Campbell Ewald

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Campbell Ewald Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
76 Reviews
2.5
76 Reviews
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Campbell Ewald Chief Executive Officer Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer
14 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • Extremely long hours (nights/weekends are common) (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay grade (based on my contract salary, they would have hired me for at least - (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campbell Ewald

    Pros

    Worked on a large range of accounts across different verticals. They are willing to teach new skill sets. People were great at the company to work for.

    Cons

    They are slow to promote people. The systems that are in place are very old school. There is not a lot of communication across teams (outside of the group you are in).

  2.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grad Associate  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Grad Associate in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    The building is awesome and you can't beat the location. The grad associate programs is very hands on - no getting coffee or making copies.

    Cons

    No glaring problems. Have heard that entry salaries are low but don't know what to compare them to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work - the grad associate program is a very valuable learning experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointment

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    Former Employee - Grad Associate  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Grad Associate in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Campbell Ewald as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    HR could give to cares less about workers
    Cut and hire people on a whim
    Lowest pay in the industry
    Expected long hours with no overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know what could save this place, good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Only worthwhile for jr level talent looking to gain some experience

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    Former Employee - Account Planner  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Planner in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Campbell Ewald full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Access to some respectable client brands across multiple offices and the Lowe network to rapidly gain experience early in your career. Soak up as much as you can in a year (because you'll be underpaid) and then use that to move on to a new agency with a substantially bigger paycheck and increased job satisfaction. It's a terrific proving ground for people just getting started as long as you're under no illusion that it's going to be a long term permanent home. The senior folks at the agency are completely out of touch with reality.

    Benefits are standard, PTO as well. Nothing exceptional to note.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. Weak, at best, prospects for future growth. Worst of all, an incredibly insecure and incompetent management team that constantly waffles on decisions. They have been relegated to Lowe's North American office(s) with no ability to control their own destiny. Herd mentality reigns supreme here. Seek an alternative agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Interpublic rather than LCE Management. Find a new management team. This current team lacks vision, business strategy and acts more like a dysfunctional group of high school besties than a professional management team willing to make tough decisions to run a sound business. They are running the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great work space, a lot of good people here. Of course, not everyone shares my enthusiasm, but thats to be expected. Vacation time is good and they are flexible with work hours as long as your TCB.

    Cons

    People really like to complain about EVERYTHING here; free food and happy hours are often complained about by the "older generation" of employees. Training could be better, people will help you with things but they just end up doing it for you without really getting a chance to learn some of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jim Palmer is a great CEO, he communicates with the agency well and is genuine with everyone he talks to. some of the mid level management is the big problem though, they don't communicate well and will use us lower level employees to advance their own careers without helping the ones who help them. I mean, I get it, but a raise or a merit bonus every now and then would go a long way. I think thats why everyone leaves this place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company bogged down by politics

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    Former Employee - Management Supervisor  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Campbell Ewald full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, a ton of time off (if you can use it), and a few really smart people who do 90% of the great work. Generally don't micro manage. You are treated like a professional and expected to manage your own workflow.

    Cons

    They are severely understaffed across the board meaning, unless you work on Cadillac or Navy, meeting client expectations (time and quality) can be a challenge. Senior management is completely intolerant of any challenges and will not help you. Bringing them an issue is indicative of your failure. Generally pretty long hours; nights and weekends are more the norm than the exception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the tools and resources to succeed. If you set your staff up for failure and they fail whose fault is it? Take a look at your employees and invest in enhancing their skills. By demonstrating your commitment to improving employees on the individual level you will have a better, more loyal staff.

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

    A noticeable difference.

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    Current Employee - Creative  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Creative in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Campbell Ewald full-time

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    People 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 ManagementAdvice

    Every hire is very critical right now. Don't settle. Hire the right people for the right reasons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrid Caricature of Modern Employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campbell Ewald full-time

    Pros

    You 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?

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campbell Ewald full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good culture, lower pay scale.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campbell Ewald

    Pros

    Good culture, flexible working hours, friendly staff.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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