Butler Shine Stern and Partners

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Butler Shine Stern and Partners Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
15 Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome media team

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    Current Employee - Media Intern  in  Sausalito, CA
    Current Employee - Media Intern in Sausalito, CA

    Pros

    The people in the media department here are enthusiastic, creative, very open and efficient with the work they churn out. I was a bit on the fence about media planning before coming here, but have really enjoyed seeing how involved and impactful media can be for a brand. BSSP media does this very, very well. A+

    Cons

    Commuting to Sausalito seems to be the only downside so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun yet rewarding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment
    great benefits
    Challenging co workers
    challenger brands to work on

    Cons

    Growth from junior level - not apparent
    Client based is becoming weaker
    MINI is becoming stale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not worth it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great accounts and some opportunity for good work if you're on the right account and CD. 70% of the people are nice.

    Cons

    Run by fear from Butler. Lots of turnover and people getting fired. The agency is VERY greedy and will underpay / overwork you. Very traditional in their work and ideas. They have no clue how to do good interactive work (just look at their website, it awful). Most the people who work there are miserable from the constant stress, fear of being fired and the crushing workload. 60+ hour work weeks are the norm. Not much opportunity for advancement internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need a culture change bad. Fear / BS male macho bravado is getting old and everyone is starting to see through it.

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  5.  

    I Got More Out Of This 10-Week Internship Than I Did Out of 2 Years of Business School

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Sausalito, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Sausalito, CA

    Pros

    The overall sentiment is that "good ideas can come from anyone at any time, so be ready to contribute"

    Cons

    I can't think of any downsides. I loved it here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. My hat's off to you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Miserable here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dogs allowed at work here. Pretty location.

    Cons

    You get yelled a lot by Butler. Shine isn't really present at all. Horrible balance of work and life. Lots of micromanaging by anyone with a more senior title. Everyone is looking for someone to pass the blame...so don't even think about having a death in your family or you will take the fall for not being there. Senior management and hr act like they care but when it comes down to it unless you are one of the partners or top two creatives you don't mean anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually care and give that work life balance. All you do is pretend you do and tout the Outdoors magazine rating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic Place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool environment, great people, dogs, employee events, everyone is extremely creative.

    Cons

    Nothing really, I suppose being in Sausalito might be a con for some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good if you like bros.

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    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter  in  Sausalito, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Sausalito, CA

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on good accounts. Traditional advertising. Lots of TV being made. Great benefits. There are a lot of nice people who work there.

    Cons

    They will underpay you. They will overwork you. The culture is meh--unless you are super down with adults who went to prep school. A BSSP party is the epitome of pretend advertising fun.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Bro-vertising!

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    Former Employee - Art Director  in  Sausalito, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Sausalito, CA

    Pros

    You can apply to bring your dog to work, they have fresh fruit every week, free kayaking nearby and they have great summer parties with food and bands. A lot of the people that work here are super nice and smart and creative.

    There is some opportunity to work on a few of their clients, but a lot of the better work is reserved for people that have been there a long time or seniors.

    I have to say creative does lead at the agency, John and Mike have a lot of say, and it's nice to have the guys whose names are on the door actually contribute to the work you're doing. Sometimes they can be a bit out of touch, but generally they know what they're talking about and can do some great work.

    Cons

    This is a very traditional agency, they don't do a lot of integrated or interactive campaigns well. You have to have a really competitive personality here and be willing to take (or steal) credit to get ahead. If you thrive better in collaborative environments you might not do well here. A lot of the creatives end up miserable and leave within a year or so.

    I found it pretty masculine and "bro" centric, myself, and saw the few senior women get out one way or another. Most (or all) the CDs are male and many of the juniors are women. Bros rule the place here, and that's no secret. If you're a woman applying here, team up with the other women for solidarity and don't let them give credit to your male partners (or let them have the men present your ideas, which does happen).

    Oh yeah, and the hours are insane, like many agencies. There's an expectation that you will prioritize work over your personal life at all times. I've seen a few of my coworkers' relationships fall apart over this. It's not just for pitches and crunch times, it's pretty regular. Less than 50 hours week is super rare. 18 hour days aren't a rarity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to let employees balance their life with their work a bit better, it's hard to be creative when you never leave the office. Also, it's not 1965, figure out how to fit (and attract and keep) all types of people into your organization. The work is better if the people making the work don't all look and act the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Internship but needs self-motivation

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Sausalito, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Sausalito, CA

    Pros

    People are really nice and talented.
    Senior management is accessible--can just walk through their open door.
    Timely feedback of work.
    Chill atmosphere (puppies allowed).

    Cons

    Long commute from San Francisco.
    No really good places to eat around there.
    You have to really search around for work as an intern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A formal internship program/system with training is recommended.
    As an intern, more hands-on oversight and management is also recommended--with one person as a turn-to contact.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great People, Culture and Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sausalito, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sausalito, CA

    Pros

    * The Culture and people
    * Quality of work
    * Accessibility to Management/Partners. (No layers)
    * No politics or BS, Direct, Honest
    * Managers care about their team/people
    * Lots of free food, booze and events

    Cons

    * Hours can be crazy, but it's probably more the industry and personal work ethics
    * Work life balance can be challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, don't forget who you are and the core values. It's what make the place what it is.

    Recommends
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