Giant Creative Strategy

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Giant Creative Strategy Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
22 Reviews
2.5
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent pharmaceutical advertising company to work for.

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

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Great people and good benefits

    Cons

    Hectic hours, and often rushed deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bigger, but not better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Air conditioning? Indoor plumbing? Snacks? Great IT dept.

    Cons

    Giant grew too fast and has not been able to manage that growth well. Because of this, there is a volatile work environment (clients resigning their business) and lately, a high turn-over rate. Not enough support from management/team members. Not much life/work balance either. Like many ad agencies Giant burns their employees out, but not before trying their forced social atmosphere!! Tough commute for most people. Depends on the team, but I've seen some truly awful uncollaborative, catty behavior... often resulting in a promotion!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some therapy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible. Principles take it all, nothing for the employees. Sweat shop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some great people working (and suffering) there.

    Cons

    Benefits are lousy. It's a sweat shop that rewards few and uses many. I would never recommend anyone work here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 5 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 (more than an 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  

    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
  7. 4 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
  8. 2 people 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 (less than an 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
  9. 4 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.

  10. 2 people 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 (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
  11. 6 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

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