Revolving door with weak managers
Creative (Former Employee) – Greensboro, NC – July 17, 2017
There is no job security and no promotion internally. pace recently laid off 15 people -- about 10 percent of the staff -- and is now trying to rehire for all those positions at lower salaries. That's a pretty crummy way to treat employees, who bust their butt regularly.
The clients rule and create very hectic deadlines, enabled by project managers who promise revisions by EOD when the creatives can barely get it done on that timetable. lots of wasted effort. Put a lot into your work and then the client shoots it all down with no guidance on what they really want and no one within pace to stand up and ask clarifying questions to facilitate the process. So it's mostly hectic and hysterical all the time.
When my workload became overwhelming, I asked to sit down with my managers for a talk about how we could address it. they were so busy laughing among themselves and texting other people they paid no attention to me. A wasted meeting and nothing good came of it. I chalk this up to inexperienced managers who don't know how to treat employees and are solely worried about keeping their own jobs when people are being fired all the time.
Whatever you do, don't move in order to accept a job there. We've seen several high level creatives hired through headhunters who moved their families for the job, only to be fired within 3-4 months. Definitely a negative work-life situation.
New company president may be streamlining the agency and trying to move it away from publications and more into digital advertising. Wouldn't be surprised if the owner sold it this year.
Work with fun, creative colleagues
Weak management who puts the dollar sign ahead of everything else