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DDB Worldwide Overview

DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc., known internationally as DDB, is a worldwide marketing communications network. It is owned by Omnicom Group Inc, one of the world's largest advertising holding companies.
The staff at DDB Worldwide come from unusually diverse demographic backgrounds. The company is 42.5% female and 44.6% ethnic minorities. Despite its diversity in other areas, DDB Worldwide employees are noticeably lacking in political diversity. It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Democratic Party, at 90.5%. Employees seem to enjoy working in an otherwise diverse workplace that is dominated by members of the Democratic Party. DDB Worldwide has great employee retention with staff members usually staying with the company for 3.3 years. The average employee at DDB Worldwide makes $78,733 per year. In comparison, some of its highest paying competitors, like AKQA, Foote Cone & Belding Worldwide, and TMP Worldwide Advertising and Communications, pay $89,346, $82,620, and $82,579, respectively.
Based in New York, New York, DDB Worldwide is a key player in the media industry with 8,833 employees and an annual revenue of $346.5M.







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The Team At DDB Worldwide

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    Maxwell Dane (founders)

    James Doyle (founders)

    Wendy Clark (ceo)

The Culture At DDB Worldwide

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We seek out people who challenge themselves, have a relentless curiosity, and overcome anything thrown their way. Think you can help shape a new generation of work
Nurtures and protects the integrity of the creative idea and is a true partner to his/her creative team.
We seek out people who challenge themselves, have a relentless curiosity, and overcome anything thrown their way.
Nurtures and protects the integrity of the creative idea; takes the creative to new places by partnering with the creative team.
Great creative instincts and passion for helping develop, fight for and sell award winning creative work.
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DDB Worldwide Reviews

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Hey, I work for DDB too, as a designer! I would love to know how is the agency you work in. Like, the people (cool guys I bet), the office itself (any decoration?) and if you are close to the designer and creatives. I'd like to compare my DDB experience with yours

Ah so far so good. Creatives are smart, accounts people have really driven in me the importance of getting close with the creatives, and the client that I work with is nice but can be overdramatic at times. Which city are you in? I'm at DDB SF. We're DDB Remedy, so we're a smaller subdivision compared to Tribal and Worldwide.
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How do ad agencies see Google? Direct competition or a tool to help your own business?

Google has offered a lot of free marketing options to small businesses (eg: Google Places), but the only real option is either adapt to digital marketing or die. Any good agency offers SEO/SEM as well as Adwords/PPC advertising services as well, so in a way it's allowed modern agencies to expand their offerings for clients who are more digitally oriented and don't have the budget or strategy for high-dollar TV/radio/print/traditional media buys.
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I've worked in Pharma advertising on the agency side for 1 year. Currently working in house in a marketing department for a fortune 200 in various roles as needed, I've been in this role for a little over two years. How would you go about getting back into the agency side of things, preferably in something other then a bottom of the barrel, entry level role.

Leverage your client experience. The fact that you have 2+ years of clientside experience mixed with your 1 year of agency experience is a good combination. Your firsthand experience with client process, business needs, and all their intricacies is a great bonus. Also, what was your agency role and your current in-house role?
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How did you start in the industry?

I was in a business fraternity in college (Delta Sigma Pi) and my pledge bro worked in the media dept of a local healthcare ad agency and referred me into their internship program. Advertising is still old-fashioned in the sense that it's a small world and many people know the same names. Referrals count for a lot and can really help you get your name considered. Reputations are really important.
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Is it like Mad Men?

It's funny because this question always comes up due to the popularity of the show, and it's a good and bad thing. Good because it gives a bit more insight into what we do, but bad because it's an outdated view and it only focuses on the "drama" and fun part of advertising rather than the hard work, frustration, and talent (although I'd have to say whoever writes for Draper is a genius and the campaigns they have on the show are great). I liken comparing modern advertising to Mad Men to comparing modern law to Matlock. Advertising has changed a lot, but a lot has remained the same. We have more consumer insight, more metrics, and more digitized campaigns but at the same time the old creative processes and same struggles with clients to get them onboard with ideas that are out of their comfort zone is timeless. In terms of culture, advertising is much different now. We can wear whatever we on a daily basis (unless client is coming, then it's bus cas or bus prof). In account management, I'm the only guy and I work with all women. The sexism and racism you see in Mad Men was a sign of the times, not the industry. We're probably one of the most diverse and open-minded industries, you see all types here. Some people dress more business like, others come in t-shirt and jeans. As long as the work gets done, it doesn't matter. What I love most about the industry is the team spirit and camaraderie. If you see a great campaign on TV, it's a fine example of all departments working in harmony with each other, no department is really an island on their own. Creative can't get their point across if accounts doesn't process, present, and mold it to client needs. Likewise, creative can't make good stuff if accounts doesn't take client strategy and mold it into something workable and sellable. Advertising is really more of a lifestyle than a career. We drink, we travel, we party, but we also burn the midnight oil if projects are on deadline. It's a very collegiate atmosphere. I can definitely say I never started really drinking until I started working in advertising. The client is always #1, and sometimes that can make for a lot of frustration since sometimes the client is the largest obstacle in developing a refreshing campaign. The sex and office romances you see on Mad Men are more a sign of the 60s, today it's much more professional than that. DDB doesn't forbid office relationships, but we have a set policy where if you marry someone in the agency they can no longer work there and spouses are not allowed to supervise each other. There's very strict client-agency relationship guidelines as well.
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DDB Worldwide Rankings

DDB Worldwide is ranked #55 on the Best Professional Companies to Work For in New York list. Zippia's Best Places to Work lists provide unbiased, data-based evaluations of companies. Rankings are based on government and proprietary data on salaries, company financial health, and employee diversity.

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DDB Worldwide Salaries

How much does DDB Worldwide pay?
The national average salary for a DDB Worldwide employee in the United States is $79,406 per year. Employees in the top 10 percent can make over $149,000 per year, while employees at the bottom 10 percent earn less than $42,000 per year.
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DDB Worldwide Salaries By Job Title

The average employee at DDB Worldwide earns a yearly salary of $79,406 per year, but different jobs can earn drastically different salaries.

Some of the job titles with high salaries at DDB Worldwide are creative director, production artist, managing supervisor, and freelance marketing consultant.

A typical creative director salary at DDB Worldwide is $139,813.

To get a better sense of the salaries at DDB Worldwide, other roles such as receptionist and marketing internship can be considered as well. For comparison, the title receptionist at DDB Worldwide earns $24,933 per year.

DDB Worldwide Careers

On average, employees at DDB Worldwide stay with the company for 3.3 years. Employees most commonly join DDB Worldwide after leaving Ogilvy. When they leave DDB Worldwide, they most frequently get their next job at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Worldwide.

Average Length of Employment

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3.3 years
Ketchum3.0 years
Ogilvy2.5 years
Top Employers Before DDB Worldwide
Ogilvy16.0 %
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Ogilvy7.2 %
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DDB Worldwide Employee Demographics

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DDB Worldwide Employees Education

Of the 8,833 employees at DDB Worldwide, 9.1% attended University of Texas at Austin. Employees at DDB Worldwide most frequently majored in Marketing, and most employees’ highest level of education is a Bachelors.

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DDB Worldwide Competitors

Competitors of DDB Worldwide include AKQA, TMP Worldwide Advertising and Communications, and Foote Cone & Belding Worldwide.

The wages at AKQA average higher than the other similar companies, where the median salary is $88,472 per year.

Employees at TMP Worldwide Advertising and Communications earn an average of $82,450 per year, and the employees at Foote Cone & Belding Worldwide earn an average salary of $80,502 per year.

Frequently Asked Questions about DDB Worldwide

How many Employees does DDB Worldwide have?

DDB Worldwide has 8,833 employees.

How much money does DDB Worldwide make?

DDB Worldwide generates $346.5M in revenue.

What industry is DDB Worldwide in?

DDB Worldwide is in the advertising industry.

What type of company is DDB Worldwide?

DDB Worldwide is a private company.

Who are DDB Worldwide's competitors?

DDB Worldwide competitors include Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy, Ketchum, Grey Global Group, Foote Cone & Belding Worldwide, TMP Worldwide Advertising and Communications, Lopez Negrete Communications, Crispin Porter Bogusky, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Doremus, R&R Partners, Cramer-Krasselt, Entertainment, PLS, GSD&M, Colangelo, AKQA, Creative Group, AGENCY.COM, Direct Marketing Solutions.

Who works at DDB Worldwide?

Maxwell Dane (founders)

James Doyle (founders)

Wendy Clark (ceo)

Where is DDB Worldwide's headquarters?

DDB Worldwide's headquarters is in New York, NY.

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DDB Worldwide may also be known as or be related to DDB WORLDWIDE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC, DDB Worldwide, DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc and DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc.