Squareknot Reviews

Updated 9 Jun 2018

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  1. "Marketing specialist"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Squareknot full-time

    Pros

    good work culture, benefits

    Cons

    There is nothing negative about the company

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Don't ever come to LoyaltyOne ( SquareKnot )"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Web Publisher in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Squareknot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing is good here , routine task , boring work, Not open to new technologies people seems to be bored by doing same work. Client is not God

    Cons

    reflects good from outside but completely scrap from inside Poor senior management A lot of favouritism in the organization Can't grow within organization Poor corporate policies Always Blames others associates for failure of task A lot of useless activities happens in the organization MICRO & POOR Managed

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Where creativity goes to die"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to go home at 5.

    Cons

    If you're creative, expect nothing great. No conceptual stuff will ever leave. Creative directors are highly political and are keen on throwing you under the boss if you don't get the right one. They like to pin people against each other and you'll experience billions of rounds of revisions until your works is so literal, watered-down and unrecognizable that you'll be looking for some air quick. Di Cullen was inspiring, but they got rid of her. Possibly the most talented person in the whole building. You get lots of time off though. It'll help you soothe yourself while your soul dies.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great people"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     

    I worked at Squareknot for more than a year

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    not that much to complain about

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Account Management in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Squareknot full-time

    Pros

    Lots of diversity in the work, work/life balance is amazing. Management is supportive and deals with performance issues. Ask for growth opps and you get them. Management focused on doing the RIGHT work.

    Cons

    Creatives could be better - some seem complacent and lackluster. Some people very professionally immature. Lazy people should go elsewhere. Clients need to be more respectful of creative output and stop telling agency how to do their job.

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    "Account Executive"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Squareknot full-time

    Pros

    Great people and work culture

    Cons

    A lot of red tape to get anything done as they are owed by LoyaltyOne. It is hard to move up within this company.

  7. Helpful (11)

    Pros

    - Good work life balance compared to some other agencies. - Some fun people that make it bearable to deal with upper management and some seniors. - Good location by subway. - LoyaltyOne is actually pretty great, just not the agency portion of it (Squareknot)

    Cons

    Where to start... - Terrible senior leadership team. There is a lot of favoritism, and if you aren't on very visible projects or teams (vast majority) you will have a bad time and will be calibrated down by the completely unfair and illogical review process. The leadership team is almost 100% reactive and make completely uninformed decisions. - The worst review and praise system ever. You're given a rating at the end of the year that is tied to your bonus. Instead of being rated by your manager and coworkers, the senior leadership team makes the decision... There are entire teams that don't work anywhere near any members of the leadership! Talk about uninformed decisions! There is almost no incentive to work hard as you are most likely not going to be recognized for it. The praise system is equally flawed, only the most visible roles get recognition, you'll rarely see teams that are equally important that are just part of the process get the praise they deserve. - Not a real agency. This is a place where creativity goes to die. A combination of poor creative leadership along with boring clients makes the vast majority of the work very monotonous, tedious and makes you feel like a production line worker instead of an advertising professional. - Seemingly arbitrary fires and hires. There have been many very sudden and unexpected terminations to qualified individuals while other incompetent employees seem to stay around forever (another very obvious feature of the favoritism). - Very much an account led agency. The account teams (if you've done the right ass kissing, and you're a favorite) get to go to all the events. Meanwhile this is all hush-hush, and the digital and creative teams are never even offered or rarely get to go to events in their fields. - Future is not looking great. The new business team is not good, and this is more of a personal opinion than fact, but I can't see the agency growing any time soon. Things might start looking sticky soon.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Strange experience"

    3.0
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Squareknot for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location and subway accessible Fun people Great environment Company provide you with all the tools you need to perform your job

    Cons

    No way to move on in the company if you don't kiss the right ass Managers don't even bother to hide favoritism for some "cool guys" Be ready to be back stabbed at any time

  9. Helpful (4)

    "A very confused company, lacking the leadership to pull it into line"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great central location - right above St Patrick metro station. - Good benefits and training offered. - Staff charity volunteering day every year. - Some very talented and dedicated staff members. - Opportunities for career growth BUT ONLY if you work in the "favourite departments", and follow the rules as below.

    Cons

    - There are only two ways to the top (which explains a lot about the current management issues): 1. Dishonest ass kissing; OR 2. By being in the company for a long time - This will pretty much guarantee you a management position, whether you have the competency for it or not. - Extreme favouritism of certain departments and certain people. - Doing it right the first time is not rewarded. But if you screw everything up for weeks, and then work back for 72 hours straight over the weekend before the deadline, this seems to be celebrated by upper management (regularly). - Many staff pretend to want change, but when it comes to the crunch, the favourite departments can't be bothered (as they have the sweet end of the deal), and the weaker departments (with no management to stand up for them), continue to take the brunt of the abuse. - Upper management will lie to your face. If you're not ok with this, don't work here. - HR is very difficult to deal with, as they don't understand the needs of Direct Antidote as a creative agency (they only know about the more corporate companies within the LoyaltyOne umbrella).

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "Bad management, fake communication & extremely unorganised"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Terrible Management, Stay Away in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Squareknot

    Pros

    Some of the work related activities are OK Location is good Non work-related training courses (if approved) are paid for

    Cons

    Favourtism towards the biggest ass kisser Management aren't interested in moving with the times, they're on the "gravy train" & not going anywhere Lots of account staff who are given the power to ruin a project Completely inefficient, run by people who think they know what agency work is

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