DDB Reviews

Updated Aug 10, 2020

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3.2
55%
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DDB Chief Executive Officer Marty OHalloran
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Pros
  • "Flexible schedule, great people and team members(in 47 reviews)

  • "creative, collaborative environment, nice people(in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, bad work-life balance, messy management(in 26 reviews)

  • "The problem is that upper management/CFO refuses to add staff in certain departments to actually handle all the new business(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DDB full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Creativity the World will Notice

    Cons

    None that I would feel

  2. COVID-19

    "DDB Chicago"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DDB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good office, manageable hours, fun if you're younger, good strategy dept.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs due to losing business and covid


  3. Helpful (1)

    "RUN don't walk away from this place!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management Level in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DDB full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Horrible management, political to the max, no "soul" about the agency, hires oddities

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Ad agency stuck in the past"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Management in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DDB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    big budgets, well known clients, free PBJ sandwiches

    Cons

    no D&I initiatives, significant lack of POC throughout the agency and only 1 or 2 in leadership roles, lack of transparency, no culture, serious divide between strategy and creative.

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  5. "DDB"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DDB full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work, very inclusive and supportive

    Cons

    Communication was sometimes an issue (new policies were sometimes word of mouth instead of distributed to whole department.)

  6. "Meh?"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DDB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big brands are fantastic to work for...

    Cons

    even though they're leaving in droves it seems.

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  7. "Amazing"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DDB full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Conducive environment. Creative. Friendly people. Top notch work ethic.

    Cons

    Hard to get hired, which is not a con for them but for you lol.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotic, playground environment with little respect for employees who are actually working"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DDB for more than a year

    Pros

    Free breakfast, water, soda, coffee. Bread and PB&J for when you are unable to get away for lunch. Beer and wine. No one is hovering over you to make sure you are working, though that can also be a con, at times.

    Cons

    Chaotic, scrambling open-workspace work environment with little communication from the top. Finance does not communicate changes to travel and expense rules and rejects reports that previously would have been done correctly. Emails to the top with questions or clarifications are largely ignored. There are different expectations for employees doing the same job, and no one addresses it. HR is just winging it, as they are not currently staffed with knowledgeable employees. DDB staff falls into one of two categories: welcoming, communicative, respectful and kind; or talk behind your back, ignore you, scream and blare music and have meetings right over your shoulder while you are working. There is a heavy contingent of “mean girls”, and they are referred to as such. If you are not welcomed into a group on day one, you will always be the outsider.

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  9. "Overall a great place"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Brand Strategist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DDB full-time

    Pros

    Some really great people

    Cons

    Lack of resources So you need to be very scrappy

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Messy management but solid team"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative 

    I worked at DDB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people in the creative department

    Cons

    Long hours, bad work-life balance, messy management

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