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Updated December 16, 2016
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Pros
  • Great atmosphere and really great people to work with (in 18 reviews)

  • Great people, perks, lots of resources, great work life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Understaffed / Minimal respect for work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Very low pay, expect to work long hours, stressful working conditions (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Really fun place to work, lots of exciting things happening and good company culture.

    Cons

    Risky if there is client loss.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire a more diverse group of talented people.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Laid back dress, intelligent and hardworking coworkers, notable clients

    Cons

    So many. The majority of girls that work here are your typical mean girls. Rude, condescending and manipulative. I'd say 4 out of 5 people that work here have some sort of nepotistic relation to someone in senior management. Karen Kaplan's best friend's daughters work in account management. A countless amount of others have had parents or close relatives that have worked here in the past. Absolutely no work and life balance. If you plan on leaving the office at 5:30 or 6:00, feel free to... but don't be surprised when you're looked down upon for it. Even when your work day has "ended", it hasn't. Expect to be available at the drop of a hat outside of typical working hours. Everything is urgent. Hours are EXTREMELY long for very little pay. But who needs decent pay when most of the kids working here come from families with money? It's very difficult to know exactly who you're reporting to, especially within Account Management. Very little structure and very little guidance for lower to mid-level employees. People at senior levels are overpaid and underworked. Lower level employees are underpaid and overworked but don't mind riding it out because of HHCC's "reputation."

    Advice to Management

    Fix everything you're doing wrong - there's a reason for the crazy level of turnover. Outside of the "advertising world" nobody knows about or cares about Hill Holliday as much as you think. An agency's purported reputation can only keep junior level employees around for so long until they ultimately get burnt out and tired of working 70+ hours a week for scraps.


  3. "Media Planner"

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

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Best corporate culture in Boston

    Cons

    Understaffed / Minimal respect for work life balance


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  5. "Best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Amazing, inspiring leadership. People actually like each other. Very smart businesspeople. Enduring client/agency relationships. Effective planning/creative partnership at the top. Legit new business machine with great leadership running the group.

    Cons

    There are no real downsides to working at Hill Holliday. Unless you don't like working with smart people who respect each other, and smart clients who run legitimate businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue doing exactly what you are doing. One idea may be to share more new biz pitches with the agency (after the fact) to inspire people with all the smart work that goes on.


  6. "svp account director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Account Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Account Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good culture
    nice people
    institution in Boston

    Cons

    lacking vision
    too provincial
    big fish in a small pond

    Advice to Management

    rethink approach to new business and re-evaluate people at the top


  7. "Low Pay, Long Hours"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, fun atmosphere, you'll learn a lot while you're there. If you put in the time, you'll rise through the ranks pretty quickly, especially since there's a large amount of turnover

    Cons

    Cliquey, extremely long hours, and low pay

    Advice to Management

    Need to keep morale high and more account activities. It's easy to burn out so you need to watch out for your team to keep retention


  8. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Junior Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Junior Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is the best place to work
    People are friendly and I learnt a lot of things from different people
    Nice engagement during month-end party so all employee get informed about the company's business.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover!
    Sometimes overburden with jobs
    There are up's and down's in terms of business.
    Luck of proper managements, no feasibility study's before purchasing application tools so you can see jumping from one tool's to another from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Need a well organized management structure.


  9. "SVP"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive work environment with a lot of smart and creative people.

    Cons

    A bit behind the times.


  10. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunity, amazing mentorship. Great culture.

    Cons

    There's a good deal of over time

    Advice to Management

    A lot of the work we were getting require working weekends and overtime, but we were only paid for forty hours.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Mid/Senior Level Exec"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    - Most people are really fun, supportive and easy to work with
    - Agency makes an effort to promote work/life balance and ensure full staffing on certain teams
    - Karen Kaplan is amazing: approachable, brilliant and kind

    Cons

    - A "progress for progress's sake" shop
    - Karen's vision doesn't always trickle down to other departments
    - Rely too much on name recognition and not enough on tapping into the available talent
    - Will keep people around for 20+ years regardless of how well they are performing
    - There is only one side of the story: whoever "ranks" higher

    Advice to Management

    Take a good, long look at why similar agencies are successful and instead of mimicking what they did three years ago, find a way to make a name for yourself. Stop relying only on senior management for ideas when you have a wealth of young talent in the building. Listen to what all employees are saying - after all, if you have a mass exodus from a team or department (or several), there's probably a reason.



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