Hill Holliday Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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Hill Holliday Chairman & CEO Karen Kaplan
Karen Kaplan
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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. Human Resources Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sometimes too "corporate", losing that small company feel


  2. Ups and Downs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  3. Best employee relations EVER

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  7. Account Supervisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Hill Holliday

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good culture, fun, collaborative, great travel.

    Cons

    hard to get promoted in Account Management


  8. Huge Learning Curve, Exciting Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company loves to have fun, if you want to move upward you can

    Cons

    Fast paced, extremely hierarchal, lots of meetings


  9. It is an incredible company filled with intelligent and driven individuals.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hill Holliday

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Difficult to get foot in the door.


  10. Great Internship Program

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are awesome and helpful to all the interns and create a great internship experience. They give interns real work and a chance to see what it would be like to work there full-time.

    Cons

    There could be better communication between the different departments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build the intern program!


  11. Helpful (3)

    Great reputation, but the experience doesn't live up

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill Holliday

    Pros

    Big clients Great reputation Seasoned talent Nice office space

    Cons

    Hierarchical Behind the times Not very innovative Top heavy



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