Sterling Brands Reviews | Glassdoor

Sterling Brands Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
18 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.6
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Simon Williams
8 Ratings

18 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Great design work, poor office experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sterling Brands (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great design work and good hardworking people

    Cons

    Business goes up and down dramatically causing layoffs and constriction in offices.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Heard they were once great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super creative talent. People seem to really like one another and do alot of socializing after work.

    Cons

    No proper management. It's pretty much sink or swim. There was no real direction or training.
    They discussed offering training but nothing concrete really came out of it. They didn't seem to have any of the energy or great atmosphere that I'd heard about from the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Train or guide your staff when needed especially new employees!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Total Joke"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    • Ghost town at 6pm
    • A few sharp people

    Cons

    • Management is an absolute joke!! They make RASH decisions quickly without understanding any of the implications or discussing how the staff would feel (example: they decided to merge strategy and account when i was there, completely disregarding the fact that it would NEVER work and never work for the people they had there. Which was a pretty direct way of saying 1) you aren't doing enough 2) you aren't the type of staff we need and the way this was communicated was to just deal with it and start doing two jobs. One of which you clearly had no business doing.
    • Group directors are way too involved in the nitty gritty, some of them would rather be producing the work vs. evolving the offering and inspiring their team
    • Unstable atmosphere, you never know where they will take the company next, everyone always felt on edge
    • The work is always just getting by
    • Strategy was good depending on who was working on it but the path to getting there was the most inefficient process
    • A major identity crisis. True difference? Really?
    • Very very top-heavy, you are either the head of a department at sterling or you just graduated college. Those senior leaders love to be the star of the show since their bosses are obviously not giving them enough pats on the back. If you are looking for experience that isn't just behind the scenes this is not the job for you.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A Company With A Good Heart"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong culture. Mostly great, warm, inspiring leadership; most role-models. Fun, knowledgeable long-time employees. Big loyal clients. Breakfast! Lots of snacks! A history of epic parties, though not so much lately.

    Cons

    Clique-y and departmental silo-s. Design not always top notch. Long-term management no longer there are missed.


  5. "Interesting Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of big clients and interesting assignments
    Smart colleagues

    Cons

    There can be some late nights, depending on your team

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on team members' staffing levels


  6. Helpful (7)

    "The devil wears Chanel from a consignment store, not Prada.."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent at position themselves as great design and strategic partner to clients, designers and other staff. They have managed to partner up with really fun clients.

    Cons

    It's all smoke and mirrors. Top management while an excellent speaker, is very sad a
    thrives on gossiping and stabbing their staff in the back. The company culture has gone majorly downhill since it went public as the level of creativity and quality of people has vanished and the only thing they focus on is $..

    Advice to Management

    They shouldn't have sold out to public.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "amazing clients, amazing projects"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You work hard at Sterling but the work is amazing. The clients are the best companies in the world.

    Cons

    Lot's of turmoil in their leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Look after the employees, not just the clients.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work... but possibility of being overworked"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A talented group of individuals and a great group of people to be around. Senior leadership really does care about the people that work for them.

    Cons

    The office gets really busy and the amount of work can become overwhelming.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "People are great to work with, but day to to day work can be drab"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sterling Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Earning great experience working with big clients and solving day to day creative problems.

    1/3 of people here are great to work with. The other 2/3 you can see right through.

    Cons

    Most work can be seen as production work vs. actual "creative" design work.

    Total disjoint between upper management and what happens on the floor.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overpromise. Also, If you're going to have Debbie Millman be the face of the company, maybe have her speak with actual designers?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "You have to carve your own path."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They are pretty flexible with work/life balance. Some parts of the business seem to spend their life at the office (Design comes to mind) whereas other areas have a work hard/play hard healthier mix (Strategy). I can't speak to the Innovation office.

    Cons

    They could be more encouraging of growth, seeing potential in juniors, fostering and helping to carve a path. They seem to be working on this.

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait until people are ready to take an offer at a competitor before compensating them appropriately for their good work. Turnover needs to slow to create a tighter community and reinforce collaboration.


Showing 18 of 20 reviews
Reset Filters