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Updated November 30, 2017
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GSD&M CEO Duff M. Stewart
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Pros
  • Excellent place for work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • I have been at gsd&m for a little over a month and a half and I really like it (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Top 5 reasons to not intern at GSD&M (in 10 reviews)

  • Work life balance can be challenging sometimes (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Production AV Intern"

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

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work place! Everyone is so friendly and inviting. Great and positive atmosphere. They appreciate hard work ethic.

    Cons

    Really no cons. They are a very good company to work for!

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging your employees! It helps! :)


  2. "Long hours, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    Great experience & exposure to top brands

    Cons

    Limited mobility, low pay, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Do what it takes to value people more. They aren't disposable.

  3. "art director"

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

    I worked at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    Great people all very talented, great atmosphere

    Cons

    none to speak of outside of some long hours


  4. "The good and bad"

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

    I worked at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere is fantastic here

    Cons

    Some lower employees get pushed to the side


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Waiting a long time to write this...."

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    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GSD&M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool place to work, downtown Austin.

    Cons

    Social media department is ran by account managers who don't really belong in the space. Politics run rampant and your work is based off of personal opinions and pecking order over quality. Middle management in social media department is cut throat and will stop at nothing to advance their own careers. Lying, false credit, and ruining careers under false allegations are the tactics. Don't forget, it's not what you do, it's what they can get you in trouble for.

    Advice to Management

    Literally fire your whole social media department. Get people who actually work in the space to run the show. The connections between "account leadership" and your social team has lead to political stagnation and cancer.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Let's Do What We Did in the 90s"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people in smaller roles
    Good parties
    Great Austin networking

    Cons

    Malina and Russell have stolen the agency vision from 20 years ago: We do TV ads. There is zero integrated marketing (originally a Stewart vision for moving into the the new millennium). Unless you agree with the back to the future vision don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    Advice to Management

    Look around you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "More traditional than expected"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    - 'Freedom and responsibility' is preached pretty hard, it's easy to get out of the office and work from home.
    - Austin is an amazing city, and the office is in the center of it.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch and doesn't know what it's like to actually put in the work anymore. If you work hard, you are not rewarded with promotions often/ever. You are told that overworking is your own fault.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place To Start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Outstanding culture unlike any I've ever seen.
    - Opportunity to get involved with cool projects and clients.
    - Freedom to start projects and bring ideas to the table (even if you're not directly involved in that account)
    - Great work/life balance
    - Starting to shift and have a more digital focus.

    Cons

    - Having to sell most ideas as PR headlines.
    - Some decision makers afraid to approve concepts that involve tech they are not familiar with.
    - Still not very open to practical business-fulfilling ideas that may not be "sexy."
    - Hyper-focus on awards and press attention. Not necessarily bad, but there has to be a balance.

    Advice to Management

    Try to bring new decision maker to some projects and let's try introducing having some functional solutions to projects where it works. Not everything has to be PR worthy to solve our client's problem.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Example of what is wrong with agencies today"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Parties throughout the year: SXSW, holidays, etc. Used to do great work when the founders were still the leaders. Don't have to worry about solving clients' problems or meeting any kind of metrics (sarcasm).

    Cons

    Duff really isn't the leader anymore. Malina and Russel unfortunately are, and that is the problem. They lack vision, leadership, originality, and talent. They spout a new agency philosophy one day and change it the next. (Courage? Wasn't that popular 4 years ago?) God help you if you can't read their mind! It is as if ADHD is the true driving force of the agency. They don't want to make the agency better or (gasp!) help their clients succeed. They are too in love with being in charge, getting their pictures in Adweek or Creativity, and going to Cannes. Then, there are the other execs in the wings who fight over the scraps. They are there mainly to create bureaucracy through unnecessary meetings, check-ins, etc in order to justify their salaries.

    The people who can survive here are those who have no convictions and can parrot back whatever Malina and Russel want to hear. Bootlickers please apply! Extra points to those who are come off as weird, who are loud, and know just enough to speak over leaderships' head. "I didn't understand a word he said, but it sounds killer. Will we win an award?"

    Those who won't succeed are those who try and do what they said they'd do in their interviews: improved processes, challenge their department to do new things, bring in new ideas, make the work better. Because according to M&R, "Things are already great!" Saying otherwise will leave you out of the clique, which will eventually be your ticket out of the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, Omnicom!


  10. "GSD&M Fall Intern"

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    Former Employee - Fall Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Fall Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GSD&M full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot in a short amount of time

    Cons

    It's a very busy environment so you need to step up on your own as an intern, try not to wait for someone to tell you where to be and what to do, if you can.


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