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Sudler & Hennessey Reviews

Updated September 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great location and amazing people (in 11 reviews)

  • Ice cream in the summer time, weekly Happy Hours (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management is disconnected (in 8 reviews)

  • Management requires you to work long hours, give more than 100 % but forgets that employees need career growth at the end of the day (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Here’s the thing…"

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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 Sudler & Hennessey full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All agencies have their ups and downs. I think that people are really quick to jump at the negative in these reviews. Sudler has been great to me and has given me opportunities because I have asked for them and worked hard. Nothing has ever been handed to me. The company has a really great network of people, and the addition of H&W, although unsettling to some, has opened that door even more. I have seen more collaboration and engagement across large groups of people in the last 6 months than I ever have before. People need to open their eyes to all the potential opportunities they have in front of them and stop harping in the past. Yes, things can be bad sometimes, yes, you lose business and have to lay people off. None of this has anything to do with individuals. People have to stop taking things so personally and understand that business is business and if you got fired, there was probably a reason for it. In a few more years, everyone will want to work here again, and no one will want to work at FBC. The cycle is cyclical and never ending. Be loyal, work hard, ask for opportunities and you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    Sudler needs better management and mid level talent to help drive a lot of change. They are a little bottom heavy which creates a very young and entitled environment. With some great mid level management and some new, strong creative leadership, I think they can get back on track. I would also encourage more training and development, specifically around career growth and opportunities. I see it in lots of your reviews, and know from experience it is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    The worst place to be when your agency isn’t doing great is management. We know you can only do so much, but don’t be afraid to take risks and change things. What you think may have worked, might not, and it’s OK to admit that and course correct.


  2. "Project Manager"

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

    I have been working at Sudler & Hennessey full-time

    Pros

    - Good mentors
    - Ice cream summer
    - Great location

    Cons

    - very little potential to move up
    - favoritism
    - company doesn't have a sense of community
    - upper management is disconnected
    - high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Get better upper management

  3. "Mid level to lower level employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sudler & Hennessey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Occasionally given independence, usually nice people. Certain roles can have overtime.

    Cons

    While people overall were nice, they were disorganized and some were flat out incompetent. Often were asked sacrifice weekend or nights through simple lack of planning. While working late is a common trend in advertising to get the client work right, disregard or even empathy for the ask being imposed on colleagues was Employees downstream from leadership suffered worst. But when pressed for more top down organization and planning to provide better work life balance, leadership remained more reactive. Company suffered from inefficiencies and no tracks to grow roles. No professional development. No training. No team activities to foster creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Provide professional development to employees. Find better project and client management to prevent employee burnout. Show better appreciation for the asks and efforts of middle to lower employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Account Management"

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

    I worked at Sudler & Hennessey full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues who worked hard

    Cons

    Intense favoritism, majorly overworked top performers

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your priorities and take care of your people


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Work Here!"

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

    I worked at Sudler & Hennessey full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a steady Paycheck.

    Cons

    The leadership is horrible. They don't know how to utilize good talent. I repeatedly seen the good talent get a little experience and move on to a better company. If you are starting out and need experience come here. If you are looking for career growth or for a better opportunity, run for the hills.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Let people fill the positions that actually know how to manage.


  6. "Awful Treatment of Employees"

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    Former Employee - Tech Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tech Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sudler & Hennessey full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None, none, none, and none.

    Cons

    Usual sweatshop conditions typical of advertising companies. They need this in the next hour, etc.

    What is interesting here is that during the time that I was here, they continue looking for ppl to do my job, found someone much cheaper and then fired me. Really classy.

    They claim their street address is on Park Ave but they're not even on Park Ave. Total joke company.

    Advice to Management

    You deserve none because you're trash.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Worst mistake of my career"

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sudler & Hennessey full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location, location, location ! (Union Square)

    Cons

    Sudler used to be considered a top agency and sadly has lost that reputation in the last couple of years. Multiple lost accounts leads to mass layoffs and a stressful work environment . Better shops out there, I would NOT recommend anyone working at Sudler.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

  8. "Good Experience!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sudler & Hennessey full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and good people.

    Cons

    Needs more focus on growth and development.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Worst career experience for me"

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

    I worked at Sudler & Hennessey full-time

    Pros

    Free ice cream in the summer. Benefits package solid. Location.

    Cons

    Where to start? The overall tone & culture of the agency is sadly depressing, and stressful. The people who are successful there are part of the "in crowd", much like a high school. Management does not listen to their people, but instead kowtows to other WPP agencies where there are shared clients.

    Advice to Management

    Get a spine. Listen to your people, people at ALL levels. If you get negative feedback, or are asked for help, don't punish the messenger!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sudler & Hennessey full-time

    Pros

    The people are great, fun work environment.

    Cons

    Process and management can be difficult. Not much room to grow.


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