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  1. "This is a Company and leadership that..."

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    Current Employee - Ethnic Field Marketing Representative in Fort Knox, KY
    Current Employee - Ethnic Field Marketing Representative in Fort Knox, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carol H. Williams Advertising full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a Company and leadership that allows for learning and growth.

    Cons

    None to speak of.


  2. "Decxent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tinley Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tinley Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carol H. Williams Advertising full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture. Great family that's running the business.

    Cons

    Limited clients. Rampant nepotism. Lack of systems.

  3. "Not for Everyone but Great if you want to learn the advertising business and be successful within"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carol H. Williams Advertising full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned quite a bit from the Senior Management
    Great Staff and Creatives
    Wonderful Culture; fun and open office architecture
    Wonderful HR that is smart and helpful

    Cons

    a few phony ex-employees that are two-faced
    if you don't like to work hard and be strategic, don't work here

    Advice to Management

    Character is everything; be sure to truly know who works for you.

    Carol H. Williams Advertising Response

    Aug 9, 2013 – Director of HR

    Thank you for this fair and thorough insight.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible. Worst thing that ever happen to advertising and black creativity. Very plantation minded"

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    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carol H. Williams Advertising full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really had some cool accounts to work on

    Cons

    Overall, working at CHWA is the saddest moment in Black Culture. In a nutshell:

    low pay, low moral, non-progressive, creatives were oppressed and unmotivated, creative critiques where abusive, uninspiring, CEO cussing out and degrading employees for hours especially if we lost a business pitch, fabricating to employees and clients about financial state of the company, bad business decisions, terrible inexperience managers, upper mangers competing and stealing ideas from jr and mid-level workers, the agency perpetuated black stereotypes, lack of leadership, CEO was every moody and had her favorites and would openly refer to all the men as "her boys", creatives never gets praise for good work, upper management never tok any responsibility or accountability for their mistakes, employees beefing with each other through social media, disorganized, account team didn't understand their roll, Not only the CEO made it mandatory to presented all the work during business pitches and didn't allow her sr management team to speak, work was always dated, like 1970s and 80s, creatives weren't appreciated at all, freelance never gets paid-ever!

    Advice to Management

    Please stop allowing your "relativies" those who are either related to you by blood or otherwise, to run your business or promote them to management that has no advertising or professional skill set. Before i worked there i held Mrs Williams legacy to high -esteem... a black woman, a creative, who made a name for herself at Leo Burnett in the 70's creating some of the some iconic ads of that time i was admired. All of everything she worked for tarnished by her unprofessional and lack of ad experience family members.

    Carol H. Williams Advertising Response

    Aug 9, 2013 – Director of HR

    There are several former employees that are angry and annoyed that feel it's appropriate to communicate their feelings but when given the chance to do so while at work, instead take an opportunity to ... More


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointing, frustrating and disheartening."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Met and worked with some great creatives.
    Opportunities to work for big brands.

    Cons

    I (and other creatives) had no faith in upper management.
    Creative critiques were often times abusive and very unprofessional.
    I creative opportunities were limiting.
    Account planning lacked true insights and in the multicultural arena, insights are necessary.
    Account executives lacked the ability to manage clients often to the detriment of creatives time.
    Creatives, their work and their time, were not valued.
    Creatives were not praised for good work in fact upper management stated on several occasions that "the pay check was thanks enough."
    Creatives who did good work were thanked with more work and creatives who consistently dropped the ball had their nights and weekends free.
    Upper management would gather all creatives and chastise them for poor work when if fact only one or two individuals dropped the ball.
    The workflow process was extremely disorganized.
    Ego is a given in the industry. We all have an ego. But when ego negatively impacts the work, and the ego is coming from the very top down, the situation becomes frustrating and disheartening.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to hire qualified people and value creative work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unfortunately... A Mess"

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location and great office, Carol CAN be a great inspiration if you get her on a good day, can be fun at times, met a lot of nice people

    Cons

    Complete lack of leadership and direction, the people in power have no business being in power, she (Carol) hires way too many people that are related in some form to her, I have never in my life seen such ridiculousness as I saw at Carol H Williams,

    Advice to Management

    Please find seasoned, EXPERIENCED and proven professionals to run and lead your business. In the past your leaders have been horrid


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Better off somewhere else."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    ....hmm, well, let's see...the Chicago office is in a nice location

    Cons

    Lack of direction and leadership

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals to manage the business

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Carol, just be a creative."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    CHWA is recognized as a leader in providing African American marketing communications and insights into the African American consumer. The firm is generally generous and takes care of its long time loyal employees. The firm's employees are dedicated, hard working and generally some of the best.

    Cons

    The firm is still being led by its founder, Carol. Unfortunately, she is not a sound business woman. She makes emotional decisions and often shoots from the hip. She is a creative person. Very few creatives have been able to successfully transition from creative to entrepreneur. Client Service people can be particularly at risk in the firm as they are usually the first ones Carol blames when there are problems on the accounts. The reality is that Carol does not let client service folks into the inner workings of the company so that they can effectively run the business. the CFO keeps financial info very close in which makes it difficult to run the business. Great female creatives have not been successful at CHW. Carol needs to be surrounded by creatives who are men.

    Advice to Management

    Carol needs a strong client service leader at the top and then she needs to step back and observe while that person puts in place the key strategies to make the firm successful.


  9. "management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small cohesive team that works well together

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


  10. Helpful (2)

    "25+ Years in Business for Good Reason"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The agency is made up of a tight-knit group of dedicated individuals that are as committed to each other as they are to their clients. Ms. Williams espouses knowledge and leadership along with brilliant strategic creative from her team. The account and strategy teams are empowered to make decisions and take action.

    Cons

    It is a boutique, independent agency so the environment is entrepreneurial in that you wear many hats. If you're not a self-starter and curious to learn all facets of the business beyond your specific job title, you might struggle with the work load.

    Advice to Management

    Make a dedicated effort towards leveraging relationships and legacy to win new business and make the trades. The reputation in the marketplace is more dated than the fresh thinking and energy that is inside the hallways.


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