Campbell Ewald
2.7 of 5 70 reviews
www.lowecampbellewald.com Detroit, MI 500 to 999 Employees

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Campbell Ewald Chief Executive Officer Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "You get to work with some really great people who are capable of great things"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Ok salary, great place to meet people you'll see later at another company"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Very low pay grade with no chances of getting a raise"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Long hours depending on your department"
    in 4 reviews
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    A noticeable difference.

    Creative (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsIn the last year, there has been noticeable changes for the better. A leadership change that is making things happen. A global partnership. A new office. Organizational changes that make complete sense. A relationship with local startups. There's still a lot to be done, but good things are in the works.

    ConsPeople deal with change differently, and don't always understand why changes are being made. So there's a lot of unnecessary worry. Just embrace the change and things will work out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvery hire is very critical right now. Don't settle. Hire the right people for the right reasons.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I learned a lot while at Campbell Ewald but was faced with numerous challenges and obstacles that were not all necessary

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCool culture, amazing office, great talented people, creative people.

    ConsPolitics, lots of negativity, flexibility was taken away, salaries are not competitive

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good culture, lower pay scale.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood culture, flexible working hours, friendly staff.

    ConsOverall my only con was how cliquey individual teams would be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't try to hold such a tight ship. Also, be professional with your coworker relations.

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    Horrid Caricature of Modern Employment

    (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to work in an environment that's half unfinished basement and half sewer, all within the murder capital of the USA, Detroit! So it's kind of like being a ninja turtle of advertising! And of course, there are more than a few "rats" roaming the halls. How cool is that?

    ConsThe management of the company is a joke. From what I can gather, it's never been great (or at least hasn't been great in 50+ years) but it's really, really bad post Detroit move. At the macro level, there's no strategic planning or long term insight of any kind. On the micro level, there's no real project management. Projects are run like old school Waterfall but instead of a few steps in the process, it's just one big drop into failure.

    The creative group puts out some of the worst, most derivative, most predictable tripe the ad world has ever known. They're now publicly faking a startup incubator, trying to get in on the marketing action with hot Detroit startups who don't matter at all.

    The digital people are a bunch of poor kids who don't want to work fast food but can't get real development jobs.

    It's located in Detroit and not a great part of Detroit. Oh and you get to pay a 3% city tax for the glory of working for LCE in Detroit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    We only hire charismatic idiots. Think Titanic, but with more than one iceberg. AND CLOWNS.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsI got an iPad mini one time for a christmas bonus. Then I sold it, so that was cool. There are a few shining gems in the agency, but the brightness of these people is muted by the corruption and self serving motives of the agency that harbors them. If you have the fortitude to suffer through a few years, at least you will have professional experience that you can add on your resume when you start searching for an actual career.

    ConsThere is not enough space in this area to begin with the cons of working at this agency. LCE has the heinous assumption that they will win some legendary multi million dollar RFP with some campaign idea that offers no more depth than a 3-month lifespan.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease leave. You have no appreciation for the 'do-ers' of your agency. With the increase in cost for the exciting new space, it is imperative that LCE get more revenue and I don't see this happening with the cheapened quality of work produced by the agency. Abandon ship.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior CopyWriter (Former Employee)
    Warren, MI

    ProsI like the people. Benefits are not bad. Good vacation days.

    ConsI don't like the management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive raises. Show some appreciation for the people who work for you. Let people work from home and have flexible schedules.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working on momentum

    Account Director (Former Employee)
    Warren, MI

    ProsThere is a hopefulness of many employees and a hunger to do things and do them the right way. Pockets of great people who are talented and productive are sprinkled throughout the organization.

    ConsThe leadership. It's all sheer force of will in a highly political and narcissistic environment. Self- promotion is name of the game for the glory grabbers who understand how the culture works. The typical approach is to over promise on deliverables and there are no established systems throughout the agency, each group makes ad hoc approaches without consistent standards. Leadership is very parenthetical and will do a better job of critcizing afterwards than helping to guide beforehand. Lastly, clients are poorly trained, they basically learn they can cry and whine and management is inconsistent with how to handle it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart by focusing on developing careers. The perks are nice, the office is cool and all but you have to create paths for people and not let a few egomaniacs grab power and have suck ups that latch on. There's a lot of potential but it's being wasted. Frustration is key

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very Political but Opportunities Exist

    Digital Analyst (Former Employee)
    Warren, MI

    ProsThere is plenty of opportunity in the digital areas, especially if you work hard and prove to be a knowledgeable employee.

    ConsVery political... Many of the employees that have been around during the "Chevy" years are still trying to run things like "Chevy"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking Ship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsThe people. Most of the people are great, young, talented and nice. The new space is very cool and serves its purpose (to excite employees and prospective clients.) It's great to be downtown- especially in the summer.

    ConsThose great people are likely to leave because LCE never invests in their talent (particularly strategy). It is easily the lowest paying agency in the Midwest. They make it clear you're worth little to them and can be easily replaced-regardless of the value you provide. It's easier to rope in the dirt-poor, entry-level employees than to invest in experienced and valuable players, and just cut people loose when times get tight.

    The work is terrible, and it's the same terrible work they've been pushing since Chevy. New ideas are nice to think about and serve to excite clients and new business prospects, but are not likely to be executed.

    There is a very strong lack of direction at the moment. They have made a top-down decision to integrate digital into every department, but simultaneously decided to let go the CDO (the only one with strong vision.) This is the stupidest thing they could've done IMO. It's only a matter of time before the clients realize it as well. Unrest is widespread and very apparent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you have valuable people who are moving your company forward, invest in them instead of politically wiping them out. Isn't the work more important than the politics?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awful

    (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsPay checks tend to cash, for now at least. The complete lack of competent management creates a lot of "flex time."

    ConsProject management has no idea how to manage projects, so the place is in perpetual crunch. There's a dearth of creative talent, meaning nothing interesting or "creative" is ever produced. The digital group is a joke, there's no talent or intelligence there either. Upper management is incompetent and never starts any new initiatives or really interacts with the company in a meaningful way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit management and get a job doing something more suited to your talents, like fast food and manual labor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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