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Golin Los Angeles Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  • Hard work/life balance, as is the nature of agency work (in 11 reviews)

  • Some people are lazy and with the G4 model, work is often unfairly distributed/shouldered (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid team of creatives and a great place to work with some top clients such as Nintendo and Nestle.

    Cons

    Large office and very spread out and corporate. Also located deep in downtown LA so if you commute it's tough to get in and out.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the best equipment and give creatives freedom to manage their personal computers and software.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great national rep but poor L.A. leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President/Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President/Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn about the evolution of PR, long history of innovative campaigns, great national and global reputation, good perks and benefits, great place to build relationships. Chicago (HQ), Dallas and London offices are best in business -- one star for these offices, and one star for Al Golin legacy.

    Cons

    LA office lacks strong leadership, not the same place since its previous MDs who really cared about the staff. Current MD is a robot, cannot be trusted. Stagnant environment in LA where politics rule office and top-heavy senior management team lacks real talent, creativity or ability to innovate. Questionable unethical decisions made behind closed doors. Current MD has driven the best senior talent out to bring in her former colleagues to inherit their work, clients and team members. Very long hours and expectation to work around the clock, no real work-life balance exists here anymore, and no one really cares about you -- It's a CYA mentality with senior leaders. They claim "unlimited vacation" but the chances that you can actually utilize that perk are slim.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good long look in the mirror. Examine your conscience and ask yourself if you've really made ethical decisions in the LA office. Would Al Golin really be proud of you?


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Yeah...No."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Golin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Let's start with the positives first. Every single person that has worked at and walked in and out of the doors of Golin LA will tell you, the people that work there are the single greatest reason to work in that office. For all its shortcomings, Golin tends to find really great people that you can call "family" before they run their spirits into the ground. The introduction of Lifetime Benefits was also a welcome breath of fresh air as work from home days and UTO (unlimited time off) brought some semblance of work/life balance back and lessened anxiety on trying to save PTO for the right time. And lastly, the office space is modern and nice which makes for a nice working ambiance.

    Cons

    Ohh boy, are you ready for this? Where to even begin. Employees are very underpaid according to industry standards. Interviewing at the same level elsewhere you see anywhere between 24-43% more in the salary being offered. People are already overworked there for a number of reasons. There's extremely high turnover because of the burn out and lack of pay that it leads to being even more overworked. After people leave it takes forever to replace them or sometimes they're never replaced at all. On top of that some in executive leadership have the audacity to think they don't need to replace people they lost, showing a lack of support. You'll just keep spinning your wheels there as there are little to no growth opportunities. Thanks to turnover, it's like you have to keep starting over to convince people you are actually really great at your job in hopes that you'll get some sort of raise or bump in title. Golin's answer when they actually do replace people is to continue to make everything top-heavy rather then hiring from bottom up. That means managers are doing associate-level work because there are no associates and senior and director-level employees think they're above their work so they also dump their work onto the managers as well. Meaning, managers are doing everything with no bump in pay, because all that salary that could've gone to rewarding team members who have actually been there and helping to keep their accounts afloat is going towards bloating senior leadership who just arrived.

    Advice to Management

    Actions speak louder than words. There's always meeting on meetings asking what can Golin do better and employees opinions are always being asked on to create a better working environment whereupon they just fall into the void because literally nothing ever changes. Yeah free lunches and booze are nice every now and then but we want actual change, which it just doesn't seem like the company is trying to do. We always hear about how great the Chicago office is and the core values Golin holds dear, but all of that just sounds like a pipedream or bs depending on who you ask. They are so unaware that literally every current employee there is trying to get out. Unless real tangible changes are made, they will keep losing good employees and clients.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Look at leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    There are some good people at Golin, including the current MD, and great work being done. Opportunity to get some big-name clients on your resume. The new PTO benefits are great. The inter-office network can be really strong if you know who to talk to.

    Cons

    Golin needs to take a hard look at leadership in this office. There are a few senior people who are at best not held accountable and at worst actually rewarded, despite bad attitudes and incompetence. Mid or junior level staff shoulder the burden, and are getting frustrated and burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at senior leadership and ask some questions about what work they are actually doing. Your strongest mid/junior level people are overworked and emotionally burnt out. They are going to continue to leave unless they feel they have leadership who inspire or at they very least support them.


  6. "Great company, good benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Met some of the most creative brightest people there, received good benefits

    Cons

    Some changes in the company, high turnover rate, can be cutthroat


  7. "Public Relations Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Public Relations Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Intern - Public Relations Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    With multiple clients, every day is a little different, fun to work on variety of accounts. All intelligent people who were generally warm and welcoming and a pleasure to be around.

    Cons

    As with an agency, there can be challenging clients. Main complaint was the internship wasn't very structured, it would have been nice to be given more consistent feedback, opportunities to really get involved in meaningful work.

    Advice to Management

    Create a (communicative) relationship with interns to be clear about expectations for the position, such as goals and specific projects.


  8. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Golin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot to learn, really smart staff/superiors that try and include you as much as possible, big name accounts that offer a great resume booster.

    Cons

    Can be a lot of grunt/repetitive press coverage

    Advice to Management

    Create an intern program that allows interns to work with multiple departments/teams


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director/VP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director/Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director/Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Golin full-time

    Pros

    Reputable clients, high visibility, strong focus on solid creative work.

    Cons

    Politics! G4 model. Slow mobility. Low salaries. Poor technology. Two largest offices (Chicago, L.A.) pale in comparison to the two getting it right (Dallas, London).

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your people. Don't let politics and outdated leaders rule local offices. Stop pretending that everyone loves G4 and gets it. Execution by senior staff (who really don't get it) and your unwillingness to be flexible with its evolution are what set up G4 for failure. You've lost too much great talent. Stop and consider how many have left the agency and how they feel about the agency after leaving -- think about what people who've left are saying about Golin. Your reputation is actually much worse in the industry than you think it is.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Passive Leadership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golin full-time

    Pros

    Trying to change and be more integrated.

    Cons

    Move too slowly in leadership when it comes to making changes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be so nice and please everyone.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Hard Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Digital Manager, Nintendo of America in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Manager, Nintendo of America in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big budgets, great client roster.

    Cons

    Long hours, days composed of meetings and calls, stuffy office.

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance needed!


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