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Felt like a library, not a creative department

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Former Employee - Copywriter  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY

I worked at FCB

Pros

The agency had money to burn and time to kill. I'd get three weeks to revise a headline on some accounts. Luxury!

Need for bodies meant I worked on upwards of 5 accounts at the same time.

Fantastic Traffic and Proofreading departments.

Cons

Quiet and awkward vibe. Felt somewhere between working in a library and working in bank.

On many accounts, creative direction was often, "Just do it the way we did it last year."

Firings were large and frequent, making the agency feel like a work camp at times, leaving those of us remaining dumbstruck and just grateful to be employed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on the work, and the awards will follow. Not the other way around.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A fine place to work, until IPG took over, merged FCB with Draft and placed greedy, abrasive management in place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB

    Pros

    It's a well-known ad agency where you get to work along side some very talented creative people on national accounts.

    Cons

    Upper management at Draftfcb & IPG has ruined the team-oriented atmosphere that existed for decades at FCB. They came in and destroyed great, long-term client relationships with a pompous attitude and backstabbing politics, casting aside people who dedicated careers to the agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on serving the client, consumer and agency people who do the work. That's what makes an agency valuable and profitable. Treating clients and employees as disposable pawns have given you short-term rewards but will catch up to you some day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Probably still looks good on your resume, but that's about it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB

    Pros

    Some coworkers are very talented.
    A lot of paid time off.
    Work hours are more than manageable, if you are competent.
    Small perks are given.
    Salaries are OK in most departments, compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Absolutely no career path.
    Upper management is embarrassingly bad.
    HR department is completely untrustworthy.
    It's never what you know, it's who you know.
    You will never be given proper credit for things you contribute.
    New Business department is incompetent.
    No follow through on any ideas or procedures. New things are introduced and then never heard of again.
    Employees are bullied into voting Draftfcb as one of the best places to work, etc. but don't actually feel valued and employed by one of the best places to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete overhaul of management is needed or this agency is doomed. The incompetence of senior level executives (SVP level, mostly but also above SVP) has ruined this company. Turnover is excessive, even for an ad agency. There is no incentive for a talented person to stay more than a couple of years, due to lack of career path or rewards. Only the mediocre or worse would have reason to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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