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TracyLocke Reviews

Updated May 4, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people at the lower levels but they don't stay" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Great work-life-balance with teammates always willing to help out in a moment of struggle" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay, very long hours, no annual raises, boys club mentality" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Since the client teams are so large, there is little interaction between teams with the exception of upper management or new biz pitches" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Over all"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time

    Pros

    amazing place to work for, open, diverse and inclusive

    Cons

    Hours and clients can be brutal

    Advice to Management

    Continue to diversity


  2. "Group Creative Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time

    Pros

    Strong company philosophy - some of the best creative I've ever seen. High bar for talent. Little to no ego whatsoever. Very little politics. Work hard, play hard

    Cons

    Hard to find talent that can live to creative bar/standards.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place for girls to get ahead."

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

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

    Pros

    Some good creative work to be had

    Cons

    Women beware. Big time Boys Club. Women are treated like children and can't get advanced or even get heard.

    Advice to Management

    True training about inclusivity a must!! Not the watered-down stuff you usually serve up!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Has potential but........🤔"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bagel days, good people, clients.

    Cons

    Low pay, very long hours, no annual raises, boys club mentality. Not a place for women to excel or be successful. Most managers are promoted based on who you know and not performance. Some managers there for many years complacent in their role and lacks leadership skills. HR lacks the ability to be unbiased and will always protect managers/leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership should focus on improving morale and how to retain hard working employees. Replace managers that lack skills to empower, mentor, lead their employees.


  5. "TracyLocke Chicago"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly talented people. Family-like feel across the company. Opportunity to work with the world's most iconic brands. Being challenged to think and go beyond "getting the job done". Great work-life-balance with teammates always willing to help out in a moment of struggle.

    Cons

    So far, I don't have any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  6. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work - exciting work

    Cons

    Grass is not always greener.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Not What It Seems...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Bagels every week
    -Casual office environment
    -Location

    Cons

    At first TracyLocke seemed like a great place to work. Big client names, a cool office space, but....

    -Massive favoritism. If you're not one of the select few then it's almost like you're invisible. Recognition and praise is only given out to a handful, while the rest are expected to come in and work hard with a good attitude, but are never acknowledged in any way (either through compensation/promotion or even just a "you're doing great"). You will get stuck and not be able to grow at all here.

    -Upper management is catty and disrespectful. They gossip like school girls and gang up against people who are not a part of their clique. This is related to the favoritism mentioned above. The cliques are REAL here. Every office has its groups, but the fact that upper management is also included and plays into the cliques and the gossip makes it a HUGE problem. It's not fun and it makes for an incredibly toxic and draining work environment.

    -Lack of morale/company spirit. Because of the above favoritism, cliques, and gossip, it means that there is zero culture here. People show up, talk to who they feel comfortable talking to, and go home. No one wants to go to a happy hour, no one wants to eat lunch together, no one wants to communicate with anyone outside of their little bubble. Which in this industry is really tough. We work in a stressful field and you need to be able to go out with those people and see them as real people with a life outside of the office. That way, when some crazy client deadline pops up you're not about to rip that persons face off...because you know them a little more personally and you're more inclined to work together as a team. But the gossip and cliques means that there is no team and it's every man for himself. There is literal yelling that happens in meetings on a regular basis. It's a ticking time bomb and lower level people are on the receiving end a majority of the time.

    The saddest part is, no one at TracyLocke cares about any of this. The high ups make fun of these Glassdoor reviews and act like the people writing them are crazy. Look at how many negative reviews there are now. There's a reason for all these reviews and it's not because the former employees are crazy, it's because the current ones are in denial.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a high level team that knows how to manage people and keep morale up. Right now the people you have in charge are driving everyone into the ground. There have been so many people that have left. You should be concerned about why that is instead of ignoring it.

  8. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time

    Pros

    I love being able to contribute to other people success.

    Cons

    It's a great place to work.


  9. "Media Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at TracyLocke full-time

    Pros

    It was a great work environment

    Cons

    There isn't a bad thing to say about the company


  10. Helpful (7)

    "A toxic clique culture."

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

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you like emotional harassment, long hours and low pay, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Shoot first and ask questions later kind of place. No room for thoughtful planning. Agency is run at 1,000MPH, with a "just get it done" attitude from the management. No respect for personal time. Women and new hires are made to feel excluded and made fun of. If you're not part of the "boys club", don't bother.

    Advice to Management

    When the management is and has been an all white male affair for a century, it's hard to bring fresh ideas to an aging agency.


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