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FutureBrand Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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  1. "Director"

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

    I have been working at FutureBrand (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, interesting clients, creative work improving.

    Cons

    Global vision needs to be clearer.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lacking creativity and vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FutureBrand full-time

    Pros

    Kind, smart people and good work-life balance

    Cons

    Lacking creativity
    Recent acquisitions and new capabilities do not seem integrated toward a real vision

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Exec Director"

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

    I worked at FutureBrand full-time

    Pros

    Hard working and nice employees. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Management changes resulted in an uncomfortable experience and lack of clarity and comfort for employees that had been at the firm prior to this shift

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent


  4. "Not a bad place to work at all"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked here for 3 years and the company wasn't a bad place to work at all. It was a relatively small company so everybody knew each other. Raises were pretty decent year over year and there was definitely a sense of career development for me here (as a Financial Analyst).

    Cons

    The hours are longer than what I would expect of a place like this. Left work after 7 2-3 times a week.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "It's OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FutureBrand full-time

    Pros

    Management endorses a laissez-faire environment which gives you space to reinvent roles and contribute in different ways that helps bring growth to the company. Work-Life balance is great. Management is understanding with personal life challenges.

    Cons

    With the laissez-faire approach, it also doesn't give you an understanding of what Management wants. The message is always unclear to the point that you feel they want you to read their minds. Roles aren't clearly defined. There is also a "high-school click" vibe with the employees that have been there for a while and unless you are part of the "click" you are left out of many conversations.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a clearer vision of what they want from their employees. Communication is key to any improvement.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Destined for failure"

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

    I worked at FutureBrand full-time

    Pros

    The coffee bar on the 3rd floor is pretty awesome, but since it belongs to another company does that really count?

    Cons

    The politics and know it all attitudes are bad enough, but the conniving and backstabbing and scratching in the dirt for nothing makes this place miserable. Designers who are out of control, management that is inattentive at best, and strategists who truly believe that they are smarter than anyone who has ever lived make this place unbearable. HR doesn't lift a finger when abuse is reported, leadership can't make decisions, and management is just abusive in its pursuit of the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Please just quit so IPG can find someone else to run this place.


  7. "Always reinventing itself"

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

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

    Pros

    The place manages to continually punch above its weight-class. And it's managed to avoid getting too mired in it's own 'corporateness'. Sure you'll find the usual array of templates, job tiers and bureaucratic nonsense but there's also a tremendous amount of flexibility to cut your own path. The trick is to genuinely take an entrepreneurial stance and remain respectful as you campaign internally.

    Cons

    The 'international' thing that attracts so many to a big agency works better with the European offices than it seems to for North American workers. Some cultural rifts between the 2 capitals of London and New York can be noticed. But even that is softening, with more opportunities to work outside of one's own P&L.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid growing too quickly if it means that leadership alignment suffers. It's been a treat watching leadership work as an inspired team over the past 3 years and the client results show for it. Also, promote from within when possible. There's a perception that the good jobs always go to outsiders.

  8. "everyone gets to make a real contribution towards the company's growth."

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

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

    Pros

    fair compensation with lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    a lot of people there tend to already know one another.

    Advice to Management

    Be wary of cliquey enviroment, try to hire people outside of your inner circle


  9. Helpful (1)

    "average to bad"

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people (apart from upper management)
    Location
    Few rules or process, so good for entrepreneurial types

    Cons

    Upper management ranged from incompetent to damaging
    Lots of turnover with direction/management of company
    Long hours/Low pay
    Bad hiring practices
    IPG will always value finance over creativity

    Advice to Management

    I'd give it if I though it would make a difference - though from what I hear the management is much better now then when I was there. Patrick Smith is a great person/manager, so I hope once he took over things turned around - nothing but respect.


  10. "Learn a lot, and leave with your head up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot. And I mean, A LOT. You will be surrounded with great professionals and working with some of the most important companies of your country and the world.

    Cons

    The leadership in Argentina is poor and mean. Some managing directors aren't aware of what's going on daily at the office, and some are real bad people that enjoy watching their employees suffer.

    Advice to Management

    This is my advice to worldwide management at FutureBrand: beware of Argentinian managing directors. Their ego is bigger than their desires to do a wonderful job and taking care of the awesome team they have.


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