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LLNS Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
26 Reviews
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    Quick Turnaround of Employees

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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

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

    Pros

    Rewarding work and the feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself. Particularly the openness of the management to share information with lesser members of their teams. It feels good when management talks to you as a peer, and not as unimportant.

    Cons

    Benefits were rather expensive. Turnaround would happen for the smallest infractions. No discussion, just here one day and gone the next. It was almost necessary to hold your breath when upper management would visit on-site teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid interdepartmental gossiping. Envision a person's potential over the course of time and not be so quick to relieve them of their livelihood before they have had the time to embrace what's expected of them, and the ability to implement these guidelines into their business day. Better training would also be of great benefit. Try to avoid the "here's your desk, go to work now". Not the best scenario for success. More so a recipe for failure. Very disappointing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change is in the Air

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LLNS

    Pros

    CEO has taken a tight hold of the reigns and is committed to making positive changes. It's still very early, but it feels like things are going to start changing for the better.

    Cons

    The office space needs to be redesigned to encourage building a strong culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    I felt totally Unappreciated!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LLNS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bagel Fridays, Fresh Fruit and a few good people!

    Cons

    No Raises! Senior management doesn't have a clue. The culture was Brown Nosing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    a joke

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LLNS full-time

    Pros

    there are a few good people left

    Cons

    Don't believe the bogus review the CEO just posted about herself. Taking control of the reigns? Change is in the air? Whatever. Maybe she honestly believes this from her glass tower corner office? The amount of useless, over priced, senior women she has hired is ridiculous. It's a wonder they haven't closed the doors yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just give it up already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Irresponsible Management

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

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

    Pros

    Bagel Fridays and the hard worker who orchestrates them every week
    Decent benefits
    The building is great to walk into (though the office space is odd and often dark)
    The "lower level" staff (ie, studio, art, project managers, young account people, writers) were often smart.
    One supervisor was greatly loved and respected and served drinks on Friday.
    LLNS mgmt. sometimes had a flair-brought in wine & cookies.

    Cons

    The highest-level management does not have a clue re: which employees work, are value-added, understand content.

    Do not trust either Sharon (CEO) or Janet (President) tho Janet very occasionally reveals she has a heart. BOTH lied to employees and BOTH blamed the wrong people as the firm lost account after account. Those all-company meetings became more and more depressing - it takes a toll on a person to sit and know you are being lied to.

    Instead of looking at the VPs and SVPs who were ignorant about the disease or brand, Janet and Sharon pretended those mean, ignorant, arrogant VPs (sheer fluff) were solid and that the general staff (writers, art, editorial, the shop) were the problem. Wrong! Even a client noted that one of Sharon/Janet’s darling new hire SVPs (or VP—who can keep track) spoke in a monotone. Like other of the vps, he did not help the team, did not take notes at meetings, kept asking what this or that was, did not pass on important info from the client to the team.

    The new creative director who was supposed to save things and was chosen by Sharon and put on the same level as Janet. Whatever. He was a decent enough person but didn’t have a strong background in pharmaceutical advertising and brought in his people. Like him they were glib but not real workers. LLNS is too small for that. He didn’t pull in new work. Their one big launch was creatively directed by a freelancer - who was good/strong. The current creative team would do better at a really big agency which had room for a emcee kind of person.

    The VPS and SVPs were well-paid, as happens in the pyramid scheme that the Omnicom network is. The actual workers were told no raises. One very talented, art person was finally allowed to add “senior” to their title and was given a $1000 raise. S & J should be ashamed.

    The choices (made by the creative director, and CEO and President) were boring and the campaign uninteresting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What's the use of offering advice? It's been offered again and again here and on the in house surveys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor internal communications; some senior staff is dead wood and turnover is high

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

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

    Pros

    Great kitchen and dining area. Private offices/cubicles...not wide open spaces. Fairly quiet.

    Cons

    Hires quite a few junior writers and account people. Departments don't necessarily work together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees nicer. Don't just sit in your offices, but walk around and see how employees are doing, but don't micromanage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was one of the greats. Went downhill. But always had great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LLNS

    Pros

    The people were always a highlight of the agency. They were also willing to try new things. Excellent benefits and flexible scheduling

    Cons

    When business went down, they cut from the middle and bottom, never from the top. That was a morale killer. Little recognition for the hard working people left picking up the pieces. No vision from Upper Management on what they were doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out what your focus will be, be honest with people if they won't fit that focus, and go there confidently. People are not confident to put LLNS on their resume. You should want to change that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Senior leadership doesn't see the ineptitude within their ranks and consistently scrutinizes and scapegoats junior staff

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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are decent Omnicom benefits, along with fresh fruit daily and bagel Fridays. And there are good people here.

    Cons

    Backstabbing
    No team camaraderie
    Constant layoff/firing cycles
    Muddled unified/constellation organization
    No vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over from the top...stop looking outward to place blame for LLNS' problems. Look at yourselves. Better generals, better army.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    New creative leadership is great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LLNS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The new creative leadership is incredible! Finally, someone who knows what he's doing!!! He's a great manager (really cares about his people), offers real creative input (clear and knowledgeable direction), he's a team player, and brings digital experience. He totally "gets it." (And this is not him writing this, I swear!) There are some very cool creative people there and, unlike, many other agencies, they tend to check their egos at the door. It's about the work, not the ego.

    Cons

    Most of the account people treat their colleagues like factory workers, but there's a very promising shift happening with the new creative leadership. Many of us wonder what some of the SVP account people are doing. For some, their jobs seem to be part time---they're never in the office, always seem to be on vacation, have minimal interaction with their teams, aren't on pitches, and don't seem to spend much time with their clients, either. So where are they??? The president's minimal interaction with us common folk mainly consists of negative feedback; she rarely offers positive feedback and seems very disconnected/unconcerned with what's happening at the agency, until something goes horribly wrong. Some of the account people she values most are the reason behind the high turnover---because they treat their teams like factory workers. It definitely feels like the bottom line is the ONLY thing she cares about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LLNS has always been perceived as an "account driven agency." Creative turnover has occurred multiple times and, yet, most of the senior level account people have stayed while the agency continues to shrink. It's time to bring in new and more strategic senior level account people. It's also time for a new president.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    worst agency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LLNS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is bagels every Friday and Omnicom benefits

    Cons

    It is absolutely hilarious that the HR lady who was just fired wrote all these bogus positive reviews. This may just be the worst agency in all of Omnicom and Upper management is too blame. The President and SVP of Operations are complete jokes and are clueless on how to run a company and unfortunately these are the ones running this s*** show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since you love to lay off people, how about lay off yourselves. Senior management is a joke this includes President, SVP's (Operations and Account Services). Only positive hire may be the new Chief Creative Officer. None the less, nothing will save this place at this point and rumor has it the agency will fold after the massive exodus of most of its clients (only a handful of small accounts the ENTIRE agency works on). Overall, management is unprofessional and down right dirty and will throw anyone and everyone under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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