Advertising is not for the faint of heart, but...
Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – February 6, 2017
Arnold surpasses the typical long hours and demanding nature of the field. Management, from many of the Account Service leads to the CCO, lack positive motivational skills, leadership ability, and basic human empathy. It's proven in the manner in which overtime hours are requested, creative is pressured with demands rather than inspiration, and work is approached with Awards, not clients, in mind - - and the expectation is you'll meet both.
Within the operations team, there is some dysfunction that warrants a closer review by Human Resources, but has been ignored despite many requests for investigation.
Training is non-existent. It's a make it or break it atmosphere and many break, or move on.
If you're junior, creative, and need experience, Arnold is still a reputable and recognizable agency in Boston and beyond and it certainly will boost your resume. The atmosphere is contemporary and has the bells and whistles of free snacks, beer, and coffee.
It's hardly enough, though, for the personal sacrifices you'll need to make to maintain longevity. For the thick skinned, that's for sure.