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Walrus Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2017

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3.7
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68%
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73%
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Frances Webster
4 Ratings
  1. "Great Internship Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walrus

    Pros

    I have only positive things to say about Walrus. It's a small agency with a relaxed office environment. The employees are welcoming and friendly, and they were always willing to offer me help and career advice. The office is in a convenient location, right near Union Square. Walrus also has a substantial collection of wigs, which they get out for their annual karaoke wig fest. Overall, I had a great experience interning...

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    Cons

    It might be too small for people looking for a bigger agency.

    Walrus2016-03-14
  2. Helpful (1)

    "a breath of fresh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Walrus full-time

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance - Agency doesn't take itself too serious - Creative can be refreshing - Chance to work on many things and wear multiple hats

    Cons

    - Space is a bit small and quiet - No HR or project management

    Walrus2017-04-10
  3. "More smarter, More hilarious"

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      Former Employee - Copywriter 

      I worked at Walrus

      Pros

      Walrus is small and that means as a creative you are working on everything, which is awesome and daunting, but mostly awesome. I learned a ton working there over the course of 5 years and did some really good work.

      Cons

      There's not a lot of possibilities for upward mobility unless you want to stage a coup and takeover the CCO position from Deacon. Didn't work for me, but you're welcome to try.

      Walrus2016-02-26
    • Helpful (1)

      "Small, nimble, and smart."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Walrus full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Working at Walrus is like being part of a family. I mean that in the least cheesy way possible. Who else but your family will tell you exactly what they think of your ideas? Who will give you everything you need to succeed? Who will laugh at you when you mess up but then pick you back up and help you fix it? And who else is witty, intelligent, and probably smarter than you? Okay that last one is not true of all families....

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      Cons

      Just like at any small nimble company there are times when hours will be long. It's worth it to create great work for your clients.

      Advice to Management

      Maintain the practice of hiring the bright young talent. Keep writing solid briefs that actually lead to good work (something I've never encountered at any other agency). And keep throwing Karaoke Wig Fest every year.

      Walrus2015-08-28
    • "A great place to learn by doing."

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      Former Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Walrus full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      A lot of agencies talk about creating a culture of creativity. Walrus actually has one. It's a small place so everyone wears a lot of hats. Not only will you be involved in producing your own work, you might end up starring in it (I speak from experience). If you're big on procedures and approvals and layers and departments, this is not the place for you. If you want to get your hands dirty and make stuff, it's a rare...

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      Cons

      It's a small scrappy place. Chances are you aren't going to make a multi-million dollar TV spot every six months. Also, if you're easily offended, this isn't the place for you. The office in-jokes get pretty weird sometimes.

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what you're doing. There are so few small agencies left in New York that are serious about doing work that pushes boundaries. I'm glad you still are.

      Walrus2015-04-28
    • Helpful (3)

      "NEVER Work Here."

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

        I worked at Walrus full-time

        Pros

        There's really nothing positive to say about this place

        Cons

        It's a very poorly run agency. The management has no idea what they're doing and treat their employees terribly. The work is rarely exciting and in the off chance that good creative gets sold through, there aren't enough resources to get it produced the right way.

        Advice to Management

        Treat your employees better and maybe they'll stop quitting!

        Walrus2015-04-22
      • "Gives New Meaning to the term "Technologically Inept"..."

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        Former Employee -  in New York, NY
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook

        I worked at Walrus full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Work can be creative, some very nice people, free Emergen-C, they've just started doing breakfast catering on Mondays, it's close to the Subway...that's about it.

        Cons

        Most of the issues that tend to plague advertising agencies run by CEOs who were practitioners but have no formal management or business expertise seems to be abundant here: a lack of structure, no strategy, tons of miscommunication and too many politics. There's also little accountability and people sure love to play the finger blaming game. On an average day, Employees are often assigned work with little explanation....

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        Advice to Management

        First, hire more Project Managers. Your company isn't structured and organized enough for people to grow and jump from one role to another. It's time you become realistic and accept that. And stop covering up your flaws with PR. This is a company made up of designers: be open to listening to criticism. And third, you need to find a niche to market in and own it. You've spread yourselves thin and you don't have enough...

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        Walrus2014-05-15

        Walrus Response

        August 25, 2014CCO

        I can tell you unequivocally that this review's author was not a full-time employee. Their references to "shifts" and "lunch breaks" and the misunderstanding of the simple basics of what our employees actually do (for example, we are not even remotely a "company made up of designers") ...

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