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BBDO Reviews

Updated February 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, amazing office, the best creatives (in 19 reviews)

  • BBDO has a very great work environment (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • no work-life balance, long hours and poor compensation (in 12 reviews)

  • very long hours for very little pay -- (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "accounts payable supervisor"

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

    I worked at BBDO full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    excellent people and family atmosphere,good benefits

    Cons

    outsourcing of accounting team and bad communication between comptroller and staff

    Advice to Management

    bad leadership and lack of communication


  2. Helpful (3)

    "meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BBDO (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's OK. Good work but not good management or opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Creative directors tend to keep all the good work to themselves. Culture is non-existent. The office has crammed about 5 agencies into 3 floors which can be a little weird.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder or at all. Pretend you care about the people instead of just work.


  3. "BBDO is what you think it is."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BBDO full-time

    Pros

    great design/workspace. Very creative and fantastic work

    Cons

    Cut thought. Political, and interested in creative gimmicks more than results

    Advice to Management

    Sometime between the work, the work, the work, you should pause and reflect on the people.


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  5. "Fun, inspiring place to work"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    BBDO is a fun, creative agency, where you'll rub elbows with some real creative geniuses.

    Cons

    It's definitely an agency focused on creative, so if you're an account management person, it may be tougher for you there, but overall a great experience to have on your resume!

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great people, amazing office, the best creatives

    Cons

    Mid-town location is hard to get to

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Loved working here.


  7. "Senior Copywriter"

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    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Reputable agency with great clients and many awards

    Cons

    Can be hard grow career in such a large agency.


  8. "Account Management summer intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BBDO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are motivated. The brands they advertise for are very notable

    Cons

    All work, no play. Barely follow the "summer friday" rules for NYC


  9. "BBDO review"

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    Former Employee - PAYROLL Associate in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - PAYROLL Associate in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good stable company. Good benefits,and nice area. Midtown manhattan location.

    Cons

    Really nothing negative to say.


  10. "Account Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, Fast pace, promotions are very probable if you work hard because the churn is high. Lots of production experience

    Cons

    Lots of hours and the pay is only good if you came from another agency, if you were promoted fronm within they will not pay as much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep updating the agency's offerings so as not to fall behind in how brands are changing in how they market themselves to consumers and customers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, overworked, bad pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BBDO full-time

    Pros

    - very talented people, overall pleasant and fun to work with-
    - bar is great
    - great projects, top clients, fast paced and exciting work

    Cons

    - management simply does not care about their employees. Many employees do not get raised (even cost of living raise) for many years.
    - HR department is basically non-existent
    - very long hours for very little pay --> you will receive more and more work and responsibilities with no additional compensation
    - can be political, but hey, that's anywhere you work

    Advice to Management

    - it is not very difficult to retain employees - just show basic appreciation and incentive (i.e. adequate compensation); don't rely so much on freelancers and do not overwork your employees for months on end, or they will burn out and leave



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