TBWA\Chiat\Day Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Some really great people have come through those doors (in 5 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Zero point zero work/life balance or boundaries (in 9 reviews)

  • Comments about low salaries and long time before promotions and long hours are true, but for those just starting out it is a great place to learn (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Mailroom supervisors

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead/Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Lead/Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You are working with a group of great people

    Cons

    There's no down side working at TBWA

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Art Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Started as an intern and worked on every project imaginable, they throw you into the fire here which is good, you get to cut your teeth against the pros

    Cons

    Chiat night and day, no work life balance, no promotions ever unless you threaten to quit

    Advice to Management

    be human


  3. LA Office not what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time

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

    Pros

    Salary, location, good people and some great talent.

    Cons

    Leadership micro-managed and meddled in all steps in creative process, hours were not well magaged, morale was not considered.

    Advice to Management

    Let the talent shine, not just a chase for awards. Take a stand when clients make decisions difficult.


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  5. Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day

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

    Pros

    Great place. Great location. Great people.

    Cons

    Not much here, learned a lot.


  6. Creative Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great office, great leadership in place and lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover and long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Need a bigger creative department to properly handle work.


  7. Mind Blowing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Services in Venice, CA
    Former Employee - Account Services in Venice, CA

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    C/D is, was and always will be one of the greatest advertising agencies on the planet. At their core, they are committed to brilliant, effective, company/category altering work.

    Cons

    Some people come into the company for the wrong reasons, but the organization is a self cleaning oven and expels them - it's never easy, it's never pretty, it's necessary to stay healthy, to stay creative. There's just folks who are good people, but they need to work at McCann or Y&R

    Advice to Management

    Don't compromise. Take care of Lee. Don't lose Jay or Fred's ability to cut through the BS. Get rid of the A-holes faster - whether they are clients or employees or vendors!


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    Political cliques with no benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They say they are working on the below cons... Dog friendly. Everybody knows Chiat Day Getting new clients.

    Cons

    - Political, they don't care about your experience as much as the image of your experience. I guess that is better than nothing as they didn't even care about the image as of 2 years ago. - Very cliquish, a lot of depts are run by the same people for 20 years and thus their dept becomes a group of their friends who are political & gossipy. - Lack of trust & loyalty to employees, they will fire loyal employees at the drop of a hat but then not even hire or promote anyone as a replacement. - Unprofessional, little HR support, few benefits, no raises, no bonus' and if you get promoted within 5 years you are one of the lucky ones. No consistency in management or expectations. Better sit with the cool kids at the lunch table and brown nose if you want even an ounce of respect from management.

    Advice to Management

    To many of the directors have been used to dictating for so many years that they forgot how to learn, teach and inspire their employees. Despite the overall changes due to the new president - most of the directors (outside of creative) lack any skill in leadership or innovation. Most departments are being led blinded by "it was always this way" or "I don't care, I just want it this way" type leaders. Stop creating parties and concerts at this point and just give your people a salary that reflects their hard work & dedication.


  9. Account Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day

    Pros

    An incredibly large network of diverse individuals.

    Cons

    Talented people limited by bureaucracy - typical, I suppose for such a large corporation

    Advice to Management

    Support employees both fiscally and emotionally.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome people, great culture, high-profile brands. Feels much better going to work here than another office job.

    Cons

    They are slow to promote and even slower to give raises. That's the thing about the advertising industry, I guess. Traditionally, you have to jump ship or get a competitive offer to get a bump. It's easy to languish in the same role, even if you can do better.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and promote / compensate your talent in a timely manner, please. No wonder the turnover is so high with the way you drag your feet on these things.


  11. Easy-going, professional, and awesome place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly employees, time-off policy was amazing, open door policy with executive staff

    Cons

    Lacked opportunities for raises or growth

    Advice to Management

    Discuss opportunities/likelihood for growth



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