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  1. "Great place to get your career started"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conill full-time

    Pros

    Great place to get your career started and very passionate people.
    If you work hard, you will be given more responsibility.

    Cons

    Not rewarded unless you make a case for yourself.
    Not a lot of involvement at VP Level.
    No process and departments are a bit disconnected.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to let employees go
    Reward your employees


  2. Helpful (16)

    "Unlicensed Drivers Trying to Drive a Ferrari"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office with all the amenities one comes to expect from a network agency; latest computers, softwares, kitchens, conference rooms, parking, state of the art coffee machines, balconies, pool table, close to great eateries, etc, etc. Eager staff at the entry levels and blue chip accounts...mainly, just two but blue chip nonetheless.

    Cons

    For all the amenities and state of the art tools, mid-level and upper management employees can't figure out how to run an account let alone an agency. They're passive, reactionary, and myopic when it comes to running an account, "we do it like this because the client asked for it...or...the client complained so now we do this." They look to the client for direction instead of leading the client --order takers instead of strategic partners.

    VPs run things inefficiently and are often MIA. A handful of staffers "in the clique" have the VPs believing they do a lot and know a lot about the accounts when they could ALL be easily replaced. That's what happens when you hire people with no college degree and quickly (out of fear and manipulation) are promoted. Some, with only 4 years ad agency experience, call themselves account sups and others dare to call themselves management sups. They're all nothing but glorified project managers. No wonder clients, and one in particular, read then the riot act every year and berate them in meetings. It's not that the client is mean. It's that the clients are fed up with their antics and speak out of frustration.

    They're over their heads (ALL OF THEM) mostly playing at Mad Men who couldn't understand BDIs, CDIs or ROIs if they even bothered to look them up. Some creatives ignorantly "think" no account person has ever written creative briefs when, in fact, any account person worth his salt do/should. That's how inexperienced these people are.

    They chase their tails trying to understand Total Market and STILL don't get it. Everything about how this agency is staffed is all wrong from the Puerto Ricans who have no understanding or EXPERIENCE WITH the largely Mexican Hispanic market to the Brazilians who are barley comprehensible in either English or Spanish running a Hispanic agency. Never mind all the Argentinian creatives they import directly from South America with NO CLUE about the, again, predominantly MEXICAN Hispanic market in the US. Not only do they have no clue about the US Hispanic market, their approach is outdated, stereotyped and disdainful. None of the upper-lever staff would even dare go east of the 405. They have no respect for this market so how well do their clients think they can market to them with these "professionals" at the helm?

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Publicis, open your eyes and see who you've entrusted this agency and clients to. Hispanic experts? HARDLY. Little to no growth from Conill should be a BIG clue that you have got to clean house. It's like bringing in Russians to tell you how to market to the American Consumer. It just doesn't work. Conill has been lucky at best due to the size of the two large accounts. They've won no new accounts and projects hardly count. In fact, they've lost business. Keep believing the unlicensed drivers trying to figure out how to drive this Ferrari and you'll witness them driving it into the ground.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "weak Management issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For a self motivated person being so "headless" is not a problem, actually an advantage.

    Cons

    there is no strong voice and management. there is only a few people with power and they not necessary have the knowledge for that position.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making people feel part of the company instead of focusing on only a few "friends". You need more than a hand full to get the company moving


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Subordinate / Lone Wolf / Ignored and Silenced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Strategic Planner in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Strategic Planner in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are "nice to your face." Ping pong table. Parking is okay. Coffee including decaff.

    Cons

    No leadership. No potential. No listening ability. Poor supervisors. Over-inflated egos with nothing to back it up. Sometimes "backstab-y" but also "front-stab-y." Suuuuuuper political. Interoffice politics and chisme are normal. One or two smart people who should probably leave the agency and go somewhere else where they are valued for being an independent thinker. :)

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Carlos, promote Annie.... get a backbone.


  6. "Rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You feel at home, the people is great. Amazing accounts and beautiful office space.

    Cons

    They let talent go away to easily. Structure and process not always makes sense. There's people in upper management positions that not necessarily deserve their positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep ands grow the talent!


  7. "Like Family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers and accounts. While "Hispanic" market focused, it counts with top notch and diverse talent from many cultures.

    Cons

    Low pay is just about the only negative I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let your talent go. Profit sharing program would be nice.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Digital Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great work life balance. I'm a boomerang so my second time around is just as enjoyable as the first time. Great atmosphere and people.

    Cons

    Need managers/superiors that push you, guide you and support you.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to get updated. The politics within is horrible! They need to take care of the doers and not the brown noses. If they want to lead in mobile, all the creatives need to be replaced with the exception of a few. They are too old school.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Try somewhere else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Planning in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Account Planning in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very cool people working there. And very interesting accounts. There is a culture of raising the bar when it comes to the creative output. Not your regular Hispanic mariachi advertising. Some of their stuff could play very well in the GM.

    Cons

    Most part of the senior management doesn't have a clue how to run this kind of business. Some are very ambitious and sneaky but don't have the brains to support their ambitions. The silo culture rules. And most of the times the internal politics interferes with the workflow, negatively affecting the final result. If you kiss ass you could go up the ladder, if you don't, you don't.

    Advice to Management

    Start leading and stop bleeding talent.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Welcome to Wonderland"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really great people that will welcome you into the agency with open arms. They are trying to grow social and digital more, and think by creating fancy names for their newly created departments they are leading the way in advertising. The big name clients look great on your résumé, even if it is Hispanic focused. The open office floor plan is very modern and screams "we are an agency," if you're into that sort of thing.

    Cons

    Even though it is a part of Publicis, it runs like a small shop that doesn't have much experience. They expect you to do MUCH more than your job title, or to learn new skills without having any leadership or mentorship guide you. Honestly coming in I felt a little crazy that the shop was running in such a crazy fashion (hence the headline), and felt that most of the leadership team helped create this chaos. Very long hours, especially if you work on a certain client. Also being part of T2 (Google it) you get pushed around by the larger sister agency SSLA. Also, can't quite remember the last time the LA shop landed a pitch.

    Advice to Management

    Simply put: Work smarter, not harder.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to start an agency career.... not so much build one"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Torrance, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, lots of camaraderie, a handful of cool projects

    Cons

    Long hours, Low Pay, Inefficient management creates a lot of unnecessary work

    Advice to Management

    Work to reach consensus and definitive decision. Not everyone needs to be invited to meetings... this creates a platform where 20 people sit in a room for an hour, all giving their opinions, nothing is ever settled in the first meeting creating the need for a "follow-up" meeting or "round 2"


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