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Area 23 Reviews

Updated March 6, 2019
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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 (4)

    "Wins the "Needs Improvement" Award"

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    — Area 23 has lot of delightful, talented people. This agency has some of the hardest workers, smartest thinkers, and nicest teams in the industry.
    —There's quite a few creative directors that both forward-thinking and invested in the growth of their employees and team. It's hard to find that combination in pharma.
    —The What If program has created some amazing ideas and campaigns. It's something more agencies should implement.
    —Routing and overall process within the agency is top-notch. The editorial department is extremely thorough.
    —Good lunch options in the neighborhood; high dinner expense limit for overtime meals.

    Cons

    —Not enough space or offices to go around. Scrambling to find an empty office for a client call or finding out your conference room has been double booked is a daily occurrence.
    —This agency is very top-heavy. Often the most junior person on a team will be a low-level supervisor with no juniors to manage. It makes internal growth difficult and it results in a lot of employees doing work that's below their title.
    — There are ACDs (or higher) being hired for their creative minds, not for their supervisory or brand-managerial capabilities, and teams often have to scramble to make up for that disadvantage. Day to day work often takes a back seat here, despite being the moneymaker.
    — Only select teams and people get the opportunity to work on pro-bono or award-centric campaigns. The average employee is encouraged to work on What If ideas for their brands, which clients rarely approve (on a creative or budgetary level).
    —Severe lack of creative department updates or meetings. What is Area 23 submitting for awards this year? What are some cool things the teams are working on? Are we doing any pitches? Who knows. The account team has periodic meetings about this; creative doesn't.
    — Teams are a little bit isolated. It's hard to get to know people outside of your direct team; there's not a lot of co-mingling or parties within the office.
    —The VPN is so slow it's borderline useless.

    Advice to Management

    —Awards are great; your people are even better. There is a lot of talent from within that is being wasted.
    —Hire more junior creatives. A good deal of the everyday work would be perfect for them, and they can bring fresh thinking to the What If realm.
    —Consider having more of a creative "bank" instead of hiring people for managerial roles they are not qualified for. Awards and ideas don't make a mentor or a team leader.
    —Be more empathetic towards your employees. There's a lot of overtime that goes into this work. People are stressed, people are frustrated. All the flexible time off can't necessarily solve that. Listen to their concerns; have more one-on-ones.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Know what you’re getting into"

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    Current Employee - Account in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the brightest minds in the industry. People genuinely have an understanding of MOD, MOA, and how to market the product

    Cons

    - no culture: what is the A23 culture you ask? There is none. While most agencies are “work hard, play hard”, A23 prefers to burn out people and overwork them with no reward or relief in sight
    - high turnover rate: this company doesn’t recognize its people and continuously has to hire as people leave since the environment sucks
    - the IP/PM department is just failing with the highest turnover rates in the agency. Because of this, account picks up all the slack and makes the timelines/estimates, etc.
    - your experience depends on your team of course and many of the teams are lead by senior management that is not sane and is revenue driven rather than caring about their team’s workload and work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees and recognizing/growing your people internally, they are the reason you win the awards and you should invest in them


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Run. Run fast."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best part was some of the people who worked there

    Cons

    Terrible management, absolutely no work/life balance, no one cares about you as an individual and your growth within the company, agency only cares about awards. They will work you until you can’t function and you’ll be expected to know how to do everything or figure it out yourself. No direction whatsoever, turnover is extremely high.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (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.