Tribal DDB Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
67 Reviews
2.8
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Tribal DDB CEO Paul Gunning
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Review Highlights

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)

  • The president has no idea how to run an agency and no one respects him- hence, bad work (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Super nice and fun environment with good energy

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Tribal DDB

    Pros

    It seems everyone who did not like it here has left leaving those who really want to be here, here. There are a lot of new people and they all seem knowledge. The leads are helpful and provide guidance when asked. Everyone is really really nice and sweet. The office has fun events, in office happy hours, bagel days and kind bars. The office has a real nice energy. I love it here.

    Cons

    The office is under going construction but it should be great and brand new once it is done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to appreciate those who are here because they truly care about their work from what I have seen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Limited growth and opportunities, lack of accountability

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

    I have been working at Tribal DDB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a very casual environment. Drinks every Wednesday.

    Cons

    An awkward vibe. There are too many people who don't do their job, causing people who care to constantly have to pick up slack. Leadership's response is well we don't want to scare away the only xyz we have. So everyone suffers because they can't recruit and retain talent? Poor management. The president has no idea how to run an agency and no one respects him- hence, bad work. Heavy CYA paranoia culture by a handful that spreads to team members, distracting from creating good work. Suck ups get promoted despite work performance,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees. No one knows what the direction and vision is. People spend time speculating and doing bare minimum because they don't know what's happening and the growth opportunity for them. Nothing will improve until a new leader/president is in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    There is promise

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tribal DDB full-time

    Pros

    Nice, talented people.
    Big name and reputation.
    Start-up feel - allows employees to get more knowledge and experience in other areas of the agency

    Cons

    lack of accountability. However, this is changing.
    lack of teamwork
    Leads pass off their work for everyone else to do, which would be fine if there was more mentorship, or recognition

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unambitious

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management, outside of nosey account folk, is so uninvolved, talent from junior to senior levels have free reign over process and output.

    Cons

    Flaccid leadership. Non-competitive salaries. Poor account management focusing on bending to client's will rather than producing great work. No communication from management to employees, or vice verse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a leader for your company, or just consolidate it into DDB, then clean up that mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Career dead end, no reason for company's existence.

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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 Tribal DDB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free kind bars, bagel thursdays, wednesday happy hour, some genuinely nice folks.

    Cons

    Unbelievably poorly run shop. Zero mentorship. No training. Extremely aggressive turnover rates (even for advertising, esp when there's less than 50 employees) = no culture. There is not a single person in "upper management" to look up to or learn from. Of course, there's only a President, a CFO, a chief strategist that no one likes and one business director who doesn't actually run any businesses. And somehow two ECDs even though there's only three clients. There are so many fundamentally broken things in this little directionless shop, but it seems to ladder up to an incompetant president. Wow is he clueless on how to run a shop, how to read people, how to get clients. No one respects him, and that is reflected in the work output. People are promoted based on their ability to kiss butt, not merit. Floaters are kept around while those who work hard won't get anywhere if they don't kiss butt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please retire.

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

    A place held together by tape and bubblegum.

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    Former Employee - ACD  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ACD in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people. Some good clients with interesting projects.

    Cons

    The most incompetent management I've ever encountered in my career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people suffering from TERRIBLE leadership

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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 Tribal DDB full-time

    Pros

    Great jr. to senior people who are trying (and failing) to turn around the sinking ship.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency. Poor leadership. Excessive client loss. Layoffs regardless of work quality and done haphazardly with no rhyme or reason for why that person was let go. Incompetence reigns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency goes a long way. So does actually caring about employees and not just treating them like irrelevant chess pieces

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    In a Word, Chaos

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Jeans, T-shirt company. Young people everywhere. Hot women.

    Cons

    You will probably be the oldest person there. Managers are young and very inexperienced. If they don't like something, they'll fire you on the spot without warning. I was asked to develop a highly interactive website in a week...a week. What are these people smoking? I tend to procrastinate and do everything last minute so when they checked up on me midweek and saw next to nothing, they fired me. Designers here are pretentious and thinks they just created a digital Picasso when the design makes absolutely no sense at all. Good for a temp job but I wouldn't stay here too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be pointless because their heads are so big they would not listen to any advice.

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

    Learned a lot, but lack of integration a problelm

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    Former Employee - Art Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The DDB agencies use the legacy of Bill Bernbach to truly teach a fundamental shared philosophy about what makes great advertising. I learned a lot.

    Cons

    The whole concept of Tribal was initiated when digital lived in silos. Now, the world is integrated and there's really no point for this subdivision to exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-org. Why have a silo agency that doesn't do anything specialized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A mix of pros and cons, but glad for the experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Creative  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Creative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Hands down the best reason to be here is the people. On the whole (there are always exceptions) people were friendly and there was a nice energy to the place. Top creative leads very approachable.

    Cons

    Creative suffers greatly because account has no balls (again there are exceptions to this rule). Too often work is dictated by clients who have no creative sense. The result is that you will not be proud of your work--nothing for your book.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to sort out your creative vs account conundrum. work is too often prescriptive, dictated by clients who don't know s**t about creative.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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