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  1. Enjoyable because of the quality of the people, not the quality of the creative.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Kaplan Thaler full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful, bright experienced people. Reasonable work/life balance.

    Cons

    Creatively challenged by difficult clients. More and more pharma accounts don't make things any easier for the creative dept.

    Advice to Management

    Better balance of clients could raise creative profile.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Demanding beyond reasonableness -- quick to let people go

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

    I worked at Kaplan Thaler full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Creative people
    New ideas
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    Seat of the pants (and non-quantitative) -- as in Ad Agencies of the 1950's Mad Ave era
    Minor fracas can derail careers - incl firing after Xmas party, dissolving groups when account lost

    Advice to Management

    Make good on the "Open Door" policy


  3. Helpful (1)

    Only Skin Deep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Kaplan Thaler full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of young talent there. People in the junior to mid levels are extremely eager to learn, do a good job and put in the hours.
    Linda and Robin are great at throwing parties. If you work on a successful account expect lots of ice cream and/or pasta salad.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. It might be OK if you are on smaller clients, however if you are working on their biggest client, you have no social life.
    Upper management tends to spend majority of their time working on the "process" of the work flow without ever coming to an agreement on an optimal way to handle projects.

    Advice to Management

    Words of encouragement go a long way, especially for the younger employees. Also, sometimes an agency has to stand up to their client and let them know that certain tasks can not be completed in the allotted time frame. In the end it will be the younger employees who get burned out and not upper management.


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  5. Lots of nice, happy people. Little innovation or introspection.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kaplan Thaler

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A very human-focused agency. Usually mindful of everyone's outside lives and needs.

    A fantastic agency to start at. A fantastic agency to finish with.

    If you're tired of the competitiveness of the industry, or your priorities have shifted from winning awards to paying for your daughter's college tuition, Kaplan Thaler is an ideal place to work.

    The senior management is very passionate about their agency, and hearing them speak, it's inspiring.

    Cons

    The agency is terrified to take risks. They were founded in the mid-'90s, and it's still their point of reference.

    Most campaigns are tagline-driven, making them intrinsically incapable of living long-term.

    There is an almost apartheid-like division between the broadcast/print and digital departments.

    Agency is 100% Account-driven. To the point of an infestation. As a result, creative ideas fly only as high as the senior-most Account director's capacity for imagination will allow.

    There's rarely a day of enjoyment of a job well done, because every day is an emergency for something.

    Expect poorly-articulated deadlines, panicked late nights, and weekends in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Chaos and short turnaround times do not result in brilliant campaigns. They only result in desperation and compromise.


  6. Mostly nice people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kaplan Thaler

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty fair work t life balance.

    Cons

    Little or no support for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people.


  7. Great place to work for Account Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Kaplan Thaler

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - excellent work/life balance
    - nice employee perks
    - ability to experience / grow in numerous job skill areas
    - extremely nice and hard-working people

    Cons

    - creative teams are stretched thin
    - need to grow the creative department with more junior and mid-level teams
    - need to hire additional strategic planners with integrated / digital experience as well as more junior & mid-level planners

    Advice to Management

    providing the creative directors with more staffing support would help bring fresh & new thinking to all campaigns. find new ways to inspire creative thinking - seminars in the digital landscape. involving media teams within the creative development process would be of great benefit.


  8. Like the Company but underpaid for the time an efforts put in

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kaplan Thaler

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, good benefits & time off, nice new office with a good vibe, As a whole the company is well rounded and does not feel as corporate as other comparable agencies.

    Cons

    Pay is not as high as comparable agencies and growth in certain departments is hard b.c of company size.

    Advice to Management

    Overall it is very good and helpful when needed. For someone newer to the business more direction and constructive criticism would be helpful


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not a very exciting place to grow, learn, experiment or experience innovative advertising practices.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kaplan Thaler

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

    Pros

    IF youre a parent and not career oriented or ambitious you can easily slide in and out of here. Innovation and demand for innovation from the Account Management area is low. So that means no pressure. You can come in at 9 and leave by 5 and pretty much spend all day watching youtube, reading blogs, playing videogames, reading a book, working on your own projects and not asingle soul craes or would mind, because they're ding the exact same thing.
    So if you want a job where at the end of the day you feel like you accomplished absolutely nothing and you know that tomorrow will be the exact same, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Not a very exciting place, petty, annoying hierachy and senior management.

    Advice to Management

    LEAVE, hand over company to new directors, give up the name and just let your top creative directors and account directors run their eindividual accounts.


  10. aae

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaplan Thaler

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

    Pros

    The people are on the whole friendly

    Cons

    not as many account so difficulty moving within


  11. Friendly environment but unbalanced workload

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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 Kaplan Thaler full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best and most friendly people to work with. There's more people who are happy to help you out with a favor despite it not being the process than those who stick by the books and are unyielding.

    Cons

    Upper management is happy to listen to your woes but doesn't do anything about it. The structure of the teams are unbalanced, where 3 teams get to work on 2 projects each and one team handles every project the comes through the door. Company focused more on getting the project launched than taking the time to think and give creative breath to the strategy and idea. This results in a lot of recycling of old ideas and high limitations of creative thinking. The agency feels more like a vendor with the clients rather than a creative partner.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the team so that there is balance of work, you'll burn people out quicker than you can observe. Make quick changes, even if they're small, employees will appreciate it.



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