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Updated January 17, 2018
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  1. "Great company to work for; lots of opportunities for growth"

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

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

    Pros

    -Management cares about employees
    -People are smart
    -Great benefits
    -The management structure allows for lots of input from everyone, no matter their position on the org chart
    -Career advancement can easily happen if you want it
    -Cool office/roof deck

    Cons

    It's advertising, so the hours can be long. Also, space is always an issue and there aren't a lot of conference rooms for private meetings or phone calls.

    Advice to Management

    Get a bigger space


  2. "TOXIC...BEWARE! Miserable Staff and Dsyfunctional Management Team"

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

    I worked at JOHANNES LEONARDO full-time

    Pros

    beautiful office in a great area

    Cons

    don't be fooled by the beautiful office.

  3. "Fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool vibe. Good work. Nice people.

    Cons

    Limiting work. Very top heavy.


  4. "Amazing Agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is an awesome place to work.

    I’ve been here for 6 months and it is definitely one of the most exciting agencies I’ve ever worked at.

    Incredibly talented people and amazing creative opportunities.

    Jan, Leo & Ferdi (founding partners) are great people and very approachable.

    I’d highly recommend working here.

    Cons

    Pretty long hours. But it’s the nature of the business these days, so kind of expected.

    The company is growing quickly so desk space is a bit of a squeeze. Need more meeting rooms too!


  5. "Best Agency I've ever worked..."

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

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

    Pros

    Been here under 6 months, but so far it's the best agency I've ever worked for-- commitment to eliminating bottlenecks (though they may happen), heads are in the right places, hearts usually too. Business is hard. This is business, not playtime, but they do make it as fun as possible. It's a pleasure to know that showing up everyday means something.

    Cons

    Long hours, but that's advertising. Hard work pays off.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose touch with the original mission and heart. It's a good one.


  6. "They Get Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at JOHANNES LEONARDO full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best creative talent in the industry work at JL. The work constantly pushes boundaries and working with Jan & Leo will have a profound impact on any creatives life.

    Cons

    The hours are long, but the work is always incredible so it never seems too bad.

    Advice to Management

    Communication + organization


  7. "Toxic & exclusive"

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    Current Employee - Account
    Current Employee - Account
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some big name clients currently in the building provide the opportunity to jump-start a young creative's career. Some brilliant minds at the top.

    Cons

    Almost everything else. Management puts culture dead last at an agency that's more focused on being "visible" than being busy or doing good work. Agency is far from integrated. Project management is a hot mess.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your roost. Make sure people are being kind to everybody. Make sure people have all the tools + time to do the best work.

  8. "Cool clients but bad agency."

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

    I worked at JOHANNES LEONARDO full-time

    Pros

    JL have really cool clients like Adidas.

    Cons

    Too much hierarchy in an agency of its size. Freelancers always get paid late and have problems with their payment. Don't trust the management, people get fired for no reason.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "WTF"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice office space, some very smart people, especially in account management. Most people are reasonably nice and some are wonderful. They manage to lure in some great creatives here and there.

    Cons

    Abysmal communication in almost every conceivable way.. from the top to the bottom. I've never quite experienced such maddening lack of communication (esp. creative) on even the most basic levels. It's embedded in the culture with its origins at the executive level. My time there was among the most frustrating and unrewarding of my career so far. All of the best creatives either leave because they're miserable, or are suddenly fired for weird non-reasons. You think JL has all this potential, but it doesn't.

    Advice to Management

    Jan and Leo should remove themselves from the creative process.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Nothing good ever comes easy."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at JOHANNES LEONARDO full-time

    Pros

    This is an agency that isn't just hungry, it's starving. It wants to do the best work in the world, and that's no exaggeration.

    The people who work here, especially on the adidas Originals account, are some of the smartest in the business, from account, to strategy, to creative.

    The agency is beautiful, located just above SoHo. Cool vibes. But not enough space for how quickly they're growing.

    This is one of the few agencies I've ever been to that has given me a real education. Mentorship here is top-notch, if you know where and how to look for it.

    There are massive opportunities at JL. The work you can do here can be the best work you'll do in your career...if you can handle the good with the bad.

    Cons

    I won't gripe about the hours, because that's the case at any shop where the expectations are high. But it bears mentioning to anyone who's expecting to come in and coast on the name alone.

    For how relatively small the place is, communication should be much better.


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