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DDB New York Reviews

Updated May 16, 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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    • Senior Management
    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. "Okay, could have been so much better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people and fun workplace.

    Cons

    Cheap on paying their employees

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with the company intentions.


  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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DDB New York full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is lots of free food and booze. As well, there is also plenty of games and diversions. The location is just wonderful.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Poor organization & communication. Management wanted to change, but upper management was too scattered to get anything like process a priority. A lot of money was spent on food, booze, and parties but there was a raise-freeze (for a few years).

    Lots of cronyism, like having employees do personal favors for management, and when it's not being worked on they come down on them.

    Advice to Management

    I think a lot of the management hires were based off of friends from college or professional colleagues and less on work performance.


  6. "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.


  7. "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!


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganized, lacks leadership, no balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and needing to work from home
    Cool, fun and talented coworkers
    Casual dress
    Drinks in the office. Everyone pretty much starts drinking at 4pm every day.
    Lots of office parties.

    Cons

    Tons of work. No work/life balance. You will work late every day as well as weekends and holidays.
    No training or onboarding whatsoever. Sink or swim.
    Leadership lacks strong vision. Doesn't listen to BIG issues going on with accounts.
    They don't care about keeping talented people. Don't try to solve problems. Will let clients walk all over them. As a result, there's a very high turnover rate.
    Low salaries, especially given how much you will work.
    No raises or bonuses.
    Very hard to get a promotion. No career path laid out, and it wasn't explained why certain people got promotions instead of others.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Try to set boundaries and create a better balance for people with work. Reward employees that you want to keep with bonuses, raises, promotions, or acknowledgement.


  9. "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.


  10. "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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "The place is going down the tubes quick"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Drink at work and party all the time

    Cons

    The whole place is awful. It is like a revolving door of talent. Nobody stays longer than a year due to the awful pay and lack of retaining any client besides Clorox.

    Advice to Management

    Jump before the ship sinks with you on it


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