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Updated May 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people but they're all gone now (in 12 reviews)

  • They also have the coolest office space (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Friendly People and Nice Space"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at mcgarrybowen (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a beautiful space. Interesting and creative work.

    Cons

    There are some communication problems between teams.


  2. "They Need New Business - High Turnover - Bad Location in a Broken Down Office."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great outdoor space, great colleagues and pet friendly.

    Cons

    They have not won any major business in a very long time and the recent work that they have won usually winds up in the Chicago office.
    Remotely located on 12th Ave and W26th St. Overwhelming views when you first arrive but once you settle in you realize it's in desperate need of an overhaul. Broken down office furniture, gross bathrooms, horrible allocation of space and loads of empty desks. I needed a presidential pardon to get a second lamp for my office from the office supply lady. Many great colleagues have departed.

    Advice to Management

    Move to a modern space in a populated area, get rid of the overpaid old timers and win some new business.

  3. "Lots of potential"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at mcgarrybowen full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and people - it is truly a community. There were social events quite often, which were a great way to meet people in the company.

    Cons

    Management, pay and department structures are a mess. The clients/accounts are uninteresting and this place isn't in an upward trend.


  4. "another cog in the machine"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    beautiful view, fun company culture,

    Cons

    large agency easily lends to becoming just a number in the chaos, boring clients, digital work is all social and unfulfilling.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Disheartening and disappointing"

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

    I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

    Pros

    Some awesome people, beautiful office space, dogs.

    Cons

    One could easily write a lengthy business case study about how the obvious and unrelenting dysfunctions of Mcgarrybowen New York deny the agency any chance at success.

    The agency has managed to ossify completely faulty systems (broken/absent communication, no real creative process, separation of strategy and creative, absence of digital and product mindset in any of the work) – mostly because of ego, adherence to ego-based tradition, and upside down priorities.

    Key drivers for the agency are clear: make money to stay afloat and feed leadership's egos. To most people in 2017, reasons to start or maintain a business would be passion for the work, an opportunity to build on a passion for increasingly good work, and collaboration with other great minds. There is none of that at MGB New York. It's almost as if the founder stumbled upon a way to make money that reasonably aligned with his expertise, and he decided "hey, let's make a business and get rich." As an employee, you almost feel as if you got swindled.

    The unfortunate thing is that there have been and are some truly talented people here, but their work and ideas will never come through because of these faulty systems. They usually end up leaving, and rightfully so. If you are passionate about your craft, think in ways that even slightly resemble innovation, or like work that aligns with the current media and technology landscape, this is a purely disappointing and oft maddening place to be.

    If MGB NY were to ever succeed, and I mean really succeed (not just hit numbers), it would need a genuine overhaul in leadership, organizational structure, and values. I don't believe that will happen, which is sad, because so many other MGB locations have managed to produce decent work and invest in their employees. MGB New York knows neither of the aforementioned.

    Advice to Management

    Being so client-focused will be to your detriment. Morale is perilously low and because of that, along with the awful management, we are unable to deliver on the false promises we make our clients in our perpetually desperate and pathetic effort to please them for profit. Realize that talent and people are the ones who truly make the work come alive - try to care about them in some capacity. Currently, most employees are regarded as cogs in a barely functioning wheel, working cheaply and doggedly to sustain the bloated salaries of ineffective leadership.


  6. "Struggling to grow"

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    Current Employee - Senior Frontend Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Frontend Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always looking for opportunities to grow digitally and the list of clients is growing.

    Cons

    Not growing digitally. Reduced team size means doing the work of two other people. Skill gap makes learning new things from others harder.

    Advice to Management

    We need serious digital opportunities. You have lots of hungry talent but morale is dropping fast.


  7. "Music Producer"

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    Current Employee - Music Producer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Music Producer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fun, collaborative, hard workers, great environment, cool clients

    Cons

    long hours, weekend work,

  8. Helpful (1)

    "mcgarrybowen intern review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are so welcoming, engaging, and friendly. They really want to make the internship as valuable as possible for learning purposes. Wonderful introduction into the Ad industry, especially if you don't really know the ins and outs. Especially great for juniors who are seeking experience before graduation. Was valuable as a graduate too, but wished I could have gotten the experience even earlier. Very hands on, treated like a real employee. And yet, they had a lot of beneficial add-ons to teach interns about the company and the industry. They also respect overtime pay when it is necessary, since interns are paid hourly.

    Cons

    The intern pay in the Chicago office was okay. Very thankful to have been paid at all, but money was tight for living in Chicago, where everything was expensive. Would not have been able to afford rent on this wage alone.

    Advice to Management

    Check in more frequently with interns about how they are doing and where the internship is going. Especially if they are a graduate who is eligible for hire, but even if not. Everyone was so positive that it was a little bit hard to tell if there was any critique. It is helpful to be reviewed to know where you stand and how well you are performing, but also what you might improve upon!


  9. "Mcgarrybowen Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    mcTribes Program was a great experience
    Seminars were a good way to learn about the industry

    Cons

    work flow is not consistent day to day


  10. "UX"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - User Experience Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - have good working culture
    - know human resource is the number one

    Cons

    - not much negative about it

    Advice to Management

    neutral


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