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Updated December 8, 2017
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Pros
  • The Work Life Balance has always been a benefit to my position (in 53 reviews)

  • The additional perks such as summer Fridays and relaxed working environment are big motivators to stay (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • No longer have Summer Fridays which was often one of their bargaining chips for new-hires (in 33 reviews)

  • All upper management comes from outside the agency (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Learning to Change"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dearborn Heights, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dearborn Heights, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GTB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Work Life Balance has always been a benefit to my position @ GTB. Managers have understood some of the accommodations that need to be made for parents.

    Family events like Spooktacular and Take your child to work day have always been highlights for my kids to participate in.

    GTB does some pretty creative work for their clients and the teams I've worked with really do their best to deliver great work.

    Cons

    Moral isn't at it's best right now because changes have needed to be made. Whether those changes are really for business reasons is yet to be seen.

    The only way to get a good salary is to leave for a couple years and come back. Loyal employees aren't compensated for their perseverance.

    Advice to Management

    Employees really can handle the truth. Transparency is better than letting the rumor mill lead the conversations.


  2. "Willing to Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GTB full-time

    Pros

    - Positive work/life balance
    - Relaxed environment
    -Solid Work

    Cons

    -Upper Management does not listen

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be amazing place reduced to running on fumes."

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

    I worked at GTB full-time

    Pros

    Decent Work/Life balance.
    Cafeteria.
    Great people to work with who know their craft.

    Cons

    You NEVER leave the office. Clients come to GTB so you are there 10 hours per day everyday.
    Hard to get raises/move up since it's so huge.
    Major micro management by superiors.
    CEO and Agency leads destroy any culture that was left or being built.

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of the way and let your talented people do their stuff and have fun doing it. Writing is on the wall - your under review for a place everyone thought would have this account forever. It's only been 3 years since certain someone(s) arrived - pay attention. What do you have if Ford goes away? BBDO the sequel possibly.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Be aware of Agency Leadership - Kim Brink (Kozak)"

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

    I worked at GTB full-time

    Pros

    Team Detroit used to be a great Agency. If management changes, it has the potential to improve.

    Cons

    Agency Leadership lacks knowledge of what a creative agency is all about.

    Advice to Management

    It’s not a secret that Kim Brink (Kozak) has been an incredibly negative force in advertising, for decades. First, as an automotive client, who had no problem exposing compromising behavior in public. Proof of that is a former employee’s blog titled "The day I almost quit advertising", made viral after Cindy Gallop’s share on fb and other social media outlets.

    The author does not mention names, but everyone in the industry knows that he is referring to Brink (Kozak). For fear of burning their careers, this employee and many others have been afraid to speak up.

    I’m surprised that in today’s climate, reports of her various types of harassment behavior have not surfaced? During her days as a client, she was going through a phase, and her loose behavior and comments towards male employees were a staple and a classic hallway conversation piece. The fact that Campbell-Ewald is -still- a legacy-driven and non-diverse agency did not help either.

    Not sure how individuals like Brink (Kozak) are able to occupy such high-level positions in Advertising. We have to believe that Ford has no idea about her background, otherwise, they would have never allowed her to lead their communications efforts.

    A lot can also be said about her lack of basic creative and marketing knowledge and her lack of human compassion.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Laid Back Environment but Low Growth Potential in Field Offices"

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator

    I worked at GTB full-time

    Pros

    Casual, laid-back environment. Friendly co-workers and managers. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not much room for upward mobility in field offices. Salary increases are minuscule and hard to come by.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Low pay and lack of respect for most employees."

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

    I worked at GTB full-time

    Pros

    Depending on your department you will leave work at 5 most days.

    Cons

    Some departments are treated with very little respect out of "tradition." Many "higher ups" lack the basic ability to be polite. From an advertising perspective, the work is dull and uninventive. There are also many individuals in middle-management who lack ambition, education, or intelligence. The people who are mid to upper management are only in such positions because they waited out competition while others left for better opportunities. Unless you come in with a multitude of experience, pay is well below the industry average. Overall, I dreaded going to work every day.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate properly and treat employees with respect.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Let's keep this short and simple"

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

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

    Pros

    Many of the best employees got out

    Cons

    When I first started at GTB, Satish's approval rating on Glassdoor was at 82%. For any potential job seekers, there were 1500 employees at GTB a year or two ago. Imagine how many people would have to rate a CEO poorly for their approval rating to drop 63 percent in two years?

    Advice to Management

    I honestly don't know how management turns this around from within. Likely it will take a complete devastation for the business to return to capable hands.

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Unbelievable decline"

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

    Pros

    Despite the plummet of morale, many of the people who are left still care deeply about the work, the client, the culture, the morale and their colleagues. The effort put into extra curricular initiatives shows that people are desperately trying to take back their company and make it great again.

    Cons

    For anyone confused about what happened to Team Detroit, hello? It’s not a mystery. Kim Brink was hired and ruined our agency. She is not a leader. She is an elitist. She is a bully and she creates and perpetuates the unhealthy environment that exists. She is paranoid and finger points, so that is now the prevailing allowable behavior. She won't listen to feedback or conflicting opinion so people are afraid and would never dare to give it. She makes people do her bidding, or pay the price, like a tyrant. She allows other abusive bullies (Mike Bentley) to scream at people and shut down opposing opinions. She's not all to blame. Satish Korde is an unethical, out of touch, clueless executive who has allowed Brink to ruin a healthy, vibrant, successful organization. Unbelievable that he is not being held accountable for this and she has not been walked out and run out of the industry. Ask anyone, they know her reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house in your executive ranks. Seriously, do it now before it's too late. News flash! Your entire leadership team (sans Tim Reisen) is killing the company. What is it going to take for Ford and WPP to wake up? Oh, and for anyone who sees the positive reviews on here amidst all the negative ones..... proceed with caution.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Good, bad and ugly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GTB full-time

    Pros

    The staff at GTB is outstanding, everyone is supportive and act in a very professional manner.

    Cons

    Senior management is a disaster. Several leads should are out of their element (GTB Retail). Andy Weil controls the place and Satish is second in command. David Murphy is only about David Murphy. Kim Brink will only be in place until Mark LaNeve is still at Ford.

    Advice to Management

    An agency this size should have a Compensation plan in place and they don't. Satish's pov, people should be happy they have jobs. WPP should look closely at this issue, but of course you have a bean counter running the place. If you are looking to work there, negotiate a package that you'll be happy with for the long term.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Potential candidates- AVOID"

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    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Junior Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day. You had an entire week away from this unorganized company. Awful.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, lack integrity, they have no value for employees. This company isn’t going anywhere but down. Please find something else.

    Advice to Management

    Just end the company now while you can.


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