Hill Holliday

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Hill Holliday Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
91 Reviews
3.9
91 Reviews
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Hill Holliday Chairman & CEO Karen Kaplan
Karen Kaplan
39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great and the main reason I'm still there (in 9 reviews)

  • Awesome work environment, friendly people, positive culture, and room to grow (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Didn't always feel that the importance of work/life balance was respected (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours, disorganization at times, not always recognizing great talent (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stellar 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 Hill Holliday full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Remarkable people and culture. Morale is higher than any other place I've worked. Co-workers feel like family. Parties are amazing. They value their employees. No ceiling on what you can do here. All perspectives and contributions are welcomed and valued.

    Cons

    A lot of re-invention and changing focus over the years. Still very account and process driven. Open office layout is the worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit more talent that lives and breathes digital. Stop trying to make everyone integrated and let people specialize.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place to work

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

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Pros

    people are great for the most part, good culture

    Cons

    hours are crazy (but it is advertising), client base is limiting

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Better than I could have ever imagined

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Pros

    - Interns are thrown into the fire and given the opportunity to learn and grow from the get go
    - Employees are approachable and excited to tell you about their department
    - Many big clients
    - They care and what to see you grow as an intern

    Cons

    - Its hard to come up with cons when they allow you such an amazing opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    To top-heavy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Junior Designer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work easy to make friends with coworkers.

    Cons

    very difficult to find any sense of mentor ship or having your superiors help you along the way

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Would go back... 10 years from now.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Karen Kaplan's vision for the agency is progressive and unexpected considering HH reports in to a holding company. She is a fantastic leader who is clearly trying to move the business forward.

    If you want to hone in on one specialty with clients who have cushy budgets, this is the place.

    You form a really strong bond with your department due to the nature of things.

    Cons

    Promotions seem gratuitous - awarded based on seniority more often than on merit

    Business politics - unavoidable at any company this size, but the struggle for the corner office is real, and if you're not far enough along on the food chain, your ideas will either be swept under the rug or less impactful in general

    Certain teams rule everything - sometimes they're not even impacted by layoffs just because the agency needs to save face and show that they've staffed a particular capability (particularly in digital). Other times, team members are held to different standards just because of where they sit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Karen's a busy woman, but the more face-time she can get with mid-level, the more the business can address its growing pains and shortcomings. Act on the feedback you get from exit interviews to make the place better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Copywriter Intern

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    Current Employee - Copywriter in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hill Holliday as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, amazing office, creativity encouraged, creative interns are given real work

    Cons

    Very competitive, unpaid, moves very quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience

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

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

    Pros

    Nurturing environment. Big on career development. Great culture.

    Cons

    Not enough accounts on the roster, so there is always the threat of layoffs if an account is lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not a place to go if the creative product matters to you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Pros

    Nice space. Good perks. Good pay. Great place to work if you're in Account management-they run the agency. Tremendous media group. Relationship driven, not creatively driven.

    Cons

    Long hours. Expect 90 plus. Meetings all day long. Creative department s really just a creative service group to the account people. Relationship driven, not creatively driven.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place!

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

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    The staff are top notch and truly work to listen to the client. Plus, the young, innovative minds they recruit really highlight the firm's innovative abilities. They have a strong capacity to create really interesting ad campaigns.

    Cons

    The hours are a bit overwhelming; people tend to procrastinate and then scramble in the end. Also, Dunkin' Donuts is the biggest client and the firm really seems to "bow down" to this client and prioritize it above all else. I think they should try to harness their young innovative workers to generate more exciting and cool campaigns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to promote better work-life balance and wellness. Also, try to tap into the ideas of the younger creatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing place to work, especially with the talent and the culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Hill Holliday is an amazing place to work - great clients, culture is wonderful and the employees treat each other with tremendous respect. Busy, fast-paced and integrated teams - I got a tremendous amount of experience at Hill Holliday!

    Cons

    The days can be long, but with the right work-ethic and if you are a person who enjoys what you do, you won't mind putting in the time to get the job done right!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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