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BLITZ Agency Reviews

Updated November 4, 2017
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  1. "Senior Social Media Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Social Media Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Social Media Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BLITZ Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Office on the beach with a great work environment. Great opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Did not feel connected to many of the clients or work.


  2. "Accounting Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BLITZ Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great morale, mentoring from very smart people, awesome environment for employees, flex time, casual environment

    Cons

    Inconsistency and sometimes rash leadership decisions but overall great place to work and learn

    Advice to Management

    Don't spend too much time/money on bidding for the big clients that you take away valuable resources from your already paying clients. Reward those employees putting in the extra miles, and keep up all of your great team building strategies because it really did foster an excellent environment.

  3. "Who says you can't be smart and nice?"

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    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Group Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BLITZ Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some incredibly brilliant people occupy this agency, which has strengths in both digital production as well as marketing. My two years here were a whirlwind of education as I was able to get incredibly deep into a wide variety of specialities and activations. I was constantly surprised by the amount that people knew, as well as the passion and attention the organization as a whole gave to every single project. Great experience, great place.

    Cons

    There was some turnover when they were acquired by Advantage Solutions, but that seems to be gone for the most part.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster and grow the kind of talent you attract and you have no ceiling.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented and smart people. Free breakfast on Fridays. Cool accounts. Awesome strategy teams. Hard working-but have to wear many hats to survive.

    Cons

    Lack of support in resources. Account managers don't know how to budget- and inexperienced. Creative Directors over think simple social media deliverables. Almost to the point of exhaustion.

    Advice to Management

    Creative Directors and account managers are inexperienced with social. They win clients with the strategy teams, but fail to give designers the time to brand these awesome accounts. Also, social media isn't rocket science-users just want to look at pretty pictures at the end of the day. So stop overthinking things people. I mean really. And be sure you have budget for the accounts you win.


  5. "staff"

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    Former Employee - QA Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and fun to work at

    Cons

    Merger with the larger company caused stress. IMO working out how BLITZ and the other newly acquired companies will work together has taken too long. I understand this my be working at the higher levels, but not in the lower levels.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great people but sub-par leadership and corporate culture."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blitz is interesting. Like many agencies, they hire really great and smart people. Everyone I've worked with has been collaborative and have definitely made working seem less like "work".

    The office is in the howard hughes promenade in Culver City and is in a beautiful building. Plenty of parking which is a severely underrated perk.

    Blitz is generally transparent about company happenings which is a great quality. They keep the group informed about updates with the company and the CEO talks to employees directly about changes to the company which is nice

    Work/Life balance is generally better than other agencies I've worked for.

    Cons

    The culture varies depending on which department you're in. Are you a developer? Work from wherever you want. Account Manager or Project Manager? Better ask for permission first! Company policies are enforced at will and at the discretion of each department head...and some department heads focus more on policing employees than trying to create great work for some reason.

    The client list and work isn't all that sexy. Blitz loves taking on clients that "keep the lights on" instead of trying to create campaigns that are interesting, innovative or creative. All work is uninspired (at client direction most times) and they lose talent because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than give advice to management (as if they even read this or care), I'd rather give advice to potential BLITiZens...

    You WONT enjoy working here if...
    - You value doing work that you can put in your portfolio. Blitz doesn't do work that will get you hired at bigger agencies.

    - You enjoy a "we hired you because you're smart, so we'll get out of your way" culture. Blitz loves ruining the creative process with corporate policy and work-style policing. Some in Blitz leadership are incapable of seeing the bigger picture and understanding what's truly important, but this varies from team to team, which makes it even more poisonous as it breeds resentment. Larger agencies are better at this (*cough* 72andSunny *cough*)

    - You enjoy streamlined processes. Doing simple things is such a process of involving 3 or more parties and forms. The lack of autonomy and freedom is stifling.

    You WILL enjoy working here if...
    - You genuinely enjoy technology. Blitz seems to actually value working on bleeding edge technology. Unfortunately many clients on their roster don't have budgets to do anything interesting, but internally there is often lots of opportunity to explore up and coming technology.

    - You like working with really bright and collaborative people. And if you want to laugh, visit the crew in the "backrow".

    - You generally enjoy a good work/life balance. Blitz as a company supports a great work/life balance, however that's not to say that some clients or account person won't try to step over that line. You'll still need to defend your own time occasionally.

    Overall, younger agency professionals will enjoy Blitz more than the older and more experienced veteran.


  7. "Web Developer"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BLITZ Agency (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, management was easy to work with, laid back environment, fun company. Company events were always fun, you get paid time off between Christmas and new years.

    Cons

    Although everyone is friendly, every department tends to stick together. The commute to Santa Monica sucked from anywhere outside of Santa Monica, although I think they moved by now.

  8. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team, friendly and knowledgeable people.
    Their mind is always on the latest tech.

    Cons

    Projects could be better
    long hours sometimes


  9. "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BLITZ Agency full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Truly a great place to work, fantastic all around.

    The tech department is great, full of smart, capable people who love to learn and get stuff done. It's headed by a great manager who encourages everyone to be their best and is a really great leader.

    Other departments are solid as well, and working with everyone was always a pleasure.

    The company's leadership is very much present "in the trenches". Both of the co-founders know everyone's name and are personable and approachable.

    Cons

    At times it felt like clients controlled the agency, as numerous "bad" (for a variety of reasons) requests/demands were heeded to without question.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the feeling of a small, close-knit group as much as possible, and perhaps make it more obvious to employees that you have their backs when dealing with clients. Few things are as frustrating as compromising quality of work knowing it doesn't have to be that way.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Nice Welcome, Better Goodbye"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and work/life balance.

    Cons

    The culture was great until the company was acquired and many employees left because the office became more "corporate." The location used to be located right on 3rd street promenade, but then the office moved to the Howard Hughes Center. They didn't offer much training and it was learning on the job, which wasn't the most efficient.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be too busy to answer questions and help out others.


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