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  1.  

    When its good its good, when its...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corbett Accel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, especially for long-term employees. Plenty of available PTO. Interesting training opportunities. Low cost/Free healthcare plan.

    Cons

    Cliquish employee culture. Decreasing employee benefits - tuition reimbursement went bye bye a few years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Heartless

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corbett Accel

    Pros

    The opportunity to jump to other agencies within the Omnicom network.

    Cons

    Work like a dog. Be as faithful as a dog, and be kicked to the curb.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture, like respect is earned, not created by parties with "light appetizers."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company in rapid decline

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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Corbett Accel full-time

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, although it has gotten worse as layoffs have forced more work on those remaining employees. Some work is quite creative by pharma standards.

    There are still a few great, nice people left there... although I don't know for how long as many are looking for the exits.

    Cons

    I have seen many agencies lose and gain business, but never seen an agency lose as much as CAHG does. The win rate is tiny, and something is definitely wrong with how clients and accounts are managed, as the creative isn't bad by pharma standards... yet all the clients keep dropping this agency, and there are not enough wins to offset the massive loss in revenue.

    The result is constant layoffs, and inflated titles as a temporary fix for those employees who threaten to leave. With a diminished staff and a desperate need for more funds, the agency which a few years ago held most of the floor, has had to rent out more than half of its space to other more profitable companies. It's a clear sign of the state of this place. Instability, erosion, and low morale are the dominant characteristics here now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The attempted remedy was the constant firing and replacement of various middle and low level employees. Obviously this hasn't worked as things just get worse and worse. Consider reforming the upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    High Standards, Great Talent--Better Than Most Agencies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Corbett Accel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Major pharma clients
    - Depth of experience in CV, Ophthamology/Eye Care, other medical categories
    - High bar for creative conceptual work
    - Constant improvement mentality
    - Advocates for career growth from within and across disciplines
    - Long, strong history

    Cons

    - Like most businesses in this sector, client budgets have shrunk and there has been some loss of client business altogether
    - Also like many businesses, senior management could be cliquish, some people seemed protected
    - Digital group lacked solid leadership

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Frustrating and Sad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Corbett Accel

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable and most of the people are nice. The work hours are also pretty regular with only occassional late nights.

    Cons

    The company is losing business faster than the industry is consilidating. We realize that pharma ad spending might be down as much as 10 percent but that does not explain why CAHG business is down 50 percent. There is a nasty incompetent account leader that is going to lose us our last top-10 drug. account.

    We still pitch for business that we have no chance of getting, neglecting our current clients while we do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why don't you attend some of the account status and "next steps" meetings for the accounts that are about to be lost so you can see what is really going on? We all see your name on the invite list yet you never show up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unbelievably hostile and incompetent management

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    Former Employee - Vice President ACD in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President ACD in New York, NY

    I worked at Corbett Accel

    Pros

    There were some good people years ago. All are now gone, but there are still some decent paying positions available to those who adapt an invisible status. As long as you work whatever hours are demanded without complaining, you may be allowed to remain in this dying organization.

    Cons

    Incredibly poor management. They do not understand how to treat their clients. Everytime this organization has a change at the top, which is often, they attempt to convince their clients that yesterday's work is now substandard. Never mind that yesterday's work was sold by CAHG. THAT was yesterday! The clients are not buying, and have all pulled their business. Wise moves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand aside. Let someone else come in and run this business. What may have worked in Chicago (and it is questionable whether it ever worked there) does not fly in NY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mismanaged nightmare

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    Former Employee - Senior Production Artist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Production Artist in New York, NY

    I worked at Corbett Accel

    Pros

    - the time off policy, but only if you really don't care about meeting your 1900 billable hours a year
    - being able to get away with pretty much anything at any time

    Cons

    - incompetent, political management
    - lack of creativity
    - zero innovation
    - zero growth
    - mismanagement of everything, lots of butt kissing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-read your management books. The seminars you offer give advice you routinely ignore. Your business management model is a joke, and you need to treat people as though they have value, including paying them more and the "partners" less. Also, stand up to Omnicom once in a while or stop blaming them for everything, it one or the other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Promote the cheerleaders, remove the intelligent people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Corbett Accel

    Pros

    Good benefits, mostly great people

    Cons

    They claim one of their strenghts is developing their employees through learning opportunities. Sitting through free webinars is not learning and development. They are so behind the times that they keep losing business. Instead of looking to use internal resources that have digital knowledge or the capability of learning it and doing it well, they lay people off and look for new ones. Not a stable agency at all!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to look internally at your loyal, brilliant employees for advancement; don't send annual reviews via email

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetence trickles down from the top.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Corbett Accel

    Pros

    - Decent benefits, although they are constantly being reduced
    - Lots of people available to complain to, since everyone else is also miserable
    - Free donut Fridays (if you're in the 50% of the staff who arrives early enough to get one)

    Cons

    - Almost everything else.
    - Almost every person in a senior position is out-of-touch and clueless, and that starts at the very top. New branding and comically bad business cards / stationary isn't going to distract clients from the bland work we create. You will scratch your hair out trying to figure out how some of the people got to where they are.
    - They need to learn that talk is cheap, and everyone knows it.
    - As others have mentioned, they seem to promote the brown-nosers as opposed to the truly talented and innovative.
    - Stop laying people off randomly! It's really bad for morale.
    - Ridiculous processes stifle creativity, and WAY too many people are involved in the simplest and most mundane tasks. We shouldn't be billing the client 500 hours to make a copy-and-pasted banner ad.
    - We're "digital", kinda like word processors, mouse balls and dot-matrix printers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put quality of work before job preservation, and please actually address the important company issues instead of pretending that they never happened.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Corbett Accel

    Pros

    Many brilliant people work here. Very congenial culture. Good benefits. You work hard but can move up the ladder fast, with a promote from within philosophy.

    Cons

    A small company run with some of the formality and red tape of a GM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change with the time.

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