GSD&M Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
45 Reviews
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45 Reviews
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    Great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    Excellent group of caring people.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime and the pay isn't great.

    Recommends
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    "Best" in Austin...

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Located in Austin and right across the street from Whole Foods. Cool perks - free food, concert tickets, parties, the occasional booze fest, some cool people, national clients.

    Cons

    A previous review said it best: cool but kind of a sweatshop. Low level employees aren't compensated fairly. Unsure if this is omnicom policy or internal. Youre expected to work weekends and all hours of the night to get projects done without overtime pay.

    Runs on the idea that were "Austin" and that we should all be grateful to work at the biggest shop in town. Lots of levels and very bureaucratic environment - hard to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time mentoring and leading the younger employees - they will be the future of the company, or they will leave and create great work elsewhere. Stop churning and burning talent and pay a fair wage for the hard work everyone does.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Not too bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GSD&M as an intern

    Pros

    The agency is really growing. I see really amazing things happening for GSD&M in the near future. Great people nice culture.

    Cons

    It's very easy to feel invisible here as an intern sometimes. I wanted the opportunity to really build my portfolio and get some amazing experience but I was left a little bit unsatisfied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to at least meet your interns. Especially if you are their immediate supervisor.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Okay Work, Low Pay

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    Former Employee - Creative
    Former Employee - Creative

    I worked at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    There are definitely smart and nice people working there who care about their work and the agency as a whole. Time off at holidays, Summer Fridays, pretty good about vacation time. They do their best to make the office seem fun and cool: free beer, little daytime events, SXSW party, etc. However it is hard to enjoy a beer when you have 3 pending deadlines and have already worked 50 hours that week.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance. Little to no chance for career advancement. Low pay. The only way to get a raise or promotion is to leave. Creative management seems pretty detached from the day to day work. Kind of a good-old boys' network at the higher levels. Pay is way below industry standards even for Austin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to win smaller and cooler clients, pay people properly, and then maybe you can have the stylish agency you are so desperately searching for.

    Neutral Outlook
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    It's pretty cool but kinda a sweat shop

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GSD&M

    Pros

    Fun people and work atmosphere. Only place to work in Austin if you love advertising!

    Cons

    Some people abuse the freedom and bring down everyone else.
    You'll work 60 weeks. And no overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people that have been there the longest and have been loyal to GSD&M. Those people have held the foundation up all these years. We are the core that have kept the fire burning.

  7.  

    Great culture, good people, hard work

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture promotes having fun and getting to know your coworkers; company stands by their core values

    Cons

    Don't count on working a 40 hour week for most positions, it is an ad agency;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more training and leadership, give employees the tools to be promoted and grow in their roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid place for an intern.

    Former Employee - Communications Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at GSD&M as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Supervisors were very positive and interested in intern development. The building and space is great, and the vibe during the summer is relaxed and independent. Lots of things happening, feels like a productive environment.

    Cons

    When I was there, the entire office was going through a huge adjustment--they had just recovered from lots of layoffs and there was a palpable sense of things feeling a bit shaky and uncertain.

    Recommends
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  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for Career Starts & Boomerangs

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    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Austin, TX

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working here was the perfect start to my career; gives you the right depth and breadth of experience to open so many doors for future opportunities.

    Cons

    The salary is low and promotions/raises are seldom if ever... BUT the experience is the true compensation.

    Recommends
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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company, Creative on the upswing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture. Respect for the work and for the most part your personal time.

    Cons

    Passive/aggressive culture of the recent past culture can creep up at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people & great work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great group of people who want to do the best work for all their clients. Definitely a place that you get as much as you put in.

    Cons

    Horrible Coffee, I mean the worst. But thats about it.

    Positive Outlook
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