GSD&M

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Legacy agency in need of visionary leadership

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Former Employee - Account Service in Austin, TX
Former Employee - Account Service in Austin, TX

I worked at GSD&M full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great people. The client roster is growing and getting more interesting in recent years. Bringing on younger, more relevant creative talent to compete in today's marketplace. If you are just starting your career, they are a good agency to "cut your teeth on" given process and IdeaU opportunities.

Cons

Leadership is seriously lacking. Duff is out of touch with the talent within the walls and is too buried in financials to recognize the stars. They have been hemorrhaging good people over the last few years. Folks that lived, breathed and contributed to the culture -- and could get anywhere from 20-50% higher pay elsewhere in Austin, or anywhere else in the country easily. Account Management is horrendously broken. Lots of client drones that don't fight for good work. The entire department needs to be overhauled, and get a leader that can inspire everyone from the dinosaur GADs to the fresh AAEs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have a vision, not a budget forecast. Inspire, don't use scare tactics. Trim the fat, reward the rising stars. Being "on the same page" should be more than a checklist. Get Roy and Judy back involved; the heart and soul of the agency left with them.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great company culture, people, and work.

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Director in Austin, TX

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They really care about their people.
    They are passionate about the work.
    Great clients.
    Don't put up with people or clients being disrespectful. to their employees.
    'Freedom and Responsibility" are core values they take seriously leading to a very entrepreneurial environment.
    The founders are wonderful people, and have set the tone for the great culture.

    Cons

    They do not seem to have grown over the last few years from a financial perspective, leading to less competitive compensation packages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    freedom and responsibility, curiousity, winning

    Cons

    grew too fast in my opinion

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