BBDO Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
119 Reviews
3.3
119 Reviews
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BBDO President, CEO, and Director Andrew Robertson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • As at any shop, there are a lot of smart, great people to work with (in 8 reviews)

  • big clients with long-lasting relationships, big budgets, big agency reach & scope (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Stressful, time-crunches, people can be rude when under pressure, poor work-life balance at times (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours which sometimes eats into your weekends (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    BBDO New York Internship

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    Former Employee - Account Management Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at BBDO as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Big accounts and a big name. Got good hands on experience and everyone is very willing to help you learn.

    Cons

    It's a large agency so it seems pretty hierarchical and hard to move up.

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    Huge office and your experience will depend on the relationship with your team/account.

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    Current Employee - Account Management  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Management in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    BBDO has a reputation of being a top notch agency. Having it on your resume in any capacity will only help you.

    Cons

    Huge office and it's impossible to get to know everyone. If you desire that a smaller office is for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have work for interns. Embrace them as a part of the team or just don't accept an intern on your team at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    salary

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    Current Employee - Junior Producer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Producer in New York, NY

    I have been working at BBDO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great agency with a big name

    Cons

    all employees are underpaid - once raise is said to be on it's way it takes months for a turn-around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    instill yearly reviews - give raises and bonuses to the people who need them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place for resume

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    Former Employee - Junior Art Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at BBDO full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place for resume and can easily make lot of connections with other creatives and coworkers.
    Since Starbucks is one of the long term client you get free coffee everyday.

    Cons

    Very focused on traditional advertising and not really care about the design. Most of the production work including film, print and installation happens outside of the company. If you are a person who really cares about the design, produciton or digital advertising this is not a great company for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to move on to digital or at least know how to combine

    Doesn't Recommend
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    It is a great learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Helpdesk  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Helpdesk in Troy, MI

    I have been working at BBDO full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    For an entry level position, you can get your hands wet in many different areas.

    Cons

    No paid holidays and there may not be room to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Big agency

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    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Detroit, MI

    I worked at BBDO full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for go getters

    Cons

    Lots of competition. Hard to sell good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to cut your teeth as a creative

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

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

    Pros

    You'll work with some of the best creatives in the world. A great learning experience when you're just starting out.

    Cons

    Unless you're one of those aforementioned best creatives, you'll end up doing the drudgery, the briefs no one else wants to work on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more inclusive to all creatives. Instead of giving the blue-chip briefs to a select few creatives to add to their already formidable collection of metals, spread them out among more creatives so that they can show their talent too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Technician

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    Former Employee - Senior Technician  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Technician in Detroit, MI

    I worked at BBDO full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    Good management

    Cons

    promotion or raises. Personal growth was not much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be better if more training was available

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Talk about late payment

    Current Employee - Vendor
    Current Employee - Vendor

    I have been working at BBDO as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great people, great creatives, great projects!

    Cons

    the small business killing NET120 payment terms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear management,
    This industry's success lies on the synergy between the creativity from agencies and the craftsmanship of the production shops or vendors... As a multi-million dollar company, the least you should do is to pad some money for those who work hard to make you look good. We understand that a few global brands has extended their payment terms with their AORs, but small businesses just don't have the same kind of cash reserve for the NET120 terms. Please save the small vendors and this ad-ecosystem by paying them on time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Moving towards digital, but still don't grasp it

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

    I have been working at BBDO full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people here are phenomenal, and the culture and future of the office is changing for the better (just not on AT&T)

    Cons

    Slow processes, little to no compensation, senior leadership doesn't care about the people and they argue quite often with each other on the AT&T client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify everything, hire management who care about the people they work with, handle things better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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