Tribal DDB Reviews in Chicago, IL

66 Reviews

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Pros
  • Great jobs and projects with great people (in 8 reviews)

  • Good clients, interesting projects, like to push the envelope on technology when possible (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The long hours are quite a killer for some of the creatives, putting aside your personal life is a norm rather than an exception (in 8 reviews)

  • Your work/life balance is practically non-existent (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I really enjoyed a lot of the people I worked with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Tribal DDB as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Individually, I worked with some incredibly talented people. It was a pleasure to learn from their experience and work with many of them

    Cons

    Collectively, I'm not sure what happened to Tribal DDB. Bad account management? To many failed pitches? It wasn't for lack of gifted creatives It's been sad watching the Chicago branch slowly implode.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not good for digital.

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    Former Employee - Contract Web Developer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Contract Web Developer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Tribal DDB as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They have huge clients and very talented art directors. The AON building is convenient.

    Cons

    No concept of the world of interactive development but pretend like they know what they're talking about. Actually asked me to do things the wrong way just to meet a deadline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make digital a priority, not an after thought. It's 2013.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    No direction, no support, overuse of freelancers... leads to lost clients and fired account staff!

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Tribal DDB

    Pros

    Name brand clients. Looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Major accounts were radically understaffed from account side. No respect or interest in strategy, just production. Revolving door of freelance creative was noted by clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Both Chicago and NY are basically closed down. Need we say more?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Seemed Nice Enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Tribal DDB

    Pros

    I had a short-term contract at Tribal. They seemed nice enough to work with.

    Cons

    No real downside. I would have liked more work from them at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall management was not good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Tribal DDB

    Pros

    Met a lot of great people from creative backgrounds. The dedication from teams was very apparent.

    Cons

    Management was cold, unavailable and could not relate on a day to day level. The moral was extremely low. Despite working very hard to get to a deadline, the effort was never recognized. There was no growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Could be worse

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Tribal DDB

    Pros

    Good benefits. Some good people.

    Cons

    Poor communication from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tribal has lost it's way. This used to be a great place to work. I was proud to say that I worked here. There's been a real change in culture. It's hard to say exactly what changed, but something has.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Work with some of the best in the business, don't expect to move up the ladder

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Tribal DDB

    Pros

    Good clients who are willing to try different things. A creative team who are some of the best people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Internal promotion and career development is poor. The majority of promotions occur in Project Management and Account teams. In the creative department the people who get promoted are the ones who threaten to leave or actually do leave and take a job at another company. Generally speaking the creative department looks outside the company to fill senior level design, Art Director and ACD positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on developing and promoting the talent you already have.

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