Commonwealth Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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  1. Transfer Agent

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

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

    Pros

    Small company with great benefits and flexible PTO and hours. Everyone is very friendly and nice. Easy going atmosphere and no micro management. Great learning opportunity!

    Cons

    Needs more cross training for such a small company. Work loads are not evenly distributed and training program needs to be more consist with new hires

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key, more cross training will help the work load distribution. Great work environment and wonderful company to work for!


  2. Company lacking complete organizational leadership

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

    I worked at Commonwealth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Met some great co-workers Company did some fun team-building events and activities

    Cons

    Senior leadership is lacking No organization to account teams


  3. Advertising agency

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Director in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Commonwealth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There is nothing good about working here

    Cons

    Upper management lead from afar which leads to horrible leadership

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying.


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  5. Not what it could be

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

    I worked at Commonwealth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities are available for business

    Cons

    Bosses are lacking any sense of care


  6. Great Opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Commonwealth

    Pros

    You make your own schedule and get out of it what you put into it. If you pursue sales opportunities and love networking with business owners it is a win.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of. It is a great opportunity for extra income and it is hard to come up with a negative.


  7. Need to carve out your own path. Not for the directionless.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Big work. High visibility. Smart people. - There's a lot of camaraderie among the in-house folks, as the client can be a little difficult. - Things are looking up. No matter what has happened in the past, everyone is starting to look forward and concentrate on the future. - It's what you make it. While it feels a little corporate sometimes, your attitude about your work will be the ultimate determining factor in what you get out of the experience. This is a place for the self-starters, the self-motivated. You can do great things if you want to!

    Cons

    - There are some leftover bad attitudes from the merger. They'll drop off eventually, but you can sense it sometimes. To these people, I say, GET. OVER. IT. It will be healthier for you if you do. - More focused on traditional work. Not a ton of interest in digital. This will change! But that's how it is for now. - Senior leadership comes around like a blue moon and talks a big talk. But when they leave, things calm down and the people who run the day-to-day can continue concentrating on the work.

    Advice to Management

    The big meetings might seem like a good idea as a way to raise morale and bring everyone together, but to the employees who already feel voiceless and powerless, it makes senior leadership seem a little out of touch. Trust in your foot soldiers - they are keeping this place afloat and are producing groundbreaking work for the client. Stop changing the name! We're all here for the common good and have a lot of desire to contribute.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Nobody is happy here.

    Current Employee - Grunt Worker in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Grunt Worker in Detroit, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get a new mug every time the company changes names (hence most employees have a set), a handful of good talent left over from the Goodby days, Summer Fridays, the week off between Xmas and New Year's (if you're lucky).

    Cons

    Non-existent leadership across the board. Creative is run by a terrible trio we'll call Larry, Curly and Moe. Larry, when present in the office, micromanages. Curly and Moe ignore all the work that needs to be approved. Deadlines are constantly missed. Morale is non-existent. Creatives are viewed as insubordinate if they express an idea or concept that's beyond Larry, Curly and Moe's narrow scope of vision. Campaigns are developed as part of a deck at the last minute without any thought or insight. Those who are at the top are totally blind to the fact that the office is about to implode. The office space itself is inadequate. It's loud and dark. The few existing conference rooms are always filled. There's no place to take a phone call. People constantly complain of headaches and eye strain. Nobody has any hope for a raise. Computers don't have enough memory. Reviews are promised and never given. When employees quit, leadership doesn't care. They seem to think everybody is replaceable, yet they never replace talent. Instead, they load the extra work on the talent that remains. Process is a joke, people make it up as they go along. The whole place is a joke that's not funny at all.

    Advice to Management

    Hellllllooooooooo? Is there ANYONE there..........?! If you can here me, GET A CLUE. If you don't open your eyes, there's going to be a walk out. Go back and read the culture surveys again. We don't want more food. We don't want more mugs. We want to be valued as professionals and treated with respect. We want leadership that's QUALIFIED -- someone who is willing to read a book on how to manage people. If you don't take action, either we will lose the account or everyone will quit all at once.


  9. Helpful (2)

    No Leadership, Communication or Clear Direction

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people that work at Commonwealth are genuinely good, friendly people that are interested in doing a good job. Work that is produced is quality.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no senior leadership at Commonwealth. Top leadership is rarely, if ever, present in the building, always traveling somewhere in the world. Leadership does not respond to phone calls or emails regardless of urgency or importance of topic. This leads to total frustration because you cannot get an answer on anything which hinders moving forward on projects. Promises are made about improving communications but nothing ever happens. Promotions are virtually non existent and if you are eligible for a raise, it may be 2 or 3%. Once you deduct the 1.25% Detroit tax, you are left with minimal increase.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to promote and empower the few exceptional people that already work at Commonwealth to be visible, lead moral building and give them the ability to provide direction. These people must be properly informed then directed to share and distribute information. Problem today is there are only a hand full of people that know the big picture and those people are inaccessible or share info on a "need to know" basis.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Leadership Crickets

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some great, talented, and experieinced employees who have one foot out the door and the other on a banana peel.

    Cons

    There's absolutely NO Senior Leadership at Commonwealth or with McCann Detroit. Zero. Nil. Nothing. And it's been this way since McCann took over the Chevy account in April 2013.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to hold on to this major account, make it a priority and devise a plan that installs strong communicators at the top of the agency, replacing the deceitful and absent person who is not trusted, not respected, and not knowledgable.


  11. Junior Copywriter

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copywriter in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Copywriter in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good team work. Nice work environment.

    Cons

    Economy crisis can ruin this place.



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