TBWA\Chiat\Day

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TBWA\Chiat\Day Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
69 Reviews
3.2
69 Reviews
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TBWA\Chiat\Day President Robert Harwood-Matthews
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4 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Overall, learned a lot from the internship (in 3 reviews)

  • Great people, good work on certain accounts (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has no interest in process, workflow, accountability or work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Long hours that extend into the weekends (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day as an intern

    Pros

    Always changing, never a dull moment

    Cons

    Poor management skills and follow up with potential leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more channels for review and give constructive feedback for employees to grow

    Recommends
  2.  

    Worst Agency I've Ever Worked At

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planner  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Planner in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The onsite cafeteria. Food is tasty, convenient, low cost and breakfast is free.

    Cons

    It's a mean spirited place and the management has no interested in sustaining and growing its people.

    The senior management is immature in the way they run the agency. They do not have a classy way of doing business. You can say this about a lot of advertising agencies - but TBWA/Chiat/Day operate on a whole new level of unprofessionalism.

    If you want to grow your career this is absolutely not the place to do it. They offer no opportunities in this regard.

    You should be especially aware if they're moving you to LA from out of state. They may lure you with money but the environment is toxic and it's not sustainable long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Omnicom needs to get in there and figure it out. As a holding company they should be embarrassed that they have such a bad behaving company in their group. If you want to attract and sustain smart, creative individuals the entire culture needs to be transformed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only the top dogs get paid in this overrated and deprecating agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Big Clients
     - Creative Atmosphere

    Cons

    - Poor quality of work compared to the early years of the agency
     - Cut-throat environment
     - Poor pay, unless you are at the top
     - Long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat those in entry-level and mid-level positions with respect, inspire them to want to stay and to move up, as well as give them the opportunity for growth. Provide more benefits and better salary for working long hours, and providing quality work. Work consistently gets passed down from higher-ups down to the bottom of the food chain, with no direction and little guidance, and often too-high of expectations and little recognition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Yes everything you've ever heard is true.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing office space. Really great client roster. Really great and fun people at the bottom. Dog friendly.

    Cons

    Toxic. So much politics. Always late nights and weekends. The work is terrible. The leadership is terrible. Employees are miserable and morale is awful. No integration. Egos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit! Clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The ship is sinking

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Producer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The atmosphere is great and the cafeteria is convenient. Some people are nice.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up or get a raise. Very high turn over. Losing business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review employees. Don't work people into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    tons of talent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day

    Pros

    agencies are all about the people, and they're genuinely great at this shop (LA office0.
    they're serious about making sure you learn and grow...e.g. junior level staff are given some heavy duty responsibilities...

    Cons

    performance reviews and compensation needs work
    status as an industry leader seems to have deteriorated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to ensure everyone is challenged and has the opportunity to grow and advance

  8.  

    Account Director

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Management in New York, NY

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A great group of talented employees. Positive work environment with supportive management

    Cons

    Resources can run a little thin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Was great, now management is running into the ground

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, good work on certain accounts

    Cons

    Horrible pay, bad management, terrible HR tactics (need a counter offer in order to get a raise/promotion)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better and you'll have better retention and people who are passionate about their jobs and the work they put out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Long hours, no raises, high turnover - mgmt couldn't care less about employee satisfaction or work life balance.

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

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location, constant challenges toughen you up -- you learn a lot about yourself. It's a job...

    Cons

    This agency is the epitome of poorly trained senior management. Senior management has no interest in process, workflow, accountability or work life balance. The account management dept. is made up of children who are incapable of managing client relationships. Thus, we are all the clients doormat. Departments are split and are incapable of working with each other respectfully and have no regard for planning/scheduling. The mentality that parties, beer and bagels can replace a raise, promotion and professionalism is infuriating. If you want to work night and day with no overtime or appreciation for the work done, this is the place for you. To make matters worse, they've won no new business and constantly toot their own horns about how creative the agency is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes! Hire creatives and account with more than a year of experience and invest in management training. Stop squandering the cash flow you have with ridiculous parties and do something good with it. Invest in your employees and recruit people who can actually contribute the way a responsible working adult should.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Extremely tedious and trying but learning a lot.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Affairs Associate Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Business Affairs Associate Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome people and free food. all. the. time. The pay is also above most other agencies.

    Cons

    Zero point zero work/life balance or boundaries. You are expected to answer all emails all of the time. It can be extremely brutal if you aren't passionate about what you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the execs/creatives like they are demi gods.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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