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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Directionless and Mindless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "A Kick-Ass Agency with Great Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Project Coordinator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Improving under new leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    With the retirement of the prior CEO at the end of 2014, President Robin Shapiro and the rest of the new leadership team have made great strides to strengthen the culture and and redirect the business over the last year. With increased focus on digital, innovative ideas, and patient as priority as well as a much more hands-on approach to engaging with clients by senior leadership, the company is poised for success over the next few years.

    Cons

    Although there has been improvement, the company can be slow to deal with problem employees, especially if the problem employee has unique and strong skills.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees, keep working to improve the culture, be faster calling out and dealing with problem behavior.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Flock of Frauds"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    I'm really struggling to find any pros. They offer good health insurance plans.

    Cons

    The new leadership of this agency is a joke, a group of fraudulent, soulless drones that are running the agency into the ground. It seems like the more incompetent and pathetic you are, the quicker you will move up the Corbett corporate ladder. If you have any talent and self respect you will avoid Corbett.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to force a fake culture on your staff. Stop using the term "relentlessly pursuing kickass". Stop giving huge promotions to senior/executive level employees each year while actual talent goes unrecognized. Or better yet, accept your failure, merge with the other Omnicom companies, and clean house—Corbett leadership needs to go.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Earthly manifestation of Hell."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm finding it difficult to come up with any redeeming features. We left at a decent hour. Or I should say escaped at a normal time.

    Cons

    Leadership is incompetent. That is why the agency has been around for 40+ years and only has 100 or so employees. They've teamed up with TBWA to access markets outside of the US, however it only serves to highlight CAHG's ineptness. That is why they are continuously loosing business. That and the CEO only working there so that he might be offered a position with Omnicom. A painfully obvious ploy.
    I ENCOURAGE ANYONE CONSIDERING WORKING AT CAHG TO WORK SOMEWHERE / ANYWHERE ELSE.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, find new careers, an agency with a long history and ownership by Omnicom should not have to deal with the partner's inability to effectively lead.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "WORST PLACE TO WORK, EVER. RUN THE OTHER WAY. WILL NOT HELP YOUR RESUME AND WILL KIIL YOUR MORAL."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The salary and working hours were decent but not not make up for all the downfalls

    Cons

    The CEO is deperatly trying to get hired by Omnicom so instead of looking at the inherent problems at CAHG, he keeps all the same exces in place and layoffs / fires everyone beneath. The short term goal being cost cutting and revenue boosting. The long term effect being ZERO moral and massive business losses.

    Advice to Management

    The executive committee / partners are the ones who are screwing the business. There needs to be an over haul from the top down, not bottom up.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "It was great to work here back in day when print was king."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great location, ok pay, co-workers and good people. But I think management needs to change.

    Cons

    No place to move ahead, management does not communicate with workforce,

    Advice to Management

    Top C level has to go bye bye, they are driving the company to the ground. It is showing very difficult for the company to move into the digital space.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule and experience. Great coffee

    Cons

    No vacation or sick days


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