Giant Creative Strategy

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Giant Creative Strategy Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
19 Reviews
2.6
19 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place will work you hard, is unorganized, but has potential if they can structure growth

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    Former Employee - Media  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Talented people, compensation, location, new opportunities, expanding client base.

    Cons

    Late nights, sometimes stagnated progress, disorganization, status and not merit based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure to allow for growth via talent and merit, less on status or title.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart People, Toxic Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits; healthy snacks; free dinner and cab if you work late.
    HR making a concerted effort to create a fun atmosphere and healthy initiatives such as onsite yoga.
    Some really nice, smart people work here.

    Cons

    It's a sweatshop for some; the higher-ups can work from home.
    Countless hours wasted arguing about concepts and minutiae, only to perpetuate the appearance of being smart, not to perfect the product. This results in multiple rounds of revision, late nights, and billable client hours.
    Toxic, bullying atmosphere; as with many companies, politics and favoritism prevail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Elicit honest feedback from exit interviews to understand why good people are driven out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    When Nice People Have Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy

    Pros

    Really nice people work here.

    Cons

    Sweat shop mentality. Bullying leadership. Both burn through people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sweat shop 101

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    Former Employee - Creative Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you like bagels and fresh food this is the place to work.

    Cons

    One of the worst work atmospheres I think I have ever worked. Mid-management is terrible. Brands suffer due to poor management skills from the people that are put in charge to manage the individual brands. High turnover on one particular brand. Upper management doesn't do anything to remedy the situation with these mid level managers and because that happens, many team members suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, train these mid level managers you rely on so heavily, its a poor reflection on keeping things status quo. Your turnover and attitudes wouldn't be as bad as there are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No research. No strategy. No leadership.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy

    Pros

    Everyone pretends to be nice, so they smile when they tell you on Friday you'll have to work the weekend again.

    Cons

    Lack of financial responsibility of client's money. Does not demonstrate ROI for any campaign.
    Teams redo their mistakes, then charge clients for fixes, internal politics, and sloppy process. Not SOX compliant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember, it's not 1950. Even medical schools are all digital.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    "Just like family..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy

    Pros

    There are some smart, talented and serious employees here. Great location/office space. Giant's core values are great in theory.

    Cons

    Just like any family there are the kind, open, inclusive family members and then there are the bipolar, disfunctional few as well. Too bad that the later are in many key leadership positions at Giant. Also, be prepared for late, late nights, many times without client /agency appreciation. Our nickname for Giant = "Sweatshop on the Embarcadero".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be somewhat more of a support environment from leadership... not the sink or swim environment currently ('cause there's some sharks swimming internally!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a good place full of awesome, kind and talented people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart, creative, diverse, interesting and hardworking people are the backbone of Giant. Alyse is a fantastic and positive leader. Giant is working hard to manage the growing pains and put process in place for stability and continued growth. Health, wellness and work/life balance are encouraged.

    Cons

    Growing this big this fast leaves stretch marks and Giant is not immune.
    Typical agency cons: too much work and not enough time to get it done. Some people handle it better than others.
    The elevators.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're all in this together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Uneven level of professionalism from team to team...poor leadership abounds from the top down.

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    Current Employee - Art Supervisor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Art Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Bagels on Fridays. Some colleagues are troopers and honorable.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership from partners who seem to also lack ability to discern quality creative from cliché creative.
    Partners are waiting for agency to be acquired so they can retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the business. Leave it to the professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Please adapt as you grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture and very welcoming and inviting reception, try and incorporate work life balance

    Cons

    High turn over some brands, high turnover on creative side (copy) for one very difficult brand due to Creative Lead that is a TERRIBLE manager. No support and does care to address and train the managers that should not be in their position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look at the root causes of such a high turn over on this difficult brand. The impact of such a bad manager in a high position of authority has a rippling and crippling effect across all depts trying to manage their own work. Copy people are getting burned out and are back stabbed repeatedly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best in the west!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy

    Pros

    Good work/life balance for an agency, room to advance career, strong mentorship, interested in expanding into new areas, growing (quickly), solid group of managers (below the owners)

    Cons

    Not many. Some difficult clients with rough deadlines (instant gratification is KILLING the industry)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the owners: congrats! Now, put more faith in your senior leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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