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Updated Jul 28, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Fantastic

    Jul 28, 2022 - Operations 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Awesome people, great culture, work-life balance that's rare for agency life, fulfilling work, room to grow

    Cons

    None really come to mind

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Fun, fast-paced workplace

    Feb 25, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great camaraderie, fun workplace, collaborative team spirit, helpful colleagues, hybrid schedule with flexibility to choose when you go in the office, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Good benefits that take a chunk of the paycheck if you have dependents

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work!

    Jul 22, 2021 - Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Culture, great people, rewarding work,

    Cons

    small company, small company, small company

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Greatness is within reach

    Sep 1, 2019 - Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Has the vision, has the passion, has the fundamentals.

    Cons

    No "x factor" to make magic.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company on the rise

    Dec 9, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Senior leadership, culture, purposeful work

    Cons

    Some inefficient or confusing processes, gossip/cliques

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Very human

    Aug 30, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Marches to the beat of its own drum The work is fulfilling, clients are meaningful, and they aren't afraid of declining what's not a fit Dog loving, health advocating, and celebration partaking place

    Cons

    Too lax at times, but trust is a big part of who is hired

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Company and Culture

    May 8, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Focus on social change clients High quality services by talented team Great people, culture and office

    Cons

    Need to create/improve some systems and processes

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Civilian's greatest asset is the wonderfully talented indivuduals who work there.

    Apr 12, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Civilian's greatest asset is the wonderfully talented indivuduals who work there. This place is different than any agency I've worked at and I know it's been said many times before, but your coworkers feel more like family and friends than acquaintances. There is a unity and collaborative nature to these folks that surpasses the rest. The culture is young and vibrant! You can expect first Friday of the month celebrations, fitness Friday's, happy hours and a dog friendly office environment. We're an interesting bunch, but I wouldn't have it any other way. The kind of work we do and clients we work with, for the most part, are amazing! It's meaningful and rewarding work, and something to be proud of.

    Cons

    It is a great place for individuals just starting in their career looking to gain valuable experience or for those looking to scale back in order to spend more time with family. But for someone in the middle looking to grow upward, it can be a trying middle ground to stay in for a long period of time. New business seems to be a challenge in many agencies and is no different here. We are still working on crafting our process, but often times existing client work is bumped to prioritize aggressive new business development timelines.

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Prepare for challenging work with the best, most reliable co-workers you've ever had

    Mar 29, 2018 - Proposal Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great, free-flowing open work-space with the tools you need to succeed. A warm family environment with a supportive team who gets things done. Great benefits, outings, team events, and camaraderie. This field requires open, creative minds and that means we are all a little crazy at times. Hard but rewarding work with the environment to help you succeed. Don't apply if you're easily offended or could be considered judgmental...you'll disrupt our vibe.

    Cons

    A decent amount of our staff is relatively new to the agency, so we are all still evolving and improving our process. Bring open-mindedness and creativity to the communication process and you'll be fine! Ability to stand your ground while also going with the flow is a must.

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  11. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    A Reprieve from the Modern Advertising Agency

    Nov 6, 2017 - Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Civilian is the antithesis to today's advertising agencies. Everyone is extremely kind and hard working. There are no agency egos to placate and no one is overworked and/or overstressed. It's a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Their work/life balance is incredible. Most people leave by 5:30 and you never see anyone stay past 7pm. This is a welcome change from the 60+ hours a week I was working at previous agencies. The staff is hard working and will buckle down and get a project completed in a pinch. There are no lazy employees on staff who continually miss deadlines. Everyone works diligently during regular hours so no one stays late. Civilian carefully selects it's client roster, exclusively choosing altruistic accounts. There are no bad clients in the bunch and this creates a more positive work environment. Due to Civilian's small size, you'll have opportunities to step up and take on numerous responsibilities on multiple accounts. You're encouraged to be a leader and your hard work and diligence will be acknowledged and rewarded. They're adamant about positive feedback when good work is being done. Civilian provides a discounted gym membership. All employees are encouraged to workout regularly. Most of the staff takes full advantage of this. The kitchen is regularly stocked with free snack and drinks.

    Cons

    Because of it's small stature, Civilian must work to install and develop it's internal processes. This will come in time as they have many new hires with other agency experience. They'll work together and bring the best parts of all their previous processes to streamline everything at Civilian. Civilian's current roster of accounts skews media centric. They're working to grow their creative accounts, but I do miss more creative-focused work.

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