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Hill Holliday Reviews

Updated March 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great Company, Great People, Great View" (in 26 reviews)

  • "You will work your butt off and your work-life balance will suffer, because the advertising industry is struggling" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is almost nonexistence" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Like any agency, this is not a 9 to 5 job and you will pull long hours in most departments, especially during busy periods" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "The people and the culture were amazing . I could not have more happier their."

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    Former Employee - Cultural Affairs in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Cultural Affairs in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Feels like a big family.

    Cons

    A lot of movement with staff.

    Advice to Management

    Look from within, such amazing talent.


  2. "Would never work here again!"

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

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    A lot of good, passionate, talented people who work hard and like to have fun.

    Cons

    Management is all over the place, layoffs on a monthly basis, they will work you to the bone and never promote you or give you substantial raises. A lot of favoritism. Work/Life balance is almost nonexistence.

  3. "Hill Holliday"

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

    I have been working at Hill Holliday (More than a year)

    Pros

    great view and great people,

    Cons

    not a lot of business


  4. "best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Account Management in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Management in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A leadership who cares, great culture, amazing people, fun things to do, transparent, strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion, amazing perks.

    Cons

    IT department couldn't care less about the agency


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Tremendous potential - extremely poor execution, riddled with politics!"

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

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    - Location

    - Formerly had a very impressive list of clients, now they barely have any Fortune 500 clients left

    Cons

    - Extremely volatile business, without any clear strategy or execution to get out of the mess they've put themselves into

    - Crazy amount of politics here, very cliquey atmosphere

    - Many talented people have either left or been laid-off, while favorites despite lack of skills have been repeatedly praised

    - Very short-term way of doing business, poor investment and execution in key areas

    - Archaic way of thinking that doesn't reflect the direction the industry is headed

    Advice to Management

    Think long-term. Get your act together. Lot of potential, let's kickout the underperformers, stop playing favorites, make promotions have some logic behind them that is in the best interest of your clients/holding company/shareholders and invest in talent.


  6. "Great environment to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - CEO is down to earth and makes an effort to try and know as many people she can personally
    - NY office is small and provides a great vibe between co-workers
    - NY leadership also down-to-earth and approachable

    Cons

    - Sometimes working out of the NY office you can feel a little left out from headquarters activities but they try to find ways to make NY feel more inclusive


  7. "Love the culture"

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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

    Collaborative group of people to work with

    Cons

    Onboarding is basically non existent

  8. "I learned a lot with my time at Hill Holliday (3 years)"

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

    Pros

    Great culture and environment to work in

    Cons

    No comment at this time


  9. "Decent but not much business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Generally friendly people, some free food

    Cons

    Plays favorites and the company is bleeding money


  10. "A place with promise but hasn't quite figured out how to do the "walk""

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    Former Employee - Associate Integrated Producer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Integrated Producer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company culture - lax environment, (can wear whatever you want - lots of company functions). I enjoyed this. Had lots of great female mentorship

    Cons

    Lots of backwards business models....no opportunities to be creative unless you re in the creative department. Bogus. Somehow no one is creative except "creative people". The company talked a lot of talk about "ideas come from anywhere" but in practice that culture/mantra was not practiced interdepartmentally. I found this discouraging as someone who had a lot of creative energy.

    Advice to Management

    Open up the creative channels and start thinking about a more agile / modern approach to advertising. Let people stray outside their swim lanes ...you'd be surprised how much more innovative ideas and what have you would surface.