Arrowhead Advertising Reviews

Updated Jan 16, 2019

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2.2
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  1. "Don't believe the negative reviews. Arrowhead is great, and improving."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Arrowhead Advertising

    Pros

    I've read all the comments below before joining the team, I'm glad I went with my gut and made the move to Arrowhead Advertising. The team is awesome to work with, and I really enjoy working with an experienced and talented senior management. The team rallies off each person's strengths to deliver excellent work to clients. Coming from a family with 20+ years in agency experience. I understand the moves management has made over the last year. Although some former employees may be bitter, management has done a great job at creating and maintaining a superb staff and presenting excellent client work.

    Cons

    I wish the work space was a bit more open. I really enjoy open offices.

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  2. "Doesn't Matter Anymore"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Arrowhead Advertising full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great employees, unfortunately we were all treated like garbage

    Cons

    Bad management. Avoid like the plague. I know they went out of business and became Big Rhino but Glassdoor insisted I add a review

  3. "So, so"

    3.0
     

    I worked at Arrowhead Advertising

    Pros

    Great people, talent, and perks (free lunch) always.

    Cons

    Awful management, no mobility, and no work/life balance

  4. "Started Great!"

    3.0
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    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Arrowhead Advertising

    Pros

    competitive pay, fun environment, great people.

    Cons

    Very demanding, poor work life balance.

  5. Helpful (6)

    "The absolute worst"

    1.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Arrowhead Advertising

    Pros

    nothing good can come out of this, just walk away

    Cons

    Terrible, utterly disgusting, the people there are so rude, you don't get payed for the first month, and when you do it's only for like 300$ , worst experience of my life o learned absolutely nothing

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  6. Helpful (7)

    "Don't work here. Don't hire them."

    1.0
    Former Employee - Creative in Peoria, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Arrowhead Advertising full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    this one will be short. There was a lot of free pizza, desserts and soda if you're into that type of thing. Oh, the people were mostly cool. A lot of innocent bystanders caught up in this mess of a company.

    Cons

    You wouldn’t believe the amount of gossip and info being passed around. Being a creative, you wouldn't expect to hear things regarding media, account services and finances but we hear it all the time. Especially from those who work outside the company which tells you that things are bad.. Let's start with creative department. It used to be a pretty strong department until a new guy was brought in and basically ripped it apart because they werent his kind of workers, basically weren't slaves who would work until midnight. And boy does he like to hear himself talk. The CEO, wow. What goes around comes back around. Karma is a ... Don’t burn bridges. All of these sayings are accurate ways to describe top leadership at Arrowhead Advertising. The CEO of Arrowhead Advertising has made many enemies over the years by the way he talks and mistreats people. Its well known that he would yell at employees and treat vendors poorly. From what I’ve heard, even from those who don’t work at Arrowhead, is that the company owes a ton of money. Rumor has it that he was using money that wasn’t actually his to invest in other businesses like a soccer team. Supposedly all this money was being paid by the companys biggest client. Don't know why they’ve stuck by Arrowhead. Apparently they've stopped paying bills again and a bunch of media groups are suing. If I were a client, I’d be very cautious as its a tale that's been told before. Ad agency is not paying media or bills they owe from years ago and then one day the business is closed.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Arrowhead Advertising full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Arrowhead for a while (by their standards anyway) & was actually one of those that left on decent terms —as in, not a casualty of the CCO/high turnover rate/mass layoffs. I never thought to leave a review because I wasn’t angry enough to leave a bad one nor was I encouraged by Arrowhead to leave a positive one. At this point, enough time has passed that I believe I can leave a review that has both pros and cons (like any job). I generally prefer to keep to myself but I actually did meet some great people that up until now, I still keep in contact with and consider friends or good acquaintances. Crisis bonding encouraged us to laugh/console one another about the disaster from Chicago. I was actually able to learn quite a few things from designers/account team/project managers and vice versa that I can still utilize and makes me a stronger candidate in my career. I worked on a lot of different accounts and that’s a great resume builder. I never did get a raise but at least I'm able to use Arrowhead as a stepping stone so there was some value working there.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, employees themselves are not held at real value by management. Actions speak louder than words and ‘thank you’ doesn’t mean anything when your employees are worried about job stability/getting paid/being swamped/getting trapped in a pointless meeting with the CCO. I still don’t understand how the owner of Arrowhead hasn’t connected the dots between the downfall of his company and the hiring of the current CCO. And the current CCO seriously believes the mess ups happening now are the results of things that happened before his time (i.e. he's blaming others). The first step to recovery is admitting that one has a problem —this guy has yet to arrive at step one so Arrowhead is going to be at rock bottom while he’s there. Does it really need to be stated so obviously? Before the "Chicago disaster", Arrowhead had approximately 24 Hyundai markets. Now from what I hear, they’re down to 8 or 9 markets? AND they’ve lost so many other clients because clients don’t want to deal with the high turn over rate. Everyone loved the previous CCO —clients and employees alike. He’s moved on to a different agency and many employees and clients have followed him. I can’t think of a single person who would follow the current CCO...I don’t mean to be Captain Obvious but I would think the CEO would be able to put all the clues together. I think most people can deal with being constantly swamped at work --which is how it always is at Arrowhead. It’s an advertising agency, of course the environment is going to be fast paced (made faster because Arrowhead has a hard time keeping talented employees). But what most people don’t accept is instability, bad management, and not having room to grow (or being compensated adequately).

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  8. Helpful (26)

    "Best Place Ever!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Arrowhead Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All the reviews of meeting great co-workers are correct. You meet some people you become life long friends with. It is because you are clinging to each other for some type of ability to survive dealing with the day to day of this place. The CEO, CFO and CCO have an open door policy which is unheard of in other companies. The CEO/CFO aren't here most of the time so good luck actually making a meeting happen; and people hide from the CCO because they get trapped listening about his time at a Chicago agency 30 years ago and how developed all the advertising for a major fast food chain all by himself. They don't emerge from his corner office for three days. He also likes to come up with TV commercials by looking though online videos and repurposing them for his clients. This is the secret sauce, designers take notes you're working with a creative genius. You do get paid. That is a good thing, since you actually do the work here. Sometimes it comes on the day you're supposed to get paid, sometimes the check bounces and you get paid a few days later. But you do eventually get paid. They pay the bounced check fee too, definitely a bonus! Opportunity for advancement is abundant. Right now people are getting promotions left and right. If you just graduated college get a job here, you will be the account director by November. Interns are being hired and made to do mid-level tasks with no training. As an intern, you also get an intern! It's a win/win. Hopefully one day we will give you benefits for all your hard work, steer clear of the 401k though, it's more of a money pit than an investment. If you are not an intern and looking to advance in your career, know that promotions come in titles only. People are told there is no money and, to be fair, there isn't. Look for a new job during the day and say you have a doctor appointment to interview for a new job. Since everyone has gone to the doctor already, dentist appointments are becoming a hot commodity. People have an incredible work/life balance here. Stroll in at about 9:30 and leave by 5:30. Pack up your belongings at 4:30 to make sure you are raring to go at 5:30. Pack up too fast? Just sit at your desk for an hour and chat with others who also packed up too fast until the clock strikes 5:30, then race each other to the door. But always remember to sign in and out of the binder. If you have errands to run, you can run them any time during the day for as long as you need. No one works late around here anymore, it's great! Most likely because clients are leaving the agency and there isn't any work to do. More time for fun activities! This place is so fun to work at! We get hammered during the day, doesn't matter if it's a Tuesday or a Friday. There is a pool table and ping pong table to hone your skills on. We have a giant chalk board wall and the ceiling has four tiles painted to imitate the sky in case you don't make it outside at all during the day. When you need a nap, head over to the sound booth, it's padded and if you bring a pillow it's rather comfortable.

    Cons

    After all those pros, how could anyone want to leave this place? I'm staying here forever and ever and ever.

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  9. Helpful (8)

    "Why did you have to buy a soccer team?"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Arrowhead Advertising full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for decent work. Not the most cutting edge agency but they are trying to look the part. It's as cutting edge as it can be for being in the boonies.

    Cons

    There is a lot of cookie cutter work done here. A lot of the same creative gets recycled to different clients who never know about it. Owner bought a soccer team and took the creative departments focus away from their real clients and worked and moral suffered more than any other placebo have ever been.

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  10. Helpful (9)

    "Motion Editor"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Motion Designer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Arrowhead Advertising full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free soft drinks, beer, pool table and a dude hired from Chicago. Although I think they fired him.

    Cons

    Don't know where to start. Boring work, horrible CDs, writers, art directors and account team. A handful of people knew what they were doing but the owner fired them. Could possibly be the worst place I've ever worked for. And yes to the paying of the workers late, all of it is true. The owner pretty much lied about everything.

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