TBWA\Chiat\Day

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TBWA\Chiat\Day Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
75 Reviews
3.4
75 Reviews
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TBWA\Chiat\Day President Robert Harwood-Matthews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some really great people have come through those doors (in 5 reviews)

  • Overall, learned a lot from the internship (in 3 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 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun company, hard work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day

    Pros

    You're on your own to create and excel -- you can really go places if you work for it. Some great clients and good budgets. Good people.

    Cons

    Long hours. Outside hires are commonly promoted. Not very nurturing.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Maintaining optimism

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

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    New CEO Troy has brought an optimistic vibe to this office. No one knows what his plan is or what direction he tends to take the New York office in particular, but his presence has been a welcome addition to NYC. Working at this office is a good challenge in my opinion. New heads of production and creative in the past year have challenged all of us to think differently. Planning is working on updating the disruption philosophy to be more effective in this generation of advertising. Digital has achieved some tiny wins in the past year. The Brief format and process has been revamped to make our brands more active.

    Cons

    Loss of some big accounts in NYC have led to a few layoffs and key departures. It is unclear what the future of this agency looks like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Radical change is needed. The company is in transition and no apparent steps have been taken to maintain stability and prevent future turbulence. Please comes to terms that this is a small agency trying to act like a big one and process is getting in the way of this company's potential growth. We appreciate the transparency but perhaps "new business is everyone's business" isn't the best opportunity to tell the office that not only can we not retain existing accounts, we can't reel in new ones either. For those of us on the floor, ignorance is bliss. Socialize the wins and hide the losses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sinking Ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The LA office was beautiful, and had a great set of amenities.

    Cons

    Sub-par 401k matching (once per year), benefits kick in much later than competitive agencies.

    But worst of all, the entire place reeked of complacency. The executive leadership was coasting on past wins and seemed more interested in covering their butts then fixing the multitude of organization shortcomings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more. It was readily apparent to everyone that account leads and creative directors where running their own little fiefdoms and never communicated with each other. Lee Clow was an icon in the industry but his value as a symbol is waning. Stop touting work that was done years ago and focus on making innovative content.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, long hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the people are awesome to work with although the system and processes setup need a lot of work.

    Cons

    Not many cons. 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Content Producer

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

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

    Pros

    There is a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Sinking ship

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

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

    Pros

    Glad it's on my resume. Was once a great shop. Got big name clients/work in my portfolio. Some really great people have come through those doors.

    Cons

    Awful, untalented creatives just keep getting higher and higher and turning the creative department into an embarrassing place to work. Stuck in the dark ages. Lee's is gone. 'nuff said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the toxic people who are ruining—excuse me—ruined, that place. Look at all the amazingly talented people you've lost over the years. Exit interviews may be a clue...

    No opinion of CEO
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    Only the top dogs get paid in this overrated and deprecating agency

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    The ship is sinking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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

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