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Updated September 23, 2017
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  1. "Smart group that wants to create the remarkable"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Team One full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company has a strong group of thinkers that are true to their motto.

    Cons

    It can sometimes feel like their a little too process-focused, where project management exerts too much influence.


  2. "Where beige goes to die cannot be said often enough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Team One full-time

    Pros

    Work/Life balance heavily tips in favor not spending all hours in office

    Cons

    Its easy to go home early when there's no culture, camaraderie, or exciting enough projects to make you stay.

  3. "country club"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Team One full-time

    Pros

    country club agency, great lifestyle, middling creative shots but friendly people all around.

    Cons

    not gonna do great work here, but lexus money baby


  4. "Media Planner"

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    Former Employee - Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Team One full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great name to have on your resume. They have a neat speaker series. There is a wide selection of coffee machines.

    Cons

    This was the worst agency I've worked for by far. They do not have a system to train or mentor their entry level employees. Raises and promotions take 2-3 years if you're lucky but they are pretty much nonexistent otherwise. Senior management is snooty and reek of politics. This place is more like "Team Everyone for Themselves."

    The only account holding them afloat is Lexus so if they were to lose that, everyone is doomed. They try to onboard new clients but can barely hold on to them for more than a year, yes I'm talking about Dacor, PIMCO, and Indian.

    Pretty cool office space to distract you from the miserable long hours you will be spending because they will work you to the ground and burn you out.

    If you want a promotion, just take your title and apply down the street to Deutsche, OMD, Ogilvy, Mindshare, or any other large corporates available down Jefferson because you're not getting it here.

    They were a 4.2 star company when I applied, but now their ratings have checked down to 3 stars. The turnover rate is crazy here because everyone is unhappy and tortured.

    Advice to Management

    Build a team and focus on promoting from within instead of replacing people with freelancers. Upper Management does not do anything and lets the work trickle down on others. But when clients are unhappy they are quick to blame everyone else even when they barely contributed. Everyone is so corrupt around here it's silly.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Vying for an obsolete career / skill set in a year? This is the place for you."

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    • 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 Team One full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Solid benefits for a vanilla life - great work life 9-to-6 balance for those who are mid to senior level in their career and want to see their kids actually grow up. Summer days off. The company offers inspiring speakers, parties and events throughout the beautiful spacious office. Dogs are your co-workers. Enough candy, free food and snacks to sustain any millennial on a budget. Nearby gym, good standard medical coverage, FSA and 401k.

    Cons

    Nothing new under the advertising sun - if you want to try really hard to devolve into career mediocrity, this is the place to be. Outdated production/delivery practices coupled with people who've never grown from advertising in the 90s live at this office, and any innovation is hard to come by against the "process, process, process" that's in place and their main conservative automotive client.

    Office politics can be backstabbing, recognitions are with the in-crowd at best, and frustrations mount over delivery issues that can be solved with this nice little tool called JIRA, which most people tragically find 'new'. There are some rock stars in the crowd (around~5) who innovate and try to push the envelope, mostly in tech and UX. Alas, 90% of the time that fails, and most people devolve into pushing the cart along the rails.

    Having moved on to the client side, it's sad to see an agency - which is supposed to be the source of creativity and innovation, carry out such outdated practices, and be so out of touch with reality that they give their client everything but what they actually asked for. Team One needs to poke its head out and get outside of itself to witness the world is evolving a lot faster than they can keep up. But who cares when you're comfortable. Unfortunately, they are too distracted by their summer parties and keeping the veneer of "awesomeness" on the store front to bright-eyed millennials. When the idea of free food in the kitchen gets old, it's time to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and welcome the ideas in new hires; get in touch with innovative business practices and make them mandatory or else see yourself totally outdated.


  6. "Team One"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Team One full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance and people here are the best.

    Cons

    They don't pay competitively and the work is not very cutting-edge.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Team One full-time

    Pros

    Very welcoming, fun, light hearted agency
    GREAT PEOPLE
    Solution focused attitude
    Great open modern office aesthetic

    Cons

    Management/leadership keeps long term plans quiet until last minute
    Hard to tell where you stand within the company

    Advice to Management

    Be clear, open and honest with your employees at ALL levels. There seems to be a major barrier between the lower level positions and higher level positions. Fix this an turn over would be reduced greatly

  8. Helpful (4)

    "You can do it your own way If it’s done just how they say"

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    Former Employee - Group Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Group Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Team One full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great PTO, Nice office, Dog friendly, good benefits, In the heart of Silicon Beach. Close to the beach, beer and cake on Fridays. Departmental free lunches from time to time and agency lunches as well. Good work life balance. Nice 401K and medical package.

    Cons

    This place is an absolute mess! Management is psychotic and backstabbing. You have to do things their way even if it is WRONG and BEYOND stupid. You'll probably only work with Lexus, who absolutely hates Team One and often says it. The biggest Anti Team One -ism from the Lexus client is "Team One always over promises and under delivers." True statement. The work is absolutely terrible and they can't even win any new business. Team One couldn't sell cleaning supplies to a maid. It's a very controlled environment. You are not allowed to be creative or float any creative ideas. The atmosphere at Team One reminds me of the Metallica Song "Eye of the Beholder". here are the lyrics to said song:

    Do you see what I see?
    Truth is an offence
    Your silence for your confidence

    Do you hear what I hear?
    Doors are slamming shut
    Limit your imagination, keep you where they must

    Do you feel what I feel?
    Bittering distress
    Who decides what you express?

    Do you take what I take?
    Endurance is the word
    Moving back instead of forward seems to me absurd

    Doesn’t matter what you see
    Or into it what you read
    You can do it your own way
    If it’s done just how I say

    Independence limited
    Freedom of choice
    Choice is made for you, my friend
    Freedom of speech
    Speech is words that they will bend
    Freedom with their exception

    Do you fear what I fear?
    Living properly
    Truths to you are lies to me

    Do you choose what I choose?
    More alternatives
    Energy derives from both the plus and negative

    Do you need what I need?
    Boundaries overthrown
    Look inside, to each his own

    Do you trust what I trust?
    Me, myself and I
    Penetrate the smoke screen, I see through the selfish lie

    Doesn’t matter what you see
    Or into it what you read
    You can do it your own way
    If it’s done just how I say

    Independence limited
    Freedom of choice
    Choice is made for you, my friend
    Freedom of speech
    Speech is words that they will bend
    Freedom with their exception

    Do you know what I know?
    Your money and your wealth
    Your silence just to hear yourself

    Do you want what I want?
    Desire not a thing
    I hunger after independence, lengthen freedom’s ring

    Doesn’t matter what you see
    Or into it what you read
    You can do it your own way
    If it’s done just how I say

    Independence limited
    Freedom of choice
    Choice is made for you, my friend
    Freedom of speech
    Speech is words that they will bend
    Freedom no longer frees you
    Doesn’t matter what you see
    Or into it what you read
    You can do it your own way
    If it’s done just how I say

    Advice to Management

    None. You guys will eventually implode under the weight of your own stupidity. Lexus deserves better than the clown car style agency you all are running.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly relaxed environment/hours. Nice office. Plenty of freedom to do your job, not too much micro-management going on.

    Cons

    There does not seem to be much engagement or involvement from upper management, which leads to lack of team building and comradery across departments. It's like Lord of the Flies in some of these meetings. Also, you've got some departments now which are comprised of mostly freelance employees who are making major decisions and changes without any involvement from their managers.

    Communication is weak and infrequent from upper management which leads to a lot of confusion/speculation etc. Raises/promotions are few and far between. In my almost 2 years at Team One I think I can count on one hand how many people were promoted. It's run like a Socialist society where everyone gets the same, no matter how good or bad your performance is, you get what you get. This leads to mediocrity & apathy which pretty much sums up the agency in a nutshell.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some actual Leaders. People who lead by example, can mentor/coach, and help support their teams.


  10. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Team One full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great benefits, GREAT culture. They want you to succeed. Many opportunities to learn about the industry and grow.

    Cons

    Promotions and raises are very standardized- can be hard to come by. Pay is average in my opinion. Politics definitely plays a factor.

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring about the culture -it's very motivating to employees.


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