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GMMB Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and dedicated partners (in 7 reviews)

  • Beautiful office space with a bar downstairs (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • You work very long hours; so this is not a place that you should go if you want a 9 to 5 job (in 5 reviews)

  • Having said that, there ARE some cons: upper management - the partner group - is 20 ppl wide and navigating the system is exhausting (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Agency Life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GMMB full-time

    Pros

    Agency experience, great coworkers, big clients

    Cons

    Culture is nose-to-the-grindstone stifling, 60 hour work weeks


  2. "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work, great people, really important causes, and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Traditional ad agency intensity at times, with much less the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what lower level employees are saying (off-the-record), in order to prevent turnover.

    GMMB Response

    Jul 13, 2017 – SVP, Human Resources

    Thanks so much for your feedback. I'm happy to hear that you are passionate about our clients' mission and you've been given opportunities to learn and grow during your time with the company. We... More

  3. "Good purpose-driven company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great people - very smart and dedicated to doing good in the world.

    Cons

    -Top-heavy culture - junior staff tend to work the hardest, and receive the least recognition (in terms of compensation, appreciation, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time investing in junior staff so they stick around.

    GMMB Response

    Jul 13, 2017 – SVP, Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your time with the firm. We believe our mission to create real and lasting change in the world is unique and one that sets us apart... More


  4. "Great Agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GMMB full-time

    Pros

    Great people and dedicated partners

    Cons

    Can be disorganized at times.


  5. "ultimately disappointing career experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    some great causes, some truly committed people, cool office space

    Cons

    They will suck you dry if you let them, but don't expect to be rewarded for working hard or for creating good work. Success here is mainly determined by how tight you are with the partners. Account-heavy -- creative has always been a bit of a red-headed stepchild here, though it has improved somewhat. Very uneven management. Drinking culture (which I suppose could qualify as a "pro" for some!). I was not surprised by some of the negative reviews here. I do wonder about the über-positive ones.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be better managers (training)? Invest in professional development for staff. Treat people fairly.

    GMMB Response

    Feb 15, 2017 – SVP, Human Resources

    We are disappointed to hear that your experience with GMMB left you feeling unrecognized as this certainly is not our intent – we value and respect all of our employees’ ideas, opinions and... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GMMB full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacation time, you work with very likeable

    Cons

    Very top heavy, very set in the hierarchy and office politics


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great values/people, relentless & demanding environment"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GMMB is a magical place full of progressive professionals all filled with valuable passion. Senior staff was communicative with junior staff. The staff becomes family.

    Cons

    It is not healthy or sustainable to expect staff to be on call 24/7. Passion can be subdued when pushed too hard.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back hours & invest in staff gatherings

  8. Helpful (1)

    "meaningful work"

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

    Pros

    great people, meaningful work, lots of variety

    Cons

    working in a client focused environment can be challenging


  9. "Inspirational Environment"

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

    I have been working at GMMB full-time

    Pros

    Great Clients
    Awesome colleagues
    Lots of experience

    Cons

    Strong hierarchy
    Hard to move up
    Lower levels may feel underappreciated at times.


  10. "Great Place to Intern"

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    Former Employee - Production Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Production Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GMMB (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I owe my whole career in politics and video production to this short internship. You do good work, for the right causes, and meet great people. Their internships are also paid.

    Cons

    I had to edit on Avid instead of Premiere. That may be changed by now.


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