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Giant Creative Strategy Reviews

Updated November 1, 2017
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  • Poor upper management and leadership (in 8 reviews)

  • Intense work loads without much recognition, many long hours, little support from upper management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good, smart, creatively driven marketing company"

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

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong, experienced staff; deep marketing experience; multi-channel marketing staff; passionate to do high quality work; highly responsive to clients

    Cons

    Tight candidate pool; need for more resources

    Advice to Management

    Continue to celebrate contributions of all staff


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Change in the air"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leadership structure seems to be changing for the better. Exec resignations/reassignment are a good sign that upper management is taking a new approach to leadership and organization.

    Cons

    An over-emphasis on the importance of the Account team in re: to agency structure. Too client/Account driven with a disregard for the stresses that puts on the greater agency. Still a lack of emphasis on collaboration, but team work is being stressed more and more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking at ineffectual and stubborn Execs and rethink what works best for the agency as a whole, not just Account Management.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not the worst place I've ever worked, but not too far behind."

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

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Great client base. Smart and thorough on the old-school design side of the business.

    Cons

    This company has no abiding technology understanding, no burgeoning technology understanding, and overwhelmingly incompetent people in charge of technology initiatives. If you care about your career in design or tech and you're above entry level, this is not the role for you as a creative or tech. Churn rate like I've rarely seen, especially for people who were actively recruited.

    Advice to Management

    "Smoke and mirrors" management doesn't work on people over 30. And if it does, you shouldn't want them working for you.


  4. "Assistant Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There aren't many day-to-day support staff, so there is opportunity to take on more than the job description would suggest.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of focus on nurturing low- to mid-level employees, so you have to be proactive in your growth.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time

    Pros

    People at Giant are really nice. People like to hang out with one another and go drinking at times afterwards. You get exposed to many different types of projects and work on different accounts the longer you work there.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect with Leadership and what actually goes on in the agency. Sometimes Leadership does know about an issue but nothing is done (whether it is due to politics or something else) This creates more pressure on the day to day team members to sort it out which can be frustrating.

    There are too many upper management/supervisor folks and not enough "doer's". This creates resourcing issues and too many people wanting to review/approve things.

    You will work hard and there will be late nights - especially during launches and convention season. Projects at times can come in at last minute and the turn around time can be quick.

    Be prepared to be thrown into the fire for the most part when you start.

    High Stress Environment

    Advice to Management

    Try to standardize processes/procedures more across the agency and accounts so that people do things the same way more.
    We lost some really good people recently in different departments. Ask yourselves why and try to figure out what the agency/management is doing wrong - maybe ask staff members about their POV.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Solid work experience, upper management sets unrealistic expectations. Giant provides good work opportunities however."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good People, lots of bright minds and talent, great to improve various skillets

    Cons

    poor and unrealistic expectations, disconnect between management and lower tier, poor communication from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Set better expectations with your teams, try to adapt to your team's strengths instead of forcing process on everyone


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Be very careful..."

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

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Nice and talented people below the senior management level. Nice office and vacation policy.

    Cons

    If you are considering a job at Giant, be very careful. There are a lot of very nasty and incompetent people at the senior management level and who you work for will dictate your experience. Steer clear of the Brand Experience team, even if the management of this team seems friendly and knowledgeable in interviews. It's all an act. People on this team have about a 6 month to 1 year shelf life before they get fed up and quit.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding incompetent and nasty behavior. Ask yourselves if some of your "leaders" are really worth the investment you put into them. How is there "leadership" going? Do you see a pattern? Are they bringing in business? Invest in your doers (and listen to what they have to say)

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Long hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work; many supportive people.

    Cons

    Incredibly long hours are just expected. You are treated as letting down the team if you have to get home by a reasonable hour (like, before 8:00). On top of that, the location in SF is extremely difficult to reach by either car (due to city traffic) or public transit. And work from home is discouraged (though possible on a limited basis). Makes for tough work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough staff to cover the late-night needs of the agency without burning people out. Maybe make happy hour monthly instead of weekly and use the saved funds toward more shuttles to and from transit hubs.


  9. "Excellent independent agency"

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

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of room for autonomy and growth

    Cons

    Fewer resources than a large network agency

    Advice to Management

    Focus on ensuring that manager's conduct 1:1s and prioritize employee development


  10. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, all employees are willing to teach you or answer questions. It's a very supportive team.

    Cons

    It was a high stress environment


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