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Updated May 4, 2017
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Tadashi Ishii
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Pros
  • great environment, organised, multi culture, good salary (in 3 reviews)

  • Top advertising agency in Japan (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work - life balance depend on which client are you handling (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours and working on weekends (depending on projects) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dentsu full-time

    Pros

    I have worked for this company a little over 3 years, and I have grown tremendously in this industry. Dentsu Aegis creates a great platform for professional growth, along with a great day to day environment.

    Cons

    I wish that Aegis had more locations across the United States.

    Advice to Management

    Continue giving Hi-Five points


  2. "Account Executive Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big platform, Beijing office is the header quarter of China, large budget of our client.

    Cons

    It is very busy before proposal.

    Advice to Management

    Very hardworking and steady management style.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Dentsu full-time

    Pros

    Some.good ppl to work this at Staff level

    Cons

    No proper guidance/ training..if you are given something to complete today it should have been done yesterday
     Finance dept is worst. Turn over is real high.
    Fnance vp should be replaced. She is causing majority of the issues.

    Advice to Management

    Guide and train your remoloyees, specially in Finance/Accounting dept Work on employee retention.


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  5. "If you want to do quality creative work, its a struggle every step of the way. Poor management & budgets are really low."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Art Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides an example of what agency should not be. A redeeming quality is access to large network clients.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Creative directors were in way over there head and don't communicate well. Account management was horrible. All salaries were for over paid management.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. You shouldn't be in management. You are not inspiring.


  6. "Good culture but certain problem areas"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun culture
    Lots of young people
    Typical ad agency perks (food, parties, etc.)
    Decent compensation

    Cons

    Lack of sufficient human resources staff leads to oversights and mistakes in people management, compensation, etc. -- I knew one person who got promoted and then laid off 3 days later
    So many acquisitions that there is less time to focus on improving operations of existing companies

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR/people management
    Make opportunities for advancement more clear to staff


  7. "Overall, it was a good learning experience in the industry."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, nice office and location. A good place to get your start, learn the industry and meet nice people. Office happy hours on Thursdays were nice and casual dress was great.

    Cons

    Unless you're being hired for a manager or above position, the salary is very low considering the amount of hours worked.

    Advice to Management

    Try to incorporate all groups into agency meetings - some groups never got attention and felt isolated.


  8. "Disappointing. Complete lack of strategy and desire to do decent creative work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office. Great 401(k)

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth and diversity of clients

    Advice to Management

    Invest in good talent. Get rid of ppl that have worked there way too long.


  9. Helpful (1)

    ""Grade D" Ad agency - Run, don't walk away."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dentsu full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many Non-management staff are great people.

    Cons

    Upper Management is clueless, antiquated beyond belief and does not appreciate, reward or recognize good talent or creative. Poor character traits exist in most who are leading the agency. Dated views, technology, services and protocols. No process and lack of structure. One of the worst agencies I've seen. This place is run like a high school clique, with immature favorites who must be subordinate to succeed (without recognition or promotion). Inappropriate relationships between managers and subordinates. Information is on a "need to know" basis and job expectations are that you execute what you are told without question or input. Many in upper management gossip like teenagers, stab others in the back while smiling to their faces. Screaming is common. Totally unprofessional, toxic and poor work quality. Clients are dissatisfied.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in consultants to show you how to properly run an agency and how to treat people with ethical behavior. Tim Andree should wipe the slate clean and bring in actual professionals to make this agency on par with other agencies this size. It can't get better with the same people in place and hasn't in decades.


  10. "Amazing culture, passionate people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People at Dentsu love what they do. Dentsu America is a small office with a large-network backbone. Everyone is helpful, friendly, and informative.

    Cons

    We could use a cafeteria.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Dentsu America Santa Monica could be a great place to work...in a year or more."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Santa Monica office is much smaller, so there is more opportunity to be noticed by upper management. The majority of the people here are very easy to get along with and fun to be around. Many people are able to leave the office most days around 6 or 6:30, some groups even earlier. Working on the weekends is also almost non-existent. The entire atmosphere is very relaxed, as are the clients - which can be good and bad. Good because you can come in a bit late or get out early once in a while if you need to, bad because it can make you develop bad habits or become unmotivated.

    Cons

    The Santa Monica office is looked at as the red-headed step child by the head New York office. The atmosphere is very quiet and not as family oriented as it used to be. Everyone comes in and does their job for the day and then leaves as soon as they can. There is not much comradary within the different departments and people only speak to each other about the business when they absolutely have to. The overall atmosphere is fairly negative, and compared to a lot of other agencies, most people that work here are not as motivated and excited as they should be about what they aer working on.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need more positive feedback when they are doing well. Also, the same clients, lower budgets, and repeating projects are not exciting anyone, new business is needed to reinvigorate the agency.


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