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Venables Bell & Partners Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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  1. "Best people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Venables Bell & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing creative
    - Room to grow if you are willing to work for it
    - Nurturing environment/culture
    - Some departments have extremely strong, competent leadership

    Cons

    - Lots of restructuring lately
    - Constantly understaffed
    - Too forgiving of poor performers
    - Female creatives and brand managers have to fight for recognition

    Advice to Management

    - Get rid of poor performers
    - Be more transparent about re-orgs
    - Work on diversity!


  2. "Account manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Venables Bell & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best people in the world, great culture.

    Cons

    Very poor pay for being in SF.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great creative shop, needs to work on its diversity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Venables Bell & Partners full-time

    Pros

    - Great, reputable work
    - Fun culture (Pizza Fridays, Keg Thursdays, etc.)

    Cons

    - Need to step up diversity & inclusion (meeting full of men discussing how to make an empowering ad for women... Scoff)
    - Lack of interest in developing talent

    Advice to Management

    - Step up diversity initiatives (not just because it's the "trendy" thing to do, but because you realize the value of it)
    - Keep up the great work


  4. Helpful (3)

    "TV-centric"

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

    I have been working at Venables Bell & Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great at making TV ads that your mom will recognize.

    Cons

    Only makes TV ads. Realize that VBP doesn't have any social / digital expertise, so if you are into that, this is not your place. Very cliquey / cultish culture, where people of different disciplines beyond traditional have a hard time fitting in and don't last long.

    Advice to Management

    Get in tune and figure out the turnover problem. It isn't helping you keep clients or employees who have to pick up the slack from constant exiting team members.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "A bit of smoke and mirrors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Venables Bell & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location, snacks and food, pizza Fridays!

    Cons

    Small, less than 200 person shop; clique-y. There is an extremely high turnover from the top down which is very telling. Seems every January there is a thinning of the herd and people are let go. Senior creatives are stuck in the 90s - every idea is a :30 TV spot and zero integration. Everyone knows Audi is the big account at the agency, it's what keeps the lights on and gets the most time/attention. For an indy shop, culture is seriously lacking. Very senior management is out of touch with day to day issues across account, PM, creative. Long hours and people are there at all times + weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Creatively we can do more that TV. Make an effort to retain good employees who are leaving, or at least find out why. Communicate when lay-offs happen. Take a hard look at senior creatives who have been here a long time and what they bring to the table. Diversify the creative team to be gender equal. More integrated work = relevancy.


  6. "Great company, fantastic people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the brightest, nicest, quality people I've ever worked with. Interesting work and diverse roster of clients, beautiful office space, some nice perks as compared to other agencies.

    Cons

    Employees across the board are overloaded with too many projects, some departments are more balanced than others. Upper management not always in touch with what's going on in the day to day.


  7. "Good Agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and the people are lovely.

    Cons

    Long hours. It's a grind but it's worth it if you're looking to create a great book.

  8. "beautiful office, friendly people, creative environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice and friendly people, lot of social activities, supportive staff

    Cons

    Can be easy to get sucked into drama and office chatter


  9. "Great place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Venables Bell & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to try new things

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to not get pigeonholed


  10. "creative agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome culture with high integrity. Really growing into its own. The creative work is amazing and super fun to be involved with.

    Cons

    Long hours. Also there is still a bit of a closed door creative policy for some CDs. The rest of us have creativity too and would like to be acknowledged for it. The newer creatives get it though.

    Advice to Management

    Spread the work. Remember that everyone here is creative. And keep the NA policy alive.


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