Tag Worldwide

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Tag Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    The North America business is still undergoing a transition from Williams Lea to Tag Worldwide

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

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There is a great deal of talent in the organization. They are extremely dedicated to provided value to their clients.

    Cons

    Aside from the talented workforce, the organization lacks focus, direction and the infrastructure for sustained growth. Employment is dependent on client account renewals, which few corporate opportunities outside of New York.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the middle market segment, leadership can't just go after Fortune 100/500 clients. Invest in technology for both front and back-office functions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    A Leap Pad...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide

    Pros

    3 weeks of vacation, good dental (since being bought out by Williams Lea), beer on Fridays...thats it.

    Cons

    Working at Tag is like working at MTV, no one is over 35...if they are they are senior managers and they will make your time there a miserable one. Working at Tag for almost three years I have gotten one review and only because i fought for it. The only chance of promotion at Tag is if your manager leaves - even then there is a very good chance you will just take on their responsibilities and not reap the benefits in your pay / title. My advice is to use Tag for what they can give you - a paycheck. Use your time there to look for a new job that will give you a step in the right direction; its bearable enough to stay until you find the right next move in your career - don't just leave because you hate it there and take another position that will be another dead end. Good Luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand employees need a work / life balance or else they will resent the office. Fix CMD!! This is a terrible tool and one I am embarrassed to have to represent. Reward your employees with timely annual reviews - if you forget about them - they will forget about you!

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    There are better places to work in NYC with capable management and steady business.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Tag Worldwide

    Pros

    Good healthcare and vacation days off given the company is UK based.
    Good location in Soho office.

    Cons

    Inept senior level management who have brought many of their cronies with them from past jobs. Seem to hire based on personal friendships rather than the requisite skills and experience needed to do the job. Bar maids are hired as account reps and other inept or just out of school employees with little experience in the creative/development departments. The company doesn't pay well in comparison to other agencies so they get the bottom of the barrel with regard to talent.

    Also not very good at bringing in new business or retaining existing accounts. They lost several large accounts due to their ineptness. Their managing director comes from a sales background and therefore doesn't really understand the industry or its clients business. Just because you have a Harvard degree doesn't mean you know how to run a design and production agency.

    My role was supposed to have a bonus potential and formal review but I never received either although it was stated in my hire letter. The salary is low by industry standards and most people who work there live in the boroughs.

    I interviewed at other agencies who are Tag's clients and their opinion of Tag is consistent with mine in that they don't have their act together and are chaotic and disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management who knows what they are doing and understands the business. Tag has been trying to grow their digital business but their talent has a background in traditional production and are therefore clueless although they present something different when pitching new business.

    Reward and promote those who deserve it rather those who have cronies in high places and little to contribute.

    Their value proposition is flawed in that they tell clients they can produce their campaigns more cheaply across international markets by utilizing the same creative from another market but in reality their developers spend more time trying to figure out what developers did in other offices when it could have been created from scratch more cost effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    No future!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good office location, some decent knowledgeable people, albeit downtrodden.

    Cons

    No perks, no training. Boring work with no chance of promotion or progression as management do not see individuals' skills or experience. Many layers of management, some of which no one has any idea what they do. With more and more work being moved overseas to ill-equipped studios, the future looks bleak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, offer training and a career path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    It's not the same place as it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really nice people and office culture
    Fantastic Xmas party

    Cons

    It's a mess and management don't do anything about it rather than agreeing that it's a mess.....hopeless
    No career path, no promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start noticing your staff before they leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not the Tag we used to know

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Artworker in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Artworker in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a well known company and a good starting point for juniors.
    Apart from that i can't actually think of any.

    Cons

    Some people have to work very hard, whilst some people have it easy street. It used to be set hours with voluntary paid overtime. A lot of people now feel pressured to do overtime for the minimum rate.
    It feels like a different company after being taken over by Williams & Lea in 2012.
    You used to feel like you had a future there and many people would work until retirement. Every year more and more redundancies as they let go of good people and ship work to their 'Overseas Hubs'. I wonder what the future is for employees now but i have lost all confidence and I'm sure moral is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your people, because your losing your best people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Management is a mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employees are great. Shame about the management, the lack of training schemes and general inability to see staff as something more than machines.

    Cons

    Little training, no budget for investing in employees, poor facility, no structural transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something needs to be done. A company is nothing without its people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Get in, get experience, get out. Bought for it's client roster and little else

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience quickly due to the sheer volume of work (albeit it repetitive). Generally young and friendly account teams help to generate a fun and sociable working culture, with a relaxed, unstuffy vibe in the office (although this can vary greatly between accounts).

    Cons

    Tag was bought out by Williams Lea in 2011 and appears to be gradually transforming into to little more than a balance sheet to WL. Costs are being cut in all areas, from the recent trend of attempting to outsource as much production work as possible to India, to shabby and insufficient facilities for staff toilets and kitchens (from experience at the main Clerkenwell office).
    Training seems to be on an ad-hoc basis, with knowledge of process and systems left to be passed around between account team members, with little quality control or chances of refresher or enhancement of skills. IT and HR have again been massively pruned since the Williams Lea takeover and are both laughably inept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your staff. Literally as well as figuratively. Far too many laptop wielding middle-management types cruise the studio floors and stairways without looking anyone else in the eye. Suggestions, feedback and ideas proposed to group account managers and higher levels disappear into a cloud of business-babble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Demotivational and chaotic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global exposure and some really wonderful people, good work life balance in some accounts
    Good location

    Cons

    Organisation, Salary, Nepotism, Support, Career Development, Offices except Poland str
    Factory mentality, no flexibility, demotivated staff-can't blame them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees-not just to reply. Open communication channels with your staff. Don't transcreate their messages to anything. Review your employees annually, make them aware of your goals and ask for their contribution. Give them a sense of belonging as the previous owner did

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    TAG: A stepping stone to better places, you decide...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some great People at your level (whilst they're about!!)
    Casual agency atmosphere.
    The very few people that do know what they are doing here (You know who you are)
    Graduate haven - That could be a con depending on how you look at it.
    Opportunity to develop new skills quickly.
    Looks good on the CV.

    Cons

    Based on what I've observed in my department and to some extent other teams:

    Job titles typically don't match what you're role actually entails.
    Sloppy processes (this is steadily improving)
    Poor Training. (this is improving)
    Inexperienced/trophy managers.
    Way below market rate salary.
    Overworking due to poor foresight/management.
    Politics and Cliques.
    Employee retention - Looks bad when you are attending department leaving do's every 2 weeks.
    Career progression comes to those who are willing to stick around for the long haul 5+ years.

    TAG do not promote internal Job opportunities!! - Management & HR would rather keep you where you are for their own needs rather than the needs of the business or your own.

    TAG is divided into 2 groups:
    Those that work at TAG for a max of 2-3 years, gain skills, experience and move on to where they want to be.
    or
    Those that slog it for the long haul get promoted all the way up the TAG family, get taken care of but ultimately forego any real ability to be able to find new employment down the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Find a new job for a few months, see how other businesses work then come back to TAG. Enlighten yourself because you've been here so long you don't know any better or know how to improve.

    -Offering below market rate it's no wonder people leave so make the effort to value your subordinates hard work and experience and invest in them because in the long term you lose knowledge base and waste time/money training new people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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