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DDB Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jun 4, 2014

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2.6 34 reviews

13% Approve of the CEO

DDB President and CEO Chuck Brymer

Chuck Brymer

(15 ratings)

30% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • there are great people to work with(in 7 reviews)

  • Most people were smart, nice, supported each other, and acted like adults(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management only cares about their bonus(in 8 reviews)

  • A lot of work, pretty short deadlines(in 3 reviews)

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    The Chief Creative Officer is a bright spot.

    Creative Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAfter years of appallingly bad CCO's in NY (you know who you are,) finally a good one. Matt has impeccable taste and creative judgement and knows how to run and build a department.

    ConsUpper management could just as well be working for an insurance company. On the inspiration and leadership scale they would score a zero. So out of sync with the company values they present in powerpoint slides.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue. Or a soul.
    You can't preach the talented and nice gospel and be neither.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This place could be a great agency

    Digital Producer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsRarely have to work late
    Really amazing people who want to be friends with you in and outside of the office
    Hire people based on personality
    Summer Fridays (where you actually get to leave at 1)
    Off between Christmas-New Years
    Decent midtown location
    Big name clients that look good on your resume
    Easy to coast by without anyone checking in on your

    ConsNo raises/bonuses
     No culture
    Dated office space
    Lots of red tape to get things that should be relatively simple (like access to a print or an external monitor)
    Upper management only cares about their bonus
     No training or investment in talent to keep them up to date on current trends and technology

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something to keep your employees happy. It's the little things like a holiday party or updating our office that keeps up happy and makes us feel relative in the industry.

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

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    No Growth, No Reward, No Leadership. No Culture--Empty Promises

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsA lot of potential to be great. Its a good company name to have on your resume.

    ConsOffice environment in DDB NY is stagnant, old, does not feel like an agency and there is no culture. The office space is so poor that it can be very embarrassing to bring clients to the office for meetings, yet alone prospective clients. For example, the office carpet is ripped in many areas and some conference rooms do not have A/C because DDB refuses to spend the money and fix. DDB does not match your 401K and does not tell you that they are not matching--you find out on your own! Very disappointing given Omnicom spent $100MM to find out that Wren and Levy couldn't agree, but DDB (part of Omnicom) employees can get a 401K match or salary increase, very unfortunate and telling of how employees are thought of. There are no bonus distributions and salary increases come very seldom (many wait 4-6 years). Senior management is very weak, makes decisions based on political impact (not about what is best for the business, situation, client or employee). Many empty promises are made, at least in DDB NY causing much of the great talent to leave. There is no defined career path or actions to set you up for success in order to grow and learn. The performance review process is a waste, senior management does not encourage or help you achieve your goals nor is there any incentive to do so year after year. The people that are rewarded are those that are weak and/or play along with the political environment at DDB. Many empty promises are made to employees to have them come to DDB or stay, but never are the fulfilled. DDB NY does not have any leadership, the current individuals do not come close to what leadership of a company should be and do nothing to improve the agency. There is no business growth in the agency despite losing businesses. The company survey each year does nothing to improve the environment and employee concerns.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees as you would like your clients to be treated. Grow the employees so there is a defined career path. Reward strong performers, incentivize employees to go above and beyond (i.e. promotion, bonus..etc), provide salary increases (many of have gone 4-6 years before getting an increase). The perspective at DDB is there is NO leadership; the ones in leadership positions are very weak and are more concerned about making political decisions in order to protect themselves. There is no growth, at least in the NY office. No culture or feeling of comradely and there is nothing done by leadership to change/improve/fix the low morale. Match employees 401K, especially since bonuses are not disrupted and there are salary increases.

    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 work

    Studio Artist (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPeople are very friendly and hang out outside of work. Also, many people work there for a long time because they like the place which is rare for the advertising industry. Management is very accomodating to employee's need.

    ConsThere is no much incentive to grow. Most of us have been on salary freeze for a long time and not much support to learn something new, but they expect us to keep up to date on technology.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great co-workers. DDB hires nice people. No career track though, so not recommended.

    Digital Producer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsPeople who work at DDB are nice. The hours aren't too bad unless you are on a bad project, then they are really bad. Definitely a place where people can get their start, but not a place you can grow or should end up.

    ConsThere is no way to get promoted. There is no vision or leadership. After seeing other agencies I can say the culture is 100% driven by the worker bees. The company does not invest in it's people AT ALL. Have a good idea? "Don't rock the boat". Want to make things better? "We don't have a budget for that". DDB does not give raises. You can work there 20 years and you will still be paid the same. They do it on purpose to keep their earning in shareholders pockets rather than invest in making great work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo what it takes to keep talent. As long as you continue to fill your agency with newbies and don't take steps to nurture them there will never be any leadership and the agency will never be taken seriously. Grow a pair, and make a plan to get better and compete. Take care of your people.

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

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    Politically Riddled

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat culture and seemingly proponents of employees at all levels. Large enough to absorb and reshuffle employees. While large, has small agency feel depending on which group/account you work on.

    ConsPolitically riddled, top brass not in-tune with current times. Micro-management from 11th floor slows down progress and disempowers presidents and ultimately people who run accounts on a day to day basis. Raises promised to string employees along.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little more transparency would help. Empowering the right people. Let up a bit.
    Provide raises when promised.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people

    Director of Social Media (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe environment is fun and inspiring because of the people DDB attracts. Management is flexible and understanding with personal lives/schedules as long as the work gets done.

    ConsThe company has yet to keep up with the talent and industry, both in terms of compensation and capabilities. The office space is rather dated and depressing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBringing "company culture" into the forefront again would help tremendously with team morale. Redesigning the offices wouldn't hurt either.

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    It is what it is

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsEasy work and hours for admins, summer Friday's, week off between Christmas and New Year's. Some of the people are great. Free food after meetings.

    ConsHUGE turnover rate. There's no sense of community or unity between groups. Account and creative may as well be working in separate buildings for different companies. Management is slow to promote and slower to give raises. AAE's and AE's are basically slaves to the office. Pay is average, though you will get much more as a new hire than if you were promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold more company-wide meetings and events. No one ever knows what's going on and there is a huge disconnect.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flailing

    Account Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNice, approachable and experienced people

    ConsNot innovative, invested in talent or thriving

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

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    Sinking Ship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat people still work there

    ConsWeak and frightened leadership. Company has no compassion or vision

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to your staff and at least pretend you care about them

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

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