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Updated February 18, 2018
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  • You'll be courted but once you're in it's sink or swim (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours, boring work, bad clients (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Open environment that encourages growth"

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

    I have been working at Huge full-time

    Pros

    Huge has unparalleled culture and trust in their employees. I've had countless opportunities to step up and take on new challenges, it's the best of both worlds - with a "start-up" scrappy mentality, but all the great resources of a global company.

    The Brooklyn HQ houses nearly 500 of the smartest individuals in the industry, and it's rare to see such a range of capabilities under one roof. Huge also is the first company I've worked for that encourages growth / learning in other departments outside of your own, your growth is really dependent on personal ambition.

    Leadership is transparent and quite literally walking among you at all times, with Aaron the CEO regularly updating the company in monthly meetings of new business objectives and strategies.

    Office space is dog-friendly, perks like food & booze, social clubs, parties, summer Fridays, compensation is higher than industry standard.

    Cons

    Huge has had some growing pains, teams are in flux as they are restructuring many departments to focus on expanding capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Huge is historically a company of experts, there could be higher investments in more entry level employees.


  2. "Great people, not much growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Huge full-time

    Pros

    Culture and people are great, everyone works hard and then grabs a drink at the end of the day

    Cons

    Hard to move down a career path with managers who aren't invested in helping you grow

    Advice to Management

    When people are good at their job, promote them, don't just keep them in their role because you need them there

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good perks, but you can probably do better"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited cereal, really decent coffee, super cool office, DOGS, super cool people.

    Cons

    poor leadership, honestly, Aaron is fine, its basically everyone under him that likely has no clue what is going on.

    They win business off of their name, but cant keep it because direction is just poor. All of the leaders (and HR actually) just have no idea what they are doing and the rounds and rounds of layoffs show this. They just dont know where they are going, and unless they figure it out whats left of them will just be cool tote bags.

    Advice to Management

    hire better leaders, replace immediately if needed. Listen to employees more, almost everyone i have worked with there feels ignored entirely.


  4. Helpful (22)

    "A company in rapid decline... very sad."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Huge full-time

    Pros

    Some very smart and talented people, especially at the junior and mid-level, though most of those people are leaving in droves.

    Dog friendly offices, amazing employer branding, though it's mostly a facade.

    Work life balance for some is great, others not so much. Really varies by team/department.

    Historically a strong agency, but that is swiftly changing.

    Cons

    Huge is an operational disaster. Executive team are all incredibly immature and have no idea how to run a global business. They've formed an impenetrable clique of the old guard and bully the rest of the agency, including the executive talent they hire and fire at a whim. Egos are out of control and leadership don't acknowledge their faults.

    Nothing this company does is proactive or strategic, everything is reactionary and haphazard, including laying off Huge swaths of the workforce and closing offices frequently, only to realize they don't have the talent to deliver work the next week. The one thing they are good at is minimizing media attention to these layoffs, though in truth the company lost about 1/3 of its workforce in 2017 alone.

    The work is suffering massively. It's all about $ at this point, so the company will take on tons of boring accounts just to keep the lights on. Huge fumbles on delivery frequently and many clients are pulling their business altogether from the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Humble yourselves. You have made a lot of mistakes. Focus on retention. There is still a significant pool of amazing talent, but they are being wasted and quickly going elsewhere. It's pretty clear that at the rate things are going, there will be nothing left of Huge a year from now.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Feels like a sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Huge full-time

    Pros

    -Office is cool and functional and the office team runs a tight, tidy and efficient space.
    -Food/snacks/events are great
    -Good health benefits

    Cons

    -Management has handled several waves of lay offs terribly—it feels as if no thought was put into a communications plan for the exit of hundreds of employees over several offices. Those left aren't being given any encouragement from management about job security or the company's future.

    -No transparency. You get the feeling games are played and lies are propagated from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and do better by your people. Not sure there's much to be done to wipe the tarnish of Huge's name at this point.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Heading for the Door!!!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good medical benefits
    -Nice offices
    -Summer Fridays
    -Free snacks & company swag
    -Decent pay
    -Dog Friendly
    -Casual Work Environment

    Cons

    My first con is the PEOPLE! While there are many talented individuals here, majority of them are over privileged jerks! With all the free perks, you would think people would be grateful & happy, but they find every reason to complain, and forget that this is your place of work, not your home! People will be miserable and complain, because they don't like the color of a rug or the FREE brand of crackers that is supplied. The unnecessary negativity, can truly make you dread coming into the office.

    A lot of the senior leadership are either pre-maturely promoted into their roles, or focus less on their department and tasks, and more on frivolous matters that don't concern them. I would agree that the managers are the worst people in the office, whose behaviors only influence and encourage poor behaviors/attitudes from other staff members. It's terrible working for such an amazing company and hating having to come to work everyday, all because of the people you work with. If I could take a remote position, I absolutely would.

    That brings me to my next point... the work/life balance. This is touched on & highlighted so much, but truth be told, the only people who truly benefit from this, are senior staff. Some positions, aren't even allowed to take advantage of the work-from-home policy. This is said to be a family friendly company, but it is often forgotten that people do have children and families, that they have to tend to!

    In addition, there is poor communication across the board.

    I was so excited when I started with this company & now I cannot wait to make my exit! It is absolutely draining, being this unhappy at a place you spend so much of your time.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Art Director"

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

    I worked at Huge full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is decent.
    Work life balance can be good too depending on the project.
    People are friendly for the most part.
    Free catered lunch a few times a week.
    Retainer accounts there are the worst on the planet.

    Cons

    Management is terrible at handling resources.
    Work is spread really thin so if you're not ok with downtime, prepare yourself.
    Food options in the area are not so great either.

    Advice to Management

    To take a closer look at how resources are being managed and mentored. You have individuals there that want to rule with an iron fist for the sake of being a manager and don't know how to teach younger professionals the proper way of doing things.

    You have a good foundation for making the aspect of working at Huge very appealing but actually working there is not. Perhaps instead of allowing people who don't actually do any work, dictate culture and environment... Interview the people in the trenches actually dealing with the individuals you call managers.

  8. "Art Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huge full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - friendly ambient
    - talent people
    - well organized

    Cons

    - no challenging projects
    - lack of good management


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Great Potential, Terrible Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Huge full-time

    Pros

    Great, highly intelligent group of people to work with in a fun office environment. Plus typical agency perks like kombucha and cold brew on tap, fully stocked bar, free stocked pantry and beverage fridge, outdoor balcony area, and Sonos speakers in b-rooms.

    Cons

    Kombucha and cold brew do NOT equate to office culture. Culture needs to be instilled from the top on down, and this is where Huge is sorely lacking.

    Advice to Management

    5 stars for the great people that work there. Unfortunately, the stars go down the further up the ladder you go. Management feels less like a group of people who actually want to mentor their team and help them grow, and more like a bunch of entitled high school brats talking sh*t about everyone behind their back while grossly mismanaging accounts.
    Newcomers are set up to fail without any true onboarding (an industry-wide problem), where the sink or swim mentality is almost sport. Business decisions are made behind closed doors between the powers that be, without the input of the people putting in the time on the ground on a daily basis. Management would be wise to do a better job of empowering their team and providing them with the tools to succeed instead of creating an environment of false transparency and bullying. All of which is a moot point now that the LA office has been shut down. Onward and upward!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Why does this place even exist?"

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    Former Employee - Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The office is empty by 5:30, good work life balance
    -Good location
    -Friendly staff
    -Nice office space
    -Good commute
    -Free coffee and the standard office perks

    Cons

    I couldn't tell you for the life of me what hte point of this place is other than to make money for IPG. They claim to be a digital ad agency but don't do any advertising. Majority of effort and work force is put towards building branded websites for ad clients that get zero to little traffic. At best you're working on revamping some client's retail site.

    Nothing is ground breaking, nothing is new. Feels like everyone here should go work for a real tech company or startup if they want to do innovative web-based stuff, otherwise you're just treading water for marketing clients who don't care.

    Why does this place need to exist? It doesn't

    Advice to Management

    Give this place a reason to be. Make fun stuff, make interesting stuff. Take yourselves way less seriously and give talent a reason to come here.


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