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BBDO Atlanta Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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Pros
  • The people here can be a mixed bag but I worked day-to-day with a bunch of great people (in 7 reviews)

  • Great resume builder, good place to get your feet wet, "extra" holidays, nice work/life balance, friendly people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • year raise freeze, nothing ever gets done on time (in 9 reviews)

  • Multiple departments can expect to work very long hours (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work for at the beginning of advertising career. Great people, good vibe, big office

    Cons

    I did not like the commute to work


  2. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people and incredible industry experience

    Cons

    Commonly understaffed, leading to burnout and high employee turnover rates.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Account Management Team"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -innovative creative team
    -great exposure to working with different sectors of the agency
    -great office location/space although a recently re-structured office plan has created clutter and less work space

    Cons

    -extremely limited in the roles you are able to take on
    -unable to communicate with clients as an Account Management intern
    -work load varies depending on which team you are placed on
    -majority of account management team is extremely unmotivated and seemingly passionless about their work (several associate employees complain on a regular basis regarding the work they are getting paid to perform)
    -limited growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild account management team with people who are passionate and genuinely care about the work they are doing; this is not to say that everyone here is like this but there are a number of young employees that deter from the work environment with their excessive complaints- and this in turn creates an inefficient and unappealing work environment


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Get in, get experience, get out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun if you like drinking at work and being able to play ping-pong. Great opportunity to work on Advertising for Fortune 500 clients

    Cons

    No raises for years, upper management took bonuses intended for staff. Expectation is that you prioritize work over everything else "the work, the work, the work".

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, people deserve to be treated like people. Pay people for additional hours worked or offer comp time.


  5. "An Extremely Rewarding Experience"

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    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Management Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an Account Management intern, I had the opportunity to gain insight across all departments of the agency. My team always made me feel like a valuable asset and challenged me to make each project my own, providing me with constructive feedback and endless support.

    Cons

    I can't think of any!


  6. "Account Management Inetrn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta (More than a year)

    Pros

    Solid place to work, first dibs on all openings for entry level positions.

    Cons

    Not too easy to make prove yourself as an itern.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Reputable award winning company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very creative and credible company. Reliable work ethic.

    Cons

    Internal relationship building in work environment needs improvement. Overly competitive.

    Advice to Management

    More stress management and group team building workshops for employees would be beneficialand create more trust.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly good people, good place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Mostly good people there, the kind you'd like to socialize with outside of work too
    - Plenty to learn in terms of how big agencies function, the type of work big agencies do, hierarchies, and management
    - Good experience, looks good on a resume

    Cons

    - Very busy and hectic at times
    - Lots of turnover, so don't get too used to the faces
    - Salaries are only OK to begin with (not great, not bad), but don't expect a raise
    - Not a lot of new business seems to come their way

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees better, do your best to retain them, and try to foster change from within to shut the revolving door.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A Real Shame"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BBDO Atlanta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Currently, there aren't many pros. The good benefits, extra holidays, and shorter than average time required to earn more weeks of vacation are still in effect.

    A pool of outstanding, but floundering talent.

    Cons

    6 years of a raise freeze, multiple layoffs, longer and less creative hours, no new business, declining direction, and the total loss of a truly great and unique culture, has caused many creative and vibrant people, young and old, to move on and consider BBDO Atlanta as nothing more than a great resume entry. What is left behind is a lot of great (albeit confused and frustrated) folks, though the best are either gone or are polishing their resumes.

    After 7 months, the new president has done absolutely nothing to inform, much less inspire, the talent sitting right under his nose. His inability to recognize politically motivated advice and promises led to some very ill-informed choices during the last layoff. The Studio is but one, perfect example. Though he may have a plan (and has made a couple of charismatic speeches to that effect), there seems to be no real evidence of it. A recent promise of a new and well known client appears to have failed over pricing.

    This is not a good time to start a career at BBDO. Nor is it a good time to stay. The fun and pride are gone.

    Advice to Management

    To the long-time management: Remember! Remember what made BBDO Atlanta the best company to work for in Atlanta (according to the Atlanta Business Chronical—and every 5-year+ employee) a few years ago. And for the sake of the agency and the frustrated 'workers' who desperately look to you for leadership and direction, have the courage to take your best ideas 'upstairs.' In the current climate, it may seem prudent to just call it in and keep your head down, but you can either be the best hope for the agency, or the lemmings at the front of the pack. Most of you got to where you are for damn good reasons. It's a shame that it's come to it, but once again, it's time for you to prove why you are where you are.

    To the current president: Listen and empathize! Talent and enthusiasm can never be cultivated in an uninformed and uninspired workforce. Talk to the peons! They are lost. Listen to your best managers. They will make you great! Be cautious of those that whisper sweet nothings in your ear. They are the poster children of the Peter Principle. If you rely on them to make you feel good about your accomplishments, you are doomed to be another failed experiment at BBDO leadership.

    Now may seem like the time for new ideas and dreams of an agency greater than it ever was, but there are deep, fundamental cracks in the fuselage. To try to fly to the stratosphere in this condition will lead to a smoldering hole very near the end of the runway—and you regretting the day you turned down the Falcons job.

    Icarus or Pheonix. Which one should an Atlanta giant aspire to?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pay sucks, Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BBDO Atlanta full-time

    Pros

    Experience is great for your resume. You will learn a lot while working here and get to work with some pretty awesome people. And sometimes we have office shin-digs with free alcohol...helps to drown out the realization that you are being drastically underpaid.

    Cons

    BBDO Atlanta is on a raise freeze, which means getting a promotion doesn't mean getting a raise. They have to put in a "special request to New York" every time they want to give someone a raise, which basically means the only people getting raises are upper level management who are already making 6-figure incomes. It's a BS excuse to keep paying and treating their employees like crap.

    Multiple departments can expect to work very long hours. The largest account at the agency is also very bland and doesn't allow you to do anything that groundbreaking creatively, it's mundane day-in-day-out kind of work. The clients will often make ridiculous requests and ask for impossible turnaround times, which leads to long hours and high amounts of stress and agitation.

    There are also no structures in place for support or training.

    Advice to Management

    Pay and treat your employees better to keep them from leaving.


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