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  • work life balance was a disaster (in 20 reviews)

  • There are long hours but very satisfying (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment"

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    Former Intern - Account Management Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Account Management Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FCB Global as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    FCB San Francisco has a small office, everyone is very friendly, creativity all around, there is a healthy lifestyle around the office and happy hour every Friday.

    Cons

    San Francisco is expensive and intern projects are limited to what your supervisor decides.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "too bad"

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    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    this place has some great people. really really great people. but sadly they could not turn the ship. it was the best agency to work for 15 years ago. now its on life support.
    but good people. maybe not the most talented. but nice. Since the office is so small you are able to rise up the ranks quickly as well as have plenty of opportunity to work on important projects.

    Cons

    management is so out of touch. especially HR. they pay less for talent than every other agency in town and refuse to admit that they are cheap. there are no good accounts to work on so the opportunity is small. so you need to compensate with a good salary. they just can't/won't.

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to the talent you have and make them feel important BEFORE they give notice. pitch some new business. get some leaders in there who aren't afraid to make decisions.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New SF office. Warm and friendly environment. Co workers are fun to be around and are always goofing around and laughing with one another. Management is easy going. Ability to work autonomously or from home when needed. Open door policy and direct communication with the president is nice to have. Decent work life balance compared to other agencies. Pay is industry standard, not great but not terrible. Great place to get a start in the industry.

    Cons

    Management lacks employee development skills. Many people have been there for over a year and never had a review or goals set. Path to promotion is unclear and inconsistency between employees. Creative work is sub par and lacks innovation. Smaller accounts with the exception of a few. Clients aren't willing to take any risks so the agency ends up producing work that isn't very memorable. Haven't won new business in a while or any awards. The agency is on the decline and is struggling to be back on top where they used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to develop your employees and set clear goals. There are too many other agencies in the city vying to steal employees. If you have a great employee, work to keep them happy and they won't jump ship. Invest more in new business development team so we can start winning clients.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Account Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, well lit, nice new office, there's beer, it's in a nice part of town that is clean,, snacks are good

    Cons

    Struggling to find an identity, volatile levels of work makes for concerns over job security, too concerned about awards and not about people

    Advice to Management

    Find an identity and execute against it. Improve New Business opportunities to make the place more stable.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "FCB in San Francisco"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At the time I worked there the creative department had a nice resurgence in the SF office. Good camaraderie. Close to Grumpy's.

    Cons

    Poorly run. The creative resurgence ended. The President of the San Francisco is a long-timer and fairly limited. Took too long to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Not much advice to give. It's a satellite office in a company owned by a holding company. Not sure the leaders in SF have much leeway in what they are allowed to do.


  6. "Pleasant, but can be frustrating due to lack of vision and planning."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance and good people.

    Cons

    Lack of vision and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Forecasting, less reactive planning and more long term thinking. Update to compensation/benefits, outdated practices.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not the most creative shop"

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    Former Contractor - Broadcast Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Broadcast Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FCB Global as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Almost everyone I met was really nice and talented. A few strange quirks among the staff, especially the old timers. Mostly in a good way. The work was meh.

    Cons

    It felt really corporate and top heavy. The office itself seemed uninspiring as a whole. There was a lot of grumbling about senior management. Everyone talented and not as senior seemed to have one foot out the door.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great clients. Lousy management."

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    Former Employee - Creative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Creative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FCB Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked in California, which had some great clients, such as Levi's, Clorox, Taco Bell...

    Cons

    People in NYC or Chicago, who knew nothing about our clients, were always screwing things up.

    Advice to Management

    Let your local managers manage.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Nice people, but not the best at what they do."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FCB Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people and fun environment. If you're on the Account side, you can climb up from an Assistant/Coordinator level position up to a Manager/Supervisor in just a few years.

    Cons

    Creatively, not the best. The Creatives have a lot of inexperienced Art Director's who have recently graduated. Everyone knows everything about everyone there. Human Resources doesn't do a very good job at being discreet. I knew specifics about other people's bonuses and raises and who was sleeping with each other. The staffing isn't the best. Salaries are barely competitive and they have a difficult time keeping anyone who's any good for very long.

    Advice to Management

    Management has a good vision of what and who they want to be but need a better system in place to sync up the view of the company with how it really is. Removing all the tiers of middle management would help.


  10. "Great first impression!"

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    Current Contractor - Freelance Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Freelance Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FCB Global as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent location in San Francisco, CA, easy access by public transportation, dot-com type easy going atmosphere (I heard a puppy bark on day one), adjacent to a beautiful park, close to Embarcadeo/Piers, restaurants, tech companies & shopping.

    Cons

    Not many cons to mention at this time. Parking in a garage or lot all day can be very pricey.


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