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Updated February 26, 2019
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Pros
  • "great people- fun parties learned a lot" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Great work/life balance on the media team" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Little work/life balance depending on the team/accounts you work on" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Very lean so limited access to upper management" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Account Director
    Current Employee - Account Director

    I have been working at Deutsch full-time

    Pros

    People that work their are mostly dedicated, smart and hardworking.

    Cons

    Working on getting the big creative accounts.


  2. "The opportunities are there - it's what you make of it."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deutsch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big Clients
    Big Budgets
    Perks
    Backed by holding company
    Great CEO
    In-house production facility is top-notch

    Cons

    Too top-heavy
    Can be impersonal
    Pitch process can be messy
    Not as nimble or digital-minded as a lot of smaller shops

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Get it together please!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - B A in New York, NY
    Former Employee - B A in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allowed to bring dogs.
    There are some really nice people who work there.

    Cons

    No training at all. Managers are not held to any standard. No job descriptions or expectations are given out. Really bad communication between departments making it impossible for anyone to do their job effectively. One SVP echo was there for almost 20 years said " I've been here for here almost 20 years and I still don't know how things are done". Oh, and then there are the people who "are too good to talk to"! No joke, on my first day there, I was told, don't email this person because he will not understand why he is being emailed by anyone who is not "important".
    Need I say more!

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, you have great creative ideas and it kills me to see that your long term managers are too comfortable and really making it difficult for things to run better. A little shake up can go a long way! You're old school managers are not willing to change with The Times.
    Having management who won't "communicate" with the "regular" stuff means they are disconnected with how things are really happening in your company. Is that really how you want to run your company?


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good place but bad management - cheap."

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    Former Employee - Production
    Former Employee - Production

    I worked at Deutsch full-time

    Pros

    There is a nice vibe there. Fun place. Everyone is really positive.

    Cons

    Really bad communication between management and the staff. I'd see a lot of frustration on the teams because no one really knew what was going on and had to "pretend they did" at the risk of looking like they didn't know what they were doing. People didn't talk to each other. It was like everything was a big secret. They would only talk to the managers about a job and the managers would assume that everyone else knew what the the deal was, the person would be like There was a very hierarchical feel like you could not approach certain people because they too important. For such a small company it was surprising to see that many "divas".

    Advice to Management

    Hold you management team to higher standards. Make sure you are not creating a community where your management is "above" everyone else. and to comfortable to the point where they forget that new people to the company don't know the Deutsch way. Only a select few managers can make a company really bad. IF someone is "insulted" by receiving an e-mail from a person with less of a title he is out-of-touch and hinders people from doing their job in the best way possible. Also, having managers at a company for Decades on end, means they do not understand that not every single Agency works the same way so don't be surprised if people come in to the agency working in a very different way and take a little while to adjust. AND that you may want to give them at a Job duty list!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing to say the least"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimted PTO
    Dogs
    Monday bagels, Friday donuts
    Some decent people

    Cons

    Little to no structure.
    Super poor management.
    Top heavy.
    You will be overworked and underpaid with no room for growth.
    Terrible work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure.
    Trim the fat.
    Take a closer look a process, professional development, and work/life balance.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A toxic vortex"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff, maintenance, operations, mailroom are all kind people

    Coffee bar, snacks

    Unlimited PTO

    They seem to treat moms well

    Cons

    Mediocre expectations: too many people in leadership roles who haven’t perfected their own craft. Their expectations for good work are low and they aren’t able to teach more. More interested in collecting titles. In general, leadership doesn’t have great taste.

    No culture. When there isn’t a crafted culture, the culture becomes about hierarchy, sucking up, collecting titles and greed. If you don’t subscribe to that, then keep your head down. Rocking the boat and demanding change is taboo.

    Managers see rising stars as competition, a select group of people in each department are enabled and empowered. Managers brag about their salaries and bonuses openly and give sparse, low raises - money is always an issue, some people have it and others don’t.

    No real inclusion. People of color are either tokenized or expected to conform. A lot of lip service paid to diversity, there was even a training about it but when it comes to putting it into action, people would rather not. It’s a really tiring place to be as a POC or as a nom-American, no real global perspective.

    Heard too many people call it a “boys club” yet complicit to it. If you speak out on it, they will find a solution, but the perpetrator will not be reprimanded.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to stop bleeding good talent, trim the fat, stop punishing the people who speak out, stop rewarding poor behavior by people in management roles. Invest in good people, especially in tough times, if you want their loyalty.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Creative suicide"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Creative in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Deutsch full-time

    Pros

    People are nice
    The office is cool
    They’re trying to be more inclusive
    The culture can be fun

    Cons

    Not enough POC, especially not in leadership roles
    Hiring some POC but ignoring them and their contributions for the most part
    Reviews? What are those?
    Account-driven agency
    Bleeding good talent
    Few opportunities to grow
    Lots of underqualified ppl being promoted to leadership roles, continuing the churn of bad supervisors and team leads.
    The sinks are always covered in water. Always.

    Advice to Management

    Support inclusion not just diversity
    Don’t promote ppl who are condescending, power-hungry individuals. Pay attention to the trends of failure on certain accounts. Be more transparent. Don’t wait for more of the good people to leave to make changes.

  8. "Great culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President, Executive Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President, Executive Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great accounts. Family culture.

    Cons

    Pretty traditional, although they’re making advances...


  9. "Great people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, professional & smart. Great work/life balance on the media team

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to move around with a very small media department

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. Helpful (4)

    "No opportunity for growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, “unlimited PTO”, pretty nice co workers, consistent guest speakers and workshops

    Cons

    Disorganized, poor leadership, feigned attempts to promote “diversity”, no budget for new tools/technology, horrible work/life balance (everyone left is stretch paper thin), crap communication and constant rotation of people with layoffs and people quitting.

    Advice to Management

    Get your leadership situation fixed yesterday and find people who will bring new business in or get rid of the people who aren’t. Focus on growing digital.