TracyLocke Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2020

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3.3
69%
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57%
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TracyLocke CEO Hugh Boyle
Hugh Boyle
49 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are some seriously great people working at TL, and plenty of opportunities to hang out(in 16 reviews)

  • "TracyLocke is a great mix of great work and great culture(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and a culture of killing yourself for glory is propagated in lieu of sound operational practices to build efficient teams(in 11 reviews)

  • "People are concerned about things like keeping their benefits and having a work/life balance(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Start"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Wilton, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at TracyLocke full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will immediately work on big brands and gain some good portfolio pieces. Lower level management (in my experience) is good about pushing entry level employees to grow and challenge themselves, and if you speak up about more responsibility, there's a good chance you will be heard (Just don't expect quick raises or promotions). There are some seriously great people working at TL, and plenty of opportunities to hang out. Office environment is kept pretty relaxed. Occasional opportunities to design cool stuff for teams outside of your own, just speak up about being interested in helping/designing beyond your immediate responsibilities.

    Cons

    No 401k. Unexpected lay-offs in big batches. Very slow to promote. Leadership definitely has some strange priorities. As other reviews have mentioned, they care desperately about external perception and it doesn't reflect reality. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your coworkers laid-off in waves, while the company just keeps shouting about acceptance of LGBTQ+. They throw a lot of "fluff" at you, and everyone can see right through it. People are concerned about things like keeping their benefits and having a work/life balance. Free bagel Wednesdays really lose their magic when you suddenly take away the 401k match. For an entry-level position, the pros outweigh the cons. Bottom line is you will build a portfolio and grow as a designer and professional, and meet some great people along the way.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked, Lack of Leadership Support, "Creative""

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, generous PTO, location (downtown Chicago)

    Cons

    The creative teams are severely understaffed with not enough support coming in from leadership or account. Creatives are constantly overworked and are burnt out due to the insane timelines and expectations. There is absolutely no work/life balance, the expectation is to be on call 24/7. In my whole year of working here, I've only ever gone home before 7pm a handful of times (ie like maybe once a month.) The PTO is generous here but even that can't be enjoyed considering taking a day off will only cause more harm than good since no one is able to cover for your absence. My fellow employee was still receiving emails addressed to him on his vacation. Unacceptable. One would say that as a junior, you are paying your dues. However, that ancient mindset is exploitive when there is no sense of mentorship or growth opportunities. You are constantly learning on the go without proper guidance and direction. It feels like no one is being set up for success and the agency would rather do outside hire than promote within. Management is inefficient and often absent. Creative direction is vague and given at the very last minute—that is, when direction is actually given— causing creatives to have to scramble to meet an already impossible deadline. It seems like management would rather turn a blind eye to the problems that their teams have addressed than actually do something about it. Over time, the work has become repetitive, uninspiring, and meaningless. The only thing worth staying for is the paycheck and the people. On the upside, the horrible working conditions probably got us closer together!

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lackluster to say the least."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TracyLocke full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some genuinely good people. Some are just good at lying so beware.

    Cons

    Long hours. Little advancement unless you are friends with senior management. Poor leadership overall as they prefer an image to actual facts. Not entirely sure what Buy Design is and I worked there for over 3 years.

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  4. "DO IT."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely loved my time at TL. If you want to learn how to do best-in-class strategy, this is the place. Incredible leadership with a CSO that cares and works tirelessly to develop employees. Agency with a strong moral compass. Work is inspiring. Coworkers became a work family. A+

    Cons

    There are none at the moment

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to start, bad place to stay."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Copywriter in Wilton, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TracyLocke

    Pros

    Great way to build your portfolio up, some sweet clients—and some seriously amazing people (Mostly in lower leadership roles and entry level roles).

    Cons

    The company leaders actually believe that perception is more important than reality (they said it out loud when talking about how men and women ARE equally paid here). As a woman, I can tell you that the women here are treated great, often being promoted MORE than men—because the male leadership is pooping their pants over the perception of others. Weak. If you’re someone who loves what you do, be prepared to hate it. As a lower level employee, you will watch good work be squandered because everyone else thinks they can do your job better than you. Be prepared to feel as if you’re living under a communist regime. If you get your work done efficiently and quicker than everyone else who spends all day flirting with each other like middle schoolers who just hit puberty—you will be looked at funny when you leave on time. If you get in earlier than everyone else, you will upset your team if you leave on time. When you start working at TL—you morph into a hunched over sugar pusher who’s 6 pm gym class means nothing to your boss but everything for your happiness.

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  6. "An agency highly skilled in several fronts of work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director in São Paulo, São Paulo
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The organization with a good the work flow Very gentle people

    Cons

    career plan remuneration leadership performance jobs miss challenge jobs

  7. "Love this place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office culture is awesome. The creative is the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Like most agencies, we work a lot. No different from any other agency in the industry I suppose.

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "Little to no recognition for work well done & complete lack of career growth support."

    2.0
     
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at TracyLocke

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Great client lists. Great addition to any resume as the company is well established and highly regarded in the industry.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is hard to find. Reviews are rare to none. Annual reviews don’t happen for 7 months past the year in review. Total lack of career growth support from management. HR works for high-level employees not mid/entry level employees who actually need the support.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TracyLocke full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice place to work try it

    Cons

    None at this time thanks

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  10. "Great place to work, however internship program is OK"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internship 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TracyLocke full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great company culture, people are very nice

    Cons

    did not receive much work, the work was not weighed throughout the interns enough - some had WAY more to do and some had way little to do.

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