Lippincott Reviews

Updated June 13, 2014
Updated June 13, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Type A need only apply

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

    I have been working at Lippincott full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with some of the worlds biggest companies. Smart people from top to bottom. Senior leadership is very accessible. Amazing career development and portfolio building opportunity. Advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    High-pressure environment; not a laid back environment. Small teams. Compensation is better than average but you really work for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget that designers built the house. That strategy wouldn't look quite so sexy without us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic design and strategy talent but awful work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Lippincott full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll work with very smart strategists and talented designers who do great work for big Fortune 500 clients. There is a true collaboration between design and strategy here. This is a good place to enter the brand world if you're coming from a business/consulting background because the firm does a fair amount of analytical and rigorous work, as opposed to more abstract and "out there" thinking.

    Cons

    Biggest con is work/life balance. The hours are long and unpredictable, making it hard to keep any personal commitments during the week, and depending on the client, even weekends. Much of this is due to the firm keeping a very lean work force, especially at the mid-level for both strategy and design, and catering to unreasonable client demands. In recent years, the client base has become concentrated in financial services, resulting in a lack of variety in work and clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to creative thinking that isn't grounded in a framework. The best, most creative ideas don't always have strategic underpinnings. And please respect your people's personal lives. The "always on" culture is exhausting. Most things can wait until the next day, or Monday, and don't need to be worked on all through the night and weekends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing clients, amazing people, amazing atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lippincott

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the most talented and passionate individuals. The culture is supportive and engaging, something that is hard to come by these days.

    Cons

    Horrible balance between work and personal. Work becomes your life.

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  5.  

    Solid design work, management consultancy-style of strategy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lippincott full-time

    Pros

    Lippincott does solid design work for its large established clients.
    The strategy work is focused on the analytical and rigorous. Lippincott is a good option if you are from the world of management consulting and want to make the move to brand. Great naming practice within the strategy group.

    Good pay, although everyone is very heads down and the hours are definitely on the longer side. The career review process is straightforward and fair. Unlike other firms, there are not too many politics there. Small firm size means lots of direct collaboration with and access to partners.

    Cons

    Clients tend to be big conservative players in field like finance, healthcare, and energy which means conservative design work and strategy. Although the firm would like to be seen an creative and innovative, there is not a lot of room for that kind of work or thinking here relative to other branding agencies. A heavy emphasis on an analytical approach on the strategy side often misses the more emotive and human element of great brand work.

    Leadership is also conservative and out of touch with more modern and innovative approaches to brand. But they have a formula and it pays the bills handsomely so there is little incentive to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the human touch and transparency going in relationship and career reviews. Foster and more relaxed environment and enable a more homegrown internal culture to emerge.

    Make some changes in leadership and process to keep up with where the world of branding is headed. Collaborate more with external partners in brand, design, digital media, innovation, and research to get an inside view at how others and doing it and learn from them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very positive experience with a company full of some of the brightest, most welcoming people in the business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lippincott

    Pros

    Lippincott's ethos offers a blend of creativity and structure that allows you to work with a personal freedom and confidence.

    Cons

    Occasionally the days get incredibly long. It can be tough to properly balance your work life with your social life. That being said, I did not get the impression that this culture is any different from any other similar companies.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Outstanding.

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

    I have been working at Lippincott full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smartest people in the industry - who also happen to be fun.
    Lots of ex-management consultants makes for more rigorous strategy work and, quite frankly, a better run firm.
    Always learning something new.
    Solving the toughest, hairiest brand challenges for the world's biggest brands.

    Cons

    "Always on" culture.
    Promotion decisions are not always clear.
    Compensation is... ok - nothing to write home about.
    Career reviews only happen twice a year.
    More firm-wide collaboration (IC sharing, knowing what everyones up to). More town halls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a more differentiated position in the brand consulting space

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Satisfactory

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer I in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer I in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lippincott full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Above average pay for industry, great people, very communicative.

    Cons

    poor work life balance, turnover rate seems a bit high. People either stay for the long haul or move on after a year or two.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's OK if you are a certain type of person

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to top notch clients - they have an impressive list of former clients
    Good training ground, particularly at the start of your career
    Very smart people - a lot of Ivy League types
    Excellent benefits including 401 (k), top healthcare package etc.
    Good at serving clients - clients are well handled by teams at Lippincott

    Cons

    Stagnant culture - it's not high energy, more "heads down"
    Lack of work / life balance - your boss will expect you to work nights and weekends and does not want to hear about you having a life
    Poor teamwork at times - some senior people have rigid ideas that stifles contributions by the team
    Creativity sometimes suffers in this culture - culture feels more like a management consultant than a design studio
    Lack of open communication - junior people often don't know what's really going on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a culture more conducive to top notch design talent being able to thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lippincott as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing place, great people, very organized and communicative. Interns get to experience much more than expected.

    Cons

    Sometimes hours can be unpredictable, very difficult to get full-time after internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue to value and respect your employees like you do, it makes a difference in our work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Quality, intelligent people who over deliver on work for premier clients

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

    I have been working at Lippincott full-time

    Pros

    - Ownership over work
    - Intelligent people
    - Passionate people
    - Truly talented
    - Professional environment
    - Creative and hard working
    - Smart recommendations and closely partners with clients

    Cons

    - Hierarchical
    - Hours of work
    - Lack of clarity over career progression and growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more 360 feedback so manager reviews are considered in evaluations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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