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Area 23 Reviews

Updated August 15, 2018
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  1. "Creative"

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

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

    Pros

    Tim, Renee and everyone I worked with. Smart. Inspired. Driven. They are known for the incredible award winning work, but they bring that level of game to every project. Rising female powerhouses are a plus.

    Cons

    Getting over self-doubt can be a challenge with so much opportunity to push further and do the best work in the health and social good space. It's not a con, it's an opportunity to stay humble, grounded and go for it.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A lot of bad in the good"

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

    I worked at Area 23 full-time

    Pros

    This is an award shop, period. If you are willing to stay late and let the better-connected colleagues of yours get the actual credit for your work, you may get bragging rights to a pharma industry award.

    Cons

    Intense pressure to bill more hours. They legalistically tiptoe around the language they use with employees to actually tell them to overbill clients. You will work tons of late nights and weekends. The pay is just ok.

    Advice to Management

    Which management? Middle management must kiss up. Company management is busy hustling and blaming middle management for the chaos. Corporate management likes the billings, and the press.

  3. "Account Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Area 23 full-time

    Pros

    Very Creative and Competitive

    Cons

    Demands a lot from everyone. Competitive environment


  4. "Be creative. Be smart. Push the limits."

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    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


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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


  10. Helpful (5)

    "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.


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