Crispin Porter

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Crispin Porter Reviews in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, creative people, make a cool environment to work on by letting you bring your dog get free breakfast (in 7 reviews)

  • It's also a great place to meet talented people that you'll end up networking with for the rest of your career (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent, so ensure you love what you do (in 23 reviews)

  • Long hours but you don't even notice some times (in 23 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Crispin Porter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Collaborative company that keeps it up to date and fun. Tons to learn and a great deal of people who care about your thoughts.

    Cons

    Some people may be out to get others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the "little people".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst place I've ever worked.

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    Former Employee - Content Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Miami, FL

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free food in the kitchen.

    Cons

    This is by far the worst agency I've ever worked at. They used to ask me to come in to work at 4am because the senior management was so dysfunctional they couldn't get the work done unless it was some crazy house. They also have regular, large rounds of layoffs, your job is never safe.

    Additionally, the creative has gone so downhill that big name clients are dropping the agency regularly.

    No one is happy working at this agency, everyone is always worried for their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    good place to make mediocre work.

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Miami, FL

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    cool people and smart people who like to have fun

    Cons

    hours are hellish and people can be vicious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less managament to get in the way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Zero respect for creatives, especially interns.

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    Former Employee - Design Intern in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Design Intern in Miami, FL

    I worked at Crispin Porter as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen, big name clients that boost your portfolio, some discounts from clients, nice location in Miami (but no chance to enjoy it at all)

    Cons

    Crispin is a highly toxic work environment, with zero life-work balance. I often left the office (usually well past 9pm and I was just an intern) wondering how people with kids, dogs or even dentist appointments ever fit anything in. Due to a push to restore the reputation of the agency to its former glory, they laid off the entire creative management department and eliminated a lot of perks (the personal trainer etc.) to hire more creatives, but due to the lack of organization this was basically just a futile attempt to squeeze as many ideas out of a day of work as possible without making structural or organizational changes. The emphasis on creative for creative's sake was ok, but often times many hours were spent on something that was never even brought up in a meeting or weeks were spent on something with not so much as a "good job" at the end. There was a very cliquey/political office feel and people were not welcoming at all. Certain employees even bartered sex to gain favor or consideration for future projects/opportunities. One executive in creative even made the whole department work during the holiday party that was going on downstairs. Higher ups in creative seemed to have no awareness of what is going on around them in their own city or even in the world and do not encourage employees to seek opportunities to learn or expand their scope, by pursuing out of work interests. Over all, there was zero respect for the employees as people and the pros were a drop in the pail compared to the total soul sucking work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a consulting firm to establish REAL organization within the creative department, ensure that employees have a life-work balance that doesn't leave them feeling guilty for going to their kids soccer games and stop hiring interns for minimum wage and treating them like indentured servants - pay them appropriately for what they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Warp-speed agency with extremely high expectations. CP+B is not for everyone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Crispin Porter as an intern

    Pros

    Miami is where it all started. This office has retained some of that original culture, and a few of the legends who created it. There's a reason Chuck Porter and Steinhour stayed in Miami, and it isn't just the palm trees.

    Creative, strategic, and technological powerhouse.

    Brilliant, surprisingly humble people running or unicycling/scootering/skateboarding about.

    Resources you won't find in most agencies.

    Great parties & perks.

    Cons

    A healthy work/life balance does not exist at CP+B. Fortunately, your co-workers are likable, or at least interesting.

    Warp-speed agency with very high expectations, can be extremely high pressure/demanding.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for your resume, bad for your life.

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    Former Employee - Content Supervisor in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Content Supervisor in Miami, FL

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time

    Pros

    resume-building experience
    fun company (important since you're there 24/7)

    Cons

    This is the typical company that grew too fast. Badly trained managers who care very little about their people and mostly about ego. Loyal employees who love the place are not valued and soon they'll have none left. Their boys' club started as a joke, but it's grown into an aggravating stereotype. They try to make up for your missing family life by throwing parties, giving you booze, and stocking their kitchen with food. Might work temporarily until you realize the important things are passing you by. Offices are in nice locations, except you don't get to enjoy a life outside of work. 5% of the people do 95% of the work, but their salaries don't necessarily reflect it. And the creative work is not what it used to be; probably never will be again. A nod to Bogusky who knew to jump from this sinking ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to grow great people from within. Pay better attention to your loyal hard-working employees who have stuck by it all, rather than the shooting stars who burn out quick and leave. The people who made CP+B what it is are leaving, and all you have left are over-paid egomaniacs who once did something great but now are just enjoying the view from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exhausting work life with decent benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen every AM (gourmet coffee, fresh bagels, yogurt)
    Laid back atmosphere
    Talented ppl
    Great benefits
    Rewarding company events

    Cons

    Long hours (nights, weekends)
    Stagnant career
    Favoritism
    Management unattached

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to who works with you, look at the employees who are loyal- not the ones who come in make a bold statement, freshen up their resume and then move on. You had great ppl who actually cared and believed in you as a whole entity. Not just selfish creatives with big egos. Reward the ppl who make the effort and show up on time every day for 7 years with a clean, showered, positive appearance. Upper management should also be more involved in their depts that can help overall success. Were they aware we were questioned why our BB was not looked at on a Sat afternoon or even 11pm on a week night? Work is work but there has to be a line to keep ones sanity. Rethink hiring friends of friends of family members who scavanged the halls for free food and T-shirts rather than well balanced ppl looking for a long term established career. Perhaps look at cutbacks in other areas than salaries, the layoffs were a joke as we all know who you hired in after you walked dozens out the door. Your events and gifts are fun, thoughtful and over the top, but are they worth ruining families who came to a new city with a fresh start and big dreams? Keller is great and will miss those weekly updates that keep you in the know, but Alex had a vibe no one can grasp. Look at what he is doing now, he believes in something that is worthwhile. Not just looking for a win or a trophy to show off. I do highly recommend CPB as a great place to start ( intern?) but don't look too much into the 401K retirement plan.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, but your career might become stagnant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Crispin Porter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Its a fun place to work and super laid back. We get beer on Fridays, snacks in the kitchen, killer parties / events (crazy holiday party and fishing trips), and the parking garage comes in handy when you come visit the Grove. Work is challenging and the pay is decent. Company phone is a great perk.

    Cons

    Depending on what department you're in, Boulder seems like the place to be if you want to get promoted or noticed. If you work in the Miami office long enough, you might get a feeling that your career is stagnant. There's a pretty high turnover rate in the Boulder office though, so perhaps people there are seeing some other negative changes. Not very good for morale.

    The number of vacation days is a joke. 10 days per year and they don't roll over. Once you hit the 3 year mark, you get 15. On the plus side, last year the office was closed the last Friday of every month in the summer months.

    Hours might suck, especially if you're working on a project with someone in Boulder or LA. Weekend work is to be expected for some. Every weekend in some cases. This could be mitigated by better management. Mandatory comp days for weekend work would be awesome.

    Bonuses? Ha! Haven't had those for a while.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lifestyle change

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    Current Employee - Senior Traffic Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Traffic Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Crispin Porter full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great perks, relaxed and casual work environment, great location, extremely creative environment

    Cons

    On call 24/7, no respect for personal life, creatives are condescending prima donnas that think the world operates on their time, extremely long hours, inexperienced account management team.

  11.  

    It's just one of the best, but you have to love to work

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    Former Employee - Creative Intern in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Creative Intern in Miami, FL

    I worked at Crispin Porter

    Pros

    One of the best creative atmospheres there could be. They realize you'll be essentially living at the agency from time to time, so they make sure it's a great place to be. Gym with trainer on site, dog-friendly, kitchen stocked with snacks, sodas, tea and coffee. Very open and relaxed atmosphere with many casual meeting/brainstorming lounge areas throughout.

    Cons

    You must not depend on getting off work at 5:00. On occasion, don't depend on going home at all. The showers aren't only for the gym users. At some point you will not leave for more than 24 hours at a time. There is an unfortunate practice of rewarding those who look out for themselves more than those who support the team.

    Recommends

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