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FCB Global Toronto Reviews

Updated June 17, 2017
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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. "Good entry level position"

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    Former Employee - Junior Producer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Producer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and support staff. Office is very nice. Beer o'clock Friday's and occasional BBQ's. Client roster is a lot better then it was a few years ago.

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement is slow
    Compensation is not very competitive
    Was told by manager (when I asked for a raise) that they get calls/emails all the time of people wanting my job and I should be so lucky to have it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Look Elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots and lots of socials
    - No shortage of free food and alcohol
    - Friendly, approachable people
    - CEO/CSO/CCO are all easy to talk to and bounce ideas off of

    Cons

    - Very low pay, compared to the industry standards. Management seems aware of this and makes no commitment to focus on employees - causing low morale
    - Barely any upward mobility
    - Constant new business pitches (without any wins) has depleted agency morale
    - Unless you're part of the select bunch of favourites of senior management, you're out of luck on doing great work or noticed
    - Employee retention is extremely low

    Advice to Management

    Your employees, your employees, your employees. Cannot stress this enough on how important it is that your employees feel valued and energized to give their all.

  3. "Don't waste your time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    > Some really great people surrounded by mostly mediocre.
    > CEO appears to care and is approachable.
    > Lots of socials.

    Cons

    > Senior management is inconsistent and you can't shake a stick without hitting a VP or Group Director of whatever.
    > No upward mobility for the majority of staff.
    > Very high turnover for such a small shop.
    > It's totally normal to hear people talk crap about each other. One VP in particular openly complains about the company and other people on the management team, including the CEO. I have heard her doing this with very junior staff and it was awkward.
    > Some peoples big egos don't match their talent.
    > One account keeps the whole place afloat and if you don't get to work on it then you're probably going to be doing some very boring creative.
    > New business pitches all the time which burns out the creative teams but we've barely won a thing.

    Advice to Management

    Spread the work around the creative teams some more so we can all have a chance to work on bigger things.
    Get your VP's in line so they stop talking badly about the company and staff. It's a bad look for you and most people don't care about the politics around the senior management.
    Actually recognize the people doing good work and stop coddling the ones with big egos and questionable talent.
    Get some better clients or expect more people to leave or turn down working here for more creative accounts.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "wow - what happened to this place?"

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    Former Employee - Senior Planner in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Planner in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global network re-committed to creativity

    Cons

    Toronto office lost some accounts, brought in new management and has been in turmoil since

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growth and have some respect for people, even as you rebuild


  5. "Horrible Horrible Place"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FCB Global part-time

    Pros

    All appeared to be in the their own world, cannot say much. President seems like a nice person, "very humble", HR is engaging.

    Cons

    When you hire a person for a role, "Perhaps there should be a normal routine for on boarding a new hire, regardless if it's on a part-Time or full-time role”.
     There must be structure. (Try not to lock a new employee out of your programs, a person cannot function and be successful in a job role if this is your business practice-

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE CHANGE as you are not the only Advertising PR firm in the greater Toronto area).


  6. "Has Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities to succeed
    - Very nurturing environment - lots of friendly employees

    Cons

    - Sometimes, work can feel not appreciated
    - Low pay

    Advice to Management

    - Make all your employees feel important


  7. "A balanced and safe agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FCB Global full-time

    Pros

    - Great office space
    - Exceptional CEO and CCO (newly placed and have change the agency around for the better)
    - Agency culture is constantly being nurtured
    - Work-life balance
    - Winning new business
    - Embraces change (albeit very slowly)

    Cons

    - Poor compensation
    - Does not reward their employees often (promotions are very rare)
    - Government accounts stifle creativity
    - Creative output is not leading edge. In fact it's very safe and downright boring (save a few projects recently)
    - Not leading edge when it comes to digital either. They say they want to be digitally led, but they are behind. They don't even have a tech/dev team.
    - Don't work here if you want to do ground-breaking, portfolio shining work
    - MDs are useless. The value they bring to the agency is questionable.

    Advice to Management

    - Reward your high perfomers
    - Take more risks creatively
    - Do more in digital

  8. Helpful (1)

    "DraftFCB"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Chance to work with some amazing people who genuinely care about producing amazing creative and innovative work for their clients.

    Global reach of IPG network.

    Cool office.

    Coffee shop right in the office (so you don't have to leave for lunch)

    Cons

    Classic agency culture: jr. staff do the grunt work, staying late, working on weekends, etc.

    Coffee shop right in the office (so you don't have to leave for lunch)

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to focus more on the culture and the work vs. maximizing profits. Also, words, words.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture
    Collaborative
    In-house coffee bar & beer Thursdays
    Good management
    Lots of training opportunities

    Cons

    Tends to be a lot of turnover
    Not a lot of empowerment to younger generation to make decisions

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunity to younger employees to learn and make decisions. Atmosphere is friendly but a little too corporate for agency style.


  10. "New York office closed in 2012"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer/Production Artist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer/Production Artist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at FCB Global (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working there. The head of the company was an amazing guy. There was a great team of people there who all loved working together. When the company closed, I cried on my last day.

    Cons

    There were none. There really were none. A lot of late nights but I was compensated for them.


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