Interbrand Employee Reviews about "smart people"

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  • "Great people and level of skillset is very high(in 20 reviews)

  • "Some nice, smart people work here(in 20 reviews)

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  • "Noticed a great deal of frustration among peers in regards to visibility of work, long hours, etc(in 24 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance poor for those in demand(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Sink or swim...treading water seems to be the norm.

      Jun 18, 2014 -  
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      Pros

      Smart people, decent clients, autonomy though at the expense of the expectation to just "figure it out" and "fake it till you make it"...surely Interbrand owes it's clients more than that?!

      Cons

      No leadership, crazy hours, no recognition for hard work (I.e. No promotions or bonus), low morale (due to poor senior leadership - I.e former MD), substandard office space, high turnover.

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Where ambition goes to die

      Dec 11, 2020 - Consultant 
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      Pros

      (Still) known as one of the most well respected brand consultancies in the world. Some nice, smart people work here. Your peers are probably the only good thing about this place. If you just want to coast and need a paycheck, this place is for you.

      Cons

      A really well respected legacy and reputation in the hands of incompetent leadership. Breeding a culture of mediocrity and producing outdated services. Clueless csuite leadership that lack leadership skills, vision and a unique point of view to maintain the sterling reputation of Interbrand. IB is operating in their own world telling themselves what they want to hear and have little understanding of the realities of how the industry has moved forward. They tout 'iconic moves' and 'staying ahead of customer expectations' as the generic solution for everything, which is pretty cliche, but more importantly they have no clue how to deliver on it and how to evolve their services in a meaningful way for clients. Mix of talented smart people that don't stay long or newly recruited + long-time employees that coast. Low morale and deafening quiet in office. Colleagues appear uninspired, maybe even defeated. Largely white males in charge with women executing the work. The work is equally uninspired and outdated.

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Initially, it was great. Lately, it has become a sweatshop.

      Aug 25, 2011 - Senior Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Free breakfast, some nice and smart people, several years ago, felt like a laid-back, fun environment.

      Cons

      As Interbrand has grown, it has become more corporate -- while professionalism is good, a very corporate, dog-eat-dog culture, lacking a life/work balance is not. Global management often treats people without respect, taking credit for others hard work. They are also prone to taking long sabbaticals, which makes it frustrating and demoralizing for lower, mid, and senior level employees who can't even get their basic time off. There's too much work and not enough people. The company is cheap and can't seem to hire people quickly enough to meet the demands of clients and the workplace. The company needs to better align vacation time, life/work balance, etc.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      The worst place I've ever worked

      Oct 21, 2015 - Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Big brands, very smart people, good salaries. If you're good at playing the corporate game, this is the place for you. Interbrand rewards people who run their mouths. You don't have to do much, you just have to be an arrogant yes man.

      Cons

      No sense of teamwork or accountability whatsoever. This is the worst place I've worked in my 10+ year career. Hard work doesn't get acknowledged or recognized. It's all about how you talk (about yourself) and how well you can pretend you're SO busy that you trick resource management into giving you people to do the work for you. Most people are political and title-centric, so you have to know how to throw your title around. Everyone is only interested in their own agenda to the point where if someone is acting nice, I automatically wonder what I've done to deem myself useful to them.

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      17 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Account Director

      Feb 13, 2014 - Account Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      The positives are the smart people and the high profile brands that Interbrand draws. Management tries to make it a fun place to work but everyone just wants to be paid what they are worth.

      Cons

      Very long hours, non-existent or very low pay raises and bonuses. Company says all the right things about employee engagement and development but it is only lip service. The pressure to constantly bill your hours makes it impossible to take time out for learning and development as you are already working 60 to 70 hour weeks.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      great place to build big brands

      Jun 7, 2009 -  in London, England, England
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      Pros

      smart people, great environment. lots of opportunity to grow and learn. interesting and creative work that challenges the best minds

      Cons

      can be pretty stressful and lots of masters to serve. big clients can be demanding but tthe prize is worth the effort as Interbrand has real market impact

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Associate Consultant

      Jun 8, 2015 - Associate Consultant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - Work with very smart people - Can basically insert yourself in any work you're interested in if you speak up and advocate for yourself - Gain a good understanding of both the creative agency, and business/consulting worlds

      Cons

      - Performance reviews are not linked to promotions or raises - Promoted only if you have a senior advocate on your side - Must be a hand raiser, or will go unnoticed

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      A good spring-board to a better job

      Oct 29, 2015 - Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Some really nice, smart people. You'll definitely learn a lot during your time here, and you'll have access to very big, corporate brands, which will be good for your resume. Great location close to Union Square. Decent benefits - you get the week between Christmas and New Years off. There's a global network with office in different cities, so sometimes you can do an exchange. A few gems in the senior leadership are really nice, smart, and mean well, so if you're lucky enough to work with them, you'll learn a lot. Most people move on from here to really cool jobs, so that's a bonus!

      Cons

      You'll work lawyers' hours without the pay to justify it, so....get ready for that. VERY Type A environment. Self-promoters, those who want to work themselves to death, and cut-throat personalities are rewarded here. If your style is shy, reserved, or generally laid back, and you expect to leave at a normal time every night, this probably isn't the environment for you. The few gems in senior leadership that are smart, kind and thoughtful are usually cut off at the knees by petty, mean-girl gossips. EVERYTHING IS A CRISIS. It's not the worst place I've ever worked, but definitely not the best. It's really telling when you look at the level of turnover happening under the Director level - smart people are seeing the writing on the wall and jumping ship, as noted in all of these other reviews. Promotions are ad hoc and not transparent. Your experience here will totally depend on who your manager is, and how much sway they have at navigating all the internal politics (because there's A LOT).

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      11 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      The blind leading the astonishingly visually acute

      Jul 26, 2018 - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Some of the smartest, kindest people I've ever worked with work here. If you find your way into the right niche, you'll have the opportunity to learn from these incredibly smart people, and really push your craft, whatever that craft might be. The work-life balance is pretty OK if you realize that nobody cares about doing stellar work and the ones who do care can't tell stellar work from a big pile of junk, so you only have to put in enough effort to be OK. The sodas in the soda machine are only 25 cents. That's a great deal!

      Cons

      Where to start? Senior management doesn't really understand what the company does, or why it's been failing financially for years, or what success for the company would look like. Our former global CEO was stupid, and he was afraid of people who were smarter then him, so 90% of senior leadership was populated with people even stupider than he was. We got a new global CEO, and while he cleaned house a little bit, he also learned about the business from these idiots, so he still doesn't really get what we even do, much less how to fix the many, many problems we still have. The only profitable subdivision in New York is attaining that profitability by burning its people out and running them into the ground, and outsourcing to freelancers for accounting magic purposes to hide the fact that, in the end, they're not ACTUALLY profitable afterall. Our infrastructure is either nonexistent or from like the 90s, we can hardly tell if we're making money or not, much less how we're doing it. We've never got 401k matching, as far as I can tell, in the 20teens, even once. We want to focus on winning awards even though about 80% of what we do, there's no award shows for.

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      15 people found this review helpful

      Interbrand Response

      Senior Director, Talent/North America

      Thank you for your comments. It’s undeniable that over the last few years Interbrand has had a bumpy time. This year, the Executive Leadership Team has spent dedicated time listening to staff and clients to fully understand some of our past missteps and have started to put a plan in place to become more client-focused, agile and innovative. Management has recognized that culture and talent are one of our highest priorities and moving forward, “People” are one of the three KPI’s that global and office leads will be measured on – with benchmarks including improving our employee retention; co-creating new Interbrand behaviors; and raising the bar on Interbrand’s Academy, our global center of excellence for business intelligence, education and professionalism in branding. We’ve also created a global People Taskforce to develop and launch guidelines for best in class on-boarding. Please hang in there and put your suggestions forward to leaders who are trying to drive this change.

    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A safe bet, in a world that's no longer happy with safe bets

      Mar 27, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Smart people who can really make the difference between boring work and interesting learning opportunities. Access to some of the biggest brands on the planet Lots of resources to draw from A brilliant marketing tool in Best Global Brands

      Cons

      Leadership that doesn't lead Inept management that doesn't focus on teaching Cronyism is rampant. Lack of diversity in every sense (gender, race, but most importantly, point of view) leads to overwhelming sense of group think Culture that puts revenue goals ahead of ethics or work quality

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