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Hill Holliday Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, creative energy, fun place to work (in 21 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)

  • Still has some weeks of long hours and a bit old school in advertising philosophy (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Great people, creative energy, fun place to work. There are opportunities for professional development. Plenty of holidays and vacation time (and you can accrue more depending on your tenure and/or seniority). People really care about each other.

    Cons

    It's an agency, so hours can be long and schedules erratic. As a client service industry it can impact personal time, vacations, weekends. I think this is true of all agencies though.


  2. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company benefits, good time off

    Cons

    Very dated way of working, need new ideas

  3. "Media Planner"

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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

    Great benefits and fun company culture. The managers really do care about growth opportunities. You're set up for success and beyond.

    Cons

    Starting pay in Media is extremely low, but I think the pay is relatively the same across all agencies in that department.


  4. "Great company for creative, driven team players"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great culture...work hard, play hard

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  5. "Senior Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, people, and clients

    Cons

    no cons to write about


  6. "Good place to start or finish (but not to make) your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly nice people, longstanding account relationships, good opportunity to learn the business

    Cons

    Clients make it very difficult to sell creative work, a bit bureaucratic at times

    Advice to Management

    Use those longstanding relationships to get clients to trust bold work


  7. "Copywriter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great work environment. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult to make award winning work.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overrated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    At least in the Boston area, having worked at Hill Holliday looks good on your resume. The location is great as well, and overall the people you meet are nice.

    Cons

    I came from a university, which really played up Hill Holliday as an amazing agency to work at. Having worked there, I would say that HH is pretty overrated. It's well known in the Boston area, but outside of that and on a global scale, Hill Holliday is not well known. Their "holier than thou" attitude is unjustified.

     You essentially need to know someone from within the company in order to get hired. Additionally, don't think that because you got an internship there that you will get a job. I had several friends who interned there (some for even 2 semesters, i.e. a full school year) and were not offered a job. HR leads you on thinking that you most likely will be hired after an internship. The reality is far from that.

    HR is probably the worst. Their communication is poor. If you want an answer to something, be prepared to have to pester them and email them multiple times in order to get some semblance of a reply.

    It's also extremely cliquey and the pay is low. If you happen to be placed on their Healthcare team, expect long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Start with HR and teach them to communicate better. Pay more attention to the hear of the company: your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Former junior art director"

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    Former Employee - Junior Art Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Junior Art Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The location is great, nice views, decent benefits, summer Friday's, and impressive clients. I honestly can't think of any other pros.

    Cons

    Extremely cliquey, poor communication, need to know someone to get hired, overrated, low pay, all work goes to the men in creative


  10. "Great traditional agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill Holliday full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Great creative. Great clients.

    Cons

    Lack of strong digital capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on strong digital hires.


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