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Updated February 9, 2018
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  • Great people, smart talented Managers (in 36 reviews)

  • Decent work/life balance for an agency (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Chicago office is awesome. So happy with my career change. Clients can be "old school" but if you're truly passionate about this industry and invest in the agency and the people here, you reap the benefits. Wendy Clark is AMAZING and the future of this agency. Chicago Leadership listens to their employees and embraces change.

    Cons

    Typical process/political-type stuff you find at any agency. HR not the best to work with, but leadership took note and is making significant improvements.


  2. "Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DDB Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great people, smart talented Managers.

    Cons

    Company on the decline. High turnover.

  3. "Creative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good salary and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Real bad culture. Chaos. Impossible to be creative.


  4. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Art Director
    Former Employee - Art Director

    I worked at DDB Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great accounts and good experience.

    Cons

    Benefits dwindled. Surprising given a company of this size.


  5. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Clients are very old school. We need to find ways to educate our clients to do things differently.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more freelancers and modern account managers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "DDB"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    DDB is known for hiring nice people, and for the most part that is very true. At least true of the people who have been at the Agency for 5+ years. The culture has in fact improved over the years which was nice to see as an employee who had been in New York for many years.

    Cons

    The "niceness" is starting to take a back seat with the new, younger hires. Also, their are too many internal processes to get anything done in my opinion.


  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people, everybody working hard to do a good job.

    Cons

    Teeny tension when different departments think their toes are getting stepped on.

  8. "Great place back in the '90s and '00s"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to have a terrific corporate culture -- really cared about the employees and the quality of work. They made you want to do your best

    Cons

    Things really went downhill after the original old guard left. New management was only concerned with making money (mostly for themselves) and trying to be a "hot" agency -- which they never could accomplish. Lay off after lay offs while upper management kept being promoted and . Not unique to DDB Chicago at that time, but still sad to witness. So many people with real heart and soul who were purged so that fresh new ideas (which never did succeed) could be introduced.

    Advice to Management

    Figure a way to get back to your roots and give people a place they are proud to say they work at. So many of us who got let go were happy to leave a sinking ship.


  9. "Up and Down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people on day to day projects, smart and talented designers and producers. Robust client roster.

    Cons

    Frequent turnover. Not much mentoring. Antiquated flexibility in the workplace.


  10. "Constantly Changing"

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

    I worked at DDB Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people within the company

    Cons

    Parent company making changes that aren't always beneficial to subsidiaries.

    Advice to Management

    Please make a balance between what is right for business and what is write for investors.


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