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3.8
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GSD&M CEO Duff M. Stewart
Duff M. Stewart
69 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people all very talented, great atmosphere(in 15 reviews)

  • "Great view into an ad agency from an internship - you learn a lot(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours and too much process(in 7 reviews)

  • "Full time employees and interns very separate, at least on my team(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Mail Room Runner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GSD&M part-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to move up and make contacts with a world renowned brand name.

    Cons

    No serious cons, again a great opportunity to move up in the real world.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Media Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Amazing culture. Great People. Many tools to do your job well. Your future is in your hands. If you want to innovate or try something, there is usually a way to make it happen. Must be comfortable functioning in grey space.

    Cons

    Salary isn't great. Hours can be long. Lack of opportunity for structured growth. If you want something, you have to go make it happen. The road isn't necessarily paved for you. Pro or a con. Sparse professional development opportunities.

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    "Great culture, dwindling faith in the future of the business"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Fantastic people, supportive community, casual culture, inspired work, autonomy to work from home or non traditional hours when needed

    Cons

    Continued loss of business has lead to layoffs and hiring freezes. Severe understaffing in certain departments has created a surplus of work for no extra pay.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Glory days are gone"

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

    I worked at GSD&M full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    GSD&M has a lot of very talented and nice people, which makes it bearable when you're working long hours. You will get to work on well-known brands that will definitely help pad your résumé. If this is your first job out of college, this place can be a sort of a training academy where you'll learn the ins/outs and the good/bad of the industry. I've never had an issue with most of the people at the agency. My advice...

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    Cons

    I have a love/hate relationship with GSD&M. I love what they once were but hate what they've become. Back in the day, the work was enjoyable and the culture was fun. But those days are long gone. To be fair, many of the changes are due to their holding company. Leadership is under tremendous pressure to deliver high profits for Omnicom, and as a result, hasty decisions are made which affect the day-to-day operations....

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    Advice to Management

    Employees aren’t lucky to have you…you’re lucky to have them.

  5. "Great Culture"

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

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great people and values. Appreciate the opportunities. Awesome client list

    Cons

    Work is demanding but fun

    Advice to Management

    Duff does a great job!

  6. "Still the big time, but..."

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

    I worked at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    If you want to work on big brands, and have the chance to create something that can define your career, this is the place. They have always had powerful, active clients with an unending stream of projects. If you work hard you can have a fantastic ride at GSD&M.

    Cons

    You have to be willing to sacrifice in order to distinguish yourself. It's run by a close knit group of big personalities. And egos. That's not unique in advertising though. All and all their hearts are in the right place. I will say the pressure and pace can grind people down which allows toxicity to creep in. Yes, the culture is lively and fun, but the dark side can be tough. Be prepared. Pleasing the client often takes...

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    Advice to Management

    Really dig deep and rediscover the soul of that once great agency. Commit the resources to doing work that astonishes clients. Know more about the clients business than they do. Stop pleasing them, and go back to leading them. Find a way to put a shine on the brand again. Etc, etc...

  7. "Assistant Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at GSD&M

    Pros

    When you are an assistant account manger, you get time and a half when you work overtime

    Cons

    The benefits aren't anything special

  8. "Assistant Account Manager"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at GSD&M full-time

      Pros

      Fun people, great atmosphere, coffee

      Cons

      Long Hours, poor salary,

    • "Good experiences, but a typical meat grinder agency"

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

      I worked at GSD&M full-time

      Pros

      Location in Austin, a lot of great people who work there

      Cons

      Typical agency - long hours, no raises, meat grinder. Leadership is poor.

    • "Account Leadership Intern"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at GSD&M part-time

      Pros

      friendly environment, engaging, learn a ton, flexible hours, allow you to bring your dog to work, surround by talented and driven co-workers who push you, access to walking restaurants

      Cons

      hard to secure an internship without connections but this is just because so many people apply. don't think there any cons really

      Advice to Management

      provide more of a teaching experience to interns and to allow them to move around to different accounts every 3 months to get a different work experience

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