Arnold Worldwide Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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Arnold Worldwide Global President Pam Hamlin
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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. Overall a good place with a sense of culture and mission.

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arnold Worldwide

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and comraderie amongst them is the reason for this agencies being. It is still a "creative agency" at its soul, trying to regain its roots as such.

    Cons

    The turbulence and upheaval has been pretty regular and exhausting for the past two years. This has taken a toll on the loyal people and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on who you are and what your good at. The DNA of the agency needs attention. Everything else emenates from that.

  2. Very positive. Great opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Executive Producer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people and energetic environment.

    Cons

    Diminished energy in recent years.

  3. Creative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free food and drinks. Yay.

    Cons

    1. What leadership/strategy? Doesn't exist here.
    2. Creative department is one big boys club. If you don't like immature jokes then you're not welcome.
    3. Awful media buy & lack of creative freedom.
    4. Good luck getting that promotion/raise that you deserve. They will give all sorts of excuses.
    5. Awful account management. Just, so bad.
    6. Managers don't know or care about managing people.
    7. They pretend to listen to your concerns but really don't give a damn.

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself, why are we losing talented people? Why is it so hard to get talented people to come here? And actually do something to make things better. Instead of Instagramming.

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  5. Nice enough people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arnold Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people sort of and ok work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of culture and strange politics

    Advice to Management

    Start over its not working

  6. Great opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arnold Worldwide

    Pros

    Do you have a good idea? Great! Your ECD will fight for it and you will get to make it. Not just sit on the sidelines. You will actually get to do it: hands on.

    Cons

    Since it's kind of a small shop there is only so far creative can push back. That being said, they always do their best to get the great creative work made, sometimes it does just sit in the mediocre because they don't have enough other clients to just say no and take the hit.

    Advice to Management

    Management does their best. They have great creatives and trust them. They should do more to bring in more pitches and let some of the overlooked senior creatives in on the pitches.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Culture. Love everyone I work with. Work can be dull or fun depending on the client/project.

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    Current Employee - Digital Producer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Digital Producer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Arnold Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love everyone i work with. I'm guaranteed to laugh/smile every day. Work can be challenging at times but rewarding.

    Cons

    Could use some more organization. 10 folks shouldn't have to be involved to make a single decision. Depending on what client your on, work could be boring or stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Empower and trust employees to make decisions. Keep rewording hard work. We keep the lights on.

  8. Great, smart people. Lots of work for too little pay.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Arnold Worldwide

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are smart, and fun. Work hard/play hard culture.

    Cons

    Too many rigid processes that make it hard to do work and stem from being such a big company.

    Advice to Management

    Reward valuable employees for long hours, hard work and loyalty.

  9. Arnold is a pretty standard full-service advertising agency.

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    Current Employee - Social Media Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Social Media Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Arnold Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people that work at Arnold are incredible. Whoever you talk to will say the same thing. That reason alone is why people tend to stay longer at Arnold even if they are unhappy with the work. Pretty good work culture. Friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salaries are very low. Like many ad agencies, it is understaffed and everyone is overworked. Upper management is still too focused on traditional advertising, despite the fact that those tactics are failing to work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people more. So many people leave Arnold because they are passed up for promotions or opportunities that are given to an outside person. This leads to a huge distrust of management.

  10. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  11. Good place for internship

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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