Tribal DDB Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    There is promise

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  2. Helpful (4)

    Unambitious

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time (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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tribal DDB full-time (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 Management

    Please retire.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    A place held together by tape and bubblegum.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ACD in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ACD in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time (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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great people suffering from TERRIBLE leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Learned a lot, but lack of integration a problelm

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tribal DDB full-time (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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (3)

    Quickly deteriorating

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Tribal DDB full-time

    Pros

    Happy hour Wednesdays, Bagel Thursdays

    Cons

    Very poor management that don't care about employee morale or goals. There is extremely high turnover and the future doesn't look bright.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not that great

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

    I have been working at Tribal DDB full-time

    Pros

    Good pay great people and free food

    Cons

    Too much drama they don't let go bad employees


  10. Tribal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ECD in New York, NY
    Former Employee - ECD in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really smart, talented people that are a blast to work with.

    Cons

    Feels like DDB is behind the scenes pulling the strings.

    Advice to Management

    KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Was there during the heyday, and sadly watched it all fall apart.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Matt Freeman was an exceptional CEO and under his leadership, Tribal couldn't be beat. I met some of the best professionals I've ever met in my career and worked on great brands.

    Cons

    Everything has fallen apart since 2008-2009. The flagship Chicago office is all but gone, and NY is notorious for being a horrible place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Change upper management., not just at Tribal but at DDB as well.



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