Young & Rubicam Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Pros
  • There were Good people, and it was a very nice office (in 9 reviews)

  • At Y&R they give people a chance to work even without any prior experience (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Totally re-active environment with no boundaries resulting total lack of work / life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Leadership was unfocused, old-school and not innovative or creative (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Account Management Intern (Miami)

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Young & Rubicam as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - The brand carries a long way in future interviews
    - Great exposure to industry if you build rapport with your team
    - Freedom to take on your own projects if you are self-motivated

    Cons

    - Sometimes lack direction and communication on what the interns should be or currently are working on
    - Experience varies greatly depending on the account

    Advice to Management

    Develop a mentorship program for those who are interested

  2. Technical Support

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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 Young & Rubicam full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding environment full of challenges and surprises. The most dynamic work environment I have ever been in.

    Cons

    Started as a consultant and when hired lost 25k a year. Needless to say I will be looking for another position. This is the least I have made since I was 21.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people and they will not be part of the revolving door used to move people in and out of the company. No matter what the environment, NY is not a cheap place to live.

  3. Young & Rubicam (India)

    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Copywriter ()
    Former Intern - Copywriter ()

    I worked at Young & Rubicam as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn from some of the bests in the business.
    Be part of the brainstorming session for national clients.
    Not an internship that makes you photocopy or carry around coffee.

    Cons

    I cannot quite think of cons though I wish it lasted longer.
    The office space could be more inspiring.
    The first couple of days I had to sit around but then the assignments kicked in and it was a great ride!

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  5. Really great people, very nice culture, clearly hard working.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Young & Rubicam

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Y&R Chicago's slogan "WIN WITH HEART" is appropriate....they are hard working, highly experienced, and creative. Some of the best pitchers/presenters in the business. What I particularly like about the company is how accessible the upper management is. Very few young people take advantage of this which is a shame. The upper management is incredibly experienced and there is a lot to learn from them.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there is high-turnover rate as employees are granted better titles in place of raises and higher salaries. Y&R Chicago blames WPP's hiring policies, but methinks its much more than that. Upper management gets paid a ton along with generous travel perks while perks like free breakfasts on Wednesdays downgrades to bagel and barely enough cream cheese.

    Advice to Management

    Pay what people are worth. Hire more innovative thinkers. Stop taking advantage of "the opportunity to work for Y&R"

  6. Very corporate feel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Miami, FL
    Former Intern - Intern in Miami, FL

    I worked at Young & Rubicam as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Everyone who works here seems genuinely friendly. It has a very "family" feel.

    Cons

    People are in and out of the office constantly and didn't have much time to give to interns.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more concrete schedule for interns.

  7. Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Young & Rubicam

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing and they make the hard work seem not as hard.

    Cons

    Small and hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Branch out to B2C

  8. Digital Times

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great location, some really competent staff

    Cons

    some incompetent staff (who've since turned over). the weakest link will break a team, esp if they are project managers.

    Advice to Management

    allocate enough employees to manage huge clients

  9. Unreal, People there are amazing

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Young & Rubicam

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

    Pros

    Friendly environemnt. Hard working environment supplemented with personable people.

    Cons

    There is nothing negative to say about this company

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

  10. excellent company to learn and get training

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam

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

    Pros

    Nice people, solid strategic agency, cool office, great leadership

    Cons

    Constant hiring freeze, less creative

    Advice to Management

    Outline goals for employees to meet

  11. Helpful (1)

    Y&R

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Recruits highly intelligent individuals (NYU, Wharton, MIT, Princeton, etc.), highly collaborative among junior to mid-level management, casual work attire and work location

    Cons

    Highly disorganized and senior leadership is severely lacking in various aspects (talent retention, thought leadership, promoting internal growth, etc.). High turnover ratio because Y&R fails to properly recognize and secure internal talent and SVP - EVPS lack the clarity and creativity to come with innovative insights and instead will opt to cut corners, indirectly lie to clients to make them happy (short view) and lacks directional specificity in how to execute and deliver products.

    Advice to Management

    Secure rising stars. SVP-EVPs don't feel threaten by young rising stars.

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