Hill Holliday Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
83 Reviews
3.9
83 Reviews
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Karen Kaplan
33 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great and the main reason I'm still there (in 8 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 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place!

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    • 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
  2.  

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

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    • 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
  3.  

    Overall great culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Billing Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Karen is an engaging and personable CEO, and has created a thriving culture. Overall managers provide challenging work and support throughout career. Comparatively nice culture for an ad agency

    Cons

    As expected with ad agencies, the culture is quite similar to high school in that many people act immature and "catty." Unfortunately, many times managers do not see through this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually liisten to all parties

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Abundance of resources poorly allocated

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of bright people, nice benefits

    Cons

    Too little change - poor upper management that rest on their laurels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat from the top - no good change will happen without it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Account Management Intern

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great environment for internship, young atmosphere, lots of other interns to hang out with. Not a stressful atmosphere, good experience

    Cons

    pay's pretty bad, no complaints other than that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great agency life style. Relatively big name clients.

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

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great agency life style. Relatively big name clients.

    Cons

    Management is secretive. Lay offs happen and they drag on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with your junior level people and include them in discussions that have to do with your department. Promote and compensate to make people stay and not seek work elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice people; company is figuring itself out

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Management in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are great and the main reason I'm still there. They're nice and work hard, play hard.

    Work/life balance and benefits are good. Depending on your manager, the company is good about letting you work from home if you need to and the vacation days are "guidelines."

    Cons

    The company has been going through a lot of internal changes this past year, seeming to focus more internally than on winning new business, which is a concern and impact on morale.

    The company has been trying to be digital for 5+ years and still isn't there, mostly because of the conservative clients.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Account Mgmt Intern

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    Former Employee - Account Management in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Account Management in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great Work Environment
    Intern room was really fun and you got to know the other interns even if they were working in other departments
    always kept busy with projects
    felt like I was part of the department and got to sit-in on meetings

    Cons

    you have to really stay on top of your tasks and stay organized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Technology in Advertising

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    This place has some of the great creative minds.

    Cons

    You will live your work, and leadership can be weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to unite under a single vision for the company, and to support and grow their employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Associate Director

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Love the culture and people!

    Cons

    Nothing! I just love it there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are awesome!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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