Hill Holliday

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Hill Holliday Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
94 Reviews
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Hill Holliday Chairman & CEO Karen Kaplan
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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.  

    Incredible company, incredible people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Pros

    great work environment, beautiful offices, good people, good culture.

    Cons

    none I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful Experience Overall

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

    I worked at Hill Holliday as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    great people, wonderful CEO, culture is very strong, internship program offers insight to other departments, HR does a great job of keeping track of interns' progress.

    Cons

    Hours are typically 9-5 depending on account, but expect to stay late on a handful of days. Seen people come and go due to client availability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stellar place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Better than I could have ever imagined

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  7.  

    To top-heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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
  8.  

    Over-sized and Impersonal

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Pros

    They are a large company working for major clients.

    Cons

    Hill Holliday is a massive company. It suffers from being too large and it's impossible to know who your boss really is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Would go back... 10 years from now.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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
  10.  

    Copywriter Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hill Holliday as an intern (less than a 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
  11.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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