TBWA Worldwide Reviews

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    An amazing adventure in advertising.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TBWA Worldwide

    Pros

    The clients are legendary, the atmosphere is creative and pet-friendly, the benefits are substantial, and the work often excels. The challenges come quick and often.

    Cons

    The sheer size can often mean quick turnaround, as clients come and go, late hours getting creative to be just right, and on time; one has to be proactive even amid the hectic schedule to keep the work high, which is not easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always figure the challenges before submitting expectations to clients; even the most rigid programmer there is a creative at heart and can smooth a lot of tough issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Talented people and an overall great experience.

    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Management Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at TBWA Worldwide (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    working with best in class brands and talent within the marketing and advertising industry

    Cons

    long hours, long hours, long hours

  3.  

    Great Company!!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TBWA Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There is room for growth

    Cons

    Must have a degree for growth

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  5.  

    Great creative environment for self starters.

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    Former Employee - Executive Director Strategy in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Director Strategy in New York, NY

    I worked at TBWA Worldwide full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really smart, creative people with a strong desire to excel. Inspirational leadership team.
    Strong entrepreneurial spirit within a large corporation. Disruption philosophy unites entire network.

    Cons

    Can be a difficult culture for people who need structure. Omnicom parent company calls the financial shots, limiting investment in innovation. Media Arts, TBWA's solution to the integrated agency model is still a bit unclear in practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the tools of Disruption on the agency to keep the agency competitive in the new media landscape.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding creative reputation

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Hight profile clients. Great creative reputation.

    Cons

    Account driven and sometimes difficult to produce great work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good place to learn marketing

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    great atmosphere to start your carrer

    Cons

    tons of things to do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    TBWA

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    Former Employee - Production in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production in New York, NY

    I worked at TBWA Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great location, Following the Distruption Methodology

    Cons

    Been too long since I left and most people I worked with are no longer there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great reputation, but almost completely rotten on the inside

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at TBWA Worldwide

    Pros

    This agency has a great reputation from the outside. Leaving the LA office aside, iconic creative work has been done here in the past (Skittles, Absolut, Nextel, Combos), but all that is gone now. Junior and mid-level people are genuinely nice and hard-working. There are flashes of brilliances.

    Cons

    Openly, toxically, corrupting political. It's clear that senior management doesn't get along and that trickles down quickly. Entire departments disintegrating at the moment because of a mass exodus of people. Many are attracted by its creative reputation but soon feel disillusioned and/or duped. To be fair, Clients are very resistant to good work. There is also no vibe in the cubicle-farm office-- often as quiet as a library (or morgue).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply TBWA's philosophy of Disruption. Inward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Still an assistant, minus the overtime pay.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at TBWA Worldwide

    Pros

    There is a great global network, amazing clients, creative atmosphere, dog in the workplace, young social staff, supportive senior management (not in all cases), great opportunities for growth and advancement, encouraging of continuing education.

    Cons

    Big agency means LOTS of red tape and politics. Promotions and raises (ha!) take about twice as long as they should, the pay is notoriously low, creative directors treat junior account managers like dirt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creative dept. is too top heavy. Need more junior and associate creatives.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Review for Interns

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    Current Employee - Account Management Intern in Marina del Rey, CA
    Current Employee - Account Management Intern in Marina del Rey, CA

    I have been working at TBWA Worldwide

    Pros

    Great name and looks great in your resume. You will work with some of the biggest accounts and biggest names in the industry.

    Cons

    Difficult to be recognized. Promotion within the company is slow and very structured based on time spent at the company as opposed to merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance reviews should be conducted more regularly and promotion should be based on a meritocracy as opposed to the current structure implemented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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