FCB

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FCB Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
233 Reviews
3.1
233 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance was great, but I believe that depends on what accounts you work on (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)

  • Expected to work countless weekends and long hours with no comp time (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Love the company

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at FCB

    Pros

    Great teams great people great beneifts great pay

    Cons

    really long hours and poor work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people to spread out work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCB

    Pros

    Great People/ Great office / Great location

    Cons

    Going through significant changes - so Senior leadership turnover has not helped with those that have tenure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your people - take the time to know and keep good talent! Sometimes this is overlooked

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place if it wasn't for the merge

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    Former Employee - Assistant Client Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Client Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, coffee bar was awesome. I got to say that employees were valued when it was Draft legacy. It was family to me.

    Cons

    It wasn't a merge with FCB it was a take over! Most legacy Draft employees were being let go. It was miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Keep Looking

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent initial compensation. Large network of agencies. Rich history. This is advertising so you always have fun and talented people to work with.

    Cons

    Micro-managed as a creative. Current leadership heavy-handed. Poor morale. Open office plan stifles collaboration. Client roster instability. Huge creative freelance group preferred and respected over creative staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting new business, retaining and rebuilding and let your people work for you and shine instead of getting too far down in the weeds. Office morale is low, people are nervous. Smiles aren't what they seem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the most creative shop

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    Former Employee - Broadcast Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Broadcast Producer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at FCB as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Almost everyone I met was really nice and talented. A few strange quirks among the staff, especially the old timers. Mostly in a good way. The work was meh.

    Cons

    It felt really corporate and top heavy. The office itself seemed uninspiring as a whole. There was a lot of grumbling about senior management. Everyone talented and not as senior seemed to have one foot out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    would of, could have, should have

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCB

    Pros

    Goal : change the world

    Cons

    Unbridled and untalented management at the top. A CEO who has never managed people and has a hard time communicating ... and a founder who has a hard time not stretching the truth to get to the next conversation. Hard to work in a place like that, where people also do not have a clear vision, clear product plan, no financial plan and not enough IP to make it work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept the weaknesses and let the staff do the work that they can.

  8.  

    Media Planner

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FCB

    Pros

    Fantastic group of co-workers. Company offered great training courses to grow help grow your career and nice perks (holiday parties, PTOs, etc).

    Cons

    Changes in Executive Level Management. Teams can be top heavy and disconnected from the day to day operations. Long hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Ideas, No Cajones.

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    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB

    Pros

    All of the lower level employees (up to ACDs) are some of the nicest people I know and most of them continue to be really good friends. Plus, who doesn't love (basically) free coffee and a ton of vacation days.

    Cons

    All the leaders of this place are people with big ideas that are too afraid to lose the client to ever actually follow through and create great work. In the end, FCB becomes the puppet for the client and produces the same stale product over and over again. All of the higher ups (CDs and above) are un-communicative and disjointed. There are some cliques that feel as though they are better than everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair of cajones and make great work. You have the firepower. Use it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Needs A Soul Botox

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FCB full-time

    Pros

    Charming, high-rise open-faced floor plan with all the amenities such as a 24-Hour Doorman, Elevator Shaft, Package Receiving, Awards Gathering Room, Food Center, and a Rooftop restaurant with a lake and skyline views.
    Extremely vigilant HR team.

    Cons

    Constant undertone of just-barely-getting-by. Late nights common for mid- and lower- level employees. Senior management while great people, are myopic and disjointed leaders – prone to cronyism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The situation is death by one thousand cuts. Worry about fixing the cage before taming lions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company culture.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FCB full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great location downtown, great work/life balance, great inclusive company culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes heavily process laden during to the large parent company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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