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Updated June 25, 2017
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  1. "Great place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Creative in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've worked at a lot of agencies, and Commonwealth-Detroit is a great place to be and has a great vibe.
    Really great people to get along with. Great benefits. CEO is fantastic with the client and has formed a solid, trusting relationship. Workload is fine when you know what you are doing and don't get caught up in things that don't really matter.

    Cons

    Elevators to the Commonwealth floors are the absolute worst.

    Advice to Management

    Balicki is great. Good leader and more importantly, a fair leader. The company is definitely in good hands.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Just say no."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Writer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that actually work are fantastic. They're fun and they're talented.

    Great location.

    There's a Shake Shack close by??

    Cons

    Upper leadership is terrible.
    Lack of communication within the agency and departments.
    No opportunity unless you're male.
    Scared of new ideas. They stick to tv spots and that's it.
    High school mentality so if you don't drink or do drugs then you're not going to be taken seriously. The people that actually work hard are the ones that don't get opportunity. You can definitely fail a lot and move up within the ranks. So if that's your think, then you'll love it there.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all of your employees not just your favorite.


  3. "Copywriter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Writer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on large budget projects. Good account team. Good work atmosphere. If you work hard and create strong stuff, you will get the recognition you deserve.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that they really only have one client which is so large that they are scared to take creative chances. Their current campaign is a creative bummer.

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait too long before pitching new campaign ideas to the client. Just because something is working now doesn't mean that it will stay that way. Keep in front of the backlash. Also, take more digital chances other than simple banner ads.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Auto Agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - work with one of the greatest auto brand
    - relax schedule

    Cons

    - no career progression, no salary increase
    - discreetly political

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate and mentor your employees properly


  5. "Greatt"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RSW in Barnstable, MA
    Former Employee - RSW in Barnstable, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great job great people

    Cons

    Mandates all the time that was horrible


  6. "Art Director Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Director Intern in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Art Director Intern in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Commonwealth full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work with are awesome. The location is Prime, right downtown Detroit. You get to work on a lot of projects, with multiple teams.

    Cons

    The only con is that they only have one client so thats all you work on. I think when theres only one client paying the bills, it gives them too much say and power.

    Advice to Management

    I thought it was an awesome internship and I would do it again. My only advice would be to keep letting interns work with multiple teams and mediums.


  7. "District Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales & Advertising Manager in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Sales & Advertising Manager in Fullerton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Access to ownership and strategies

    Cons

    Lack of assets and cash-flow issues

    Advice to Management

    Export


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Commonwealth Agency has potential to be great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay, flexibility, talented team. Company is generous with paid time off, and has a nice holiday party as well as other fun social opportunities throughout the year. Parking is paid and convenient.

    Cons

    Lacks work/life balance. Always late hours due to poor planning and inability to get a handle on (at times) unreasonable client demands. Too many chiefs (managers) and not enough authority to implement new ideas, processes, company keeps getting more and more new business but no bonuses or incentives are offered across the board. New work space is inadequate.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees in on the hiring process to ensure a good fit with new management. Offer bonuses to all employees when new business is won. After all, we're the reason the new business is happening! Figure out a way to make sure employees are able to end their work day by 5:30pm for work/life balance. Simplify and streamline processes so employees don't keep getting burned out and turnover is reduced.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Director in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Commonwealth (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, but we pay for most of them.

    Cons

    Extremely dysfunctional management and client (Chevrolet)
    Poor management. No genuine collaboration between teams, agency-client or agency partners. The agency will do anything the client requests to please them even if it does not make sense, puts more pressure and workload on employees, or requires letting good people go. People are moved around like objects without checking with them or their supervisors first. Some employees have no respect for authority and reporting lines to get visibility and top management reinforces this type of behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing people via email. Talk to your direct reports frequently or change top management and bring experienced managers that know how to run an agency, understand marketing holistically -not only traditional advertising, and who are comfortable speaking with employees to understand both strategic and operational issues. Stop lying to employees and clients. They are aware of it already,


  10. "Fun place to work, good people, but be prepared for long hours!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Management in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Management in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    The downtown location is great! There are lots of perks including company parties, bagel days, free coffee, some lunches, special events, etc. Overall I liked the people I worked with. A lot of overworked people but th "underlings" banded together and tried to get work done and not attack one another. The mood there was pretty good.

    Cons

    There is the typical agency mentality, bend over backwards for the client and work all hours to get it done. Then have the client change their mind and not stand your ground. Creatively they say they do stand behind what they recommend, but you have to have the account team and upper management to defend it. Not everyone knows how to manage their clients and how to motivate their team members. It depends on which team you are on as to how crazy it gets. Lots of overworked people in general though, and not enough work life balance it seems in almost every department.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people and resources to spread out the workload.


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