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Great foot-in-the-door experience

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Former Employee - Intern
Former Employee - Intern

I worked at DDB New York

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Gave real duties and assignments, felt needed and wanted for just being an intern, and caring people.

Cons

Interns in other places got paid.

Advice to Management

Keep at it.

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  1. Last months of a sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DDB New York

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

    Pros

    Smart coworkers! Good location. Clients ok. Big name on resume. Was once a showpiece office space. Time off was balanced. Event days were nice, but hard to enjoy when things were grim.

    Cons

    Disingeneous communication as to what was really going on. Lots of process busywork. Clients were noticing things were amiss and people were put in tough positions in not being able to show how bad morale and pessimism became. Hard to keep head high when things are going south.

    Advice to Management

    No one knew what was going on, no one wanted to admit what was going on...how did things get this bad?


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    Great people, mediocre work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accounts Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at DDB New York

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing!! The benefits are great. Culture is cool - lots of parties, social gatherings, 4pm Friday drinks, etc. Casual environment with lots of joking and silliness. Great technology. Digital team is talented.

    Cons

    Work/life can be pretty unbalanced at times. No overtime is paid and days in lieu are rare (or it feels like you shouldn't ask for any unless you've given up an entire weekend for a shoot or something). Management is extremely handsoff - any career pathing/advancement is up to the employee. Very little mentorship, recognition of great skill sets and encouragement to develop these. Annual reviews are purely done because they have to be and then never revisited. You will only get management attention if you demand it and continually follow up. President is in Toronto and is out of touch with Vancouver's needs. Managing Director stays in his office all day and doesn't circulate or get to know employees. Pay is mediocre. Bonuses are hinted at for some positions, but there's no structure on how they get paid out and how you earn them. Creative teams are treated with kid gloves and often act like kids because of that. The rest of the office treads on eggshells to ensure they stay happy. Recognition is not very forthcoming and when it is, it's a slap on the back and a thanks. No idea if/when a raise or promotion is coming. These tend to be long overdue and according to HR pay raises are 'not currently linked to performance.' Not quite sure what they are linked to then... Huge focus on financials. Everything hinges on will we make enough money to satisfy New York. Creative suffers, employees become bean counters instead of idea generators, and account services often ends up at odds with creative due to monetary issues.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on promises made at all-staff meetings. Actually act on the advise given in employee surveys. There's a lot of lip service and not a lot of action. Provide greater transparency to pay, pay raises and bonuses. More balance between financials and creative product. Or at least alignment on what is the definition of success and everyone is held to the same measurements (not awards for creative and profitability for accounts or we end up working against each other).


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