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Blast Radius Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Smart, talented people- whoever is left that is (in 9 reviews)

  • World class work; extremely smart people; constant opportunity to exceed expectations with the best of the best in the world (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Zero work / life balance - look at the bags under the directors' eyes (in 10 reviews)

  • Project management lacks real leadership and capability, specifically on the director level (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sad demise"

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

    I worked at Blast Radius full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There was a lot of potential at Blast Radius, with some smart people who meant really well.

    Cons

    The place fell apart when Wunderman decided to swallow it whole, turning it into a weak digital arm of the traditional agencies of WPP. Blast doesn't exist anymore, except in name. They treated people really horribly near the end. Everyone good left.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "COMPLETE DISASTER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    This list is endless. As a senior level employee, I came to BR with significant agency experience, and based on my initial interviews, I had a positive perception of the their team (the negative reviews on GD were a warning sign I should have listened to). What I found was a complete disaster. I can only describe the project management leadership here as incompetent, immature, immoral, sexist, and overall vile human beings. Creative leadership is not nearly as bad, but only because they are completely not existent. The same can be said with tech. Where is the leadership? And dont be fooled, most of the people you see in their office are either contract, or about to be let go soon as this truly is the revolving door of the ad industry.

    I wouldn't even call this pathetic company a stepping stone. How they are still in business is an absolute mystery that may never be solved.

    If you received a call back for an interview, or a job offer, politely decline and run as fast as you can.

    If you are a current client: RUN RUN RUN. These people do not deserve your business.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "TERRIBLE AGENCY"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blast Radius full-time

    Pros

    - Outside of the dog friendly office policy, there are absolutely no pros to working at this agency. Every negative review is correct about this place.

    Cons

    - Constant whispering and gossip in the background. Incredibly unprofessional
    - Awful, inexperienced leadership with both Project Management and Creative
    - No 401k match
    - No work life balance
    - The majority of the staff is contract / freelance
    - The majority of the staff is completely overworked
    - Account team has no idea what they are doing
    - The entire agency is strangled by the parent company
    - They claim it is a "collaborative" environment but everyone hates each other, especially the PM team
    - PM leadership has no idea what they are doing / is extremely inexperienced

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone on the "leadership" team and re-evaluate whether you should still be in business. It's the clients that are really suffering.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    ""collaborative""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Dog friendly environment
    - Nice office
    - Weekly beer cart

    Cons

    - Project Management team lacks experienced leadership
    - The majority of the staff is freelance
    - Everyone is overworked
    - Creative, Account, PM, and Dev team rarely get along
    - Creative team lacks leadership
    - PM and Account lack experience

    Advice to Management

    Time for a leadership overhaul


  6. Helpful (1)

    "More exciting a few years ago"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blast has had some great clients and projects over the years. Blast has also employed talented and creative people to work alongside.

    Cons

    Drastic leadership and inter-office structure changes have caused disjointed teams. Lack of investment in existing staff has resulted in a bit of a cynical attitude amongst employees.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. Be more proactive about business development. Oh, and invest in your people, seriously.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Once great agency that imploded following WPP acquisition; CEO was horrible!"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blast Radius full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were incredibly talented strategists and designers at Blast Radius during my time at the agency. Also got to work with some awesome clients.

    Cons

    The management was overloaded with incompetence, most of whom were hanging around just to get the WPP earn out and at the expense of the rank and file employees at Blast. The most senior members of the "leadership" team were especially insensitive to the rest of the organization and if you weren't in Vancouver, you were almost non-existent. It was well known that Blast had been losing money for years and grabbed at the WPP acquisition as a means to cash out for a very few people.

    Advice to Management

    There's been an entire change of management since I was at Blast, and that's a very good thing.


  8. "New York Office - Dedicated people asked to due the impossible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blast Radius full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good amount of vacation days. Core group of dedicated individuals (small at best now) keeping the place alive.

    Cons

    A digital advertising company with little knowledge of what digital is anymore. Resourcing was sparse when available, and when not it was like pulling teeth getting anyone to commit. Committing meant giving it your all to project that was never scoped right to begin with. Client facing people would promise the sun and moon to clients, to keep their business, without consulting with Developers. Business would arrive with little direction on how to make it successful and even less man power to do so. Lot of work done offshore.

    Advice to Management

    Management?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Was once a great place"

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    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blast Radius full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people who work hard and they really care about what is produced. The design team works their but off but fail to be lead by good creative leads.

    Cons

    Upper management sucks. They only care about getting new work, not the process it takes to produce good work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on good creative, that's how you got there.


  10. "A great group of people."

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blast Radius full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Different groups and disciples would work well together to bring ideas to life. Lot of camaraderie. Small enough to influence agency culture. One of which was Wry Wednesday's.

    Cons

    Some overly inflated egos spoil the pot.
    Most of the awesome people left or were replaced.
    Not the agency it once was.

    Advice to Management

    Show that you are invested in your employees future. Don't over burden them multiple projects and 70-80 hour work weeks. Encourage and support them by sending them to conferences and giving them some free time to recharge and enjoy their families and life.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Former mid-level Creative at Blast (Seattle)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blast Radius full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Some good clients (at first)
    autonomy of culture in remote offices
    I worked with a couple great senior creative leaders (who have all now left)

    Cons

    Worst work experience I've had in my entire career.

    - Terrible management that ruled with an iron fist, stifling work and creativity
    - Very few raises, any raises given were delayed 6 months to a year after they were "given".
    - Promotions did not include raises up front. Only more workload.
    - No 401k match, US benefits are a mess since the Canadian main office doesn't know/care about them
    - Total failure by senior management to secure new clients
    - Several massive client(s) lost due to failure of many levels of leadership and network in-fighting
    - IT management was tone deaf and out of touch, refused to supply required software unless senior creative complained enough or escalated
    - Main office was extremely controlling and categorically ignored each and every issue and concern brought up
    - Proper chairs and equipment were not provided

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy your upward failure.



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