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180LA Reviews

Updated November 27, 2018
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  1. "Great Experience, Exciting work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 180LA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Diverse mix of client work
    - Always a new project
    - Good pay, benefits, and time-off/company celebrations and lunches
    - Manager support and project management
    - Design expertise
    - Location

    Cons

    - Sometimes a lot of pressure and deadlines and late hours


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard but have fun"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people. Agency not as big as it formerly was but the agency culture has improved. The people that were dragging the place down have left. Senior creatives are not egotistical. People look out for one another. No back stabbing or blame culture like other places.

    Cons

    The new office in Playa Vista isn’t as nice as the Santa Monica place but hopefully that changes if new business is won.

    Advice to Management

    New office please! Also - need reviews to happen for more frequently so people have a clear career path.

  3. "Creative Agency "heaven" for entrepreneurial/scrappy makers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 180LA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    180 is small, scrappy, and everyone wears lots of hats. Because of this, innovative, creative work gets completed VERY quickly and efficiently. I've been a team-member on so many projects that I'm proud of. When I first interviewed at 180, I wanted to find out why so many people had been there for 4-10 years, which sometimes can be a rarity at ad agencies. People are happy here. They work hard, but hard work gets acknowledged. My co-workers are some of the funniest and smartest I've ever met. I'm generally jazzed to go to work everyday.

    Cons

    For those seeking and thrive under strict process, you won't find that here. For those who understand process but think always of the most efficient way to get something done, this is the place for you.


  4. "good but going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at 180LA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    used to have a great culture when i started. lots of fun events for employees and a culture where account management was actually respected and valued.

    Cons

    bad management - went through a rough time in losing clients. dont care to check in on employees and try and help make improvements


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Unhealthy and Bullying Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 180LA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Bring dogs to work
    Barista every morning
    Stocked snacks

    Cons

    Bullying by the account team (especially to the intern creative) because they won't stand up for themselves and tell HR. If you do tell HR they will turn a blind eye and ignore that it happened while leadership continues on bullying and calling the shots.

    YOU are on your own and do not count on anyone helping you out

    If you are not cut from the same cloth as the people that have been there for awhile you are doomed

    180 has one AOR client and if they lose them it's all over

    Constant fire drills while everyone is running around like chickens with their heads cut off

    Can't win new business to save their lives

    Cramped office space with no outdoor area to work

    Inability to communicate with one another effectively which leads to stress and projects become harder than they need to be

    STAY AWAY from this place - You will be judged the minute you walk in

    FAKE smiles and people laugh after they fire someone

    Cliquey, Cliquey, Cliquey

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in your employees day to day. Tea and Talking is the biggest waste of time that can be sent in an email ::rolls eyes:: You say that everyone is happy but in reality the agency is very cliquey and everyone is only out for themselves.

    180LA Response

    Aug 3, 2018 – HR Director

    We’re very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience at 180LA because we are focused on creating an environment that treats its employees with dignity and respect.

    The agency has recently... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 180LA full-time

    Pros

    Close friends, fun times, and good coworkers

    Cons

    Little resources, unrealistic expectations, and rampant harassment


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Focused solely on awards"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 180LA full-time

    Pros

    Strategy/planning department is good.

    Reception is great. Always warm, if anything she’s a bit much.

    Cons

    Creatives are treated like gods, but they are unmotivated. Juniors have big egos and are too precious about their work. ECDs are useless and lazy.

    Strategists are sent on extravagant “trips” with agency money to do “research.”

    Project managers are disrespected daily which led a lot of them to quit.

    Mike Allen did a lot of nothing.

    They spend thousands on agency parties on week, then lay people off the next.

    “Soak Sessions” are completely egotistical.

    There’s a duo of CDs that never comped a single piece of work. They were then praised by upper management and promoted.

    Account teams were disorganized.

    Awards were prioritized over daily client work. It’s incredible that they wondered why so many clients took their business elsewhere.

    If an idea was good but not worthy of an award, it was shut down.

    If you’re a woman and not sexually harassed, you’re the luckiest woman alive.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in leadership that actually leads.

    Stop facilitating laziness. Demand CDs and ECDs do their jobs.

    Stop spending agency money in frivolous, absurd ways.

    Encourage higher standards for account teams.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't let the ad agency world fool you when it comes to 180la. Do your research."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 180LA full-time

    Pros

    Dogs. Snacks. Location (when in Santa Monica). Office space. Parties and happy hours/outings. People.

    Cons

    Extremelyyy clicky. Leaders weren't leaders and were rather tucked away in their offices. So many complaints....daily. Before I came onboard and before I left, there were 2 huge layoffs due to getting fired from some major clients. New COO put on this persona as if he was your buddy...but would talk about the next person when they weren't looking (not really what a COO should to TBH.)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and see why the attrition rate was so high. Rather than mulling over your personal issues, talk and listen to your people and see why people aren't happy. Throwing a fancy summer/holiday partyis fun, but won't fix your problems.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 180LA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some good people at 180. The team (aside from executive staff) was very tight-knit. Good snack selection (but what agency doesn't have this perk nowadays?)

    Cons

    There was no work and, when there was, it took a ridiculous amount of time to get the simplest things through the pipeline. Terrible relations with clients and no desire to keep good people around during tough times.

    Advice to Management

    Stop gloating about the awards you won and try to save your company. You can't win your shiny trophies if you lay off all of your staff that does the actual work.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Account person"

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

    I worked at 180LA full-time

    Pros

    Can't even see the beach anymore so none.

    Cons

    Failing agency.
    Terrible management (the only thing they do well it's not showing up most of the time).
    Constant inappropriate sexist comments.
    Every agency meeting -- Soak Session -- they just soak us with lies.
    So many people have quit not sure how anything is getting done.
    If I could give zero stars I would.

    Advice to Management

    Give up already. You've lost.