FCB Reviews

Updated September 2, 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. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FCB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. There are constant opportunities to learn trough learning sessions and presentations. It is a big agency so it is up to the person to reach out to other teams and departments.

    Cons

    Its a very big agency so it really is up to you to make the best of meeting different team around the agency.


  2. senior copywriter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big clients. Great opportunities for doing exciting work.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Financially unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what kind of culture you want to have.


  3. Great client roster, poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FCB full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on exciting and highly visible clients/projects

    Cons

    Management not always good at recognizing/rewarding performance


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  5. Just like any other agency

    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice, professional, smart people. They make it a point to make you feel appreciated, and management truly wants to try and make you happy. Lots of opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills. If you're the type who is a real go-getter in terms of participating in extracurriculars and putting yourself out there, you'll do well.

    Cons

    Management talked a big game about wanting to be experimental and cutting-edge, but it always ended up feeling a little safe and traditional. Unless you are constantly pitching (in which you kind of had to fight for these opportunities), executing creative for accounts was often unexciting and tedious due to unsophisticated clients. Very high turnover rate amongst younger creatives.


  6. The Good and the Bad, just like any job

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FCB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people to learn from and tons of opportunity for training and to gain knowledge about the entire industry. Lunch and learns provide employees with cutting edge information on topics to help with your own account or with new offerings to present to your client. Fun holiday party after the actual holidays. Tons of PTO, if you can find the time to use it.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of politics. Long hours and major differences between teams.


  7. Account Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, well lit, nice new office, there's beer, it's in a nice part of town that is clean,, snacks are good

    Cons

    Struggling to find an identity, volatile levels of work makes for concerns over job security, too concerned about awards and not about people

    Advice to Management

    Find an identity and execute against it. Improve New Business opportunities to make the place more stable.


  8. Mid-Managers Not That Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FCB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits Global agencies/big brands Great talent pool

    Cons

    A lot of supervisors are promoted because they are good at their job but since there is no training on how to be a manager, they are setup to fail once promoted. Instead of doing what is best for the company, they focus on what is best for a few in the short-term and then set themselves up for failure

    Advice to Management

    Training on how to be a manager and looking at the bigger long-term picture.


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    Great Place to Start Off

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    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot, worked with a great team, and got to work on some amazing brands. The people you work with every day are passionate and caring.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, FCB has more internal politics than most agencies I've worked. If you don't get things right off the bat the opportunities become few and far between.

    Advice to Management

    Don't judge people off first impressions and then leave them out to dry. The atmosphere from upper management is very reactionary which is concerning to lower level employees. Stop playing favorites and give more people opportunities to advance and do great work.


  10. Great attitude, long hours

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    FCB is vibrant and full of energy as an agency. There are lots of young people who are striving for really great work, and the clients treat us as partners so we get lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Junior level hours are very long and sometimes they can be slow to promote.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for employees to swap with other offices. We have a global network, but it's not taken advantage of.


  11. Good people

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Trying to turn the place around.

    Cons

    Trying to do it with made up clients.

    Advice to Management

    Grow your clients



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