foothold in the communications industry. Emphasis on networking and building media relationships, and you have the opportunity to work for the best-of-the-best clients.

    Cons

    A "sink or swim" environment where you're either a fit or not. High pressure, with an emphasis on feedback almost always skewed "constructive". Hard to advance, although I saw others did and thrived.


  5. "Fantastic place to work and learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The OutCast Agency full-time

    Pros

    Extremely smart people; go-to place for tech PR; amazing experience

    Cons

    A lot of hard work and can be stressful


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great clients.
    General work culture.
    Free bar and snacks in the building.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid.
    Cliquey environment.
    Highly competitive internally - people fighting for promotions.
    No respect for AE or lower levels.
    No work/life balance - expected to work 12 hour days.
    No room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more, and there will be less turnover. The work everyone does is so important and if you really want to keep a happy work environment, especially in SF and NY, you need to increase salaries/hourly wages. Companies should not just be all about management levels.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Program Could Be Better"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great clients that look great on your resume
    -Depending on your client, you'll get to go to events and get exposure to the world of tech
    -Loved the partner spotlights

    Cons

    -Not much warning if not hired
    -Senior level staff isn't friendly
    -My coach was the worst and could care less if I did well
    -Long hours, many associates work up to 10-12 hours a day
    -Felt guilty for leaving before 6pm most days
    -Some accounts don't allow associates to show what they can actually do, only let them do the bare minimum
    -The island is great but should be intermixed with the rest of the office
    -High turn over, 6 people left in 3 months
    -Associates stress level was insane and just made it an uncomfortable place to work

    Advice to Management

    Work on learning what accounts the associates want to work on. Have more than 2 check-in's with the associates to understand how they are feeling.

  8. "SVP"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Welcoming environment
    Smart people; exciting projects; incredible clients
    Always challenging and creative!
    Wonderful office culture

    Cons

    Fast-paced. Intense. Not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Energetic, fun, creative, smart people. Interesting clients. Challenging work, supportive environment.

    Cons

    The only downside is the same as with any PR agency. You have to know how to juggle multiple clients' needs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the positive, fun environment going!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great exposure to many successful tech companies.

    Cons

    OutCast has a toxic company culture. A lot of throwing co-workers under the bus happens here.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. There is a reason that so much turnover occurs here.


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