Landor Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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Pros
  • Some great and talented employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Laid back and lazy environment if you're in control of your hours (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Wall Street should be asking if it are getting its money's worth with the current leadership team in place (in 7 reviews)

  • Hard attitude from senior management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Creative workplace - Poor compensation structure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Landor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing talent and people Huge range of clients

    Cons

    High expectations, low rewards Slow growth / path to promotion No benefits to growing from within

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to reward talent and RETAIN them


  2. Client Services

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

    I worked at Landor full-time

    Pros

    Hard working people in the lower tier

    Cons

    Too many executives and senior team members who are slow to act.


  3. Fantastic Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great first experience in the business, a very good way to start a career.

    Cons

    Pay is generally quite low.


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  5. Great to good to bad - avoid this place.

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

    I worked at Landor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    An incredible place to work "back in the day". The most innovative, creative and brilliant minds in the branding and design business on a worldwide scale. At its peak (when nearly 1000 employees around the world) there was no better place to work.

    Cons

    A horrible decline in leadership - bottom line managed with the finance department essentially calling the shots without any idea or clue what makes creative people, well, creative. Long hours with little regard for innovation. Hardly an ounce of digital aptitude and a huge loss of opportunity as a result

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and get rid of the those who have basically killed this once beloved industry great.. Let those who care about great design, great consulting, great innovation do their jobs.


  6. No team cohesion

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team spirit, world class clients, great history of good work. Excellent flexibility with hours, and good work life balance.

    Cons

    No cost of living raises, no opportunity to discuss wages, no bonuses. Horrific attrition rates. Poorly integrated teams, no bridge between creative and other parts of the business. Little attempt to sell creative work to new clients. Too much focus on strategy, and to little focus on brand design.

    Advice to Management

    Perform competitive wage assessments, make cost of living adjustments, even if they are small. It will show people that they care. Why can't we give people even a nominal consideration for inflation each year? Makes management seem heartless. Attempt to function as an integrated team. When people quit, try to replace them. We haven't had an ECD or HR person for nearly 4 years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start

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    Former Employee - Client Associate/Client Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Client Associate/Client Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Landor provided the first job of my career, and I could not have been more lucky. You are working with the top minds in the field, with the largest/most interesting clients in the world, and are thrown into the deep end immediately. A great place to learn through experience, and get in over your head early in your career.

    Cons

    Yes, long hours, and small pay, and high stress, and limited perks. But, the employees are a family and have each others backs. There is a shared determination to produce great work that provides a shot of adrenaline when the hours are long.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Landor Associates / Freelance Graphic Designer

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    Former Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Freelance Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very organized, strong focus on community and over all positive work environment. Monthly meetings to revue progress and strengthen communication throughout office. Top notch creatives all under one roof.

    Cons

    More focus on contractors vs. full-time positions.


  9. Please reconsider before join!

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

    Pros

    Collaboration of talent, nice people (only Studio).

    Cons

    No direction from the top, old fashion management.


  10. Helpful (8)

    Great heritage, struggling to find a path to the future, falling farther and farther behind

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Landor full-time

    Pros

    Great international network and the opportunity to work on interesting problems. Flexible work hours and environment. Was once the greatest brand and still a great place to learn

    Cons

    Years and years of under investment, rule by Finance, terrible salary policies and fear of hurting the core graphic design offer have resulted in a sad, sluggish company that behaves just as it did in the 80's, only it has shrunk considerably. Finance's heavy hand, lack of vision among strategy and design leads still hold them back. The CEO knows what's best but doesn't always recognize the best people and is still hamstrung by the inability to right sized salaries and pay bonuses at market rates

    Advice to Management

    WPP is the worst possible owner. Don't see much future without independence. Consider a buy out?


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company to learn

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    Current Employee - Intern in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Intern in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the people here, very creative and friendly. Great company to work for with a great culture. Work with major brands across CPG, financial services, and local organizations.

    Cons

    Can be political to get on high-profile projects. As is common within this industry, if the company loses a major client, things can get unstable rather quickly.



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