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Corbett Reviews

Updated November 1, 2017
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  1. "hourly"

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    Current Employee - Hourly in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Hourly in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corbett part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    free food and good with the schedule

    Cons

    don't pay enough for the amount that is worked

    Advice to Management

    everything sucks don't thonk its benifecial


  2. "Group Account Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Group Supervisor
    Current Employee - Group Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corbett (More than a year)

    Pros

    If on the right account there may be business potential or upside.

    Cons

    If on the wrong account, wrong coast, or wrong sex there could be implications.

    Advice to Management

    Balance favoritism between offices. Don’t show favoritism between functions. Promote equality of sexes.

  3. "Solid company, good culture but with some room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corbett full-time

    Pros

    - A lot of great team members,
    - Positive working environment
    - Try to create a fun atmosphere
    - Depending on the team you are on, great teamwork and respect for one another
    - Strong female leadership

    Cons

    - Try to be innovative but just do not have the resources
    - Senior management is so-so, some members are great and others play the favorites game and do not provide the tools to help individuals grow
    - Hit or miss on reasonable hours, depending on position - some teams have a complete disrespect for team member's lives outside of work

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and focus on a few things. It seems that the company starts and stops a lot of initiatives, with little follow-through, which is frustrating to staff. Look to do some internal team evaluations and figure out where they may be room to strengthen your teams. Try to look at individuals more and play less favorites.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, just ignore the elephant in the room"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good creative management (in Chicago only)
    - High visibility brands
    - Work you can be proud of
    - Managers are very easy to connect and brainstorm with and with a few exceptions aren't far removed from the creative work we do
    - Accommodating HR dept in tune with unique needs and requests

    Cons

    - Executive leadership presence in Chicago is nonexistent
    - Problems persist longer they should and sometimes the mentality is that it's easier to deny major problems than address them. See above bullet.
    - What is going on in project management? There are maybe 2 people left from before the current director came on, and the dept seems to always be recovering from embarrassment. Is she properly vetting the people she hires? So many recent staff moves in that dept have blown up in our face. Based off the hallway buzz, the director needs to put her personal differences and ego aside and start doing what's best for the agency. If she's unable to do so then the executive leadership team needs to step in and remove her. Most seem to be in favor of option 2. I've been somewhat insulated by their revolving door, but a lack of fundamental knowledge department-wide is something that takes years to recover from and eventually affects everyone.
    - It takes way too long to get the tools we need, whether it be a software update, font, or license. This headache should not exist in its current form.
    - The name changes, my god, the name changes. Let's all cross our hearts and say a hail mary that after 4 names in 4 years, we've finally settled on TBWA\Worldhealth. This is embarrassing.
    - Where is the CEO? NY, Germany, Paris, London, California. Everywhere but in Chicago.

    Advice to Management

    Address the issues sooner overall, and prioritize the very poor leadership and revolving door mentioned above. Continue listening to suggestions and problem-solving ideas. That used to be a problem but has really turned around and is now a strength. Continue demanding but at the same time start better recognizing the high standard of work that goes out the door and the people who work 60 hours per week to deliver it.

    Also get our leader here. It's a two hour flight.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worst place - run, do not walk away!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and time off. And the location is great (Chicago). But really. There are no other pros. It is one of the top three worst places I have ever worked.

    Cons

    Everything else. The work in project management is menial., tedious, mind numbing. And the director of project management is a narcissist who is fearful of anyone smarter. She also wants robots who do not buck the system or ask questions. You must not question the queen! Yes. A dictatorship indeed.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of the director of project management and you might actually get a true, talented and functional pm department.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corbett full-time

    Pros

    So don't believe former disgruntled employees. More than likely they just couldn't cut it here and are in denial. A great culture based on growing our people and creating award winning work designed to increase client's market share. If you don't like those ideas, look somewhere else.

    Cons

    Any cons mentioned in reviews I have read are specific to the ups and downs in the ever changing advertising industry. Lay offs happen from time to time. If you don't want to feel that than make yourself so valuable that they can't afford to lose you.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and continue to be true to your vision. We all know our industry is changing and we trust you to keep the ship sailing forward during such times.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule and experience. Great coffee

    Cons

    No vacation or sick days

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Directionless and Mindless"

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

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

    Pros

    There are a few key people who are great, but most are just run-of-the-mill add people who just put in their time.

    The healthcare is very good, but not worth all the downsides.

    Cons

    The book of business is horrendous.It is so small at this point that small fluctuations for one client have a big impact on the overall financial performance of the agency. Gilead keeps the lights on, and the two products they have at Gilead are going to run their course. Also, Corbett really has no justification for taking any credit for the successful launch of Harvoni and Sovaldi. Really, the first cure, then the first all-in-one cure for Hep-C and you think it was the mediocre creative or the big booths at conventions that contributed to the record-breaking product launch? No, all you did was not screw up anything - and that's all any agency would have had to do to make sure the launch went well. They continuously disappoint all other clients. The past few years have been marked by a series of losses and reductions in scope of the rest of their clients that have any sort of interesting market challenges.

    Company culture - they have gotten rid of some of the smartest and most talented people while sharp-elbowed mongrels politicize the work environment and secure their positions by using client influence as leverage to bend the ear of upper management.

    Corbett is part of Omnicom(OMC), which means that any time it wants to make a decision it has to get buy-in from OMC. OMC's interests aren't necessarily aligned with Corbett's (keep in Mind OMC needs its full healthcare practice to succeed so it frequently steals from Jack to pay Jill, as the saying goes). This means two things: First, Corbett leadership plays politics among each other to stay in favor with the people they are accountable to at OMC. Any behavioral economist will tell you that this multi-tasking is always pretty bad, especially if those people are in charge of running a company. Second, everything is designed around being successful within DAS and TBWA/Worldhealth, not just being a successful healthcare agency. Strategic projects are underfunded, client pitching involves "sister agencies," and OMC absorbs the payout of any financial performance.

    Leadership is weak and doesn't know how to provide direction by example. They are so afraid of losing clients they fail to be proactive in managing their day to day contacts and senior leadership at the clients.

    Advice to Management

    Build a framework for your agency's future. Don't consider OMC's interests in the fundamentals of building your agency.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A Kick-Ass Agency with Great Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Presentation Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Presentation Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Corbett part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corbett, formerly CAHG, had some growing pains a few years ago and has resiliently and successfully resounded to become one of the premiere pharma agencies for great creative, a fun (albeit sometimes stressful, like any other big agency) work environment, and a place where good excellent work is rewarded and encouraged. The proof is in the pudding simply by the fact of their winning an IPA Best of Health among other awards this past year for some of the campaign work. It's a great place to grow and also evidenced by how many employees have been there more than 10 years. The CEO has breathed fresh life into the agency, and despite some of these other reviews from obviously disgruntled former employees, has done a stellar job in taking the reigns and leading the agency into the digital age and beyond.

    Also leadership is very flexible and understanding of schedules and personal life which is a huge plus for anyone who has demanding needs outside work.

    Cons

    I've called IT more times than I probably care to count, but that's part of being in a digital agency in the modern age.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the best people and reward hard work with promotion and praise. It goes a long way and is well received.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corbett (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Place to start off but not a place to stay when you want to learn and grow

    Cons

    Poor structure, low pay, poor training, weird atmosphere


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