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“MEC Interactive (recently changed) or you can call the former name Media Edge is a great place to start your career ONLY ”
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Career Opportunities
I worked at MEC Analytical SystemsPros
*MEC is one of the most popular Ad Agencies Globally especially domestically in the US as you'll meet great people from all walks of life including Management which is rare in this industry.
*It's a collegial environment which warrants a large appetite for having fun and creating a work life balance.
*Perks is one of the best in my opinion which you'll have anything from free party invites to free breakfast/lunch/dinner also contingent on the account you work on sometimes.
*Very smart & young culture which has a glaring intent to grow young individuals as it seems that they intend to hire people that are typically young and coming out of school.
*Environment is neat which is not the most unique setting but it's young cool look makes it better than most agencies out there.
*Training programs are a must to be promoted which they offer a wide array of opportunities to learn the necessary skills to survive in this ever growing industry.
*In order to work at MEC you HAVE to be self-motivated and willing to make sacrifice as the perks won't come unless your absolutely devoted to the account.
*Middle of all great restaurants in the 50th street area which the agency's favorite spot to eat is Natsumi which you'll hear all the time. :)
*Diversity is unparalleled.
*Team events/Vendor Events such as Beer Pongs etc.
*Large agency that really attracts the top publishers/sales people in the country/worldwide. They'll come to you without any Resistance.Cons
*Although there is an extended list of great reasons to join/stay @ MEC, there are pitfalls that you may succumb to based on the political environment of this agency.
*Reputation can easily be debilitated if you commit errors (no matter how minor or significant) as you're performance is not only evaluated by your team but outside your team as well which is almost scary that your mishaps might be known amongst 20+ employees.
*Promotion is a word not to fond of @ MEC. They will give you all the tools necessary to develop but they tend to hire from outside as opposed to internally but they do sometimes promote within from other account teams (outside your account) which makes it that much harder to progress.
*A good number of people can be snobbish at times or think their better than everyone else although they have a lower or equal title as you.
*Essentially Pay is lower than usual. It's better to have at least 3 strong years of experience before you join MEC as no matter what team your on as often more times than not they'll over work you as if you're garnering 6 figures. FYI: This may or may not happen but prepare yourself for late hours depending on the account as sometimes you may work until past 9 pm. This is sometimes the cause of turnover rates seen at MEC.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Employee evaluations is integral to the progression and improvement to any agency. Please take time to listen to the account teams as ultimately they are the working force/brain of the campaign strategy especially on the execution level.RecommendsNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at MEC Analytical Systems in May 2011.Interview Details
Interviewed with three people - two higher managers and a potential co-worker. Questions were basic, from "Tell me about your background" to "why a career change." The interview process itself was simple but the company is HORRIBLE in communicating as you go along the process.No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
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MEC Analytical Systems provides environmental consulting services, specializing in areas such as aquatic toxicology, data management, marine and aquatic sciences, resource management, and watershed analysis. The company operates from offices in California and Washington state. MEC Analytical Systems is a unit of environmental engineering and consulting firm Weston Solutions, which bought the company in March 2004. MEC Analytical Systems was founded in 1975.