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Venables Bell & Partners Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "Great company, fantastic people"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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


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    "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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "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. "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.


  7. "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


  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Venables Bell & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Met so many smart, passionate and kind people doing great work. People took pride in what they did and it made all the difference.

    Cons

    They expect you to work very long hours. I'm all for hard work but the salaries for low level employees were unfortunately not enough to keep me around.

    Advice to Management

    Management could be more transparent. HR is only there to reinforce already happy people and not willing to solve larger problems with upper management.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "A special place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Creative is king. The management team are honest, good people doing their best to run a complicated, feisty independent agency.

    Cons

    Work / life balance doesn't exist for most. When you're young, you should be okay with this as it's a top notch shop, a place you can really cut your teeth and make your mark. When you're older, it's tough.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evolve the place. It's growing in the right direction, but staffing needs to catch up.



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