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Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, caring leadership, good culture (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people, great new senior management additions, great location, great work life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Management wanted to change, but upper management was too scattered to get anything like process a priority (in 12 reviews)

  • Poor management, the almighty dollar no raises and CFO runs the company (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DDB New York full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, caring leadership, good culture. Good work / life balance

    Cons

    Too many to list here


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible leadership, miserable long-term employees"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DDB New York part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Some of the people, mostly those who have not been at DDB New York for long, are very talented, personable people.

    - Good location in the city.

    - Summer Fridays.

    Cons

    - There is little to no leadership. This includes almost every C-suite and Managing Partner, as well as Directors and Supervisors. THEY DO NOT PROMOTE GROWTH (I've watched this with so many people who left during my time there). Everyone is out to climb the ladder on his/her own.

    - Speaking for the Account Team specifically, Directors and Supervisors DO NOT SHOW SUPPORT for their own team players. Instead, I have experienced and have watched others experience being bullied with workload. All of the younger folks always seem emotionally drained and sadly, stuck.

    - Almost everyone treats freelancers/temps with a LACK OF RESPECT. I've heard something along the lines of "She's just a freelancer" or "He's a contractor anyway" on multiple occasions. Believe it or not, they are people too, they are on your team, they contribute to your work, and you do not need to be outspokenly disrespectful about it.

    - Employees who have been there for several years COMPLAIN. A LOT. If you're so unhappy, then do something about it.

    -EVERYONE TALKS CRAP ABOUT EVERYONE, behind each others' backs. Stepping back and looking in, it's like watching a reality show - ridiculously and unnecessarily dramatic. You're all in the same company, essentially running the same business together. You're there to work. And, you're unfortunately stuck with each other, so get off your high horse and put in a genuine effort to stop talking with ill feelings. You never know, maybe you'll slowly learn to enjoy the people you're forced to spend 8+ hours with every day.

    - This is the first agency I've worked for where the employees truly believe that THEY ARE ALWAYS RIGHT - THE CLIENT'S WRONG. Come on, the clients are paying you big bucks to help manage campaigns, build creative, make recommendations that are good for their business, and SERVE them. You are actually in the SERVICE industry, in CLIENT SERVICES, and that's the mentality you should take on. Otherwise, go be a client.

    P.S. DDB New York lost 3 major clients in a span of a few months. That should speak for itself (and of course, the client is to blame, right?).

    Advice to Management

    You may consider holding leadership training sessions for everyone in every team, department, and level. Hopefully your folks benefit from it and grow to be a stronger, collaborative, and innovative team, versus group of independent individuals desperate for promotions. All those in managing roles should be required to take courses that teach them how to better manage people. Meet with your teams and discuss challenges as well as what's working well, share goals (both professional and personal), and openly talk about what needs to be worked on. Also, if there are individuals that your employees constantly complain about or don't like to be near due to their negativity, make the time to confront them! Someone take initiative and do something about your problems, or I guarantee your hardworking employees (and clients) will continue leaving.

  3. "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DDB New York full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked very independently, did not feel very connected to anything in particular with DDB

    Cons

    There did not seem to be a great business strategy in place. I have head that since my departure things have gotten better, but I cannot speak to that.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to keep old clients and win new business, have a clearer strategy to help connect the office.


  4. "Desktop Support Specialist"

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    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DDB New York as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to be in. All IT Staff worked together as one. Great guidance and leadership from upper IT Management. You were able to enhance all of your skillsets and also pick up new ones.

    Cons

    none really, just too many pros


  5. "Global Business Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DDB New York full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneur spirit. A good idea can come from anywhere. Excitement around creativity. Fast moving.

    Cons

    Disparate levels of proficiency throughout the agency. Some of the best people I've ever worked with in the agency and some of the worst. Those who are capable tend to be over-burdened. I've never worked harder.


  6. "Can't get worse"

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    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at DDB New York full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great history / Good people / Great values

    Cons

    Old school / Old people / Old values

    Advice to Management

    Shake it up!


  7. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of people are nice, friendly and seem to care about their work
    Management ( all relatively new - less than 2 years) is trying hard to make it a better place - happy hours weekly, company and department outings, abundance of trainings, etc. Sometimes it feels like too much.
    Management is very approachable. The president knows most of the staff names - this is not bad for a 200+ company.
    Not sure why people complain about raises - if you haven't had one n a few years, find another employer. And if you can't - DDB is already paying you too much. I think DDB compensates well and gives fair amount of raises.
    Space is being upgraded now.

    Cons

    There is room for improvement in how things should be organized - it gets more hectic than necessary at times. Specifically when it come to New Business pitches.
    There is a strange dynamic between creative dept. and account services. Almost feels like a power struggle. Or a competition on who is the teachers pet. They all need to get together and play a game of soccer or something.

    Advice to Management

    There is a fine line between being a good leader and a trying to please the crowd. Don't cross it.
    Also, try to show your faces to the public a little more - people work better when they know that the boss is around.

  8. "IT support"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in West Orange, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in West Orange, NJ

    I have been working at DDB New York (More than a year)

    Pros

    great environment, great coworkers, very chill laid back. greta benefits

    Cons

    not much going on to "grow" within the company


  9. "Not a great place to work"

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    Current Freelancer - Production in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Production in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DDB New York (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture at DDB NY is very diverse and most people I work with are very down to earth, collaborative, humble and helpful. Not too many crazy egos like other agencies, flexible hours and a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    The holding company- Omnicom is terrible and cheap. Freelancers are not included on any of the agency emails, news, events, meetings etc. Management is not really cultivating growth opportunities to employees, and the salaries are poor. I've heard people in the production dept complaining they haven't gotten raises in 10+ years which is terrible for the morale and it shows. Managers are nice but do not seem to really care about the day to day employees, rather they care more about pleasing corporate and revenue growth. Management fails to provide any feedback on work performance, the needs, challenges and goals of their employees. Very disappointing and bad for the morale.

    Advice to Management

    Provide feedback and improve salaries based on employee performance. Try to get to know your employees and their interests, passions and ideas.


  10. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DDB New York (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits and family coverage

    Cons

    Poor management, the almighty dollar no raises and CFO runs the company

    Advice to Management

    try giving a raise or two


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