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DDB New York President and CEO Chuck Brymer
Chuck Brymer
43 Ratings
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    Lack growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DDB New York full-time

    Pros

    -People are genuinely collaborative.
    -Very good creative, not well publicized but very good.
    -Great place for juniors to get started - low ego creative directors and account directors lead to a culture of nurturing talent, lots of opportunities to work on important projects from the get go.
    -Some of the nicest most strategic clients.
    -New president seems very competent, hopeful for positive change.
    -Good work life balance.

    Cons

    -Unclear vision: is it creative excellence or influence or bottom line profit? Each senior manager spouts a different objective - makes evolving difficult.
    -Unclear leadership: management should lead by example instead of telling staffers that they need to find the change within themselves. Show us, don't tell us.
    -Unclear plan forward: everyone agrees we need to evolve, but without a clear vision, leadership examples, nor concrete plan and tools to make it happen, there's little momentum.
    -Lots of talk about how everyone's a creative, but in practice the silos are strong.
    -No opportunity for growth. Requests for opportunities are deftly spun, attitude is that "good people leave", which leaves the corollary that the ones who stay must not be that good.
    -Mid to senior level managers are not empowered to make changes, while c-level managers are not willing.
    -Penny pinching mentality at senior management level leads to little to no budget for talent pipeline nor team rewards. No raises, no bonuses, and they've even taken away profit sharing in 401K.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Put out a clear vision statement, along with a plan for execution.
    -If the vision is about creative excellence, need to hire a chief creative officer.
    -Institute something that actually makes people feel that we believe everyone's creative.
    -Invest in talented people by giving them opportunities, challenges, and rewards.
    -Reach out to current clients and have an open and honest conversation to help reposition agency, change doesn't have to come only from new clients.
    -Don't pin all hopes on new biz - hard to win the kind of new business the agency needs without a change in thinking.
    -“If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.”― Steve Jobs

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