Young & Rubicam Reviews

Updated March 25, 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. Young & Rubicam (India)

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    Former Intern - Copywriter ()
    Former Intern - Copywriter ()

    I worked at Young & Rubicam as an intern

    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!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Really great people, very nice culture, clearly hard working.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Young & Rubicam

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Very corporate feel

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Have a more concrete schedule for interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Young & Rubicam

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Small and hard to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Branch out to B2C

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. Digital Times

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    allocate enough employees to manage huge clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Unreal, People there are amazing

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Young & Rubicam

    Pros

    Friendly environemnt. Hard working environment supplemented with personable people.

    Cons

    There is nothing negative to say about this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. excellent company to learn and get training

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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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Constant hiring freeze, less creative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outline goals for employees to meet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Y&R

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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 (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Account Management Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Young & Rubicam

    Pros

    Caters to the ambitious. If you want more work, if you want another client, ask for it and you'll get one. Great learning experience. The more clients you work on the better. You work under great, intelligent and very experienced account managers.

    Cons

    Unpaid, unless you're interning there during the summer. Sometimes, your supervisors are too busy and you end up waiting for something to do. But what's important is that you don't nag everyone looking for something assignment to keep you busy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Traditional

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

    I worked at Young & Rubicam full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Mentors, people who definitely know how to do good TV and Print

    Cons

    Hard to pull off digital work, lack of capabilities, old-school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more young people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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