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Updated May 23, 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. "Great Place To Start"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "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!


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  5. "GSD&M Fall Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Great culture, good clients, talented creatives"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Creative in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic culture from the top down
    They care about their people, even in downturns
    Great roster of clients
    Push for great, award-winning work
    Fair to good pay for a smaller market

    Cons

    Heavy on the chiefs, not the indians.
    Need a stronger focus on developing and retaining talent


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Non-Existent Culture in Chicago"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GSD&M full-time

    Pros

    There are some very knowledgeable, hardworking people in the Chicago office.

    Cons

    The Chicago office is slowly on the decline and it is written all over the walls. The new space is not conducive to employee productivity and it feels like we are unwelcome house guests. There is absolutely no office culture here, and morale is at the lowest I can remember.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind that the satellite Chicago office is still part of GSD&M.


  8. "Account Leadership Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Leadership Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Leadership Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, fantastic leadership, always felt at home.

    Cons

    Internship only started at 20 hours with a hard cut-off.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Amazing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experience Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Experience Architect in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing but pros for this company

    Cons

    I don't have any for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue innovating.


  10. "Good place to be decent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Copywriter in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Freelance Copywriter in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Lots of resources
    Opportunity to work on big brands
    Great office in downtown
    Biggest broadcast agency in town

    Cons

    Politics is real and can severely affect your trajectory, and sometimes the best relationship wins over the best work.

    As with any big shop, there's not a whole lot of agility in response to new media opportunities or new market concepts. They know what they like and they do it well and they stick to it. However, that door swings both ways.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the work comes first. Be more open to new ideas and opportunities without worrying about whose toes are getting stepped on. Make it more about doing great stuff and less about patting each other on the back for mediocre churn.


  11. "Great Co-workers and amazing culture!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an intern they give you trust to learn and mentor you appropriately. You will be surrounded by other interns, so friends and networking are guaranteed. Location convenient and accessible through bus.

    Cons

    No access to health care benefits as an intern, and if you work in the creative department, you will not have contact with anyone senior in creative unless you look for it!


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