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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

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 ManagementAdvice

Keep at it.

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  1. Still a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DDB New York

    Pros

    Management cares about you. Integrity of Senior management. Great learning environment.

    Cons

    Compensation over time can sometimes be a problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback, recognition, opportunity and mentoring are key

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people, mediocre work

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    Former Employee - Accounts Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accounts Director in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at DDB New York

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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).

    Disapproves of CEO
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