Arnold Worldwide

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Arnold Worldwide Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
101 Reviews
3.2
101 Reviews
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16 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, embraces their culture (in 14 reviews)

  • A few great clients, some fantastic creative directors, and an overall friendly work environment (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Hours are long - late nights and weekends on the regular (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor senior management that doesn't have a clue what is really going on (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place for internship

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had good supervisors that really involved me. I was paid, but others weren't. I got my internship through MAIP. Great location, great office.

    Cons

    Some of the other interns weren't paid and weren't very involved in their projects. Sometimes it was cold.We weren't very involved or welcomed into the Arnold culture, but I guess that's typical for interns. To be completely honest, my supervisors didn't really seem very happy with their job, but that could've been because they worked for McDonalds.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, fun place to work, bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide

    Pros

    Made some life-long friends. Was given a lot of responsibility at a young age.

    Cons

    Constantly changing managements, lots of layoffs, terrible morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Copywriting Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copywriting Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Copywriting Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great space in the prudential center, but they've since moved, no insight there.
    A lot of welcoming people there
    Really gives you a feel for big agency life
    Met CEO and CFO of Progressive Insurance
    Catered lunch screenings, need I say more
    Manicures and Pedicures
    Yoga Classes

    Cons

    Bad communication from the supervisors I was interning under
    1/2 supervisors left for 3wks without telling me and didn't respond to any emails from me asking where he was or what I should be working on. Not even a 2 second response.
    Most of the work I actually did was ad campaigns for school that my mentor at the agency helped me with, but that was because he's a great friend.
    Didn't get to see any pitches
    Had to read an email talking about how great their internship program was, and about all the things that I never got to experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more communication here. If people don't have the time to have an intern they shouldn't be given one just for the sake of having the program. I was one of the only copywriting interns there at the time, and I didn't feel like anyone even cared, save the great friends I actually made there.

    To sum it all up. If you want to boast having a "great internship work experience program" maybe you should start by treating your interns like people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers, New Office Space, Location, Lots of company gatherings

    Cons

    Lack of thoughtful investment in people/tools, Really high turnover--even for advertising--30+ left in last few months, Needs unified vision in terms of what Arnold wants to be--TV spots won't keep the company going forever, no execs that understand how to better infuse digital, rather than have it as stand-alone part of agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people and technology to bring Arnold's offering up to speed with competitors. Determine how to evolve Arnold's creative to be more competitive and attract more talent. Stop the exodus of top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    loved working at arnold

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    Former Employee - Brand Planner in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Brand Planner in Boston, MA

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the people are great. good client roster. creatively driven. work-life balance is good. i felt valued and respected, even at a lower level position.

    Cons

    lots of layers of management. some work, and others feel unnecessary. overall though I think the management is strong

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arnold Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mostly nice people. More value on work-life balance than other agencies. Cool new office. Mostly caring bosses.

    Cons

    Cliques. Getting pigeonholed on one specific account, or combination of accounts. Too stringent on expense policies. Hard to get promotions/raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid like plague

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Producer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Digital Producer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, somewhat organized onboarding session on first day, allows enough freedom to be able to hide when needed, individual offices

    Cons

    Absolute worst of the worst agency stereotypes, insanely long hours, tyrannical management & creative leadership, subpar talent, underwhelming clients, complete and utter lack of awareness of anything remotely digital

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone with a senior manager title & higher, and start fresh

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Love it here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - User Experience Architect in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Arnold Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Culture
    - Smart people
    - Good interesting work and clients

    Cons

    - Recently having a lot of internal flux within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the digital foothold

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creative environment - great experience working there!

    Cons

    nothing to say except seen the ups and the downs of the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you know what you need to do :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Chaotic, but fun for the right person

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great people across teams
    - hard working mid and entry level employees, but also fun group to be around
    - potential for a great culture
    - client roster

    Cons

    - senior leadership doesn't have cohesive vision for company
    - company steadily losing clients without any significant client wins over last 2 years ( factor of senior leadership and agency doesn't prioritize client deliverables)
    - employee retention, especially top talent
    - strategy dept doesn't fit well within agency, nor support greater creative
    - Arnold's core creative product is outdated
    - lack of deep expertise in newer marketing areas such as OLA, content marketing, analytics, media and overall digital marketing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand how marketing has changed in recent years and decide the direction Arnold needs to move to win clients and keep top employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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