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Ad Council Reviews

Updated November 13, 2016
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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Not Recommended"

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    Former Employee - Campaign Management in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Campaign Management in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ad Council full-time

    Pros

    The warm fuzzy feeling that you're changing the world through advertisements (just ignore the fact that most of our metrics can't definitively say that we're making a difference).

    Cons

    Horrible pay. Understaffed. Incredibly cliquish.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing around on Facebook and Candy Crush, upper management. You can also stop gossiping loudly about people in our NY office that you have beef with. You are being PAID to oversee a team - not to warm a seat.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best job"

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    Former Employee - Campaign Manager
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Liaising with well-known ad agencies, non-profits and gov't agencies is cool. Some of these campaigns are very well-known, so it's exciting to have this on your resume.

    Cons

    Office politics were extremely brown nosy. Pay was absurdly low. VPs in particular are extremely cliquish. I echo another review below about questionable results. Generally, I don't think it's appropriate that the government is seeking to influence behavior change through advertising - very paternalistic IMHO.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ad Council full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are generally nice, smart and dedicated people. You get the chance to work on important issues.

    Cons

    Wide disparity between top management and the people who do the actual work. People leading the organization are out of touch. Some have worked here for so long that they've developed unhealthy working relationships. Depending on which department you're in, be prepared to be over worked. While most people who work here are generally nice, some are not and can be gossipy, controlling and bullies.

    Advice to Management

    Change doesn't happen with people who are stuck in their ways. Get rid of the old timers.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Proud to work there -- strong team + important work"

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    Former Employee - Campaign Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Campaign Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - staff that is genuinely dedicated to their mission
    - huge growth opportunity for those early in their careers; the access to outside companies, talent and projects is unmatched
    - supportive community and environment, with people you are proud to call coworkers and enjoy spending time with (especially in DC)

    Cons

    - typically, promotions only occur when a slot is opened up as opposed to merit-based. This isn't because talent isn't acknowledged, but has more to do with their structure. That said, leadership does make an effort to reward talent in other ways, with continuing education, thought leadership, public speaking opportunities, etc.


  6. "Comfortable"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ad Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable place to work. Depending on department, you can ensure a work-life balance and leave work at home. Competitive salary for nonprofit sector. Unlimited sick days.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, so it can be difficult to get people to collaborate or listen if there are major differences in title (or years at the organization). There is little-to-no room for growth unless another employee leaves. While the salary is competitive for nonprofits, there is a very stark contrast between managerial/director/vice president salaries and executives (nor is there any real cap on bonuses for execs). Culturally can be cliquey and, given its size, difficult to integrate yourself. There are some difficult personalities, but no initiatives to help mediate or correct behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Improve culture to encourage healthy communication and collaboration across staff of all levels. Improve salaries across junior-director levels.


  7. "Great People, Little Room to Grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ad Council full-time

    Pros

    Employees are uniformly kind and committed to the work. A unique opportunity to contribute meaningfully to a variety of pressing issues. Unlimited sick days, plus summer Fridays & Mondays.

    Cons

    Career paths are unclear. No room at the top. Salaries are not as competitive, but are appropriate (even, generous) for a non profit.

    Advice to Management

    Make appropriate tough choices more quickly.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work!!!"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ad Council full-time

    Pros

    Talented people doing great work! Employees are energetic and caring! Good communication from management and down! Unlimited sick days is a plus. The pay was competitive, and good. The interviewing process seems to take a little longer than some places, but worth it.

    Cons

    Keep promoting from within, since there is a lot of talent among your employees, versus hiring outside.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Racist Organization - Close to zero diversity!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ad Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited Sick days
    Good work life balance most days

    Cons

    Racist organization - it is only filled with white females, even though they promote diversity but there is zero diversity within the organization. They continue to hire same kind of white females for majority of their roles.

    There is no upward growth and transparency. People are in the same roles for 10 years and are not promoted. The executive body and higher management takes ridiculous salaries despite being a non-profit but the employees actually putting in the time and work are not paid that well.

    There is no consistency - some people can work from home and take unlimited vacation days and for others it is frowned upon.

    People who have been working there for 10-15 years specially the VPs, SVPs and Exec body think they own the organization and are resistant to change and new ways.

    Advice to Management

    Some of them should retire to make room for more deserving people.
    Also, cut down on their salaries to make room for more budget for the campaign they constantly keep complaining about.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ad Council full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative and unique environment where you get to experience the pro bono side of every part of the communications industry. Everyone shares a goal of creating content for social good on behalf of so many causes. Opportunities for growth and vast experience within advertising, social media, research, etc.

    Cons

    Lots of work but all for good causes.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Uneven experience depending on Department or whether someone is watching your back"

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    Former Employee - Campaign Manager
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ad Council full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work on good social causes and make a difference.

    Cons

    Overpaid and incompetent EVPs, poor culture and uneven enforcement of HR policies.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your employees and stop wasting money on consultants, this is extremely demoralizing. Instead of wasting money on frivolous things, pay your employees better. Advice to new CEO: 1) don't just talk about changing the culture, it requires commitment from you; 2) it's not enough to get filtered information from the EVPs, you need to talk with the people that do the work.



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