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Crispin Porter Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Surrounded by a lot of cool, smart people (in 14 reviews)

  • Culture, people, bring your dog to work, kitchen, clients (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a bit crazy (in 42 reviews)

  • 10/hour for full time hard work, long hours (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Love for CP+B, forever and always."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Creative in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned more at Crispin than I did at any other job. I met my LA family in that office. I was mentored by strong, smart women into really figuring out where I wanted to be. The strong females in the office (when I was there) made me a more confident, smarter, and motivated human. I am so thankful + beyond grateful for my time at CPB.

    Cons

    The twice yearly layoffs are scary and not well thought out. They end up hiring back a % of people they lay off.


  2. "Sr. Digital Artist"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Design Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Graphic Design Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and fun clients.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, will work long hours without compensation.

  3. "No bueno. (Los Angeles)"

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    Current Employee - Creative in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Creative in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Protein for the resume. Also snacks and really great co-workers that make this place a joy to show up to. Work life balance is decent which is a pro I guess, as it could be terrible like some places. The area in Santa Monica is beautiful and reason enough to want to work here.

    Cons

    Why you're really here: Average, average, and more average. This place is not making the work it did about a decade ago. Like every agency under a holding company anything creative worth preserving is gone. If you’re not looking to make a bunch of ‘meh’ traditional advertising, then avoid this place, your book will thank you. If you are looking to make a bunch of ‘meh’ traditional advertising, then trust me when I say there’s bigger more established networks to do that and this isn't one of them. This place couldn’t be more insecure about it’s presence in the industry; It tries to act like a nimble creative shop but it also tries to win and manage business like a larger network, resulting in little to nothing being made and everything that is made is so, so. Also, there’s a huge account team, but a withering creative department, which looks like a ghost town more often than one would like. As far as prospecting business, this place is batting .000 for the last 2 years aside from some small wins in a current roster of clients that is pretty bland. In close, if you can find a shop that still has creative thinking at it’s heart, then try to get a job there, not here. You’re going to work long nights just about anywhere you go, so might as well invest that time into interesting work that you care about. That’s not the case here, you’ll put in nights that are equally as long for work that is forgettable or work that gets canned through the process. Unless the pay is right or you’re on the junior side, stay away from this place.

    Advice to Management

    To be honest management really seems to be giving it their best efforts. No shadiness or egos that came off as obvious. Just keep trucking and try to win new business along with fighting for good work. Seems like there will be a hopeful future in this office if the right sequence of things happens for them. They have some good leadership/talent, but I think being part of the larger Crispin network is hurting more than it is boosting them up, seems like we're living in boulders shadow.


  4. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked at CPB for almost 8 years. It had changed dramatically over that time. Pros are it is a creative, casual place to work. Most of the people are great.

    Cons

    It is more corporate and the "soul" of the company has been lost. Hopefully new management is working to restore some of what made CPB so great. Management is getting rid of a lot of long-tenured employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully new management is working to restore some of what made CPB so great.


  5. "RUN RUN RUN"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros: Big Clients, Smart People

    Cons

    NOT a meritocracy, work inefficiently, dying culture, running ridiculously lean, Lori Senecal ONLY CARES ABOUT BOTTOM LINE. period. Way too political, haven't won any legit new business in a while.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees and your culture


  6. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crispin Porter full-time

    Pros

    Great people, office and culture

    Cons

    Not a lot of work from home flexibility


  7. "Creative Director"

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    Current Employee - ACD/Copywriter in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - ACD/Copywriter in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great agency that does award winning work.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a bit crazy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the things you love.

  8. "CP+B does not care about it's employees."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crispin Porter full-time

    Pros

    Onsite amenities are plenty.
    The people are nice.

    Cons

    The HR department at CP+B is a farce. Employees are continually overworked, driven by fear (not encouragement) and verbally abused by certain members of middle management. It's tough to have any faith in leadership when you witness/overhear your co-workers being spoken to by directors in a way that NO ONE should be expected to tolerate. If complaints are made about the directors to HR nothing gets done about it. In fact, in my time there I saw offending directors praised in front of the entire company. It's pretty tragic.

    Advice to Management

    Make your HR department matter. At the moment, it's all smoke and mirrors and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of terrible and offensive behavior goes unreported because folks figure, "What's the point?"


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Copywriter"

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    Current Employee - Copywriter in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    nice people, good benefits, dog friendly

    Cons

    poor leadership, poor management, low morale

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. Value your employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Planner
    Former Employee - Planner
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone works hard, and you get exposed to sharp creative.

    Cons

    At the time there were big shifts from MDC and things got awkward. Not a lot of clear communication, crazy push for new biz, and over all high anxiety. I think things have mellowed out since.

    Advice to Management

    Culture happens with transparency, conviction, and inclusion, not breakfast burritos and cash bonuses. The latter is always nice, but it's never enough to command respect or excitement to come into work everyday.


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