Young & Rubicam Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
116 Reviews
3.3
116 Reviews
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Young & Rubicam CEO David Sable
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Review Highlights

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

  • They treat the interns like they are part of the Y&R family (in 7 reviews)


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

  • Be prepared to work extremely long hours with little recognition just to keep up (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam

    Pros

    Nice people to work with on a daily basis

    Cons

    Too many baby boomers clinging to the past. Michael Douglas would fit in nicely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone under 50.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    ok

    Former Employee - Copywriter  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Young & Rubicam as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    the people that work there

    Cons

    management, low pay, not a lot of room for personal growth, complacent, terrible agency culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new management

  3.  

    Great Benefits, Well known Name, Many offices

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    Current Employee - Senior Lead Front End Developer  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Front End Developer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Well known Name, Many offices

    Cons

    Maimi office needs better leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    love it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Young & Rubicam

    Pros

    very great place to work

    Cons

    more flexibility if you can

  6.  

    Great name bad management

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    Current Employee - Art Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great - that's all

    Cons

    Company made poor choices and is making a great company go down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to start out or end up

    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits are awesome and people are great

    Cons

    No growth within position, inconsistent leadership within agency.

  8.  

    Great, solid global company

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    Current Employee - Executive Creative Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Creative Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid, full of history, great future

    Cons

    A bit impersonal, overwork and sometimes not rewarding enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of people, talent moves mountains, but talent also needs to rest, have vacations, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work, but there is still room for improvement...

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Young & Rubicam full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to start a career in advertising.
    Long-standing partnerships with clients.
    Dynamic and friendly work environment.
    Smart account leaders.
    Strong strategy / planning team.

    Cons

    Very low pay.
    Difficulty retaining good talent.
    Both, agency and clients maintain a very traditional mindset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An agency is as good as its talent. Y&R should focus efforts on two things:

    1) Talent Recruitment - The summer internship should focus on quality and not quantity. Agency should stop hiring people because of their connection with Sr. management; people who just need a summer job but have not interest in advertising. The agency should focus on recruiting smart and motivated kids who have a passion for the field.

    2) Talent Retention - Either increase compensation across mid-level management, or more workshops/skill development training, more often during the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great for my first year job, but after year wasn't sure if i was growing anymore.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great for internships, really get you involved. I felt like most people there really cared about helping you

    Cons

    I didn't ever feel like i was getting to do anything innovative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A nice introduction into the Ad world.

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

    I have been working at Young & Rubicam full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A nice balance of work and play.

    Cons

    Not a a good creative space. Really bad work is made here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A strong need for stable senior creatives, the juniors need mentors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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