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Area 23 Reviews

Updated November 7, 2017
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  1. "Be creative. Be smart. Push the limits."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Area 23 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Surrounded by incredible creative talent
    - Lots of new business opportunities
    - Hawkey is king
    - Awards and recognition
    - Pull in talent from all over the world

    Cons

    - Hawkey is king
    - Work you to the bone
    - Prioritize awards over necessary day-to-day needs / scoped work

    Advice to Management

    - Build a culture
    - Hire from outside the industry then build from within


  2. "Client Business Manager"

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

    I worked at Area 23 full-time

    Pros

    great place to work with diversity

    Cons

    too fast employee turnover rate

  3. "VP Associate Creative Director"

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

    I have been working at Area 23 full-time

    Pros

    Such a great place to work

    Cons

    Some issues with the leadership


  4. "If work is your life ..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Area 23 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Only one pro: the people.

    Cons

    Around the clock work. No work life balance. You are expected to live, breath and eat your work. The management mentality is do whatever to get it done. Also the tools used are advantaged but make work harder.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees mental health and lives.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "1% and everyone else"

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

    I worked at Area 23 full-time

    Pros

    Very creative minds at work here. Hawkey is one of the best in the industry and their creative shows it.

    Cons

    If you're not a part of senior management, you're just another body. Senior mgmt does not know how to manage this place.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize every individual. Delegate appropriately at the top.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Account Sup"

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Area 23 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None - dog awful. I can't think of a reason I'm still here.

    Cons

    see above... need I say anything more?

    Advice to Management

    get with it


  7. Helpful (3)

    "All for the fame of it"

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

    I worked at Area 23 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really talented people and work. Some great mentors spersed among a bunch of hacks. Great benefits as part of FCB proper. The "what if" construct is fun to work in as a ceeative. Near Shake Shack.

    Cons

    Long hours. Too many execs not enough doers. Award driven to a fault. Will do anything for awards. Zero work life balance. This place is so focused on being in magazines and in the press that it will do anything (ie, burn out its people and compromise client work) to win awards or create award-winning work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on doing good for the health care community, not just yourself.

  8. "What if?"

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    Former Employee - Senior Creative Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Creative Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Area 23 full-time

    Pros

    Recent accolades, recognition, and awards for creative is well deserved. Double digit growth is further evidence of this. Tim & Renee make a great team keeping morale high, keeping teams inspired engaged, and pushing for excellence. Tons of talent in the agency.

    Cons

    Long hours are standard. You work in client services at a top agency.

    Advice to Management

    Keep killing it. Less focus on the awards (at least externally).


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Creative"

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

    I worked at Area 23 full-time

    Pros

    Some of the most creative ideas in the industry come out of this shop.

    Cons

    Creative disruption at all costs-- even if it's work that is disrespectful or irresponsible to the intended audience. Awards are everything. Client happiness is secondary,

    Advice to Management

    Overworking your staff is only appreciated by the finance department. Be the agency that makes a change that improves your staff's health and wellbeing.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Top shop"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copy Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Area 23 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are great... leadership is creative, fun, and inspired...I loved working at A23. Tim Hawkey, Renee Mellas - both great chief creative and account respectively. ..

    Cons

    No cons actually... clients were reasonable. And yes there was some late nights but what he going to do. It was not nearly as bad as some of the other shops.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure raises are given regularly


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