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Story Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Pioneers in brand storyteling"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Story Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    The people are bright, talented and great to work with. The work is different and it works. Story attracts great talent.

    Cons

    Story seems quick to move on to the next new thing and could do better to focus on the things it has done to change the way advertising is perceived and executed.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at promoting Story's story


  2. "Politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Story Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There is some amazing talent working for Story.

    Cons

    Good work goes unrecognized. Management is busy playing politics.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Unhappy place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Story Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    A few very smart and innovative people to work with.

    Cons

    Intense and non-productive rivalry between the Seattle and New York offices. Extremely high turnover because of a toxic, back-stabbing work environment. Irresponsible management.


  4. "Journalistically led "ad" agency"

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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 Story Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    - Despite lean departments, everyone here is incredibly smart creative problem solvers!
    - Everyone embraces push back because everyone wants to create work worth talking about
    - Story is a part of a bigger collaborative network of agencies run by very collaborative people
    - Great shop for people to come and use their entrepreneurial skills
    - Amazing work/life balance
    - Amazing people

    Cons

    Story is not yet as strong as it could be in regards to learning and development. Being very entrepreneurial, you need to know why you're making a move to smaller journalistic led agency.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people not afraid of managing up!


  5. "Working Mom/Family Friendly Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Story has recently enhanced their maternity leave policy, providing more paid coverage as well as flexible schedule upon returning to work.

    Cons

    A more stable roaster of clients would benefit the company and employee morale.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "A place in disarray and denial"

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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

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

    Pros

    Used to have a good staff and healthy culture. Great connections were made with friends that will last. Clearly Kirk has convinced some people to post favorable reviews recently.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? The shop grew too quickly and all the department leaders have a lack of experience and vision. No one cares about the work or the employees growth. The CEO is stuck in the past and his newspaper world and doesn't understand the industry he is now in. The CCO was a nightmare with no process.

    The biggest nightmare, a CD they brought in from RGA is toxic. When he is rarely in the office, he is gossiping and spreading rumors or sitting in a corner posting what shirt or shoes he is wearing on Face Book. He annoys everyone there and does no actual work. Stay far away from him.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the toxic people, make a vision and stick with it without trying to be another big agency.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director"

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

    Pros

    Good people and who work hard and take pride in what they do. Fun fast pace environment.

    Cons

    At times understaffed leading to long hours. Expects a lot from there employees in terms of personal time, late night email replies, client calls, shoots etc.

    Advice to Management

    Currently do no have any advice to management. They have continually tried to improve the work flow and systems within the company

  8. "Solid, growing company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Really nimble, growing agency filled with bright minds and a strong desire to create comp

    Cons

    Needs to align itself with technology and to keep trying to be bold. Don't settle!

    Advice to Management

    A larger focus on digital clients.


  9. "Story is what you make it"

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

    I have been working at Story Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As far as the agency world goes, Story is definitely different from bigger agencies. I think that's a good thing. Smaller groups collaborating on work, more ownership, better access to higher-level thinking, more direct relationships with clients. You don't have as many hoops to jump through and can spend most of your time focusing on ideas. It's also the most flexible place I've worked--we're all treated like adults. I also like the variety of work; it's not just about being assigned to one account.

    Cons

    Story is in the process of evolving themselves. Advertising is constantly changing and Story likes to lead and adapt. If you're a person who loves process and needs to know what's around every corner, it's not the place for you. You need to be more entrepreneurial and comfortable with a little chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building culture
    Keep celebrating your people


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Story made my hairline recede"

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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

    Pros

    The location is somewhat nice being in flatiron/chelsea area. The people are younger and beer is often stocked in the fridge.

    Cons

    Overworked and stretched so thin, employees definitely shave years off their lives working here. For the first time ever, I started to see my hairline recede & lost a lot hair due to stress. This place is a sinking ship and it maintains some sort of facade of being an actual agency (a relic of the past) when it's really a boutique digital production house that makes landing page experiences for CPG websites.

    It's sink or swim. I chose to just opt out of this agency completely. Also, they're not worldwide. They have 2 offices in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Up your fees and hire a full staff. Operating as a sweatshop is not working...


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