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Tombras Group Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2019

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3.8
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87%
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Charles Tombras Jr.
34 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are good opportunities to move up since management is focused on growing current clients and winning new clients(in 4 reviews)

  • "Great new national clients, a lot of opportunity for growth and promotion(in 3 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 4 reviews)

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  1. "Business Results = Agency Growth + Career Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tombras Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tombras is an agency unlike any other. I know, because I’ve worked at others. Everything you do is about inventing and pushing your client’s business forward; sometimes even when the client is reluctant. It’s a place where entrepreneurial-minded creative problem solvers thrive. If you’re the type to expect tasks, projects and challenges to be laid out for you by others it’s understandable, but you won’t find personal...

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    Cons

    If you match the characteristics of the ideal Tombras employee mentioned above you’ll find yourself with more projects, more responsibility, more clients, and more challenges to solve. This is a Catch-22 and a self-fulfilling prophecy, but people that thrive at Tombras will also quickly be given more responsibility (and acknowledgement). It’s partly up to you and partly up to your supervisor to set boundaries and expectations...

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    Advice to Management

    - Invest and move quickly on implementing the latest and greatest ERP system to streamline project management, time tracking, billing, expense reporting, etc.) - Offer company-wide work from home program with structured boundaries (e.g. half a day per week or 2 full days per month) - Continue to build offices around the country and establish a hub and spoke model to attract the most talented employees (consider expanding...

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    Tombras Group2019-07-09
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Deeply Flawed Old-World Style Marketing Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous - In Software Development in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tombras Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are many pros to working at Tombras. And, depending on the department, you may have a very fulfilling career. They advertise work days of 7.5 hours with ample vacation and holiday. All true, unless you have a client that "requires some extra effort" and then you'll learn that telling someone something will take 40 hours means you just committed yourself to spending 40 of the 48 hours between Friday and Monday...

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    Cons

    I did not have a good experience at Tombras. I am trying to be as objective as possible, but temper everything I say through that lens. I worked in the software development group. Tombras sees this group as necessary to selling more advertising, which is what they're all about. Projects are sold by people that sell advertising. They're planned and executed as if they were advertising projects. In general, it's...

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    Tombras Group2019-07-08
  3. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tombras Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative Little to no red tape - Very easy to get good ideas and strategies executed Working with the best of the best in advertising Independent agency Great technology and tools

    Cons

    Nothing. Tombras is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Keep up the collaborative environment and accessibility to Senior Leadership.

    Tombras Group2019-06-10
  4. "Smart agency and great coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tombras Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best part of working here are the incredibly smart coworkers you'll meet. There are lots of interesting clients and you will learn a lot about digital since this agency is on the cutting edge versus other full service agencies I've worked at. There are good opportunities to move up since management is focused on growing current clients and winning new clients

    Cons

    The pace can be very fast if you're used to working at a more traditional agency.

    Advice to Management

    Even though there are lots of growth opportunities this needs to be spelled out more to junior employees. The training is improving but there could still be more ongoing training programs for new employees

    Tombras Group2019-06-05
  5. "Awesome agency filled with talented people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Art Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tombras Group full-time

    Pros

    I can't say enough about the creative opportunities there are here. A wide range of clients and you are never stuck working on one account so the work never gets old. And they have hired great strategists that are awesome to work with. A very cool culture, fun and talented co-workers, and very little of the political BS I've dealt with at other agencies. Amazing creative and innovation are king here. And I love the new...

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    Cons

    Some of the clients can be a pain to work with, but I've always had to deal with that. But one can always dream. The hours can be long from time to time, but welcome to advertising!

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and hiring great talent. And bring the taco truck back more often!

    Tombras Group2019-05-30
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not as great as they think."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tombras Group

    Pros

    Modern and cool work space Mostly friendly staff Solid PTO

    Cons

    Low wages, rare raises Office politics Expectation to work more than typical office hours Only care about winning obscure awards

    Tombras Group2019-06-05
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Don't believe the Ad Age hype"

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    Former Employee - Media Planner/Buyer in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tombras Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Constantly pitching new clients, mass lay offs are a rarity, beautiful office space downtown

    Cons

    Management is a joke. The hours expected eliminate any chance of life/work balance. Promotions and raises are extremely subjective. Constantly lie to clients about staffing. Under staffed on almost every account. C-suite executives gage success on how many Ad Age/Ad Week awards/articles they receive. Do not trust that anything you say to HR is confidential. They will always put client/agency needs above your personal...

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    Tombras Group2019-05-24
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Worst Place I've Ever Worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tombras Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The group of creatives and colleagues were great people with which to work (with the exception of the account managers/executives).

    Cons

    They don't pay you what you're worth and it's a revolving door of people coming and going because of the toxic work environment. Dooley Tombras was one of the worst people I had ever worked for; he talks over people, is boastful and arrogant; and downright rude to everyone (except his bros). Expect that he'll berate you in front of a conference room full of people if he doesn't hear what he wants to hear from you. They...

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    Tombras Group2019-06-08
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tombras Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - The office is in downtown knoxville - Fast paced creative environment - Most people care about the quality of work they do - Clear Vision for the company - Willingness to explore new technologies - Wonderful new HR Department - Family owned company - Excellent In-House design, photography, and video - Excellent In house Web Development

    Cons

    - There can be a disconnect between some of the departments. Sometimes people don't know what it takes for other employees to do their job well and it creates unrealistic expectations. - While most people are awesome, there are a handful of people that I wouldn't go get lunch with. Thats expected in such a big company

    Tombras Group2019-04-10
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Not the worst job I’ve had, but look somewhere else"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tombras Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    HR is making it better Flexible work Some good friends

    Cons

    -Every glowingly positive review on here about “growth” or “talent” is written by the same VP here who openly admits it to us -Toxic workplace environment -Long hours -No accountability -Micromanagement from the top down -Turn and burn model with workers

    Advice to Management

    Dooley, stop sticking your finger in every pie and pay people to do what you hired them for. (Aka “managing”) Also start managing people like an adult instead of yelling at them like a spoiled brat because they imitate you and it ruins the culture.

    Tombras Group2019-04-16
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