DDB Chicago Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Fun Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Print Producer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Print Producer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at DDB Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Office atmosphere. Plenty of places to relax and do your work, couches everywhere, great view of the city in all directions from the 40th floor. They believe in hiring NICE people. Summer hours, half day Fridays.

    Cons

    They haven't given out raises in a few years.

    Advice to Management

    When you promote people and give them new titles, you should also attach a raise to it.


  2. Good Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DDB Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Healthcare/Benefits package, 401K, etc.
    Summer hours
    Monthly Happy Hour
    Continental Breakfast everyday
    For the most part a friendly atmosphere and overall good place to work.

    Cons

    Employees of DDB can be very "click-ish". Improvements can be made in their training programs for certain jobs. They rarely hire/promote within the agency...they seem to prefer going outside the agency for new hires.
    Salary/wages can be more competitive and the system they have in place for self evaluation for possible wage increases need to be revamped in all areas.

    Advice to Management

    Improve their training programs. Make a concerted effort to promote and hire within the agency. Be more competitive with wages/salaries. Value your employees.


  3. Wonderful, friendly, creative place to work

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

    I worked at DDB Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people were wonderful, and the work very challenging.

    Cons

    Overtime, overtime, overtime. Not good work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Keep it fresh


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  5. Amazing. Great work environment full of brilliantly creative, kind people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DDB Chicago

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant talented people. Amazing space.

    Cons

    They should hire more juniors!

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people!


  6. DDB-Chicago -A great place to work at!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DDB Chicago

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, intelligent people, highly energetic environment, many opportunities!. Getting to watch the Super Bowl commercials a day before the rest of the world is awesome.

    Cons

    Client based service means if you think you going home at 5pm...think again. Late hours, weekends on occasion and early mornings are not conducive to family life.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people right and they will stay loyal. Happy workers means you will have very happy clients. Mahe every day as a learning experience for your employees.


  7. Okay place to work. But not a place to grow.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at DDB Chicago full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some larger accounts, mid-size agency with resources. People work hard, but still able to have a life outside of work.

    Cons

    Needs to win some new business, show more competition in the marketplace. Poor career-management in terms of growth plans with in the agency and performance management.


  8. Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DDB Chicago

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Busy, but fun.

    Cons

    Nothing really that bad. Some office politics, but that's normal. Long hours, but that's normal also.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The worst of the dinosaurs in a dying business.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DDB Chicago full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Once upon a time, this was a great agency. I was an employee and loved them so much I then hired them (so was then a client). But the difference between 7 or 8 years ago and now is, sadly, night and day.

    Cons

    Everyone seems to be "punching the clock," just waiting to get to some better agency. There seems to be no plan to put the agency back on a winning track, let alone to catch up to 2010. Their oft-touted digital and social expertise is a joke (perhaps ironic given their CEO is a former digital guy but maybe not ironic as he's the worst "clock puncher" of them all).

    Advice to Management

    I don't know how to advise the management team as I humbly believe they are the root of the problem. A modern communications company shouldn't have so much management, let alone bosses in NY and a holding company, etc. There are just too many layers of people who don't actually do any work.


  10. Arguably the best agency in Chicago

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DDB Chicago full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As far as Chicago agencies go, DDB probably has the best creative output. Renovated floors are much better than other agencies open floor plans. The views are hard to beat. Hours are pretty good compared with other agencies.

    Cons

    Most agencies in Chicago and probably across the country still act like the country is in a recession. So most, including DDB, try not to give raises. Even to the best employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push for the best creative possible. And compensate your best employees before you lose them in this employees' market.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Living on borrowed time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DDB Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a Starbucks in the Aon Center, it's connected to the pedway, and Grant Park is across the street.

    Cons

    Myopic leadership, lack of any type of collaboration, departmental silos, creative shackles, and clients that keep the agency in perpetual motion chasing their tails. Easily, the most castrating and thankless role I've ever had with an agency.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Too many dinosaurs. Far too top heavy



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