Hill Holliday

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Hill Holliday Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
100 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.  

    A perfect place to learn about the ins and outs of the advertising industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The internship program is a well thought of and structured learning program. HH encourages new talent. And one gets to work on good and big client brands that are part of the HH client roster

    Cons

    To big an organization and hence limited inter department interaction. This also presents the culture more often corporate like than agency like

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Environment!

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

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people here genuinely love what they do!

    Cons

    None really. Young, hip and fun!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! It's working and I want to come back and work for you guys!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent experience

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful and open workspace, really welcoming environment.

    Cons

    Lots of hard work/staying in late, nothing rare for an ad agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Experience largely depends on your department/team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    nice office with great view.
    great dunkin donut coffee.
    feel free to dress up or down
    fun coworkers
    fast-paced agency life

    Cons

    minimal professional guidance.....you won't realize the severity and the importance of it untill you started working elsewhere.

    fun coworkers but it is fun in a way similar to typycal high schools. if you dont feel their vibe, you are going to feel miserable the entire time.

    smart people don't stick around for long and people do stay are either: 1) looking to settle down and feed a family. absolutely happy to do the same thing year over year. 2) popular high school kids that can handle anything but finals and homeworks.

    extreme low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. You had some nice people in the leadership team but they all left, just like the major clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Smart people, great benefits.

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    • 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

    HH a one of the better agencies in Boston for benefits and vacation time, allowing for a nice work-life balance if you want that. There's also a formal performance review process that helps staff develop and rotate to more senior roles within the agency.

    Cons

    Senior folks tend to stay put - this makes for two things 1) they have a management style that either works for you or not 2) who knows when they're leaving so you may never get their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate senior management occasionally - even though they have relationships with clients, change can be good for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Wonderful Experience Overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Account Management Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - 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
  9.  

    Hill Holliday is better known for the work it's lost than the work it's doing.

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

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Pros

    Not many
    Big brands/potential to work on TV

    Cons

    They protect the higher ups.
    Too corporate.
    Bland work. No one enjoys their job.
    Things get killed before even going to the client for fear of being too risky.

    It's sad. They used to be good.
    Or at least decent, let's not kid ourselves. They were never good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be a creatively driven agency, maybe you should start acting like it.
    You should be more welcoming of new hires and give them good assignments; it's no wonder they leave left and right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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