Crispin Porter
3.2 of 5 105 reviews
www.cpbgroup.com Miami, FL 150 to 499 Employees

Crispin Porter Reviews in Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

Updated Feb 19, 2014
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2.7 16 reviews

                             

62% Approve of the CEO

Crispin Porter CEO Andrew Keller

Andrew Keller

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great experience.

    Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Miami, FL

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

    ConsSome people may be out to get others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about the "little people".

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

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    Worst place I've ever worked.

    Content Manager (Former Employee)
    Miami, FL

    ProsFree food in the kitchen.

    ConsThis 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.

    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 place to make mediocre work.

    Art Director (Former Employee)
    Miami, FL

    Proscool people and smart people who like to have fun

    Conshours are hellish and people can be vicious.

    Advice to Senior Managementless managament to get in the way

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

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    Zero respect for creatives, especially interns.

    Design Intern (Former Employee)
    Miami, FL

    ProsFully 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)

    ConsCrispin 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    (Former Employee)
    Miami, FL

    ProsMiami 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.

    ConsA 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exhausting work life with decent benefits

    (Former Employee)
    Miami, FL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for your resume, bad for your life.

    Content Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Miami, FL

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

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementLearn 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.

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

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    Fun place to work, but your career might become stagnant

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Miami, FL

    ProsIts 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.

    ConsDepending 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lifestyle change

    Senior Traffic Manager (Current Employee)
    Miami, FL

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

    ConsOn 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.

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    lots of really smart people. lots of idiots too.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Miami, FL

    Prosresume, big brands, awards, and culture.

    Conslots of morons. they pi55 away money retaining worthless low level employees in departments like QOL. Big EGOS.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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