1000heads Reviews

Updated 16 Sep 2020

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3.3
45%
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53%
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1000heads CEO Mike Davison (no image)
Mike Davison
3 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible work environment , strong team members in certain teams(in 3 reviews)

  • "Get to work on big clients and a wide range of social projects(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours(in 6 reviews)

  • "Interaction with senior management, very standoff and not open to conversations to solve issues (specifically the MD)(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Social Media Executive in Dubai

    I worked at 1000heads full-time

    Pros

    Great team and work environment

    Cons

    Small team that sometimes gets overwhelmed

  2. "The ex you never should have left"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ideation Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at 1000heads full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If anyone can have an opinion about working at 1000heads. It's me. Account Manager, Innovation Director and Ideation Director. I left 1000heads twice. Depending on where you are in your career. Early days this place is like a Forge for awesomeness. The skills, clients and people you work with will 100% set you up for the future. I join new companies and feel the work I was doing at 1000heads 5 years ago was more innovative than what they're doing now. Mid way through your career I'd say it's what ever you want to make it. Easy to moan about managers and leadership when you're unable to motivate yourself and looking for excuses. Mid career I'd say you have the opportunity to set yourself up to be an incredible leader if you put in the effort. I believe that job titles are almost irrelevant at 1000heads. If you want to move teams or create your own role all you need to do is take the initiative. I guarantee leadership would be willing to listen.

    Cons

    Free beers on a Friday.

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "Don't be tempted, the previous negative reviews are spot on."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at 1000heads full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some talented people working here.

    Cons

    - Long hours - Bad management - Sexism - Bullying - Recycled creative ideas

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Salary"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 1000heads full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work environment , strong team members in certain teams.

    Cons

    Interaction with senior management, very standoff and not open to conversations to solve issues (specifically the MD)

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Cowshed mentality"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Community Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at 1000heads full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free breakfast and Friday drinks.

    Cons

    High school mentality of senior management, long hours, unrealistic SOWs, massive workload, lack of empathy and not open to conversations, just to name a few.

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  6. "Great atmosphere, client roster and benefits"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at 1000heads full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Perfect sized agency - huge range of opportunities for the taking and no big egos or politics to deal with. You can grow as fast as you want in your career here. Great client roster. Flexible work hours and benefits.

    Cons

    Office is in a great location but looking forward to renovations coming up.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at 1000heads full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great PTO and Benefits Room to advance, get promoted quickly

    Cons

    office is cheap on snacks/drinks

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Boutique shop opportunity. Boutique shop probz."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 1000heads full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've worked at bigger agencies in the past, and I have more opportunity here than CCOs did. As a mid-level creative. Pros: - You get the opportunity to work on digital and social creative that directly makes it out onto some of the biggest social media pages and brands in the world. - You can contribute to new business pitches. - Existing accounts and RFPs bring us print, TV, experiential, and social opportunities. - At bigger agencies you're more of a cog in the machine. At this agency you make the machine. - Creative team is talented and hard working. Some people heavy on the talent, some on the hard work. And quite a few people are both. - CD is a top-tier design leader but also gives fantastic copy feedback as well, which is rare for people with design backgrounds. - Accounts people don't get hostile with creatives for no reason. - Accounts people have pride in their brands and 3/3 I've worked with are incredible presenters that instill confidence in the clients. - One of the agency's strong spots is influencer marketing, which sets it apart from other agencies and solidifies its business proposition for future clients as long as influencer marketing will be a thing. - There are tech brand opportunities (helps you build marketable portfolio pieces) - There are fun and quirky brand opportunities (if you're into that sort of thing) - Pay is solid if you demonstrate your value and advocate for it. - Vacation policy is extraordinary. - Benefits are extraordinary. $500 in educational materials for all!! Fitness stipend. Yoga every week. Working at other offices across the world opportunities. Some free food, coffee, blah blah. - As you can tell from the old reviews, the agency was in a difficult spot a few years ago. A group of talented people across experience levels and disciplines fixed it. You get to work with them. - Everything I said about creative opportunities neatly transfers over to the accounts and strategy side of things. If you knock it out of the park, you have the chance to be the sole reason major accounts succeed. Overall, opportunities are everywhere here like no other agency I know of. Your coworkers are driven, talented, and hilarious. And I feel lucky and proud to work here.

    Cons

    This is an anti-advertising agency. For better and and for worse. - About a year ago, I and several others were working ~60 work weeks for about 3 months straight. It's been gradually getting better and better to where now I average around 40. - The processes differ from account to account, some are anarchy some are really buttoned up. - Everything is democratic so it feels like everything is a compromise which takes the bite out of delivered work. - Sometimes task responsibilities won't be designated, and if you're a proactive individual you'll feel pressure from yourself to step in and fix things, even when it's someone else's job. - Creative team doesn't prioritize winning awards, just making good work. If you do want to make award winning work, you'll have to be the one to start those initiatives. - There will likely come a time in your career here where you have to step in and be the one to save a project to no fault of your own. That includes working long hours and a lot of pressure. This is because pretty much everyone has a direct role in the success of each account. - There’s a lack of mentorship across the board and people are responsible for way more than their experience and skill set justifies. This extends beyond the creative team. - You've seen the negative reviews below, but from my experience in the last year and a half 1000heads has fixed the majority of the issues. Also people say leadership steals ideas? What I’ve experienced there is that leadership invites you in to participate in a bunch of projects you wouldn’t be able to at other agencies. I don't think those people understand how ideas work because if an idea gets 'stolen' you still just claim credit for it in your portfolio.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow and have an impact."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 1000heads full-time

    Pros

    Really wonderful people.Fun work environment and lots of great conversation over drinks. Opportunity to get involved in a wide range of areas and experiences. If you’re a go getter you can really carve out your own path here. Very collaborative and everyone can bring ideas to the table. No one is super precious about their creative ideas, process etc. which makes it a great environment for working together to bring the best ideas to life.

    Cons

    Growing pains / defined processes can be an issue at times.

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "1000bads"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at 1000heads full-time

    Pros

    Gd location Free breakfast Free drinks on Friday

    Cons

    It was an all-in-all bad experience. I would echo that of previous reviews that tells a story of an abhorrent vibe and lack of management skills throughout. During my time, the place was on a serious downward spiral and became a terrible place to work. I would advise anyone to get out, as the internal threat of ‘other agencies are worse/just as bad’ is completely untrue and I can guarantee you will find management with more empathy and understanding as to how to motivate a team.

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