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Updated October 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, breakthrough methodologies, effective network (in 9 reviews)

  • Excellent flexibility with hours, and good work life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Local management were good, but senior management at HQ not so much (in 7 reviews)

  • An internship in client services is not very helpful to get to know clients and projects very well (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Creativity, autonomy, TGIF's, close-knit teams.

    Cons

    There were no cons to working at Landor.


  2. "Senior Designer"

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

    I worked at Landor full-time

    Pros

    Big-name clients, plenty of opportunity

    Cons

    Corporate restrictions, "fit the mold"

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, evaluations based on individual performance

    Landor Response

    Nov 9, 2017

    Thanks for your comments.

    Great to hear that you have been inspired by our impressive client base and the opportunities that arise in the Landor team.

    We are always looking for input on... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "There are better companies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good work/life balance. Very good benefits. Good pay. A lot of company pride and networking opportunities available to employees.

    Cons

    There is not much opportunity for growth. To add insult to injury there is no job security with an extremely high turnover rate for such a small office.

    Landor Response

    Nov 9, 2017

    Thanks for your comments.

    So glad that you feel our compensation and benefits are competitive and I couldn’t agree more that we are a well connected community of offices. We have also invested... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not the destination for creatives it once was"

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

    I worked at Landor full-time

    Pros

    Big brands
    Motivated employees
    The name still means something

    Cons

    Weak leadership
    Politics
    Diminishing resources
    Profit-hungry - WPP willing to lose revenue (and jobs) to maintain high profit margins
    Increasingly, a difficult place to be a creative (less time to do more work)
    A lot of the bright lights have left
    Losing to low-cost competition that focus on design
    Losing to in-house design groups and strategy agencies that focus on strategy

    Advice to Management

    I suspect you understand that the way forward is to be a highly profitable design strategy consultant. The days of the $4 million FedEx/BP identity programs are over. A smaller company of super smart people dropping in to be future consultants for fortune 500 companies. More strategy, less design. Sadly, that's a company about half the current size.

    Landor Response

    Jul 4, 2017

    Thanks for taking the time to write this review.

    We couldn’t agree more that our industry is increasingly challenging, and never has there been more of a need for us to build on our agile point... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Nice people, uninspiring leadership, withering business"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people at Landor NY were talented and nice. It was a good culture from a people perspective. You feel you can learn from them and they've got your back. I had heard this before I joined and it proved to be true.

    Cons

    The company president/MD at the time, Alan Adamson, was not that engaged in the business. This left the CFO having a lot of control over how the business was run. Quite frankly, you cannot have an agency positioned as being creative led by a CFO. The processes and rules frustrated account folks and creatives alike. Rally choked the enthusiasm of being there which could have been greater.

    Another major con is that Landor somehow missed the boat on digital. This left the agency pigeon-holed as a branding agency, which is becoming more niche and less strong as a revenue-driving model.

    Advice to Management

    Know what the company / the Landor brand stands for and lean into it. Ask your own people how well the company delivers on the Landor promise and recalibrate.

    Landor Response

    Jul 4, 2017

    Thank you for your review.

    We have worked hard to ensure the new leadership team in New York provides a balance of all the best of Landor strategy and creativity underpinned by a commercial... More


  6. "Designer"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the daily creative culture

    Cons

    Amazing use of resources consistently

    Advice to Management

    Don't change


  7. Helpful (3)

    "No egos, and I am so grateful"

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

    I have been working at Landor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, great work, genuine caring for the work and each other, and - seriously - no egos.
    Dedicated career paths - clear paths to promotion - complete and total willingness to position you asman expert inside and outside the org.

    Cons

    Global organization, but unless you are at the highest levels of the organization, you don't work outside of your office or region. (Yes, there is a temporary program where you can do a three-month rotation somewhere else, but that's *temporary*) - let people with global competency flex that competency.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great company"

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

    I have been working at Landor full-time

    Pros

    fun, creative, flexible, opportunity, relaxed

    Cons

    creative communication lacks clarity, process gets in the way

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the wants and needs of employees and then act.


  9. "Great place to start a career. Lots of big diverse clients."

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    Former Employee - Client Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Landor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful and creative staff. You become part of a team that feels like a second family. Great for your portfolio. Big clients.

    Cons

    You have to know what you want out of your career and fight for it. There's not much mentoring of Jr staff. Salaries are typically low unless you hop around and know your worth.

    Advice to Management

    Actually do your reviews and provide some career development for young staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Landor"

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

    Pros

    Great Culture as are most marketing/branding firms.
    Supportive, collaboration.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Need to perform the functions of the job you want before being promoted.
    Have to prove yourself.


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