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Laughlin/Constable Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • I can work from home, I can take off when I need to, I can leave early for a doctors appointment or dinner plans (in 6 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is better than most agency's (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Complete disregard for work/life balance (in 2 reviews)

  • Overall, there is little to complain about working at LC (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Strong agency looking for the next toehold..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Laughlin/Constable full-time

    Pros

    Recent top-level creative hires show LC is pushing for next-level work and awards. Above-the-line work is getting stronger, and I've never heard "we can't do that" come out of anyone's mouth – even from Account and Strategy folks.

    Work/life balance is better than most agency's. If you set boundaries, they'll respect them. Fun agency culture, there's frequent opportunities to mix, get to know each other outside of projects, etc.

    Cons

    Twin offices in CHI (where I'm at) and MKE means attention and energy sometimes get divided. The usual mild chaos pops up in projects, in terms of project management, account services and creatives aligning.

    But in 19 years of being in advertising, I have yet to work at an agency where "fire drills" and "Oh S**t" moments don't happen. Just the nature of the beast, really.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Keep trusting in ideas that make people squirm a bit. With current people in place, there's no reason why LC can't start building new awards shelves...


  2. "Mehhhhh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Laughlin/Constable full-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, cool co workers

    Cons

    C-level leadership is sub par, HR is the worst, it's a good-'ol-boy-club

    Advice to Management

    It's a volatile culture and there's no light at the end of the tunnel. This is something that's past being fixed by the "Fun Committee" and "Popcorn Thursday". There is a serious lack of trust in management and leadership. Many of the great people that work here are fleeing to other companies. There is a mass exodus happening...

  3. "Work hard, play hard"

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

    I have been working at Laughlin/Constable full-time

    Pros

    Great company with an awesome culture. Lot's of smart people. Chicago office has amazing aesthetics/vibe. Client portfolio is getting better and better.

    Cons

    No cons yet. Looking forward to working at LC for a long time.


  4. "Great Company & Atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laughlin/Constable full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great team comradery
    -Unlimited PTO
    -Innovative digital approach
    -One of the best offices in Chicago
    -Management is open to career changes within the agency and supports your overall career path

    Cons

    Can be long hours, but that's to be expected in this industry


  5. "Too Many Admin Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Laughlin/Constable full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO (at least so far)
    Can come and go as needed

    Cons

    HR is worthless
    Too many unbillable staff and management keeps adding them
    Certain employees are clearly favorites, others are ignored

    Advice to Management

    Share information with employees
    People are fired without a reason


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not Bad, Not Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laughlin/Constable full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Free breakfast on Wednesdays
    - a generally nice crowd of people to work with
    - Beer + popcorn on Thursdays
    - Solid perks - unlimited PTO, 401K company match
    - chill environment with flexible schedules
    - Ping pong

    Cons

    - tough clients and creatively uninspiring work
    - too traditional in creative approach at times
    - parking is out of pocket (around $100 a month)
    - salaries not competitive for lower positions

    Advice to Management

    attitude reflects leadership and morale is low


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not so great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Laughlin/Constable full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Breakfast 1x per week, office space has character.

    Cons

    The best people left which is sad. I've worked at other agencies in Chicago and leadership here is a problem and morale is at an all-time low. Don't work here if you want to create award-winning work. Leadership will kill all your great ideas or not give you credit.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at creative leadership. Talk to mid-level people. Get their opinions. Don't dismiss what they have to say.

    Work harder to retain great talent - it's obvious there's a problem when talent leaves after one year. The ones who leave, realize quickly, that LC problems can't be fixed.

  8. "Executive Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laughlin/Constable full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative and fun industry and a lot of good people, just not in senior management

    Cons

    Leadership driven by profit, not necessarily good work


  9. "Lots to love"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laughlin/Constable full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great culture, wonderful people, interesting clients, unlimited PTO, pave your own way, collaborative

    Cons

    very top heavy, pay is very bad if you're mid-level, HR not effective or helpful, no women in executive positions


  10. "So happy here!"

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    Current Employee - Strategist in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Strategist in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laughlin/Constable full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    When I started looking for a new job from my last, flexibility and worklife balance were my top priorities. LC is great about being flexible. I can work from home, I can take off when I need to, I can leave early for a doctors appointment or dinner plans. More than ever, this job fits into my life, instead of fitting my life into and around my job.

    The people are also really great, fun loving and hard-working.

    Cons

    I really don't have a negative thing to say about LC.


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