Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide Reviews

Updated 6 Jan 2021

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2.9
37%
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Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide Chairman & CEO Stanton Kawer
Stanton Kawer
45 Ratings
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  • "Upper management doesn't listen or value inefficiencies the staff brings to their attention(in 9 reviews)

  • "The work from home policy is horrible(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Ever been in a bad relationship?"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Started out great, so exciting. People working hard and having fun.

    Cons

    Thrown into too many accounts and new business. Grew too fast and hired even faster.

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  2. "Great creativity"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Always great creative energy; comfortable work space; free ice cream

    Cons

    Ability to move up felt somewhat limited, and there have been some organizational challenges.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of potential..."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Working with big clients and experienced staff

    Cons

    Management isn’t very transparent, turnover rate is high for staff, known to lay off people often.

  4. Helpful (8)

    "The Blue Chip I knew has fizzled out."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is free ice cream!

    Cons

    • In less than 4 years there have been 4 rounds of layoffs, furloughs, salary cuts, the unlimited work from home perk was downsized to once a month, 401k match has been taken away, the new yearly bonus structure is unattainable therefore the entire staff hasn't had one in years, working downtown is a perk but don't try to actually do it or you will be chastised. • Downtown office is for bragging rights of "we have a Chicago office" • Upper management doesn't listen or value inefficiencies the staff brings to their attention

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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Dysfunctional Family at best. Stifling and Depressing Most of the Time."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Small "family" like atmosphere. If you live in the North Suburbs around the Northbrook area you will likely know/be neighbors with/be related to most of the upper management. This is a place where your team and who manages you is CRITICAL to your happiness and well being. If you have a great manager you will have a great time. You will be challenged, you will be able to be creative and try new things. Just like a family there is a lot of playing favorites. If you are a favorite though... get ready... but you are going to be everyone's favorite. You will be worked around the clock. everyone will want your ideas. You are the only person in the room who can be clever, creative or interesting.

    Cons

    DEPRESSING. They have had ALOT of layoffs at least 2 a year for the last 2 years. The work from home policy is horrible. You get 12 days a year. But when you take them you have to tell them in advance and you will get an attitude on every conference call you have. NOT CHICAGO BASED. They say they are - They are not. You can only work downtown 2 days a week. And it's on a lottery system for what days they are. And when you do people will again give you attitude on conference calls. While in Northbrook you will notice it is a quiet reserved office. This is not your typical agency don't let the swears on the cafeteria motto wall fool you. The atmosphere is more study hall than collaborative. In fact, don't laugh too loud or the CEO with complaining about you to HR. Because they don't like the sound of your laugh!! Everyone heads down working with too much on their plate because of aforementioned layoffs.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture & Vibe!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Integrated Media Strategy in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people and commitment to excellent work. Solid benefits. The overall culture is very positive - from the Chairman/CEO to the newest employee. I joined as a maternity fill and have enjoyed the collaboration in solving the business challenges Blue Chip's clients have presented. There is not wrong question, very open door policy and general "all-in" in doing the best work for the clients. The culture welcomes new ideas - in fact, thrives on them which should be expected in advertising, but is refreshing in light of the fast pace of media today. Work/Life balance is good. There's a lot of respect for the employees - which fosters getting the work done on time when & where you are.

    Cons

    I was concerned about the commute to the Northbrook HQ, however, Blue Chip has a shuttle to pick employees up at the Metro station. I've made some great friendships via the commute -- entertaining, great people, that I might not have truly interacted with by not taking the shuttle. I am back in the city by 5:22 nearly every day -- which is quite different than past jobs. In fact, most agency media people in Chicago work insane hours. Not at Blue Chip - work diligently, enjoy the work, raise your hand when you have questions or need help and it's a good situation.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Rocky time"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Leadership 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Blue Chip truly has some of the best and underutilized talent. It’s a small enough company that you can get experience in a variety of capacities. Work /life balance and vacation time are amazing. There is potential for this to be a fulfilling long-term career, with some impressive clients in our roster.

    Cons

    The vision for the company is extremely unclear, and even more concerning is leadership does not appear to want to hear feedback or address concerns. Nothing is being addressed to stop the bleeding of people leaving. Pay is not competitive, not even close, and we are told we cannot compete with the big guys with salary, yet we are expected to go up against them and win business. It can’t work both ways.

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  8. "Lucky to Land Here"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Since the day I started at BC, I've felt empowered to impact positive change. Positive change in the work, in our relationships with clients, and in our culture at large. I was given opportunities that I never would have had at a larger agency owned by a holding company. They immediately recognized my willingness to learn and contribute and put me in positions to thrive and lead. I'll never regret coming here and growing here. I remember seeing it as simply a stepping stone to those larger companies, and while it definitely works that way for so many talented people that have gone forward with their careers elsewhere, I always felt like it was the definitive place for my work ethic and career aspirations. And this is despite the tough years they've experienced recently, which I'll get to next...

    Cons

    There is a concern that once sacred cultural standards are in serious decline, and yes, with change and growth can come conflict. I'd like to see the agency revisit its commitment to its people. The people should always come first. There are still processes and methods that need significant improvement and streamlining. Some of this is as a result of changes that simply did not work. So again, there has to be an acknowledgment of how things may have worked better in the past.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Escaping the Political Agency Game"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I started at Blue Chip over 5 years ago when I got tired of the political game played at the large holding agency I was a part of. I left a place where senior leaders didn’t know your name (and didn’t care to), yet made decisions about your career progression and joined Blue Chip where I had the ability to learn beyond the bullets on my job description and had exposure to senior talent across the company. The culture, the people, and the partners are the difference makers, but what I love most about Blue Chip is the ability to pave your own path. Because we are all treated as leaders and provided ownership and exposure across disciplines, it allows for individual growth at a more rapid pace. Leadership actually cares about the people who work here and are transparent about the business overall, which isn’t the case at any other place I’ve worked at.

    Cons

    There are a lot of meetings throughout the day and an opportunity to streamline the number of people in attendance. We’re revisiting meeting etiquette to help with efficiencies moving forward.

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  10. Helpful (21)

    "The company that lost its way"

    3.0
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide

    Pros

    Blue Chip is full of incredible people! There is no question that lifelong friendships can be developed there. Everyone is committed to their projects and clients and collaboration is always high. The brands are great and the work life balance is solid compared to other agencies. This place once used to have an amazing culture where people loved eating lunch together and the planning committee in the years previous brought energy and fresh ideas and kept people excited to gather. But it changed....

    Cons

    HR is delusional to think that they pay competitively. There is a reason why good people are leaving. Pay is low unless you’re towards the top. Downtown office is a joke. It’s the fake draw on the website but really you’re lucky if you can work down there two days a week. The CEO limited work from home days because he doesn’t believe in it. Old school. The CEO recklessly promised after lay-off #1 to not have another. Of course one year later, lay-off #2 happens. The company is heavy on VPs because you can provide zero value to the company and still be a VP. They let a few go but still many others left. BC 2.0 was a failure and those involved will never admit that but come on, open your ears and you will hear that most of the employees believe it to be a failure. Yet, those who pioneered it continue on at BC. Also the company is run by people who don’t have experience running a company. Maybe consider listening to those who actually come from other agencies. Grew too fast with no plan. Turnover will continue!

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