Starcom USA Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    I worked at the company as a Media Associate.

    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Management team, great perks, fun environment. Company invests time in training a associates. Great first job in the media world.

    Cons

    Low entry pay, long work hours. Sometimes, it's very demanding and competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a better strategy for promotions from entry to mid-level roles.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Was a good company a couple years ago but now losing steam.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Your peers, amount of holiday and PTO is also a bonus.

    Cons

    Short-sighted, don't value good talent, and the people at the top are looking out for themselves/each other.

  3. Helpful (1)

    A great place to start.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great amount of time off.
    - Good people.
    - Great office location.
    - Great perks.
    - Good training programs
    Overall good place to work right out of college.

    Cons

    -Pay
    -Compensation for employee hard work and dedication
    - Not all teams are treated equally.
    - Some managers are harder to work with than others
    - Not all entry level associates are given same opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to those on the bottom. The one doing the day to day leg work seem to get the least attention.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to take part in impactful media projects.

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Starcom USA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work ethic and culture, interesting campaigns and projects being worked on and developed, smart and experienced individuals that work there.

    Cons

    Felt a bit too corporate for what I was looking for, wasn't able to always see the bigger picture behind all the work, limited training after the first few weeks on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Support greater involvement and training for employees and allow for more development of skills outside of the day to day tasks.

  6. Great for Experience, but Stringent in Practice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Experience You Receive, Very Smart Colleagues, and Amount of Days Off

    Cons

    Cheap pay for amount of work, promotion process is slow, and work/life balance on certain teams could be better

    Advice to Management

    Make the promotion process more flexible and work towards better work life balance if on a difficult account through setting expectations of client

  7. Great launching pad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun culture and coworkers, great perks, well known clients

    Cons

    Always in flux, teams vary in terms of work-life balance, often feel out of control of your own career path, poor compensation

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you stand for

  8. Good place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Starcom's strongest asset is its people. Everyone here is a great worker and willing to help you out and listen.

    Cons

    If you are not working with the right people, being promoted can be very difficult. Company makes it very difficult to negotiate your salary.

    Advice to Management

    Reward individuals more for the hard work they do.

  9. Its all about your account and team - its a mixed bags of nuts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategy Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some really cool accounts and opportunities to move and grow

    Cons

    It all comes down to the team you are on and who you are paired with. Some account are horrible and others are cake. Turnover like any agency is high but only on the shitty accounts. A lot of it comes down to the senior management. Great leaders have efficient teams.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more and brainstorm various ways to empower them.

  10. Good entry level job into the media industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, 23 paid days off a year, gym located across the street, Special K snacks and Coke products available in kitchen, happy hours with vendors, beer Thursday and Friday = great work culture

    Cons

    Slow growth within company, can work some pretty long hours, management and supervisors play favorites and often choose to be "friends" with their associates- which makes for some sticky situations under pressure and deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the supervisors aren't dumping all of the work on their associates. Often times the supervisors leave at 5pm and the associates are left with hours of work that must be completed by the morning

  11. Great training, management needs to improve

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great training at all levels
    - Great vacation package
    - Great health benefits
    - Free Kelloggs and Coke products
    - Free beer
    -Working with really smart people on global clients

    Cons

    - Management can be improved (micromanaging is common)
    - Long work hours
    - Hard to have life/work balance
    - Passive aggressive feedback given

    Advice to Management

    The whole philosophy that you have to "pay your dues" as an entry-level employee by working long hours is hard to accept as an employee. Management should respect the fact that people have lives outside of work and that endorsing life/work balance actually makes employees more effective and productive every day.

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