BBDO Atlanta Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Supervisor, Planning

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta

    Pros

    Great Enviroment and Great Pay

    Cons

    sometimes the hours get crazy,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good but not great management

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta

    Pros

    The benefits, from medical to dental, life insurance, is top notch. There are not too many places that offer such great coverage.

    Cons

    If you have the family medical coverage plan, the cost per paycheck is expensive.

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    A Real Shame

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Currently, there aren't many pros. The good benefits, extra holidays, and shorter than average time required to earn more weeks of vacation are still in effect.

    A pool of outstanding, but floundering talent.

    Cons

    6 years of a raise freeze, multiple layoffs, longer and less creative hours, no new business, declining direction, and the total loss of a truly great and unique culture, has caused many creative and vibrant people, young and old, to move on and consider BBDO Atlanta as nothing more than a great resume entry. What is left behind is a lot of great (albeit confused and frustrated) folks, though the best are either gone or are polishing their resumes.

    After 7 months, the new president has done absolutely nothing to inform, much less inspire, the talent sitting right under his nose. His inability to recognize politically motivated advice and promises led to some very ill-informed choices during the last layoff. The Studio is but one, perfect example. Though he may have a plan (and has made a couple of charismatic speeches to that effect), there seems to be no real evidence of it. A recent promise of a new and well known client appears to have failed over pricing.

    This is not a good time to start a career at BBDO. Nor is it a good time to stay. The fun and pride are gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the long-time management: Remember! Remember what made BBDO Atlanta the best company to work for in Atlanta (according to the Atlanta Business Chronical—and every 5-year+ employee) a few years ago. And for the sake of the agency and the frustrated 'workers' who desperately look to you for leadership and direction, have the courage to take your best ideas 'upstairs.' In the current climate, it may seem prudent to just call it in and keep your head down, but you can either be the best hope for the agency, or the lemmings at the front of the pack. Most of you got to where you are for damn good reasons. It's a shame that it's come to it, but once again, it's time for you to prove why you are where you are.

    To the current president: Listen and empathize! Talent and enthusiasm can never be cultivated in an uninformed and uninspired workforce. Talk to the peons! They are lost. Listen to your best managers. They will make you great! Be cautious of those that whisper sweet nothings in your ear. They are the poster children of the Peter Principle. If you rely on them to make you feel good about your accomplishments, you are doomed to be another failed experiment at BBDO leadership.

    Now may seem like the time for new ideas and dreams of an agency greater than it ever was, but there are deep, fundamental cracks in the fuselage. To try to fly to the stratosphere in this condition will lead to a smoldering hole very near the end of the runway—and you regretting the day you turned down the Falcons job.

    Icarus or Pheonix. Which one should an Atlanta giant aspire to?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Pay sucks, Great experience

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta full-time

    Pros

    Experience is great for your resume. You will learn a lot while working here and get to work with some pretty awesome people. And sometimes we have office shin-digs with free alcohol...helps to drown out the realization that you are being drastically underpaid.

    Cons

    BBDO Atlanta is on a raise freeze, which means getting a promotion doesn't mean getting a raise. They have to put in a "special request to New York" every time they want to give someone a raise, which basically means the only people getting raises are upper level management who are already making 6-figure incomes. It's a BS excuse to keep paying and treating their employees like crap.

    Multiple departments can expect to work very long hours. The largest account at the agency is also very bland and doesn't allow you to do anything that groundbreaking creatively, it's mundane day-in-day-out kind of work. The clients will often make ridiculous requests and ask for impossible turnaround times, which leads to long hours and high amounts of stress and agitation.

    There are also no structures in place for support or training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay and treat your employees better to keep them from leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    It's going to get worse before it gets better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People in the office are phenomenal, there is a strong balance in work and personal life, they give out promotions after a set amount of time, generally. They are SLOWLY working towards becoming a digitally-focused agency (6-9 months at the earliest).

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't care about their people, there are a lot of office politics at play, little to no compensation monetarily, 5+ year raise freeze in the Atlanta office, the transition to a digital office is going to be a slow one, and no new business in the last 2.5+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your teams, people and try to better the clients' overall business and help them understand digital, instead of just being "yes" men and not fully solving the problems. Futhermore, and most-importantly, understand that advertising success comes down to your people. You have to invest in your people if you want to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great creative folks, but business is the bottom line

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Classic big agency puts great emphasis on delivering top-notch, differentiated creative product, but the layer upon layer of politics and business strategy often gets in the way of delivering it. So many talented employees with ideas...most of which never see the light of day.

    Cons

    Difficult to break into the trusted ranks of upper management. More swirl than doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to trust some of your young and rising talent and let them show you new ways of doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great for resume, not so much for YOU

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta

    Pros

    Great resume builder, good place to get your feet wet, "extra" holidays, nice work/life balance, friendly people

    Cons

    little room to grow, 5+ year raise freeze, nothing ever gets done on time

  9. fabulous

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta as an intern

    Pros

    lots of employee perks ; great atmosphere

    Cons

    terrible pay for interns, sadly

  10. You could do better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta full-time

    Pros

    Great location. Prestige of the agency name.

    Cons

    Good old boy culture. Lax account management team; just-OK creative. Overall a general lack of agency point of view, and abysmal sense of leadership. 'The Work The Work The Work' is definitely accurate but don't be mislead into thinking this means quality of work or actual guiding philosophies on doing said work. They actually mean, 'We're going to work you until you sweat blood' with no concern for your personal time, growth or development. No structures in place for support or training. Employees are distant, aloof and sometimes outright hostile towards each other. New creative director is lazy and mean. There are some 'superstars' there but they've been here for ages and probably won't leave. Existing clients are, overall, a bit dull and this office has had trouble winning new accounts (and keeping existing ones) for some time. To boot, the president was recently replaced. That there should tell you this place isn't exactly a beacon of innovation or creative excellence. Would not be surprised at all if it's shuttered within the next 3-5 years; there's nothing special happening here. Oh, and the office itself looks like a bland insurance agency from 1997. We're talking ratty IKEA furniture, tattered beige chairs, nearly filthy rooms that two 17-year olds building a start up would find appalling. Unless you absolutely cannot find work anywhere else, avoid this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people. Do something about good old boy network and the insane demands clients place on teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Nice atmosphere, horrible people management

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    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, upbeat and friendly employees

    Cons

    Untrustworthy management, lack of pay raise, web of lies. misconception that they have a solid creative team. For the price they charge, the work is mediocre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step up. NY runs all offices anyway, but BBDO Atlanta needs to land some businesses, do real creative work and treat employees well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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