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Fitzpatrick Advertising Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fitzpatrick Advertising full-time

    Pros

    I think the management here does a good job in mentoring young talent. It's a small company, run by an entrepreneur with vision, so he's very hands-on. Art school prepares, but the level of relevant training (sometimes even given on the fly, as in most fast-paced agencies) is truly valuable. I've noticed that the employees that are eager to learn and grow welcome advice and direction, and therefore get ahead. It's a "work hard, play hard" environment.

    Cons

    It's OTP north (but it is against traffic, which could be a pro...)

    Some employees seem to have a problem with the good natured, but slightly sarcastic sense of humor management uses at times. If you are intelligent, you get it. If you're not, you don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give honest feedback --good and bad--and let employees know where they stand. Hire a mix of ages and experience levels so there's a balance in the workplace and a natural exchange of good work ethics and models.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!! You'll leave in less than a year!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Advertising full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    ....I can't think of any.

    Cons

    I can't even begin! If I could do it over, I would have just been unemployed until the next interview. It wasn't worth it!! They should have been sued a LOOOONG time ago!!! HR violations, and so much more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to someone who knows what they're doing!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, but you have to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. I went to school for marketing and have learned more here than I did in 4 years of college. The management is very helpful and the leaders are very involved. But you can't be afraid to ask for their help. The environment is very team oriented and everyone works well together. I have seen a few reviews on here and I know exactly who wrote them. These are from people who didn't do their job or decided to use the 8 hours a day for social time. It's a young environment and discipline is a must. If you don't want to work or do your job, don't work here.

    Cons

    As with any small company you will wear a lot of hats. For most this is not a con. For some it may be. There are days here and there where you will have to stay a little late to get the job done. If you use good time management, you will be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the slackers get away with it. They will only quit with a 3 day notice and write obnoxious reviews about having to work 42.5 hours a week. lol Great job management. Thanks for the opportunity!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible, Horrrible, Horrible

    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are fantastic besides management. Everyone works together and gets along great which makes for a good environment. It is also common knowledge that the owner has employees right positive reviews like the one below which could not be more untrue

    Cons

    Everything. Its the most unprofessional environment you will ever see. The management says things that could easily cause lawsuits. " Gay" is one of managements favorite words.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay out of your workers way dont micromanage so much

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A REAL review of working for FitzAdv

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Advertising full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The coworkers are great to work with, a sense of community is made when dealing with the constant hardships of day-to-day work. You will gain a lot of experience in dealing with clients though it does feel like you are being thrown into a shark tank at first.

    Cons

    There are so many that it would be impossible to list them all. Overall it is just a bizarre experience.

    There is just one leader, the CEO and he micromanages the entire employee force, but not consistently. Be prepared for harsh and rude feedback/managing but at odd times and when you least expect it. When the CEO is there, everyone cowers at their desk, hoping not to be approached. The feedback is always confusing, random and completely contradictory to what you were told a day or even an hour prior to the new feedback. You are expected to pretend that you weren't told the opposite before and act like the CEO is the all-knowing critic that you are catering to.

    The main issue stems from the lack in advertising experience of the upper management. No matter how great an advertisement will look, there will always be unnecessary changes and an uneducated "lesson" on the do's and don'ts of the automotive advertising world. The best thing to do is nod your head and do it, and be prepared to be berated by the client at your expense.

    The atmosphere is extremely inappropriate and unprofessional. Constant jokes in bad humor, screaming matches at times, no HR department and a complete lack in trust. Employees are constantly monitored and promises are never followed through. The entire staff is expected to work 42.5 hours per week with no exception. If you are late, you are forced into filling out a half-day request off form, no matter how late you may stay one day or work on the weekend. There is absolutely no flexibility no matter what you are promised in the interview. Because the management brings in junk food for everyone, it is implied that you can be treated however they please because they have this entitlement of having taken care of the employees.

    There is constant lying to the employees and almost everyone in the office is aware of what should be secretive administrative information. For example, when bill collectors call (which is everyday) everyone knows. Also, everyone knows of the management's constant attempts to create unsuccessful startups using company money, and this is a reason brought up to employees on why they are not granted sufficient raises in salary. You are in constant fear of the place going under and you losing your job.

    To be honest, every moment of being in that building is a negative experience. However, the employees do their best to keep their heads up and bide their time until a better opportunity comes along. All it is is a paycheck for abuse until you are able to score another interview.

    Stay very far away. Keep your current job and consider this an interview that was a learning experience.

    Over 23 employees quit in one year. The office currently has 12 employees, you do the math. Also, it is well discussed at the agency that employees tasked with giving good reviews on Glassdoor, this would explain the two good reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a VP with a degree in advertising. Go see a psychiatrist and take a vacation. Come back and see that you have talented employees that want to do well. Quit putting your energy into random startups that haven't worked out and focus on your business and gaining new clients. Pay your bills and bring in a sufficient HR department. You have talent, good branding, a great digital campaign and some good work. Value your staff and watch the loyalty increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Stay Away From This Place!

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

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

    Pros

    During your brief experience here, you will learn all the things "not to do" which will actually end up benefiting you when you move on to your next ad agency position. (this will probably happen within the first 90-120 days)

    Cons

    - One of the highest turnover ratios in the automotive advertising industry. In 2012 over 15 people (including the entire leadership resigned due to terrible working conditions)
    - Horrendous reputation in the marketplace from former clients, employees, and media vendors.
    - Long Hours are expected but it's important to know there will be little to no opportunities for career advancement as the agency has always struggled to keep clients so employee turnover (both volunterily and involuntarily) is extremely high.
    - Compensation is on the low end of the spectrum, interview with other agencies and you will find that most will offer a more competitive compensation.
    - The CEO takes Micro Managing to a whole new level, whether its production, media, or account services, be prepared to be micro-managed like never before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a leader who has real automotive ad agency experience versus someone who has a CEO title when in fact all they did was sold cars for a living. Do something with your terrible reputation and make the appropriate changes so you are not churning and burning through employees month in and month out. All of this will be achieved once there is a change at the helm, if not the downward spiral will continue to just get worse and worse...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of potential wasted with poor management and ownership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Advertising

    Pros

    You will be thrown into the fire where you will sink or swim. If you are a Junior Account Executive you'll have direct contact with clients almost immediately and have an opportunity to work on creative, media strategy, and account services. The work environment is mostly filled with young, recent college graduates who are a joy to be around and will help you the best they can. The creative team in both art and production is very talented but they are limited by the direction of management.

    Cons

    Constant fear of losing your job will occur. Extremely high turnover rate. Frequent unprofessional and inappropriate comments from upper management. The owner has no respect or sense of loyalty to any person working there that does not share his last name. The creative is dictated by only two people, neither of which are employed in the creative department of the agency. Upper management serves only as "yes" men to the owner and will never defend your or their own actual opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all of your employees with respect and courtesy instead of as expendable and replaceable drones and your turnover will not be as high.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the great place to work that some on here say it is

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Fitzpatrick Advertising

    Pros

    You'll be surrounded by excited, young, marketing people who are most likely at their first job. You're given a large amount of responsibility and taught things that wouldn't normally be taught to your position level. You'll be a jack of all trades. That said, you may not be doing any of them correctly. If you get in tight with the upper level management they'll take good care of you.

    Cons

    They offer health benefits, but they may be unaffordable for some. The 401K match is an insult. The owner and his family are flashy, loud and disrespectful. The employee turnover is the highest that I've ever seen. ZERO process. Everything is rushed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In all, I was unhappy there and it mostly had to do with a general feeling of unease. If you could correct that, you wouldn't have so much turnover and a lot of the other problems would correct them selves.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Fitzpatrick Advertising has a Structured Work Environment With Room To Grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Fitzpatrick Advertising

    Pros

    Fitzpatrick Advertising has the right elements to foster learning, creativity, and a challenging work environment. Employees play critical roles in meeting client needs as we represent the company with high standards.

    Cons

    Fitzpatrick Advertising deals solely with the Automotive Industry where the competition is fierce. Fitzpatrick Advertising rises to the occasion however, by constantly motivating employees to learn more and remain on the cutting edge of advertising techniques.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fitzpatrick Advertising is excited in the talent that they've complied within the agency. As long as they continue to support each department they'll be able to achieve great things for their clients.

    Recommends
  11.  

    I learned more in one year at Fitz Adv than i did in four years at a top marketing school.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Fitzpatrick Advertising

    Pros

    The people that work at Fitzpatrick is what makes it a great place to work! It's a very fast paced environment in fact some days it's just CRAZY! That said, I was writing and producing television commercials in my first month! If you're looking for a great place to learn the ad agency business, Fitzpatrick Advertising is the place to start your career. I wish they were in Buckhead or mid-town Atlanta but the drive is only 25 minutes outside of the loop. You'll work long hours but the people are great and the compensation is decent.

    Cons

    "Change Is Constant" ...that's the slogan Jim Fitzpatrick, the owner, lives by.
    One day you may have two accounts and the next day you may have FIVE! They expect a lot from every employee and they don't always give you clear direction you need to do a good job. They need to give there clients a better discription of what they can expect rather than offering the world to every client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management, listen up! You have a great company with great clients. You need to communicate to your clients and employees what's expected from each. Your service and creative is so much better than your competition there's no need to over promise ever time. Show more appreciation towards your people. You'll keep them longer.

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