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FCB Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
242 Reviews
3.1
242 Reviews
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Carter Murray
30 Ratings

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.  

    Short time there was very satisfying.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    New offices are amazing.
    Team I worked with was friendly and knowledgable.

    Cons

    Too eager to give into client critique or desires.
    Not much training available for Jr positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more training of Jr positions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    If you work hard, you will be rewarded

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to senior management and executive level

    Cons

    Salaries on the lower end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase incentives for employees to stay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great agency to launch a career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Planner in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FCB

    Pros

    Work with some of the best talent in the business - especially in strategic planning and analytics.
    Very uncommon blend of excellent creative talent and excellent strategic talent.
    Laid back environment
    Happy employees
    Free food, beer, snacks, $1 coffee, etc.
    Great accounts: Boeing, K-Mart, KFC, Cox, Jack Daniels, Discover, Big Heart Pets, etc.
    LOTS of PTO
    Flexible hours (you can work from home pretty easily if you don't want to come in)
    Nice offices
    Awesome holiday party

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry average...unless you are recruited at a director + level.
    Not a very clear management structure - so you need to manage up your own career.
    Some accounts are pretty old school / traditional...so if you're looking to work on ONLY the most creative clients, you may be disappointed.
    Some natural bureaucracy, as it's a large IPG owned agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carter Murray is a G. So this is more directed at middle management/regional execs.
    Look at which employees are actually making an impact (which account folks do the clients love and trust; which creatives are producing the best work - not just award winning, but work that clients love; which analysts are finding the meaningful numbers, which planners are coming up with the most creatively provocative briefs; which baristas do people come into work in the mornings to see (...Joshua, Noemi)?

    I think this agency focuses too much on tenure, and creatives who happen to work on "sexy" accounts. Find your needles in the haystack...Not that I'm one of them, but I saw a lot of folks who went largely unrecognized because they were unwilling or uncomfortable to shamelessly promote themselves into senior management. Those are (actually) the people this business needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Over all it's pretty fine.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for someone just start their career.

    Cons

    over all it's a good place to work. no comment so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate the balance bet. work and life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Lots of great people. Seek them out.

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

    I worked at FCB full-time

    Pros

    Every department had someone whose skills and insights were worth seeking out.
    Senior leaders who care

    Cons

    2012 was turbulent year.
    Future direction of departments not always clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently with junior and mid-level employees.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    FCB Chicago office struggles...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FCB

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people working there. The company offers personal time off, decent insurance and a coffee bar.

    Cons

    From a business perspective the FCB Chicago office is a shadow of what it once was. The 2006 merger decimated a long standing reputation and created an exodus of clients and employees. FCB Chicago struggles to recapture the client roster it once had. The office environment is open space so at times it is difficult to concentrate. In the department I was in the director created an atmosphere of exclusion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Love the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Depressing agency still on the decline

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

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

    Pros

    Down town Chicago, free coffee bar, good PTO (if you can use it)

    Cons

    FCB has been in constant change for several years with declining business and things don't seem to be getting any better. Many of the large account have gone elsewhere along with a lot of the experienced creative/non-creative staff.
    Difficult to see who is leading the agency, the current senior management do not show leadership/vision.The agency seem to be in constant disarray always under pressure to make cut backs and savings in the wrong areas, relying on to many freelancers making it frustrating to get any constancy with clients.

    FCB once a great place to work, does not have a positive atmosphere with low morale and a constant change in staff. Free coffee and the occasional drink does not make everything good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the agency wants a fresh start they should not just rest at changing the name again, but make significant changes at the top to senior management who clearly have not shown how to manage and grow and agency in the last few years.

    Also if your going to have a holiday party have it in the holidays instead of being tight and having it mid January when no one want to attend!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boring job, disorganized company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at FCB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I rarely worked more than 35 hours/week. The company offered many vacation days and company perks including an on site cafeteria and company seats at the Cubs.

    Cons

    There was rarely more than 20 hours of work/week to be done, despite many requests for additional work and responsibilities. My boss crossed the line multiple times, touching me inappropriately. When I voiced an opinion in a meeting, he was quick to dismiss me in a condescending manner. When I spoke with HR to request a transfer to another team, they had me interview with a related team and then failed to tell me until 2 months later that they gave the position to another candidate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vet your mid level managers. Mine was a creep!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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