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Pros
  • Upper management tries to promote work-life balance (Depends on your boss though) (in 4 reviews)

  • creative people and good place to work (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Somewhat disorganized at times and limited to no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • charge de travail importante, manque de reconnaissance, salaires faibles (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Account Exec"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Playa del Rey, CA

    I worked at TBWA Worldwide (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional, good brands, community, career opportunities, original creative and strategy

    Cons

    Too big of structure, slow, costly processes


  2. "Account Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at TBWA Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work
    Very creative
    Good people

    Cons

    Low morale
    Bad senior leadership
    Not getting great pieces of new business

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate individual achievements less and focus on the accomplishments of the agency as a whole and people will feel more involved in the process.


  3. "Worked as a copywriter in the Los Angeles office."

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Crazy talented people, in a fun environment with great resources, good clients.

    Cons

    Can feel like playing politics is as or more important than doing the best work possible.


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  5. "Still an assistant, minus the overtime pay."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great global network, amazing clients, creative atmosphere, dog in the workplace, young social staff, supportive senior management (not in all cases), great opportunities for growth and advancement, encouraging of continuing education.

    Cons

    Big agency means LOTS of red tape and politics. Promotions and raises (ha!) take about twice as long as they should, the pay is notoriously low, creative directors treat junior account managers like dirt.

    Advice to Management

    Creative dept. is too top heavy. Need more junior and associate creatives.


  6. "Review for Interns"

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    Current Employee - Account Management Intern in Marina del Rey, CA
    Current Employee - Account Management Intern in Marina del Rey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great name and looks great in your resume. You will work with some of the biggest accounts and biggest names in the industry.

    Cons

    Difficult to be recognized. Promotion within the company is slow and very structured based on time spent at the company as opposed to merit.

    Advice to Management

    Performance reviews should be conducted more regularly and promotion should be based on a meritocracy as opposed to the current structure implemented.


  7. "Good place to start, but don't stay"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Art Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have met some of the most creative people here. Depending on what account you work on, you do have the opportunity to do great work.

    Cons

    The only problem is because of politics great work hasn't been produced in a long time. Don't expect to have much a life either.

    Advice to Management

    learn how to manager your clients please. dont sacrifice the creative process and start respecting digital.


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    "TBWA Chiat Day - Disruptor, Disrupt Thyself"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Chiat Day is a legendary agency and that's the best reason to work there- to have it on your resume'. It is also an amazing office space and though that may not sound like much, it makes a difference to your worklife and state of mind. It does have some incredibly bright people working there whom you can learn a lot from - I did.
    And finally, there's the Disruption philosophy which is a radical way to look at brands and really transform them. Lots of other agencies would kill to have such a clear and powerful philosophy at work for them.

    Cons

    It is a creative shop , which is not a bad thing if the creative is always coming up with great work. They don't do it so much anymore- at least not of the level of the heydays of Chiat Day, although that heritage is frequently evoked - so very often we are trying to sell mediocre work as brilliant.
    Career progression is haphazard and dependent on the opinions of a select few top management people - almost no importance is given to what managers think of their direct reports. This creates an atmosphere of unnecessary politicking and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Respect reporting structures and formal evaluation procedures. That doesn't mean being bureaucratic, but giving employees a chance to hear and respond to feedback.
    Use Disruption the way it was meant to be used - as a tool for discovering fresh insights and ideas and visions, rather than what it has become which is a way to sell ideas the agency wants to sell.



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