Tribal DDB Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Tribal DDB CEO Paul Gunning
Paul Gunning
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Pros
  • Good pay great people and free food (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. Integrated Producer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work environment. It wasn't too crazy for an ad agency.

    Cons

    The LA office lost a number of clients.


  2. Smart people, great assignments but no vision

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

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great collaboration, smart people, interesting assignments working on major clients

    Cons

    Don't know where company is headed, employees need to understand the vision

    Advice to Management

    Be clear on where the ship is sailing


  3. Great place to work at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Creative, open minded, relaxed time

    Cons

    Working hours are long. You are always thinking about the work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Under-Achiever in the DDB Family

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

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None really observable. Might be worth adding "DDB" back into the name to elevate its reputation, though hard to see what DDB gains as a result.

    Cons

    New York office only. Very poor leadership team. Boasts about its small, boutique operation, which is actually a euphemism for its inability to grow. Around 70 employees, exceptionally small headcount for the digital arm of a top, global advertising agency. Collegial culture, which would be fine if were also high-performing. It's not. Decent creative product, but non-existent strategy and analytics product. Great place to work if you want to have fun, not a fun place if you want to do great work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire COO. Put some structure and process in place to support the culture. Replace dead, driftwood in senior positions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Rudderless

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

    I worked at Tribal DDB (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice people, generally - some of whom want to do great things.

    Cons

    Complete lack of leadership and inability to step out of DDB's shadow.

    Advice to Management

    Find a vision and stick to it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A big mess

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

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working within the DDB network can be prestigious, but then again, this is Tribal.

    Cons

    I was there for a little more than a year and on average, one person would quit every week. They mostly do Pharma which sucks for your book. The CEO is clueless. The NY office is a sinking ship. They haven't won a big account in years -- I'm serious. There's absolutely no culture at this place.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers and focus on raising the creative bar.


  8. Helpful (1)

    confused

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

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good projects to work on. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Crazy hours, especially for pitches. Nasty office environment (physical space). It's like walking into office space hell. Never enough time to complete the work without working overtime.

    Advice to Management

    upgrade the facilities and take it a little easier on the worker bees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    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

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (7)

    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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    There is promise

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

    I have been working at Tribal DDB full-time

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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



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