FCB Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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Carter Murray
33 Ratings

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. Fun place to work in the short term

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    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun office atmosphere, good benefits, no micro-management

    Cons

    Salary below industry average, management needs to do a better job recognizing employee accomplishments, not enough advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Reward the employees who have been there and deserve a promotion. The current culture doesn't encourage employee loyalty to the company.

  2. Do not intern here

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

    I worked at FCB

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

    Pros

    Decent work and good pay. Coffee bar has $1 coffees.

    Cons

    Toxic environment
    Pulled all nighters
    Notorious for not hiring their interns

    Advice to Management

    Take less interns so you can actually hire them on full time

  3. Helpful (1)

    Big clients, lack social media expertise

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

    I have been working at FCB

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, big clients, great office.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of direction for social media clients

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on social media to deliver for digital clients

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  5. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Allow for more training of Jr positions.

  6. Great for those starting out in the ad world

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, very unified, young employees with lots of energy, workspace is open and collaborative, all senior execs are very open and approachable, TONS of time off

    Cons

    Work life balance is a little strained if you want to get promoted, Lower level responsibilities and opportunities vary greatly by client

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more training opportunities for your younger employees, make rotating clients easier

  7. Pleasant, but can be frustrating due to lack of vision and planning.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    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

    Work/life balance and good people.

    Cons

    Lack of vision and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Forecasting, less reactive planning and more long term thinking. Update to compensation/benefits, outdated practices.

  8. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to senior management and executive level

    Cons

    Salaries on the lower end

    Advice to Management

    Increase incentives for employees to stay

  9. Over all it's pretty fine.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Reevaluate the balance bet. work and life.

  10. Lots of great people. Seek them out.

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    • Culture & Values
    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 Management

    Communicate more frequently with junior and mid-level employees.

  11. 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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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