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Droga5 Reviews

Updated August 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "Talented people, good client roster" (in 6 reviews)

  • "come to make great work with great people" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and often late nights" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Work life balance isn't always the best but it's getting better" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Lots of smart people here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Droga5 full-time

    Pros

    1) smart people, 2) free food, 3) make friends, 4) career training, 5) good location

    Cons

    1) long hours, 2) middle management, 3) demanding teams, 4) clients, 5) all my friends left


  2. "D5 has been an evolving place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Droga5 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - People are smart
    - (most of) sr leadership genuinely care
    - Depending on your role, there can be room to stretch and grow
    - It's a top tier place. The standard is so high.
    - At least lately people leave at a decent hour

    Cons

    - The industry is declining, and so is the opportunity here to do killer work
    - The rapid growth and then contraction has led to a fragmented culture. No one knows each other. No one cares that no one knows each other.

    Advice to Management

    Think of what worked a few years ago and genuinely try to create the conditions for that same experience

  3. "Sr Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Droga5 full-time

    Pros

    Got to work on great accounts with very creative minds

    Cons

    Was tough to get promoted from within, lots of hiring new talent


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic, misguided leadership reaches far and wide!"

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

    I worked at Droga5 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of friendly, smart and talented people (Most gone in the past 6 months)

    Cons

    Freshman-year college feel. You're hired and almost instantly you have to prepare for rush week except that rush week goes on for years. There is no difference from college life to work life at Droga5.

    Management is toxic to themselves and their "team". Every senior-level person hates the next senior-level person across every department. Poor level of discretion when your employees know you all abhor each other and take every possible opportunity to screw one another over.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs intense team building and conflict-resolution workshops. Pay close attention. Use one of your weekly happy-hour time slots for professional development sessions. Be clear of what is wrong in your business. Poor management carries long-lasting effects and infects the entire organization. Good employees move onward voluntarily and involuntarily because your management team is full of toxic and misguided people. Instead of laying-off over 100 members of your support staff in the past 6 months, try building an entire new management team.


  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Droga5 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you want to do the best work of your life

    Cons

    It can be a grind and the bar is incredibly high across all departments

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on. Try to build a new culture from the ashes of the old.


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Droga5 full-time

    Pros

    Great company with wonderful people

    Cons

    Not many cons I think think of


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Beware"

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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 Droga5 full-time

    Pros

    Excellent creative and exceptional talent all around you

    Cons

    Management is not to be trusted

    Advice to Management

    People are aware of your hiring and firing practices. Start caring about people

  8. "Ad agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, experience, perks, culture, dinner

    Cons

    long hours, cliquey frat feel


  9. "Creative Director"

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Droga5 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone pushes hard for great work. Lots of positive collaboration across disciplines. Great brands. Amazing people.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, but not all the time.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "On the decline"

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

    I worked at Droga5 full-time

    Pros

    There are plenty of intelligent and dedicated people working at Droga5. They keep the place afloat.

    Cons

    Hard-working and smart people were unexpectedly laid off, but the agency managed to find funds for exorbitant parties, on-and-offsite happy hours, and random useless gestures. There's no amount of alcohol and/or food that will compensate for the fact that people are overwhelmed and sometimes working in vain due to disorganization. The constant pressure has cultivated a cut-throat environment. People will smile at you then talk badly about you behind your back.

    On top of that, leadership is shady and complicit. For them, the bottom line matters more than chronic sexual harassment and general misery. Plus, they act like they care about "diversity," but that same concern doesn't apply to all marginalized groups.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. For the next set of leaders - establish processes and lead ethically.


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