Arc Worldwide Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Arc Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer, Arc North America William Rosen
William Rosen
17 Ratings

Pros
  • Good vacation time and usually not crazy hours (except lately - which isn't terrible in this economy) (in 4 reviews)

  • Vacation Time and Holidays are great, benefits are good as well (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance challenging to maintain (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor and uncommunicative management with little to no respect for work-life balance (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Executive Producer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, world class client list!

    Cons

    Sometimes we're too big for our own good.


  2. Stay for the Team, not the Pay

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    Former Employee - Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The team I was on was a real family - very respectful of each other, liked each other, hung out outside of work. Very creative people, many with their own creative side pursuits since the work at ARC isn't as creatively fulfilling as they'd wish (retail marketing). Lots of opportunities to apply/win awards. Good clients.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, therefore there is a lot of turnover (maybe 2 per week on my team, which was large). In order to move up, you must be willing to nag your management a bit, and be flexible with pay. Also tend to keep very bad managers around if they are decent at their jobs, even if they have been reported

    Advice to Management

    Reward your people with promotions/raises (or at least make them feel as though they are working toward this at a decent pace) and they may stay longer


  3. Subservient agency

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    Former Employee - Creative Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arc Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice, smart people to work with, good assignments if you fight for them

    Cons

    Arc is not autonomous, it is at the will of Burnett. They will take anything they view as an appealing assignment away from Arc and will force teams and work that are not addressing the brief or solving the clients business problems on stunned clients that wonder what just happened. It's all for awards with no judgement toward results

    Advice to Management

    Empower Arc leadership with a seat at the table, if the agency is truly humankind externally do some introspection and stop allowing the absurdities that take place from Burnett toward Arc, or spin them off.


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  5. WORK HARD PLAY HARD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Inspired work -Great People -Strong management

    Cons

    -HR is slow -movement -some issues with "clicks"


  6. A Disappointing Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arc Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    The office culture was a fun one. The organization was filled with unique and talented personalities.

    Cons

    Superiors were intolerant of ideas that remotely pushed the envelope. Creativity was dismissed and an established order was merely followed.


  7. Creative and Innovative

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arc Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great projects, great support, wonderful talent throughout

    Cons

    Once you're in with a particular client or brand it can be tough to move around - which isn't terrible. Most of the clients are pretty awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Allow creatives to cross over and shadow some of the "other side". If a print art director want to learn more digital - make it happen. If a digital art director wants to learn more broadcast - make it happen.


  8. Arc has lots to offer at any professional level.

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arc Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, good atmosphere, lots of accounts to work on. In most cases a decent work life balance, however it really depends on which account you work on. I know many people who have left Arc and within a year or so, found their way back. The grass may seem greener, but Arc has a lot to offer. Vacation time, holidays and benefits are good. Lots of socialization opportunities. Training is plentiful. There is opportunity to move within the agency to acquire additional skills/experience. It may not be the sexiest work in the world, but Arc drive results and backs it with solid financials.

    Cons

    Arc is still not 100% integrated into Burnett - they still feel like separate companies. Depending on the account you're on - you could end up working 60 - 80 hours a week. Review process is spotty and the agency seems to not know how to shape/develop ACDs and Supervisors to take them to the next level. As a result many GREAT people leave the for other places that will appropriately promote them.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to better integrate Arc into the Burnett family. Work on the review and promotion process to make it more consistent and transparent in terms of promotions.


  9. Creative product not all that creative

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Pros: The agency is large, well funded and therefore many resources and wonderful benefits available to its employees. The atmosphere is fun, social and generally very positive.

    Cons

    The Cons: The creative product at Arc is deeply uncreative, mostly due to the limitations of this branch of the agency, which is almost strictly retail--that is, little to no cross over. Creatives such as myself are limited to one role, one function, over and over and over again at Arc. Upon hiring the agency reassures its employees that account cross over is common but this is not the case for Arc employees. The pay is mediocre at best and promotions come infrequently.

    Advice to Management

    Management is always in a state of chaos and is extremely disconnected from the day-to-day functions of mid level Creatives.


  10. Helpful (2)

    The last gasp of a dying giant

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    Current Employee - Content Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Content Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Beer and Coffee tuition reimbursment

    Cons

    Clients run the show, management can't say no No life/work balance 50+ Hours a week Highly toxic, political office drama Very unprofessional environment

    Advice to Management

    Don't threaten to take away vacation time.


  11. Good company with potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, people, people. Is the work super exciting? No. But is there potential to do more than just shopper work? Absolutely. Arc has a handle on shoppers and clients, in my opinion.

    Cons

    Burnett controls Arc, unfortunately, which is funny - because Arc is keeping the lights on.

    Advice to Management

    Evolve.



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