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Updated March 2, 2017
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Pros
  • If you truly want to build a career in advertising, this is a great place for you to dig in and make it happen (in 9 reviews)

  • Really the only good thing about this place was the people I worked with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not important at all (in 6 reviews)

  • No work/family balance, people are just numbers, stressful long hours (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great creative and clients"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Erwin-Penland full-time

    Pros

    * Solid, collaborative creative teams that developed ideas clients loved.
    * Agency clients are good, rational partners.

    Cons

    * Two cultures [offices] sharing one company name.

    Advice to Management

    * Overall good experience, but need some additional new business wins to sustain.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Strategist in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Senior Strategist in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Erwin-Penland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Downtown Greenville, Opportunity to work on national brands at you own risk, talented people, gorgeous new building, fast paced, you learn a lot

    Cons

    EP only cares about EP. When they talk about "success" they really mean the success of EP alone not the people that create the success. Employees are completely expendable. If they need money they dump employees-always be ready. It's all about the bottom line. Fake interest in diversity. If you are a male caucasian account executive with no heart you might succeed. If not... keep your resume up to date and your eyes wide open. "That we (management) work for you line"...smoke & mirrors.

    Advice to Management

    Have a heart remember those they support and believe in you.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "producer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of change, lots of unique projects. Focus on social media and broadcast is growing. A culture of learning and healthy fun is really awesome.

    Cons

    Lay-offs every fall. Little diversity in either office. Some undefined leadership roles. No women and minorities in power positions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on diversity. Move away from the boys only mentality.


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  5. "Great job for individuals dedicated to a career in advertising."

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

    Pros

    Solid ad agency. You can expect to be exposed to some of the best talent in the industry, or at least learn what the best expect. Perfect environment for those who love to hustle from one fast and furious project to the next. The opportunities are limited only by your most intense desire to be a part of the agency's success. If you truly want to build a career in advertising, this is a great place for you to dig in and make it happen.

    Cons

    The cons are the same here as they are for any nationally competitive agency. Not a great environment for family folks. The work is obviously client-centered, which means you do not determine your availability. The hours can be long and arduous depending on what the client requires, even if what is required is literally impossible. You and/or the members of your team will be expected to hit it close to the mark, and there will be no excuse for failure. Remember, you're on salary, so you need to be sure your career goals align with your efforts. Advancement is key, and often looks less like climbing the ladder and more like stepping over your peers. It's not polite, but it's the nature of the beast. As in any corporate job, the higher you climb the more rewarding it can be, but also the more exhausting.

    Advice to Management

    Create ways to create opportunities for the little people who bring it everyday.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Creative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The coffee was always free.

    Cons

    The coffee was always terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up.


  7. "Challenging Agency Job with Lots of Opportunity to Learn"

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

    I worked at Erwin-Penland full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and direct your career trajectory.

    Cons

    Long hours. The different disciplines are siloed, which impedes trust between teams.

    Advice to Management

    More training opportunities.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fun at first"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and big name clients.

    Cons

    No work/family balance, people are just numbers, stressful long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and don't just promote the loud people


  9. "Love it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere and work

    Cons

    Slower pace, two offices can be a challenge

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing


  10. "UI Designer"

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

    I worked at Erwin-Penland full-time

    Pros

    Extremely nice people, great President in Joe Erwin.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not good. Had to work multiple weekends.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "5-10 year employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Erwin-Penland full-time

    Pros

    Good client roster, doing a variety of work in a great town . Ability to forge your own career path. Awesome coworkers with a team mentality. Decent work/life balance (depending on dept and account). Good amount of vacation time and perks. Leadership willingness to listen, change and adapt. While that change can be jarring, I'm glad to have leaders who realize that a lack of change can also mean a lack of progress.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in senior leadership. Top Heavy in managers. High benefit/insurance costs. Significant changes in leadership over the past 24 months has meant a bit of chaos and uncertainty in regards to employee expectations, team structure, job security, etc. Culture over the years has become almost non-existent, but current leadership is trying to make it more of a priority. Current creative leadership has a reputation of being inaccessible to their team.

    Advice to Management

    Know your people. Broadly communicate upcoming changes.



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