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Tractenberg & Co. Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2019

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2.6
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32%
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74%
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Jacquie Tractenberg
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "And as the other reviews said: free beauty products, top beauty brands(in 6 reviews)

  • "Great clients, great quality product and delivery, learned a lot in a short period of time about the industry(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Tractenberg & Co."

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

      I have been working at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      I have worked at Tractenberg & Co for years, starting as an intern when I was in college. I've been in most positions at the company and have found my time here has afforded me many great experiences. I've been able to travel (even internationally), I've met legendary hair and makeup artists, I've worked on celebrity campaigns and I've had the opportunity to help launch and build new brands and watch them grow. I've...

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      Cons

      Heavy workload and high expectations. I would be lying if I said there weren't tough days and long nights, but they are infrequent and the positive benefits of working at an all-hands-on-deck agency has far outweighed any challenges I've faced. Additionally, the hours are strict so if you're looking for a work from home policy, you likely will not find it here (except under special circumstances).

      Advice to Management

      To managers: understand your team has a heavy workload and work with them to prioritize so they feel your support.

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-05-06

      Tractenberg & Co. Response

      May 29, 2019

      Thank you for so much for your feedback. We’re thrilled that you have had so many positive experiences during your time at Tractenberg. We feel very lucky to work with so many incredible clients and brands that allow us to give our employees best-in-class opportunities and hands-on ...

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      "I have been working at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for more than 1.5 years"

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

      I have been working at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Tractenberg & Co. is a mid-size marketing agency that allows you to be creative and overall shape some of the top brands across the beauty industry. Many fun opportunities, travel, events and perks. The company promotes within which is great!

      Cons

      Be prepared to work. If you're looking for that breezy 9-5, Tractenberg & Co. is not the work environment for you. Tractenberg & co. is an agency where you will be challenged to accomplish and achieve the best results on behalf of clients, and as a result, your to-do list may never be complete. The hours are generally reasonable, but occasionally, as is the nature of PR, you need to work some nights or weekends....

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      Tractenberg & Co.2019-05-10

      Tractenberg & Co. Response

      May 29, 2019

      Thank you for your feedback. We're so happy to hear that you've had some great opportunities while working for us. We have so many amazing brands and clients that let us do the most creative and exciting work. We want employees of all levels to get involved and put their own mark ...

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      "Tractenberg & Co"

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      Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

      I have been working at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      I've been working at Tractenberg & Co for over 5 years; I started as an assistant and have worked my way up to director. I've been fortunate to work under supervisors that have guided me through the different stages of my career and trusted me to take on more responsibility, allowing me to advance to the next level whenever I was ready. In my time here, I've worked for a couple of different teams and in each one was...

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      Cons

      Heavy workload and high expectations. As with any job, some days are harder than others and I've had plenty of late nights at the office, but they are infrequent and are to be expected occasionally given the "all-hands-on-deck" philosophy of the agency. I've dealt with clients that can be demanding and difficult to work with over the years, but as a team we're able to turn these incidents into learning experiences.

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-06-11
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      "do not recommend"

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

      I worked at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      good clients, made friends with fellow assistants

      Cons

      manipulative work environment, higher ups play favorites

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-07-10
    • Helpful (4)

      "Mean Girl Central"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      There are none. You will despise and regret your decision to work here so deeply in your first week. Not even the promise of taking home client products makes it better.

      Cons

      The unprofessional and ill treatment of employees from supervisors that I’ve witnessed over my two years in working here is just awful. There were moments when I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. And all over beauty products. Let that sink in... This office is a sweatshop, full of completely underpaid and horribly treated workers who only want to gain experience and move up in the PR world at a very, very high price....

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      Advice to Management

      It’s so very sad how you take advantage of young people in the industry and treat them as disposable nobodies. May you receive your comeuppance.

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-05-24

      Tractenberg & Co. Response

      May 28, 2019

      While we do have extremely high expectations of our employees, we never want our goals to sacrifice a community of inclusion, kindness and compassion. If you felt that your time here did not embody those key qualities, we are so sorry. We know that we have set the bar high for results: ...

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    • "Great Agency To Learn The Ropes"

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

      I have been working at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      I started here as an assistant and was promoted within a year. The growth opportunities here at great, because they really integrate you into the team early on. I work with some really awesome clients and love my team.

      Cons

      Sometimes I have to work late and on weekends for events and to keep up with deadlines.

      Advice to Management

      Make sure you keep teaching your staff how to juggle responsibility.

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-04-12
    • Helpful (7)

      "RUN don't walk away from this agency. You'll thank me later."

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

      I worked at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Free beauty products - the product closet is amazing.

      Cons

      How do I even begin to describe the evils that lurk behind the brightly painted walls of Tractenberg? It's a rejected sorority sister and mean girl convention on the daily in this place. If you're not one of them, you'll never belong. None of the VPs have respect for anyone, not even each other. The abuse runs rampant. You'll never leave your desk for lunch and if you do, you won't be home before 9PM. They like to...

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      Advice to Management

      Do better. It's not enough to say people should be nicer. Do something about the abuse here and take action. If a VP is wrong or inappropriate they should be reprimanded. Less public shaming all around, this is never okay to do yet it's done every day. Set the example and lead from the top. Everyone is looking at you here, Jacquie Tractenberg. Seriously do better other agencies have figured it out why can't you?

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-02-28
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      "Scariest Place I have ever worked"

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

      I worked at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Good clients and free product

      Cons

      Abusive work environment, lack of training for employees, horrible hours and pay, unrealistic expectations, crazy turnover of assistants. No matter what you tell yourself, and no matter how nice they are during your interview, DO NOT work here! I have never seen so many people have crying breakdowns during the workday. The senior staff act like bullies and enjoy making you look bad so they can get ahead.

      Advice to Management

      Create a less hostile work environment

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-02-04
    • Helpful (3)

      "Stressful Work Environment"

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      Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY

      I worked at Tractenberg & Co. full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Allowed to try client products

      Cons

      Long hours and entry level employees and the effort put in is not appreciated or recognized. Heavy email communication and unprofessional practices.

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-01-24
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      "absolute misery"

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

      I worked at Tractenberg & Co. full-time

      Pros

      Most of the people on my team were incredible Free product from well-known brands

      Cons

      Long hours and laughable compensation Upper management is corrupt
 Insane amount expected of one person to accomplish (read: certain people) in a day No concept of work life balance "You will never eat lunch.you will ever have a spare moment to yourself" written in an old review from two years ago...and guess what? still true! I ended up being slammed with so much work every single day I couldn't afford to...

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      Advice to Management

      To be honest I wouldn't even know where to start.

      Tractenberg & Co.2019-01-10
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