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Updated February 13, 2017
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Pros
  • The only real pro i can name is the work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Large variety of clients and some very smart people in upper-middle management (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance isn't as great when you have to factor in a long commute, looking forward to moving closer to the office (in 4 reviews)

  • No one knows how to win business (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Bumpy at times but changing for the better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some good people and some strong creatives. Some people aren't jiving with the change but it's never easy. Old school thinking is out and some people aren't comfortable knowing they aren't up to par when it comes to skill sets. You can't write a tv script anymore and call it a day. The work is more complex now. Agency gets good briefs and invited to pitch from major brands. Lots of happy hour laughs. There are some new people who are pushing the work and making it better.

    Cons

    Some things need to change. There is a culture of complacency and 'this is the way we've always done it'.

    Can be a lot of hours sometimes but that's because the clients have a lot of big briefs going at once.

    People like to have lots of meetings and complain about why things don't work instead of doing something about it and making great work.

    Some leadership is questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce meetings. Reduce talk. More action.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Producer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBS full-time

    Pros

    Lots of exciting work, very smart people in all departments

    Cons

    Too much disorganization and cronyism at the top


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Huge mistake"

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    Current Employee - ECD in New York, NY
    Current Employee - ECD in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of very good people who work here.

    Cons

    All those good people want out asap. It doesn't take too long before you realize you've been duped. Exec leadership has no clue what they're doing. I'm so disappointed with myself for taking this job. It sucks.

    Advice to Management

    None. You're awful.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "gobbledegook"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really genuine and talented people doing the work. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    All smoke and mirrors. The substance is waning and turning into a corporate culture. Snooze. No one knows how to win business. Too many egos and agendas in the way of growth.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with experience in executive management roles. Please. Get rid of the nepotism. Your employees are skeptical of you and see through the bunk.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Disappointing and Unsettling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KBS full-time

    Pros

    KBS is a great place to gauge your own integrity.

    Cons

    The recently appointed Global suite has cast a dark shadow over KBS. With budgets already uncomfortably tight and no practicable global network, these grandiose appointments are unnecessary at best. More realistically, they are cancerous to the agency's debilitated culture and counter-productive to its efficiencies. Major pieces of business are discontinuing contracts, pouring salt on an open wound.

    Few people feel a sense of well-being at KBS. In a mere 5 months, politics and cliques have become de rigeur. Secrecy, truth-muddling and outright lies are the norm from the highest ranks. Very questionable legal practices are now, evidently, best practices. An undercurrent of prejudice is now an undertow. The EEOC and ADEA were designed to counter discriminatory staff reductions, and KBS's inadequate Global Talent office would do the agency a great service by brushing up on these laws.

    Advice to Management

    Look before you leap. You're doing some irreparable damage to a classic and well-respected name.


  7. "I really Love the People I work with!"

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

    I have been working at KBS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I work with the best people who cares about you and the work we do together.

    Cons

    Pitches are part of our job and supports the business. I just wish it wasn't so limited in time when it comes to producing the presentation.

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees = hard working loyal employees


  8. "haven for good talent"

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

    Pros

    great culture, awesome clients, good work life balance, top talent, access to senior leadership

    Cons

    can be competitive given high stakes projects and strong personalities


  9. "Great work culture"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    people are extremely down to earth and genuine.

    Cons

    The work is more account and client focused than about producing creative work

    Advice to Management

    Care about the creativity of the work we produce


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Quickly headed downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at KBS (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Majority of the people are amazing - hilarious, smart and genuinely kind
    - Smaller agency means you get a broad range of experiences across multiple clients and project types
    - Ability to move up quickly if your work is good and people like you
    - Decent work/life balance

    Cons

    All pros listed are starting to disappear quickly. Leadership is steering this company in the wrong direction
    - Leadership is young and inexperienced with inflated titles
    - Huge lack of transparency - hushed layoffs and good people leaving in droves
    - Getting drunk at the bar is the only way to get time with leadership
    - Huge egos get in the way of good work getting done
    - Politics are at an all time high and completely out of control
    - Reviews are a joke. Gossip rules over 360 feedback

    Advice to Management

    Keep what made this agency great - the people. Drop the politics and figure out how to make this a good place to work again.


  11. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to grow and work - there is a feeling of a small agency that has remained while the agency has grown much larger.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any major cons other than I hope it never loses that small agency field



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