We're trusted advisors and creative storytellers.
That's right. We are our client's most trusted advisors and creative storytellers for the Conversation Age. Our approach is real-time engagement. We are communications architects and master storytellers. We build and execute market-leading communications strategies and brand narrative unbounded by media or technology channels.
We have personality to spare.
Sure, we're a bit quirky. But, there's an intelligent purpose behind our brand. Let's get acquainted.
We help you find your career dreams.
As we evolved our network in North America in 2013, choices for crafting an exciting career path at MSLGROUP have become broader than ever before. Now is a great time to be at MSLGROUP to pursue your career aspirations. There's a team of people who will work with you to help you reach your dream.
We are content-centric communicators.
We are experts at content-centric communications. We work with clients to organize content-centric communications campaigns at the highest levels. Our campaigns work across channels, media and mediums and function in real-time. This is our real-time news center.
MSLGROUP has a long-tradition of being a collaborative workplace where creativity thrives from the hallways to the conference rooms. Through a combination of exceptional programs to help employees learn and grow, MSLGROUP is committed to creating a culture of inclusion, spirit and courage. The agency provides leadership and mobility opportunities to junior staff, a career path program and comprehensive training for all levels of employees.
We've got the best training program in the industry.
MSL Academy is the corporate university for MSLGROUP in North America, recognized by an industry trade publication as the best in the industry in 2013. It's designed to offer professional development and skills-based training at all levels. The broad curriculum reaches as many employees as possible on a variety of topics such as digital/social/media, PR-based kills, client engagement and communications and presenation skills, to name a few. Training programs are offered through regional webinars and online learning on a networkwide basis. We hold a vareity of workships and courses in local offices and host centralized advanced learning as well. Some of our offerings are by nomination only, while the local office programs, webinars and online learning library afford learning opportunities for all.
We're making strides on diversity.
In the 2014 Corporate Equality Index issued by the Human Rights Campaign, MSLGROUP’s operations in the U.S. scored a perfect 100 points and earned the official distinction of being one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” No other large PR agency was ranked at all, although several holding companies were ranked. According to the Human Rights Campaign, over the past 12 years, the Corporate Equality Index has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families.
MSLGROUP achieved its perfect score by fully meeting all five of the organization’s criteria, including equal employment opportunity policies that cover both sexual orientation and gender identification, employment benefits that include equivalent spousal and partner benefits as well as “soft” benefits at parity, organizational LGBT competency, public commitment and responsible citizenship.
Several other Publicis agencies appeared alongside MSLGROUP on the list of 304 companies in the U.S. with perfect scores, including Digitas, Leo Burnett, Publicis Healthcare Communications, Publicis, Inc., Razorfish, Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia.
We offer flexibility with accountability.
If you are like many of our employees, you have multiple responsiibilities demanding your time. A flexible work arrangement can help you achieve a stronger work/life balance and be mutually beneficial to you and the agency. Your work location and the actual hours worked depend on the needs of our clients and teams and the requirements to get the job done. We offer several arrangements to suit your flexibility needs:
- One work from home day per month
- One work from home day per week
- Summer flex time
- Holiday flex-time
- "Phase back for new moms / "Flex Hours" for new dads
- Reduced work week or flexible hours
Together Work's Better can lead to exciting mobility.
We celebrate collaboration and our best-in-class creative storytellers with an annual global competition. Two winning teams in each region are rewarded with the experience of a lifetime -- a week-long personal development trip to one of the 100+ MSLGROUP offices aroudn the world. To compete, you collaborate with others in teams to sbmit a 2-minute video that articulates an exciting BIG IDEA.
Generation Activation is our Gen Y leadership iniative.
Generation Activation is our internal program intended to empower the next generation of emerging leaders who embody our DNA and personify our boundless and entrepreneurial spirit. The GA Program covers three major programs:
BE:Cause: Offices issue a revers RFP, asking local, non-profit organizations to apply for a grant which is fulfilled by pro bono communications work delivered by the Gen Act team.
Community Connected: Identifies and leads agency volunteerism participation.
Trend Y: Showcases the trend-identifying talents of junior staff members to position them as "on-the-ground" experts in communication.
Our social & digital practice performs at the global level.
MSLGROUP has one of the most global social and digital practices of any large agency with representatives across more than 22 countries. We can boast some of the top talent in the social sphere. In the last year, two executives have been cited as among the 25 most influential advertising executives on Twitter.
We're focused on social and digital innovation.
In 2013, the MSLGROUP social digital practice introduced our IRM IMpact tool.
SXSWi excites us.
Our CEO Olivier Fleurot discussed Millennials in a Featured Session with Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore and Cosmoplitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles. The session trended on Twitter as the panelists shared their views on Millennials within the workplace and discussed how Gen Y is changing the world of business.
Many members of our global Social/Digital team met before SXSW for a Global Digital Summit:
Our Vision, Mission, Purpose and Values Unify Our Network Around the Globe
MSLGROUP was formed in 2009 when Publicis Groupe created a single brand from 17 different public relations and engagement companies. Our new brand was supported by a well-articulated strategic framework that defined the vision, mission, purpose and values we share in common. These have always been important unifying factors for our network. Since then, we’ve made huge progress and have grown as 14 additional companies have joined our global network. Over the course of the last five years our vision and mission have not fundamentally changed, but there are elements that have evolved as our marketplace has changed. Our CEO Olivier Fleurot explains in this brief video:
Our Vision defines who we want to be.
We aim to be our clients’ most trusted advisors and creative storytellers in the conversation economy.
Our Mission is what we want to do and deliver.
We define and deliver engagement strategies and tactics that help companies, brands and organizations reach their goals.
Our Purpose is how we can deliver value to our clients.
We make our Clients’ voice matter.
In the conversation economy, we find new ways to help our clients’ voices be heard. We create content that engages stakeholders and communities. We help make our client’s voices be important, influential and credible. Our purpose is shared by our colleagues around the world, across geographies and across practice and specialty groups in delivering value to our clients.
Our Core Values
We re-articulated our company values into four new expressions that reflect what an employee can expect in terms of purpose, role, development, contribution and reward. These values are relevant, different from our competition and are authentic to our organization.
Of course, the MSLGROUP person is social, vocal and actively engaged with the conversations that shape the world we work in. But, the MSLGROUP person also reflects these four core values:
WE VALUE THE INNOVATORS. Those who can look at a problem in new ways and come up with the solution nobody has considered before. We offer the environment, the space and the inspiration for our people to do great work and think creatively, as valuable advisors. We have strong local expertise and value global cooperation. People at MSLGROUP combine a very deep knowledge of all key markets enhanced by superior knowledge sharing which supports cooperation between markets and career development.
WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR CLIENTS. The people at MSLGROUP deliver the best quality work to each and every client. Working on the most demanding and challenging accounts, delivering world class recommendations is a second nature at MSLGROUP and require the courage to take on the biggest challenges - with the tenacity to see them through. This is why we are trusted advisors to some of the world’s biggest brands and people at MSLGROUP have the opportunity to experience strong and long lasting relationships with our Clients, building trust and loyalty.
WE HAVE STRONG LOCAL EXPERTISE AND VALUE GLOBAL COOPERATION. Our flexible structure and huge scale mean our talented and diverse people can grow and evolve throughout their careers within MSLGROUP. They have the opportunity to work anywhere in the world and develop expertise across a huge range of topics and disciplines. People at MSLGROUP combine a very deep knowledge of all key markets enhanced by superior knowledge sharing which supports cooperation between markets and career development.
EVERYBODY AT MSLGROUP BRINGS SOMETHING UNIQUE: a new professional background, personal stories and points of views. We value each employee’s unique perspective, and encourage our people to make their voices heard. We encourage team work and cooperation. Having people from different cultures and backgrounds working together is also what makes us global and allow our people at ease in many different environments and embrace change. Any discrimination is banned. The MSLGROUP person is social, vocal and actively engaged with the conversations that shape the world we work in.
We're passionate about thought leadership and industry engagement.
We take our thought leadership and industry engagement seriously. This past year, from the World Economic Forum discussion with PRWeek and Arianna Huffington to our participation in Cannes to our global Wired Women study, we’ve demonstrated a strong presence within the industry. We launched The Social Wisdom of Wired Women at the Holmes Global PR Summit with a panel discussion involving Randi Zuckerberg, Stephanie Agresta and Stacy Martinet of Mashable. We also developed an eBook on Native Advertising. In the past year, we hosted Brian Solis in our offices during Social Media Week, Porter Gale and Ekaterina Walter for events, and we achieved the second largest share of voice in our industry at SXSWi.
When it comes to industry engagement, we were proud sponsors of the PRWeek Awards, the SABRE Awards, the PRWeek Conference, the Holmes Global Summit, the Silver Anvils, the Critical Issues Forum, ExL Pharma Content Marketing event, the Cause Marketing Forum, and the PRSA Connect 13 event.
In partnership with the PRSA, we developed the PRSA ethics app under the direction of Mark McClennan, who was also elected to the PRSA's Board of Directors.
And, at the Holmes Global Summit in Miami this fall, our corporate practice was named the best corporate consultancy in the world. This is an enormously important credential, of which we can be very proud.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR THOUGHT LEADERSHIP IN 2013:
MSLGROUP's People's Insights - The Million Hits Series
The Social Wisdom of Wired Women Around the World
Renee Wilson Talks about Learning Agility at Cannes
What Does It Take to Be a Great CMO?
Purpose + People = PurPle
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I have been working at MSLGROUP full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
The people are very collaborative and super fun. I can't think of one person I wouldn't want on my team.
The clients are great. They genuinely value and respect the agency teams.
Lots of new business. Big brand names.
Great new hires in the last year. We finally have good leadership on the digital team. Someone who jumps in and does the work.
Resources as a global firm are ok and we have a strong consumer leader (Also the deputy for the office) who helps us find what we need.
We're moving into new office space!!!
Finally feels like the agency or at least the Chicago office is moving forward.Cons
Workloads seem unbalanced across the middle levels.
Not enough in-house resources. We get what we need but sometimes not fast enough and would be nice to have easier access.
The MD is MIA. He seems half engaged. He's always out. Not sure what he does. It's kind of a joke in the office. He literally does nothing at least from what we can see. And his door is shut when he is in.
Not moving to the new space fast enough.
Training programs need work. When scheduled they're super long. Makes it hard to get work done.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Strong rating because of the possibilities ahead. Something needs to be fixed at the top before it makes others leave.Approves of CEO
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days – interviewed at MSLGROUP.Interview Details
The recruiter reached out to me on Linkedin about an internship position in my area. I was happy to send over a resume. She then invited me to a phone interview. I can't remember the exact questions, but she basically wanted to know about my experience with PR writing. media relations, and digital communications. The interview went well, or so I thought. I followed up with her and she then invited me to take a writing test, but didn't provide clear instructions. I wasn't sure if it was timed or if she was letting me know approx. how much time it would take. I was also confused because it was an editing test of a press release I had already seen online when I originally researched the organization. They purposely put grammar errors throughout the version she sent for me to correct. The other test was to write a pitch about the Jonas Brothers. I completed both tests and sent them over. ...
I never heard from her. I never got a confirmation that she received them, or a reply to my THREE followup emails or anything. It was so unprofessional. Meanwhile, I saw her constantly posting open positions for her organization on Linkedin. I was very disappointed.Interview Questions
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MSLGROUP is Publicis Groupe’s strategic communications and engagement group, advisors in all aspects of communication strategy: from consumer PR to financial communications, from public affairs to reputation management and from crisis communications to experiential marketing and events. With more than 3,500 people across close to 100 offices worldwide, MSLGROUP is also the...
Mission: We define and deliver engagement strategies and tactics that help companies, brands and organizations reach their goals.