Firstborn

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No bull

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Firstborn full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you want to do some serious work.

    It has a no-bull approach to doing the work that needs to be done.

    People with egos or negative attitudes are quickly taken care of. That nonsense doesn't fly at Firstborn; the company is a single team.

    Flat hierarchy and attitude; no one really cares about one's title (they're mostly for clients). I barely know the titles of the people around me.

    Still keeping corporative baloney to a minimum.

    Feels like family, if you approach it with the same attitude.

    Cons

    Not much guidance for newcomers, especially people that needs to be managed or to adapt to the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Seriously.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, lots of heart for the work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Tons of talent everywhere, especially in the creative, studio, and dev teams—which means lots of great ideas and execution. Really tight culture and lots of ritualistic events throughout the year that bring people together.

    Cons

    Not as well known as some of the bigger shops, which can be both good and bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, feels like a start-up but now starting to grow on a rapid scale.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Firstborn full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with some truly wonderful people.

    Cons

    The agency is growing bigger in a very rapid way, and the culture is starting to suffer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not bad for a first job.

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    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Firstborn full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonably fun work environment, with some great people. Some challenging work, but also some boring 'bread-and-butter' work to keep the money coming in.
    The best piece of advice I can give, if you like sports (basketball, hockey etc) and you used to be a jock at high school, you will do very well at this company.
    Their interns they have are amazing, usually they have 2-3 years experience (why are they interns?) and come from outside of the US.

    Cons

    The company is growing fast, and management don't know how to handle it staff-wise. First day of your job you are not introduced to anyone, which makes it very intimidating. After a while you work out who are the people of influence in the company (usually the directives and people close to the boss). They will keep getting promoted year-after-year (hence why the high ranked employee stay). But the bulk of the staff are not in this elite group, and it makes it feel like promotions and pay reviews are not based on performance but rather 'who you know'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give junior employees a chance and let them grow, offer them feedback and reward a job well done.
    And fix the work hours, working till 10pm most nights and doing all-nighters is not a sign of hard working employees. Its a sign that something further up the chain is broken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great talent and brains under one roof

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    Former Employee - Artist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Artist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Really great and smart people. CEO is a very caring man. If you are truly passionate about this line of work, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    The life/work balance is lacking. When deadlines are approaching it was hard to leave the office.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Life changing. Bustling with innovation and vigilant on execution.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Firstborn

    Pros

    Working with talented people who are motivated to deliver quality work.

    Cons

    Not being appreciated enough for the hard work and dedication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to gain experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Firstborn

    Pros

    hard-working/talented colleagues to share knowledge with, could learn tons of stuff, fun

    Cons

    h a r d w o r k i n g

  9.  

    Smart people, smart company, hard work, not a lot of play

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Firstborn attracts a great deal of international people with amazing skillsets. Devs there are topnotch.

    Cons

    They're trying to be more than a production shop, but aren't quite there yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking of your employees as non-people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Very cool people, but for an intern the projects were not always exciting.

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    Former Employee - Flash Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Flash Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Firstborn

    Pros

    The dev team is awesome - very friendly and also good at what they do. The company is heavy on R&D, encourages experimenting with new interactive technologies that can be used in campaigns.

    Cons

    As with all agencies, sometimes you have to make things that you don't necessarily like. Particularly for an intern or a junior developer, some of the projects are kind of boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is quite friendly through out the whole intern experience. I feel that I haven't worked long enough to make comments on this.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Recommended!

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    Former Employee - Producer
    Former Employee - Producer

    I worked at Firstborn

    Pros

    Great people and really great culture. It was an enjoyable place to work and grow.

    Cons

    Salaries could be more competitive as well as more competitive work/life balance but overall a good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some past managers were not so people friendly. To work in advertising it would help to have that trait.

    Recommends

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