Layoffs Continue At Tribal DDB


Apparently, there's been a string of layoffs over at Tribal DDB (New York) despite recently winning a Gold Lion for the humorous shaveeverywhere. A tipster tells us, "Last month, they cut a bunch of freelancers and then quietly dumped a few creatives and a project manager. This time the cuts are deeper, including the general manager who's been busy driving the agency into the ground for the past year and a half." Sounds like the last layoff might have been a good one.

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-06   Click to Comment   

Enjoy what you've read? Subscribe to Adrants Daily and receive the daily contents of this site each day along with free whitepapers.



I'd be curious as to which offices got the blunt of the axe(no pun intended)..

Posted by: ted on July 30, 2006 11:08 PM

If you think NYC is bad, you should see the turnover rate of the Dallas shop. Very funny.
They have some ex-military style guy running the creative department and he's pretty much a dick to everyone.

Posted by: Tribal Dallas on July 31, 2006 9:12 AM

If you think NYC is bad, you should see the turnover rate of the Dallas shop. Very funny.
They have some ex-military style guy running the creative department and he's pretty much a dick to everyone.

Posted by: Tribal Dallas on July 31, 2006 9:13 AM

This is all good news. The GM running nyc is an idiot and really did a horrible job. That stuff catches up to you eventually.

Posted by: adguy on July 31, 2006 11:39 AM

talk about a group of people resting on their laurels. tribal hadn't done anything truly interesting in years, yet they tromped around like divas. especially creative. good riddance.

Posted by: per se on July 31, 2006 5:16 PM

Interesting news. I used to work at the Dallas office (I'm among many ex-employees). What-A-Sweatshop. I hear that after Tribal DDB high-ups canned Dallas' former GM, Roberts, things have really gone to hell in a handbasket (and a handbasket that was a stolen idea from someone else's work - ha). I hate seeing anyone without work, but the truly good talent will not have a problem getting a job at an agency that does truly good work. Tribal isn't it.

Posted by: sasquatch on August 1, 2006 5:16 PM

I was one of the unlucky ones. Paul Gunning was letting people go but didnt even know who the people were that he had to lay off. V. bad. Nobody knew how bad the financials were? It doesn't take a braniac to figure out that if you aren't invoicing your clients then your earnings estimates could be a LITTLE off. Kudos to Paul Gunning for telling me that my career at Tribal was over-while he was looking at his shoelaces.

Posted by: ad girl on August 1, 2006 9:16 PM

Apparently receiving the AdWeek Interactive Agency of the Year Award (for the network) and doing a great award-winning viral piece is no match for a lousy management. It's been like Keystone Cops at Tribal New York for the past year. Hope the ex-GM doesn't get the chance to ruin another agency. Perhaps a career change is in order.

Posted by: C.U. on August 2, 2006 11:16 PM

I agree with that there was a need to change management but you start from management and only management and let the new manager decides how he wants to do things you don??t get rid of every important worker and then remember that you need them ?? as its happening in this case.

Posted by: Grumpy Worker :) on August 4, 2006 11:34 AM

Tribal New York was a good place to work until this guy took over. This genius dismantled a pretty good shop -- in record time. Those who go back a few years and still have a job can only wonder who makes these decisions.

Posted by: I.A. on August 18, 2006 3:19 PM

Ah... TribalDDB NYC... you do a few days of good work (despite the idiots running the shop) save a 4.5million dollar retainer... then they refuse to pay you.

No placement agencies will work with them. Fulltimers getting resumes together. New hires not showing up on first day because they heard to stay away for fear of their careers.

I tell you, times are good in the industry in general today and these guys offered an experience that makes ANYTHING going down in 2001 look like a cakewalk.

barry and paul? Better enjoy employment whilst they can.

Posted by: nologoinc on August 30, 2006 6:12 PM

especially Paul. he should lace up those shoes for one last walk round the empty corridors before one last walk out the door.

personal battles over clients and good employees? not an executive make. we have our eyes on this now.

Posted by: huge on August 30, 2006 6:29 PM

i heard that tribal was in pursuit of acquiring or outsourcing to some agency in philadelphia. think it was an agency called refinery or something like that.

for whatever reasons, it didn't make sense considering what tribal has gone through in the past few months.

Posted by: troxel04 on December 22, 2006 10:36 AM

I lest left Tribal for another opportunity but i want to set the record straight. Tribal DDB is and always will be a wonderful place to work. the creatives are put into a position where they have to think for themselves and figure out solutions on their own. that takes work, hard work and the last time i did hard work i sweat a bit... so to call Tribal DDB a sweatshop, you're darn right it is. you work hard, you accept responsibility for your actions and your work and in 1 or 2 short years you can have a book that will get you in any door in the business. i'm proud of the work i've done there and even more proud of the team i was working with. it would be hard to find a place that can teach you so much in so little time. and for the whiners who bash Tribal, i ask you to look at your time spent there... was it spent complaining or getting this done? it was and is a great place to work and develop a book that rocks!!

Posted by: w on October 5, 2008 8:48 PM