Hill Holliday Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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Hill Holliday Chairman & CEO Karen Kaplan
Karen Kaplan
39 Ratings

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. Hill Holliday

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful office, great people, fun work environment, agency-wide respect for driven, creative individuals.

    Cons

    More interested in pleasing clients than pushing creative boundaries.

    Advice to Management

    A big new business win is long overdue. That will energize the agency.


  2. Great Culture - Need to Fend for Yourself

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture Smart People Lots of Pro Bono Opportunities

    Cons

    Very Cliquey A lot of Turnover Hard to get on new clients

    Advice to Management

    Support young talent and work on retention


  3. A Great Agency

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Media Planner in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill Holliday (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great office, a lot of opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Not the best work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to all employees


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  5. Great people but struggling to find its identity still

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Any one that works here will tell you that you come and stay for the people. Smart, nice, fun -- lots of respect and no big egos.

    Cons

    Changing industry and large, traditional clients in risk-averse industries means its hard to make the meaningful changes needed to win business, keep talent and grow the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Seek outside council about how to reorg and reinvigorate the agency -- and actually listen to the advice.


  6. Human Resources Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, feel like you are a part of a team.

    Cons

    Sometimes too "corporate", losing that small company feel


  7. Ups and Downs

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There's a great culture, with an unlimited amount of perks that come with working here. The people are very friendly, hardworking, and honest. The views are amazing, and the workspace is pretty comfortable.

    Cons

    There are many cliques, and at times it can be difficult to break into these groups if you are a new hire, or transferring from another department internally. For an advertising agency, there is little room to break boundaries and excel when you are low man/woman on the totem pole. The open office policy can be hurtful to personal development.

    Advice to Management

    There are great "creatives", and some that aren't so great. Their attitudes overall need to improve, and so does their ability to think outside the box. Basic work is commonplace, but outstanding work is seen rarely here.


  8. Best employee relations EVER

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I just started working at Hill, but I've already noticed how great the company treats its employees, even entry level. Upper management respects everyone who works there.

    Cons

    In terms of employee relations, no cons. I guess the only thing I would say is that, coming from a very small agency like I did, processes seem very disconnected. Everything is digital, which is very efficient, it's just something I have to adjust to coming from a small environment.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The fact that this is a "best places to work" is a joke.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Uhhhh you get money. Hahaha.

    Cons

    Everybody's just there to churn out mediocre work and please the client. Some sexism still exists in creative department. Grow up and get out of the 50s.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so obsessed with pleasing the client's conservative needs and maybe then you'll be good again. Oh wait you never were good. You'll be a decent agency again. Ahem.


  10. Helpful (4)

    On cruise control with no leadership. Will crash soon. Score is artificially propped up by interns

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, great view, established name in (Boston) advertising. Recognizable clients.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't lead on any front. Perks are behind the industry. The office looks like an insurance company cube farm. Account has a stranglehold on creative, leaving them to only do boring work for boring clients. Almost all of upper management is Boston lifers who seem to be waiting to retire. No fresh ideas. It feels like mad men in a bad way. Despite their website it is 95% upper class white people.

    Advice to Management

    Have actionable direction. Find inspiring qualified leaders. Restore a balance of power between account and creative. Be transparent - the current trajectory is chasing money not quality work. In the future we can't get new clients by showing them how boring and profitiable we are.


  11. Account Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good culture, fun, collaborative, great travel.

    Cons

    hard to get promoted in Account Management



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