BBDO Atlanta Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
22 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great creative folks, but business is the bottom line

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time for 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
  2.  

    It's going to get worse before it gets better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time for 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
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    fabulous

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta as an intern

    Pros

    lots of employee perks ; great atmosphere

    Cons

    terrible pay for interns, sadly

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Nice atmosphere, horrible people management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time for 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
  8.  

    BBDO Atlanta was a fun, creative place to work.

    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great client roster. A lot of young people to make the day more fun.

    Cons

    Raise freeze for the past 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your current employees. Giving annual raises or bonuses would help decrease turnover and you wouldn't have to hire new people at a higher cost.

    Recommends
  9.  

    It's not that bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta

    Pros

    Great office and people are very friendly

    Cons

    Very political. Upper management needs more experience handling clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide management better training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proceed with Caution

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta

    Pros

    Young, casual, creative environment - nice office space, flex hours, buckhead location

    Cons

    Terrible management, bad treatment of employees, raise freeze, understaffed, lack of job stability, rude colleagues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You reap what you sow - Treat your people and clients better and maybe business will improve too.

  11.  

    Account Management Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Account Management Intern  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Regional Account Management Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great people to meet, quick to advance in positions and other interns going through the same experience. Hire individuals from different states. Great name to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Terrible pay! Very noninclusive for interns, and not a lot of learning. More administrative work. Many interns sit in an intern closet far away from their team. Not really an internship "program"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the interns be more involved in meetings and projects. Make it more of a learning experience instead of someone to do cheaper labor. You never even meet senior management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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