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Giant Creative Strategy Reviews

Updated January 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with and decent work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Smart and talented people dedicated to producing highly significant creative products and delivering exceptional service (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Upper management is not paying attention to the staff (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  2. "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


  3. "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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  5. "Healthcare Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with and decent work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor upper management and leadership.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Fraudulent people in power"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Giant Creative Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Mostly nice people. Great culture at the "doer" level. Pretty flexible vacation policy (although you will work long hours by SF standards). Great "traditional" creative leadership. Free snacks.

    Cons

    Leadership, especially on the "brand experience" team. Despite their very senior titles, leadership on this team lack basic understanding and skill sets in user experience, experience design, and brand experience. While the "doers" realize this, senior management remains out of touch and allows it to continue. It is disheartening, and if you are a real pro, you will not want to work here. This is one of the main reasons for the high turnover this past year.

    Advice to Management

    Bring real consultants (from outside of pharma) to assess the credibility of the people running you experience team. You may be surprised by what they tell you.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Mixed Bag"

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

    I have been working at Giant Creative Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Most of the employees have a solid skill set are nice enough.
    Flexible, by agency standards, with work hours and vacation time.

    Cons

    Senior management is disconnected from the "doers". They try to build culture by doing things like the AIDS walk. Management says they support and want people to participate but they themselves don't participate.

    Low salaries if you're below the Group Manager/ VP level- about 30-40% under the SF Bay Area average.

    Turn over is extremely high

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they're worth
    Learn better change management skills
    Give people a reason to stay- in the Bay Area job market a below average salary with "unlimited" vacation doesn't cut it.


  8. "Challenging, fun, creative, and dedicated"

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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

    Pros

    really impressive group of people across all departments. making a real effort to make people and work the most important thing. many new faces with new ideas and fresh perspectives

    Cons

    like many SF places, high turnover - saw a lot of people leave in past year (but a few key ones coming back btw) like most agencies demand can be high and timelines budgets tight - some gaps in leadership

    Advice to Management

    increase focus on work quality and work/life balance. more attention to training and onboarding. continue open dialog and sharing of plans


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Too big, too fast"

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

    Pros

    Great people (mostly)
    Good reputation with clients
    Strong creative department

    Cons

    Company is hemorrhaging senior leaders and talent
    Upper management is not paying attention to the staff
    With the huge turnover in staff there is little cohesion among teams

    Advice to Management

    The people are the agency, not you.


  10. "Great team of smart, hard working talent"

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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

    Pros

    the people, the clients, the commitment to doing great work. many great perks around office. open door policy and good communication

    Cons

    expected to jump right in, so best for self starters. process improvement needed for some teams

    Advice to Management

    keep the focus on the work and the people as much as possible


  11. Helpful (12)

    "Leading by example."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a genuine desire to produce the very best deliverable and the talent to see it through. The passion for the work and the people that actually produce it are Giant's greatest strengths.

    Cons

    There are very few to look up to, no real leadership that inspires or the recognition that this kind of innovative business culture is necessary for real growth. Moral is perpetually low and turnover high as a direct result.

    Advice to Management

    At the cost of too many talented people leaving, Giant somehow succeeds in spite of itself. The upper management/partner-centric bubble needs to pop and people actually capable of leading a creative agency brought in to realize the huge potential that already exists within their walls. Make this a fun and inspirational place to come to everyday and the results will be better work, more efficient and realistic timelines and an improved bottom line.



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