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BBDO Reviews

Updated June 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people to be around every day" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Good work life balance, nice people, good location" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "no work-life balance, long hours and poor compensation" (in 14 reviews)

  • "the long long hours and datelines" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Great agency to work with larger clients"

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

    I have been working at BBDO full-time

    Pros

    great atmos, friendly culture, large cafe and freelancer space

    Cons

    larger agency with comm issues dealing with other branches at times


  2. "Producer"

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

    I have been working at BBDO full-time

    Pros

    great atmosphere at the company

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company

  3. "Associate Creative Director/Copywriter"

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Globally-recognized brands and work done here; tremendous history within the industry; super laid back atmosphere but intense when work needs to get done.

    Cons

    There is a haves/have-nots atmosphere within the creative dept; very little contact with the highest creatives; huge clients that often balk at doing the "best" work and agency can do.

    Advice to Management

    Acquire more small, budding brands that are willing to the type of work coming out of boutique agencies.


  4. "Nice company"

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

    I have been working at BBDO full-time

    Pros

    Nice location,Nice people, Casual environment

    Cons

    I don't see people here get any raises unless they leave, and come back.
    It seems like people the people who get raises are the people who jump around, rather than the loyal employees. I've never seen a yearly review either, and I've been here 6 years.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your loyal employees better.


  5. "Good and bad."

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BBDO full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Award winning global agency, more competent, intelligent people here compared to other agencies. (Creative, acct management, strategy etc...)

    Cons

    Too top heavy, hard to move up.


  6. "Account Executive"

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

    I have been working at BBDO full-time

    Pros

    Good community feel
    Decent pay if you fight for it

    Cons

    Long hours
    Little room to grow on the bigger accounts


  7. "Producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BBDO full-time

    Pros

    The department management is excellent.

    Cons

    It was a bit of a boys club.

  8. "Associate Creative Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BBDO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great creative freedom. Great creative opportunities. Good salaries.

    Cons

    Pretty political. Lots of cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace more of your employees and not just the ones that have won awards in the past


  9. "ACD"

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    Former Employee - ACD in New York, NY
    Former Employee - ACD in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work with excellent creative minds and top tier clients.

    Cons

    Top heavy and often siloed.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.


  10. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great accounts and clients with name recognition. Lots of opportunity to jump in and ask questions in all sorts of areas if you have a great team on one of the larger accounts, but you get way more experience on a quicker basis on smaller teams.

    The work is always incredible and it's great to share with family and friends.

    Cons

    Being a self starter is a requirement and you have to actively follow up for reviews. There is no clear line or process for career advancement it often entirely depends upon your team and if your direct manager will advocate and keep pushing for you over the months it takes to get full approval. Large agencies are rife with politics and BBDO is no exception.

    Depending on your team there are incredibly long hours, including weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the mentorship program and build up the exchange program between offices on both a national and global basis. The diversity and cultural events were too far and few between. Communicate more clearly with junior members on career path and aspirations early on.


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