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Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • They stay true to providing a Good work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • The majority of the C-Level executives are absolutely great people (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is hard to maintain (in 8 reviews)

  • Long hours, not much work life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Tales from an FCB Writer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Copywriter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Copywriter in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FCB full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and there is opportunities to work on many different brands outside of your own, as far as creative is concerned.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of communication on all accounts, which leads to confusion and scrambling. However, that may be a truth across all agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Give people good opportunities and they'll rise to the ocassion.


  2. Nice fun environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at FCB full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits fun atmosphere perks

    Cons

    A lot of resources wasted

    Advice to Management

    Unequal workloads


  3. A Great Agency to work for in Chicago

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FCB full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pleasant People
    Good - but expensive - insurance plan

    Cons

    Corporate Atmosphere, Open Space, --------------------------------------------------

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCB full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people that demanded creativity

    Cons

    Politics around the office were obvious

    Advice to Management

    More incentives would be great


  6. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A big place means a big mix of people. There are always smart, fun people to be found as long as you make an effort to move about and see the whole agency.

    Cons

    Not always transparent. Hard to know how your impact is felt on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Empower junior employees with decision making and hold them to high standards.


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    Senior Art Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCB full-time

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on big brands

    Cons

    Politics. Creative leadership plays the favorites game. When you're in, you're good. When you're out, might as well pack up and go.

    Grossly underpaid, despite producing award-winning work while I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they deserve instead of hoarding it for yourselves.

    Be good to ALL employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Creative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some really cool people. Lots of PTO. People are impressed when they see this place on your resume.

    Cons

    Expect to work long nights and weekends... and at last minute's notice. Don't expect any recognition for your work and do expect someone else to claim responsibility for it. Know that undeniably you are replacable with someone younger and cheaper. Rare promotions. Agency politics run rampant here. High burnout rate. A lot of sr. creatives are great at managing projects but rarely people. No sense of mentorship. An expectation to use your own equipment and resources with no reimbursement. Some really ignorant conversations taking place in the open office environment for everyone to hear.


  9. VP, Strategic Planning Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, could excel locally without interference from corporate or holding company.

    Cons

    Strange shake ups in upper management. Unsettled.

    Advice to Management

    Pick what you want to be known for and do it relentlessly well.


  10. Account Executive

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FCB

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

    Pros

    Decent hours, OK pay, decent office

    Cons

    Poor management, terrible office dynamic


  11. FCB in San Francisco

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at FCB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At the time I worked there the creative department had a nice resurgence in the SF office. Good camaraderie. Close to Grumpy's.

    Cons

    Poorly run. The creative resurgence ended. The President of the San Francisco is a long-timer and fairly limited. Took too long to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Not much advice to give. It's a satellite office in a company owned by a holding company. Not sure the leaders in SF have much leeway in what they are allowed to do.



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