BBDO Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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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 7 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 10 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at BBDO full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    its a big agency but the focus is always on putting out smart, quality work. Management is generally receptive to new ideas and dialogue.

    Cons

    Omnicom, the holding company, makes things harder than they have to be sometimes. A lot of weird IT policies that can get annoying when you're just trying to do your job.

    Advice to Management

    BBDO is a great place to work. Most people that leave do so because, quite simply, they don't get raises. Not saying they should be mandatory, or that you should throw money around like it's nothing, but regular reviews and at least the possibility for regular increases would go a long way towards retaining people.

  2. A Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at BBDO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work, the work, the work. An amazing company that looks great on your resume. You will be surrounded by some some of the greatest and smartest creative people in the industry. A great opportunity to build connections if you ever want to more around in this industry which is what most people do.

    Cons

    There are senior level creatives that wants to feed off other creative minds when they burn out. You really have to hustle to work with different clients. For some, the school you went to is a big factor when they want to consider who they want to work with. If you went to a community college you really had to work hard.

  3. creative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBDO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    central filing and work perks

    Cons

    politics. also, senior creative staff treated by talent under them and prospective new senior level hires.

    Advice to Management

    let the good work rise to the top

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  5. Senior Strategic Planner

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BBDO

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    A lot of resources, A big team and the tools to make the job a little bit easier. A lot of big brand with big budgets.

    Cons

    There really aren't many cons of working here, I guess as a lot of big agencies you have a lot of bureaucracy that some times slow the work down

  6. good reputation & good work.

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    Current Employee - Art Director
    Current Employee - Art Director

    I have been working at BBDO full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good reputation & good work.

    Cons

    old school, large company, not much culture

  7. not as promising as I expected

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    young group, lots of events, great reputation

    Cons

    HR doesnt provide support, upper management doesn't have your best interest in mind

    Advice to Management

    take younger employees under your wing, they want to learn from you

  8. Ok for men who come from traditional backgrounds

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BBDO

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting projects and the $ to execute them well.

    Cons

    Boys club. Traditional rules the roost.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY

    I worked at BBDO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a real advertising agency with real clients. Just like in the movies. You'll work on real business and learn from some of the best in the business.

    Cons

    Like any big co., you'll need to manage your career. Get noticed, work on good accounts, and you'll get promoted. Make sure you're lined up with the right folks.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe have some kind of mentoring program for career development.

  10. Working at BBDO was a great learning experience, but it is contingent upon which account you work on.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBDO

    Pros

    The work produced by BBDO is amazing! "Central Filing" is a great concept that was brought back to the office. The location of the office is great and easy to commute to.

    Cons

    There is often cliques among the teams and leadership. Favoritism among management is common. People are quick to throw teammates under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time into training entry level staff. Improve work/life balance of employees.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Account Management Intern

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

    I worked at BBDO as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone was very kind and willing to help/answer any questions one might have. The environment was friendly and fun, as well as very communal (open office space).

    Cons

    There were often multiple days where I had nothing to do at all and was given no tasks to help with.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps making the internship program a little bit more structured - for the most part, however, it was a good experience.

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