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Pereira & O'Dell Reviews

Updated April 19, 2018
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  1. "Great place if you don't mind working hard"

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

    I have been working at Pereira & O'Dell full-time

    Pros

    Great work, great people, great opportunities

    Cons

    Understaffed by design – job security is nice, but it's easy to get overwhelmed.


  2. "Smoke & Mirrors"

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

    I worked at Pereira & O'Dell full-time

    Pros

    Downtown Office, Nice Conference Rooms, Food Delivery, Some of the best creative talent, Fun Work Enviornment

    Cons

    Classic smoke and mirrors at this agency, great place to be if you are young and hungry to learn from some of the industries best. PTO is basically a hoax here since it will not get approved by your manager and taking a sick day is frowned upon. Bold creative shop, expect to work hard and play harder with grueling hours as mentioned earlier. Upper management is absent and often is not transparent about agency health with frequent layoffs. Lastly, pay is seriously below market value so be sure to negotiate and manage expectations upfront.

    Advice to Management

    Consider less parties and focus on the health of the business and clients

  3. "My time at Pereira & O'Dell"

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    Former Employee - Video Editor/Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Video Editor/Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pereira & O'Dell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pereira & O'Dell is a young, sharp, creative ad agency, and an incubator for innovation. The company has an edgy, bold reputation and is a sought after employer for recent ad-school graduates. The office environment was inspiring and inviting, I built relationships with dozens of creative professionals, and left with a wealth of knowledge of the ad-industry as a whole.

    Cons

    As I suspect might be the case with many ad-agencies, there were often-times grueling work hours, and lots of politics involved.

    Advice to Management

    My situation seemed to be unique, and I felt that management did a pretty great job at making for an overall pleasant work experience.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The hard partying ad world lives here"

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

    I worked at Pereira & O'Dell full-time

    Pros

    Fun times, lots of drinks, plenty of creative opportunities

    Cons

    Management cares more about itself than its people or its clients

    Advice to Management

    Do right by your clients


  5. "great place to work"

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

    I worked at Pereira & O'Dell (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    fun, great management, good benefits, awesome people

    Cons

    everything is great, nothing to improve

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  6. "Top creative shop experiencing a new wave"

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

    I worked at Pereira & O'Dell full-time

    Pros

    All the reviews are right to a certain degree, POD is either a wonderful career choice that champions your entrepreneurial mindset and self-management style, or it's a job that doesn't give you the roadmap from a to b, it really depends on your work style.

    If you're a self-starter, have ideas about how POD or the industry can improve/create new paths, then management and your fellow employees will support your vision and talent. It's a rare agency that does that.

    It's also just undergone a big shift in management, with some of the old guard leaving and internal talent rising to to the top to take the shop in new (and interesting) directions. It's a great time to join, and a telling showcase of how the founders look within for the next wave of execs.

    Cons

    Utilization of resources across offices isn't great.
    Work/Life balance is on par with other agencies of it's caliber, but if you're worried about that, this is most likely not the fit for you.
    Needs more competitive salary structures, but benefits are very strong.

    Advice to Management

    Excited to see where the new guard takes the agency. Don't blow up what makes the place so special in the name of new for new's sake.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "great people, great digs, minimal order"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Pereira & O'Dell (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great team, little drama. overall positive.

    Cons

    lack of process, especially on the digital side.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Sketchy AF"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pereira & O'Dell full-time

    Pros

    There are some fun people, the office is dog-friendly and the interior design and open layout of the office is lovely.

    Cons

    Management is untrustworthy and will throw their reports under to bus. Very much a boy's club. The parties are fun at first, but after you experience the dark underbelly of this company (the gossip, the lies, the greed, and the bad behavior from the top down), it becomes sickening.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look in the mirror.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "All Hype; No Substance"

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    Current Employee - Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful office space - if you like industrial chic decor - with an open floor plan (which has its pros and cons). Dog friendly. Benefits are covered by the company but the offerings are basic so plan not to get too ill. Unlimited PTO. Lots of parties and social events at their bar. If all that impresses you then this is the perfect place for you! As for the people - a handful are cool but then again who isn't "cool" after a couple of alcoholic beverages.

    Cons

    There is a severe lack of leadership; there is no structure in place and there seems to be no desire to create any - it really is a sink or swim work environment furthermore if you are NOT favored among management they will see to it that you sink (I wouldn't be surprised if someone tries to hold you under water too SMH). Managers are NOT supportive nor are they committed to employee growth and development - there is common sense among upper management that they are above certain task. The culture there is very cliquey with the Jock and Preps running the show. I will also echo a pervious review that mentions they under pay; so if you do decide to move forward with an offer be sure to negotiate.

    Advice to Management

    Diligently review the surveys we took and be sure to implement resourceful structure and systems in place to improve work flow and that fosters TRUE collaboration between teams/department. Now, I wholeheartedly understand the reason the recruiter often laments that it's so challenging to find good people - well good people rather opt for work environments that are supportive and provides enough opportunity to grow and evolve. Furthermore "good" candidates are not solely impressed with vibrant parties and social events. Consider focusing less on the fun events and more on developing and nurturing the talent that's there.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Bold company with bold people. NEGOTIATE YOUR SALARY!"

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

    I worked at Pereira & O'Dell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful space, company owns a bar in the alley way that they use for events, happy hours and meetings. They have multiple kitchen areas that offer small snacks and beverages. Great benefits like, 100% health, dental and vision. Time off, depends...they have accrued and unlimited depending on your position. Dog friendly space. They have really awesome parties. You get to be apart of major victories in the Ad world.

    Cons

    Very cliquey! If you are a favorite it is evident, if not that's fine too just know that whatever happens business wise...there are only a select few that are "safe" so beware. You never know what is happening with management, desk changes, floor changes, unexpected lay-off's (huge negative factor). Do not work here of you are a sensitive person or don't like heavy drinkers. LOTS OF PARTYING.
    NEGOTIATE YOUR SALARY! they will low-ball you

    Advice to Management

    Operations--stop being such sneaky control freaks!
    Vulgar employees- stop acting like you aren't married when you're at a work event.


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