Crispin Porter

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Crispin Porter Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
115 Reviews
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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 place to make your footprint in Advert

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    Former Employee - Content Management Intern in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Content Management Intern in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful offices, great culture to accompany

    Some of the most talented folks in the business (makes for amazing resources/friendships)

    Cons

    Intern pay was disproportionate to the work that went in

    Hours can get a bit grueling at times, but, hey, nature of the beast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Interactive Producer
    Current Employee - Senior Interactive Producer

    I have been working at Crispin Porter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People, Perks, loose structure without micromanagement. great boss.

    Cons

    Structure - not a learning environment. Well, learn by experience, dont expect to be taught.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Senior Copywriter

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    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Crispin Porter

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on creative. Competitive pay. Minimum office politics and good team relations.

    Cons

    Despite it's efforts, Crispin still overworks it's employees to the point of diminishing returns. People burn out and then their work suffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CP+B has always been a maverick in advertising. It would be nice to see them take that same approach to work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Expect great experience through lots of work as an intern.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Intern in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Working in Boulder is great. There are many many smart and talented people who work at CP+B. The free burritos are pretty great. Getting paid for an internship is apparently nice according to others I spoke to in industry, however the wages aren't enough to support yourself in Boulder, CO.

    Cons

    Loooong hours. Very little work-life balance. Cold work environment, both physically and socially. Training was virtually obsolete so be prepared to learn on your own.

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company that values culture and community.

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    Current Employee - Producer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Producer in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Crispin Porter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    very fun work environment inside the office.

    Cons

    low pay for lots of responsibility - lack of concrete process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ups and Downs at CP+B Boulder

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    Former Employee - Creative in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Creative in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Crispin Porter part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, the people are incredibly nice, driven, and help create a very great work atmosphere. There are a few bad eggs, but that happens everywhere. The company is creatively driven, and the emphasis shows. The atmosphere in the company is anything but corporate, which is great if you want a work environment that isn't rigid and stuffy.

    For the most part, if you fit with the culture here, it's a great place to work in creative. Usually each creative team is assigned a few accounts, which helps to prevent burn-out of ideas. CP+B uses a unique process for concepts and creative development that acts as quality control, and helps set a high standard. I was a fan of the method. Attitudes vary from account to account but for the most part, creative management are all very motivated to put out good work that satisfies the agency's agenda, as well as the client's. The agency has a great number of resources, and the studio department was especially impressive.

    The facilities are great, and are dog-friendly. The kitchen is always stocked with free food and ends up helping cut costs from your grocery budget.

    Cons

    The agency culture is a bit of a frat-house mentality - if you don't like the taste of the kool-aid, you can take a hike. Company-wide emails addressing dissenting reviews about beer cart Thursdays on Agency Spy came off as odd and insecure.

    The culture is changing from what it used to be, but CP+B Boulder is still reminiscent of a sweat shop. The atmosphere is laid back, but employees work long hours, and the facilities are conducive to practically living at the agency.

    The right hand doesn't seem to know what the left is doing all the time. While I worked in Boulder, there were 3 project managers to one creative team, and they rarely had any idea what the other was demanding and in what timeframe. I was often reminding them to check with the other people in project mgmt before assigning me work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open-minded when it comes to what keeps your employees happy: Some people enjoy company keggers, but other simply enjoy having a life outside the workplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work. Amazing people. You'll discover just how possible the impossible is. You'll learn to base everything in strategy that is aimed at the core of the business problem. And you'll spend all day finding that core.

    Cons

    Nonstop. Low pay. Zero recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize those that not only do the work but do it without complaining.

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

    Amazing and terrible

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    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    The building is made to do good work. From the content (or account as everyone else calls them) people to creatives to the receptionist, everyone is on the same page, everyone is bright, and everyone is pushing to make the work good.

    After working here, I think differently. I've learned to think quickly, broadly, and in a modern way.

    Cons

    So much pressure. So little free time. It's hard to make plans. It's hard to have a life outside of work. It's getting better and with new leadership it's changing more and more. But overall it's still too much.

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

    Bootcamp and Factory

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time

    Pros

    CPB teaches you to work quickly and how to come up with good ideas. You'll learn a lot from the people around you. There's lots of opportunity to make work. It's also a great place to meet talented people that you'll end up networking with for the rest of your career.

    Cons

    Long hours, it's a sweatshop. Don't expect much life-work balance, but you know that going in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good people

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    Current Employee - Content Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Content Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    smartest best people in the industry

    Cons

    work life balance is definitely lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    overall, path forward for a 3 year plan seems uncleat

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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