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Pros
  • "Surrounded by a lot of cool, smart people(in 16 reviews)

  • "I worked in the Boulder office, and it was super dope(in 15 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Toxic culture and no work life balance(in 51 reviews)

  • "There is no work life balance period(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Intern

      Warp-speed agency with extremely high expectations. CP+B is not for everyone.

      May 1, 2013 -  in Miami, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Miami is where it all started. This office has retained some of that original culture, and a few of the legends who created it. There's a reason Chuck Porter and Steinhour stayed in Miami, and it isn't just the palm trees. Creative, strategic, and technological powerhouse. Brilliant, surprisingly humble people running or unicycling/scootering/skateboarding about. Resources you won't find in most agencies. Great parties & perks.

      Cons

      A healthy work/life balance does not exist at CP+B. Fortunately, your co-workers are likable, or at least interesting. Warp-speed agency with very high expectations, can be extremely high pressure/demanding.

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Avoid This Place At All Costs

      Jul 22, 2019 - Account Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are multiple exits ...

      Cons

      This is an agency that is quickly depleting the remaining equity of its name. Let this post serve as a warning to any and all young advertising professionals considering the move to CP+B. This place is a step backwards, no matter where you are at within your career... Let that sink in for a moment. You are better off finding the leadership, professional development and value you seek at your corner lemonade stand, as these principles are but a laughable matter at this poor excuse for a workplace. Save yourself the time and energy. You, your ideas, your value and career will all be put to better work elsewhere - honestly, anywhere else. At the very least, If this post makes one person reconsider a future (if you can call it that) at CP+B, it has served its use. Buyer Beware...

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      4 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Avoid CP+B at all costs!

      Aug 10, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Unlimited days off, multiple exit doors, Gym on site and free dinner if you work late.

      Cons

      There is no culture at CP+B. Employees smoke weed and drink at work daily just to deal with how bad it is. Elitist attitude from upper management, CFO and CEO. Terrible business decisions are continually made by department heads but if it leads to more billable hours Dusty and Eric look the other way. HR is the biggest joke in the building! Workers hide all around the building to avoid their bosses and peers. There is no work life balance period. Be willing to work late on weeknights and weekends. The CD's and ECD's all have their favorite creatives which leads to only a few people doing the work and the remaining people trying to appear busy. CP+B is a sweat shop of under valued and underpaid employees. CP+B likes to throw around, "good enough sucks" or "Be Golden". Well i think the company leaders drank the cool-aid because all the work coming out of the creative department is mediocre at best. The turn over of employees in the building is out of control. The funniest thing is Alex Bogusky gets paid millions to come back to save the business. News flash not even Alex with all his fancy accolades can save this sinking ship. The worst part of it all is CP+B cannot win a new client to save their life. Pitch after pitch they lose and lose again. CP+B's way to save money in times of need is to implement mass layoffs to make the company appear better then it is. People say this place is a resume builder but i beg to differ. Avoid CP+B and you will be a happier person I promise!

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      What was the most exciting shop is now pretty boring

      Aug 23, 2015 -  in Boulder, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Unlike most shops owned by holding companies, there's a still a better chance than most that you're going to spend your time doing something quasi interesting. Maybe even something creative.

      Cons

      Leadership: It doesn't exist here. There are a ton of people with President, C-something, or VP in their title - But no one who inspires CP+B to go beyond what's expected. The old CPB that everyone envied, it's gone. That culture has been stripped away. No one seems to have a vision for the agency. It's clearly suffering from completely silo-ed departments, yet nothing is done to address it. Most department heads (with the exception of creative), only engage on pitches. They seem completely fine with the complacency that runs rampant across most teams. All of that said, there are still plenty of smart worker bees in the hive. There's just no one guiding them to worker smarter, better, and more innovative. With Keller forced out - The future does not feel very bright. Creativity may not be a priority anymore , which is scary.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Pros + Cons

      Mar 12, 2016 - Anonymous Intern in Boulder, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great real world experience, opportunity to work on a lot of different projects and connect with different departments. Fun employee events, nice office and friendly people. You will learn A LOT.

      Cons

      high stress, no work/life balance, very poor direction and instruction for how to approach projects and what expectations are. For interns it is very much a "into the frying pan" environment where you are expected to perform and behave at specific CP+B standards that are often times not explained. Overall my biggest complaint is the lack of clear instructions and communication overall in the agency and especially on projects.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good people mostly, but lack of vision from top-level leadership

      May 1, 2018 - Content Manager in Boulder, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Mostly awesome people here working "the factory" floor until you get up to C-suite level leadership, great "amenities" like fully stocked kitchen, summer Fridays, all-agency fun days, etc.

      Cons

      Patchwork of egos and philosophies from CP+B heyday-ers and other "heralded" agencies, award-chasing creatives driving the circus car to the neglect of actual client business objectives, strategists and account people kowtowing to CDs/ECDs and then getting roasted by clients creating maddening swirl and confusion, low pay, long hours expected (depending on account)

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Ups and Downs at CP+B Boulder

      Oct 6, 2014 - Creative in Boulder, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Overall, the people are incredibly nice, driven, and help create a very great work atmosphere. There are a few bad eggs, but that happens everywhere. The company is creatively driven, and the emphasis shows. The atmosphere in the company is anything but corporate, which is great if you want a work environment that isn't rigid and stuffy. For the most part, if you fit with the culture here, it's a great place to work in creative. Usually each creative team is assigned a few accounts, which helps to prevent burn-out of ideas. CP+B uses a unique process for concepts and creative development that acts as quality control, and helps set a high standard. I was a fan of the method. Attitudes vary from account to account but for the most part, creative management are all very motivated to put out good work that satisfies the agency's agenda, as well as the client's. The agency has a great number of resources, and the studio department was especially impressive. The facilities are great, and are dog-friendly. The kitchen is always stocked with free food and ends up helping cut costs from your grocery budget.

      Cons

      The agency culture is a bit of a frat-house mentality - if you don't like the taste of the kool-aid, you can take a hike. Company-wide emails addressing dissenting reviews about beer cart Thursdays on Agency Spy came off as odd and insecure. The culture is changing from what it used to be, but CP+B Boulder is still reminiscent of a sweat shop. The atmosphere is laid back, but employees work long hours, and the facilities are conducive to practically living at the agency. The right hand doesn't seem to know what the left is doing all the time. While I worked in Boulder, there were 3 project managers to one creative team, and they rarely had any idea what the other was demanding and in what timeframe. I was often reminding them to check with the other people in project mgmt before assigning me work.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

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

      Apr 4, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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.

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      2 people found this review helpful
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