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TBWA\Chiat\Day Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people who will continue to suprise you (in 14 reviews)

  • fun work environment, interesting people, easy job (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • As mentioned in many reviews, work-life balance doesn't exist (in 15 reviews)

  • long hours, not appreciated at lower levels (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "A mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -The CEO is easily the best I've worked for in my 15 years. Approachable, humble, and energized by great creative.
    -There are some truly world class people in the office.
    -The people in all departments are by in large friendly.
    -There's great potential in this place.
    -You feel like one of the family.

    Cons

    -Next to no work is ever produced.
    -The client roster is riddled with clients no other self respecting agency would touch with a 10 foot pole. You think they have potential... until you work on them.
    -Be prepared to work for a year on the same brief.
    -Long hours due to inefficiencies in the process.
    -A mess of politics between departments (comms planners being CDs is public enemy number one)
    -There's something about the place that breeds apathy. Either it's the bad interior design or the cheap office furniture, or just the air con... there's something that feels a little strange here.
    -Some of the people are brilliant, some are terrible... in my POV the louder they talk, the worse they are.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time on artificial things like disruptor talks, and more time on fixing the processes that are dramatically holding the company back.


  2. "Not Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free Coffee (Arabica, I believe)

    Cons

    A big (although getting smaller) New York agency run by people who have no idea how to handle big accounts. the U.S CEO, excluded. The rest are completely miscast. The place is disorganized, cold, and expects people to work 15 hours a day with no recompense. Most people are miserable and most are desperately looking to get out of dodge.

    Advice to Management

    None. You deserve to go down with the ship.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "A creative's opinion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Copywriter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is the satellite office of the much more successful TBWA/Chiat Day LA.

    Cons

    Work is financially driven. Creative is always sacrificed for deadlines. Work/Life balance is sporadic. I can come in for an entire week with nothing to do, and the next week I'll work nearly 80 hours and weekends. I cannot stand the CEO's false sense of pride in our work. There is no culture other than a plate of bagels in the kitchen, and a few beers provided during guest lectures. This place sucks!

    Advice to Management

    Burn it to the ground, and rise from the ashes like a phoenix.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Two worlds."

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

    Pros

    Good energy. Lots of innovation and progressive thinking as it relates to disruption live and insight driven work.

    Cons

    Not enough of the right people to go around. Same 5 people are perpetually called in to everything. It's not fair to the accounts they're helping or to the people being spread so thin.

    Advice to Management

    Let them hire the people they need.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Changed for the Worse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people you work with (for the most part), dogs in the office

    Cons

    Management really doesn't know what they are doing. Day to day, I felt like my manager had no idea what I was working on and didn't see me as useful to the company. We never had status meetings or any sort of communication other than the 2-3 times I spoke with them in person. I felt pretty misguided by those who were supposed to be my supervisors. Also you'll never get a raise here, especially not with all the clients they have lost recently.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what's happening on the lower tiers, not just the master plan of TBWA long-term. At this rate Chiat won't be around much longer.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great people doing great work, day and night"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people doing excellent work; high editorial standards; night crew is the best in the business; overtime pay is a rare perk in this industry.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Middle/upper management takes advantage of overtime pay to overwork people in the trenches. Typical day is 10-12 hours long. No room for growth; no raises or promotions in my dept in the 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge exceptional work of people at the bottom keeping the agency running.


  8. "Meh"

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

    I have been working at TBWA\Chiat\Day full-time

    Pros

    -Lots of great people, many of them young and capable of ushering in fresh ideas
    -Competitive pay

    Cons

    -Sour, uninspired culture in the creative department
    -Whatever it takes to make the client happy

    Advice to Management

    Weed out negative attitudes, push for work that makes people proud to come in the next day, find better ways to collaborate and stimulate creatives


  9. "Fun Advertising Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, youthful energy, always feels like a party going on.

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower side, that's how you make your bones.


  10. "Intern at TBWA"

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

    Pros

    Fun program, other interns were cool to work with, some of the intern supervisors give cool projects.

    Cons

    Not very hands on, some interns get more work than others.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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

    Pros

    Great people and challenging work. Every day is a new adventure.

    Cons

    Lack of training for new hires.



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