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Work hard, play hard

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at BBDO Atlanta

Pros

This is a fun place to work, the people who work here are very nice people. Hours are very flexible, there are a lot of little perks like free popcorn, tea, coffee, and occasional catered breakfasts.

Cons

The expectation is that people work hard, and work long hours this includes weekends. We've been hit hard by the recession, and there have been several layoffs since 2008. The biggest issue right now is lack of compensation. People haven't gotten raises for a very long time, and this has had a big impact on employee satisfaction.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The message you are sending to employees is very confusing. You have a party, followed by a layoff the next day. As a communications company you are sending a very confused message that makes employees think management isn't on the same page. Here are the big issues I see from an employee perspective. Management is disconnected from the employees. Walk around, get to know people, understand what's going on. Think of creative ways to compensate people who have stuck by you during this difficult time. People need to feel appreciated. Being told we need to work harder is frankly demotivating. For good creative, you need a creative environment. Rushing through the process won't give you good creative. Planning needs to play an integral role, it seems like no one is planning out the work we have coming, and that we are simply being reactive. It's not ok for people to work consecutive all-nighters and weekends. It's also not ok for these people not to get comp-time in return. There needs to be a better comp-time policy. Employees shouldn't have to ask for it, managers should know that they have to schedule it. Employees should also be given an opportunity to say how they think their managers are doing. There is no process like this, it's completely top down. I have been working at this company for a long time. Some things are much better, some are worse. Overall, I see people spending a lot of time working against each other for competitive reasons. I think if people tried to work together, and be more collaborative the outcome would be much better.

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Other Reviews for BBDO Atlanta

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, great environment, which makes up for the less than stellar salary.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta

    Pros

    collective knowledge of coworkers, fun environment

    Cons

    work life balance has not been achieved by many here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all employees' life outside of work.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful people, but many are overworked and under appreciated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere around the agency is great--high energy, positive attitudes, plenty of fun, office events. Most of the clients are great, trusting, and offer good learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the pay does not reflect the effort that many put into their work, and there's little to no communication about the status of raises and promotions. Additionally, some departments are lacking leadership and structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees want more information--what are you doing to fill positions? Give raises? How are we doing as a whole? Even if there's no news, or bad news, it's better to hear it directly from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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