Tombras Group Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2021

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Pros
  • "My department was filled with some of the coolest, most talented people you can meet in the industry(in 4 reviews)

  • "There are good opportunities to move up since management is focused on growing current clients and winning new clients(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Usual agency stuff like tight deadlines and some long hours but nothing out of the norm for an ad agency(in 6 reviews)

  • "And it's nothing like any ad agency you've ever seen(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Salary

      Apr 13, 2021 - Paid Search Specialist in Knoxville, TN
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      Pros

      Great team You learn a lot Fun environment

      Cons

      The pay isn’t very high

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Going nowhere but up

      Feb 8, 2021 - Director, SEO in Knoxville, TN
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      Pros

      In my years at Tombras, the agency has done nothing but get better at everything it's doing. It's grown in numbers, sure, but more importantly, it's gotten more responsive to its employees, it's paid better, it's allowed for internal advancement, it's advanced it's culture and values, it's improved the quality of it's outputs, and it even upgraded the building. To boot, nearly all of these have been recognized by awards in some way or form. If you need further evidence of this, look no further than how many people have come back to Tombras as a former and once-again employee. All in all, while no employer is perfect, Tombras comes about as close as one can, and has aims to keep growing and keep improving on anything it's not perfect on.

      Cons

      Growing pains for an agency that grows this quickly are unavoidable. Transparency from the top down can be one example of this, as the vision of Tombras' growth is hard to communicate to everyone, especially at the speed at which it is growing, and even moreso during a pandemic. I mark this as a minor con, because while it may not always be obvious, if one only puts their hand up, they'll discover that the goals and growth are there, they may just need to ask.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good Place for Experience, Don't Stay Longer Than a Year

      Mar 13, 2021 - Media Associate in Knoxville, TN
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      Pros

      Great people. Definitely a work hard/play hard environment. Nice perks. Downtown in an incredibly location. If you can get on a good team, then you will be golden. Ideal place if you are fresh out of school and want experience.

      Cons

      Pay for entry level is EXTREMELY low. Long hours if you are anything below a Specialist. Very much so a boys club when it comes to upper management. Little chance for advancement or upward movement. I asked for almost 6 months to get my title changed to reflect my workload and for more opportunities to work on other clients that my colleagues had, but never any actual change.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Pride in the work

      Feb 7, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great opportunity for those who enjoy rolling up sleeves and taking ownership of projects. This is a place that attracts people who take pride in their craft. Having worked at multiple agencies (large and small independents), my experience has been better than any others. I value the people I work with on a daily basis and have had good experiences working with other departments. We’re several feet ahead of the rest of the industry in terms of creative and digital, and that’s what I’m most excited about.

      Cons

      A few complainers. No office in Hawaii. Large workloads.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place

      Apr 1, 2021 - Paid Social Buyer in Knoxville, TN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits, PTO, Teamwork, Atmosphere, Work Culture

      Cons

      Long hours, always in front of a computer

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Tombras is a great agency to work for, and I have worked at several

      Jan 15, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
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      Pros

      Talented, Intelligent Co-Workers & Department Leads. Award-winning accounts & clients Stellar award-winning creative Collaborative teams Willing & open to push the envelope, test new tools, channels and approaches Still winning new business despite world turmoil, lots of new exciting clients and opportunities.

      Cons

      I didn't join sooner? It is an agency that reports to clients, so if you don't like agency life it's not for you. (better than I have had at past agencies.)

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Gained valuable experience

      Mar 19, 2021 - Data Analyst in Knoxville, TN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong team to collaborate with Opportunities to learn Office space High pace

      Cons

      Advertising isn’t for everyone High pace

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Solid Agency

      Dec 11, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
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      Pros

      -Upper management seems to genuinely care about employees and community - they were quick to react to COVID in a thorough manner -Supportive environment on the team level (at least on my team) -No long hours/weekend hours (unless there's a pitch or some other big project) -Coworkers are genuinely nice and supportive -Knoxville's cheap

      Cons

      -The office is nice and has a great downtown location but it's bland and sterile. Feels more like a feather in the company's cap than an actual good place to work. Upper management has consistently shut down requests to make it a more stimulating and enjoyable place to spend 40+ hours a week (pre-COVID, obvs). They won't even add comfortable seating for creatives to do their thing. -No (free) snacks/drinks/other small office perks to raise morale

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Nothing more than a launchpad

      Feb 2, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Some really great co-workers who deserved better treatment and a few directors who I would say the same about. This is the primary reason I give it two stars. Downtown office is nice and Knoxville is a great town that is very affordable. A place where you can usually get hired with little prior experience - good place for UTK grads to get their first gig - but this in turn also makes employee value pretty low cause they always have access to more fresh naive talent. If you are just looking for a year or two of experience to jump from into something better - this is the perfect place for you. You will learn a lot and you will fit into their business model - just don't expect to stay long term.

      Cons

      Almost ZERO opportunity to move upward within many departments. As stated - they have UTK grads always wanting a job so entry level talent is alway replaceable at a cheaper rate than it is to internally promote employees. In many cases the model is to pile on more and more work with no actual benefit to the employee (AKA raise, promotion, etc.) then when you burn out they will just let you quit and hire the next young person who needs a job and repeat the cycle. Often times the c-suite leadership will not allow department heads to make needed hires - so the only way they can get approval is to make those hires management level or better - thus all the promotion comes from the outside and its not necessarily the department heads to blame - they have to in order to get more help with the already immense workload. HR is really poor - with almost zero effort to communicate and encourage employees during COVID-19. The company announced everyone would go remote - and then just went silent - no word from C-suite or HR AT ALL. No protocols, no training, not so much as an email every now and then. Radio Silence. And despite clearly not working very hard HR didn't even put forth the effort to give me a formal exit interview - just sent me a form to fill out. The problems at Tombras come straight from the very top and trickle down - many of the mangers and directors will likely agree with this review although they would not admit it - but they have their hands tied. The blame should be placed at the top and unfortunately the top will not change.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Current Employee

      If you don’t win awards or get quoted in press, you don’t matter.

      Dec 29, 2020 -  
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      Pros

      Some great coworkers and that’s about it

      Cons

      For every great coworker there are 5 toxic employees only looking out for themselves and the potential praise and bonuses they can get out of Dooley Tombras. Dooley is clearly not seasoned or well-rounded enough to run the company but that doesn’t matter cause “it’s not your name on the side of the building.” Some departments are in hiring and raise freezes while other departments are on hiring sprees aka creative. Expect to be very overworked despite you’re contracted for 40 hours, if you’re doing less than 60 a week you’re not “maxed out”. No clue what HR is therefore other than organizing the company parties cause there has been no improvement since they started the department woefully later than they should have. The number of sexual harassers and alcoholics is staggering (more of an issue before wfh but they’re still employees).

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