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Updated December 17, 2017
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  1. "Great Culture"

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

    I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

    Pros

    Culture in Chicago is incredible - Great collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Growth. Could work on growth in the strategy department.


  2. "Overall great work culture, but management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

    Pros

    Creative and vibrant culture. Employees are great

    Cons

    Certain managers need training, micro-management was a terrible experience

  3. "great place to work"

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

    I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative, all hands on deck approach.

    Cons

    runs lean, different experience across offices and accounts


  4. "Strategist"

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

    I have been working at mcgarrybowen full-time

    Pros

    - Great coworkers who can become true friends outside of work
    - Horizontal organization with easy exposure to senior people
    - Entrepreneurial - if you want to do something you can do it with very little to no bureaucracy
    - Strong momentum overall

    Cons

    Executive leadership team needs to walk the halls more and be more accessible
    People who kick and scream the loudest get what they want
    Poor HR leadership creates a culture of losing good talent because they force them to absorb 3+ roles

    Advice to Management

    We're all adults here - we understand when times are tough. Increase communication, be honest, show us a vision, be leaders.


  5. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are awesome. Everyone is nice and hard working!

    Cons

    The pay does not justify the workload.


  6. "Strategy Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at mcgarrybowen part-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work!

    Cons

    Lack of diversity


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

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    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.

  8. "Lots of potential"

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    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.


  9. "another cog in the machine"

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    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.


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    "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.


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