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Patrick Lafferty
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Pros
  • "Good people, good direction, clients are tough but understanding(in 12 reviews)

  • "Nice people and talented creatives(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Best Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are AMAZING. Best agency work life balancec

    Cons

    Low pay, but quick promotions

    mcgarrybowen2019-04-19
  2. "Good place to start out"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good clients, lots of folks who have stayed many years.

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of resourcing

    mcgarrybowen2019-03-26
  3. "smart strategy with relatively weak creative"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

      Pros

      good people on the ground level, working the day to day

      Cons

      long hours which are often unrewarded

      mcgarrybowen2019-04-04
    • Helpful (1)

      "Mired in old thinking"

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

      I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

      Pros

      Nice people and talented creatives

      Cons

      Highly dysfunctional, account-driven agency, very imbalanced

      mcgarrybowen2019-03-18
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      "Incredibly Creative Environment"

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      Former Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Their creative group is one of the best in the city. They crank out work that is above average. A very strong client list combined with talented creatives make a successful team. There is full access to upper management and pretty good culture. The pay is comparable. The Chicago location is fabulous.

      Cons

      The same that is at most agencies, open seating, client feedback can be poor when it's filtered through the account teams, having a the main company in New York, you can wait a while to get your expense check and they can be petty over a $7.00 meal, which is stupid, especially if you work super late. They protect "friends' at the top even if they aren't functioning at their capacity.

      Advice to Management

      Get confidential feedback from all levels when it comes to upper management. You are carrying some dead weight. BUT your creative is amazing, so kudos for making creativity the main objective.

      mcgarrybowen2019-02-06
    • "Great Creative"

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      Former Employee - Senior Production Business Manager 

      I worked at mcgarrybowen full-time

      Pros

      Great teams, solid training and wonderful creative.

      Cons

      None to share, agency has a solid team.

      mcgarrybowen2019-01-22
    • "Overall a good place"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

        Pros

        Definitely the people—almost everyone is supportive and collaborative

        Cons

        i really would just say the location

        mcgarrybowen2019-01-21
      • "in order to survive you have to brown nose galore"

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

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

        Pros

        nice snacks | great views

        Cons

        super high turn over | Gossip box | Poor leadership | long hours |

        Advice to Management

        you guys need do-over management wise

        mcgarrybowen2019-01-02
      • "Junior Copywriter"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

        Pros

        Good opportunities, lots of room to grow on brands.

        Cons

        Poor management. Many of them are very full of themselves.

        mcgarrybowen2018-10-29
      • "Momentum is building"

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        Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        Great feeling that this place has turned the corner this past year. Huge efforts being made to build the culture and celebrate the people and the work. NY leadership bringing a breath of fresh air to the place.

        Cons

        Location but when you get here it is really beautiful

        Advice to Management

        Keep building the culture back

        mcgarrybowen2018-10-05
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