DeVries Global Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Great work environment, great home/work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at DeVries Global full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great clients and great employees - this agency respects individuals and in turn respects personal time. Some internal processes are restricted due to IPG Policies but the agency strives to set and live by its own culture. The PTO allocation is generous and the agency currently offers summer Fridays (3pm finish June-Aug), additional benefits are appreciated. Smaller agency feel with global agency opportunities and vision.

    Cons

    Certain restrictions/policies set by parent company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to ask for and listen to feedback - it works.


  2. PR intern

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

    I worked at DeVries Global

    Pros

    great client list, caring supervisor and HR

    Cons

    seating situation, low compensation, intern workload


  3. Helpful (1)

    Account Coordinator

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

    I worked at DeVries Global

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

    Pros

    Generous vacation time, bar cart, summer Fridays, free cereal.

    Cons

    Gossip, catty, back-stabbing culture. Complete antipathy towards junior employees; unwillingess to remedy serious issues within teams and among coworkers. Senior employees regularly left at 5:30 while account coordinators and junior account executives stayed until 9, 10, 11pm, thus horrendous work life balance.

    Losses of extremely important, high-quality and revenue-generating clients. Sinking ship, unstable, pessimitic feeling for the future of the company. High turnover (especially among leadership recently), understaffed, organization structure is confusing and unclear, high stress environment, low morale set by senior management, very little employee appreciation hence the high turnover.

    This was the worst place I have ever worked. I'm so grateful to be gone.

    Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and value junior staff. Don't call the group of people working on an account a team if senior employees aren't willing to unload some of the work off of the more junior members.


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  5. Great place to start out your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DeVries Global

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

    Pros

    The nature of the work is fun, working with clients and team members.

    Cons

    Senior management has just gone through a lot of changes recently

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more clearly and frequently to your staff


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not challenging enough

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at DeVries Global

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -The office is small, therefore there is an opportunity to get to know people
    -Midtown, easily accessible

    Cons

    -lack of diversity
    -PR types, rich white girls
    -work not challenging enough

    Advice to Management

    hire a diverse team


  7. Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at DeVries Global full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    made you feel a part of the team

    Cons

    nothing bad to say really, had a great summer

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure to oversee the managers of the interns


  8. Helpful (1)

    There are better places to work as an AC

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DeVries Global full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of intelligent people work here, big name clients

    Cons

    There is no value on lower level employees. They bear the burden of the workload and upper management does nothing to help.

    The company claims to value work-life balance, but there is close to none.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep your lower level employees in mind.


  9. DeVries

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at DeVries Global full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    DeVries is a well oil machine with a set of strategic and creative thinkers. The 360 collaboration and brand planning is far above traditional pr standards.

    Cons

    While there have been efforts to improve work-life balance among the entire company there are teams that are working late hours around the clock and then others that seem to stick to company office hours.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should regulate each teams work load and consider staffing where needed.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Wrecking Ball and House of Cards

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at DeVries Global full-time (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beware my friends of the reviews listed here. I started six months ago moving from Chicago to New York and this place is a disaster - everything is disorganized and the people are rude

    Cons

    Clients are horrific - expecting wha results with retainers at 15 to 20k - clients treating staff horrible and Management refuses to do anything due to money

    Advice to Management

    Shut the doors, turn off be lights, and say adios to the worst PR firm in the world - adios


  11. A powerhouse of ideas and great thinkers. People that really get it.

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

    I have been working at DeVries Global full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic teams and a sophisticated approach to the business. A mid-size agency that enables growth for its employees and for its clients. While many agencies seem stuck in the world of traditional PR, DeVries Global pushes the envelope mixing earned and social media in a way that is credible and interesting.

    Cons

    I haven't experienced any negative experiences.



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