Young & Rubicam

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Young & Rubicam Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
131 Reviews
3.5
131 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 is a great global network, with excellent and innovative work.

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    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in San Juan, PR

    I worked at Young & Rubicam as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really took advantage of the strong global network that Y&R has. My time there proved to be very enlightening in terms of how the advertising culture works, and how high the bar has been set by Y&R when it comes to powerful, innovative work.

    Cons

    I was brought as an interactive specialist to strengthen the digital arena in a seamless scenario with the "traditional" (i.e. above the line) landscape. However, although this regional office was very aware of the power of interactive in the overall advertising mix, and wonderful ideas were conceptualized, unfortunately the entire team was not ready to embrace and integrate the processes and methods that interactive work require in order for projects to be successfully produced, and thus, have a strong return over investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advice the entire agency to submerge themselves in basic digital training, like how other Y&R offices have done (and proven that it works), so that "traditional and digital" are one and the same. Once the correct digital production processes are set in place, the agency has all the creative power to be on the forefront of interactive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Benefits, decent talent, but spotty and inconsistent leadership

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    Former Employee - Account in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Account in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, work life balance is as well.

    Cons

    Little identity and culture in the agency. Leadership was unfocused, old-school and not innovative or creative. Promotions and raises are also difficult to come by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up and reward those that are smart, effective and innovative. Not just the small inner circle.

    Neutral Outlook
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    All that glitters isn't gold.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Young & Rubicam full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Gorgeous office, That will be the frst thing that attracts you. But don't be fooled by the "hype". Great name to carry with you and your career.

    Cons

    If you're young, hungry, and ambitious.. this isn't the position/company for you. There is no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the receptionists/administrative assistants something to do. What good is having college educated individuals, if you dont utilize them (and their brain) to the fullest? You don't need a degree to greet guests and answer phones. That's called having manners and common sense. PEOPLE WANT TO LEARN AND GROW. Give them more to do.

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  5.  

    Great work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are terrific, respectful, sincere
    Opportunity and growth can be achieved (with a good deal of effort)

    Cons

    Creative could be better
    Not cutting-edge on marketing trends

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Surrounded by talent, you're set up to succeed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing intelligent, creative, dedicated fun teams

    Cons

    Big agency bureaucracy and stick-in-the-mud clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and punish appropriately

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    This agency has a really nice culture. It's not cut throat but rather very pleasant and encouraging.

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

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The space is great. People are good and caring. We're committed to good work.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Not the best first internship

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    Former Employee - Account Executive Intern
    Former Employee - Account Executive Intern

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot..once I found the right team. I got switched 5 times. I learned a lot of the basics on what goes on in an ad agency. i was able to apply what I learned in school to comprehend what was going on. Get to understand the day to day of not just the tasks for your position, but for the other roles in the agency.

    Cons

    It took 5 team switches to get it right. It's a big agency, sometimes seems like a tough crowd, although there are some really nice people. Everyone's too busy to pay attention to an intern, so it seems like they forget about you a lot of the time. Sometimes can go hours or days with no given work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -needs to be less hierarchal
    -more friendly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    good but with downfalls

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam

    Pros

    great, hard working people there

    Cons

    not the best senior management

  10.  

    Pretty good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Intern in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Got to work on big client projects that you can't work on in a smaller firm. The best part is the people, they're all pretty awesome. It's important to have good culture in the agency. The dress is casual so that's a plus.

    Cons

    There was a lot of down time. I felt annoying always asking my supervisor to give me work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure your internship program better so interns can fully take advantage of the opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice people, management opaque

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are some nice people here, good pace of work

    Cons

    Trying too hard to be hip; should just focus on serving their slightly-conservative clients well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful to people, don't just "yes" them and then lay them off.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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