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  1. Excellent career experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cossette Communication

    Pros

    Great boss
    Great environment
    Great experience for me
    Had amazing potential
    Had amazing talented creative and strategy people

    Cons

    Closed the office
    Not allowed to manage basedon realistic expectations
    Economy had big impact on the end result

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have created a realistic plan for sucess

    Approves of CEO
  2. Solid Company

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Cossette Communication

    Pros

    Part of highly professional network, led by strategic marketing pros. Dedicated to growth and stability. Would work there again if possible.

    Cons

    Top person in direct marketing group highly unstable, irrational person. Alienated entire agency, set horribly negative tone, disrespected employees and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set positive tone and atmosphere by encouraging free thinking, rewarding both effort and result. Establish forum to truly listen to employees.

    Approves of CEO
  3. Casual and fun work atmosphere, decent compensation, decent freedom, little room for advancement.

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    Former Employee - IT Staff & Help Desk Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Staff & Help Desk Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Cossette Communication

    Pros

    Casual & fun atmosphere
    Able to work on projects with your own personal edge
    Staff were encouraging and friendly, inclusive
    Good resources for staff available

    Cons

    Occasional exceptionally extended hours
    Poor communication with Global
    Little room for advancement or career development
    Agency seemed to be struggling for direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agency needed to commit to being a boutique interactive firm in NYC rather than being like regular advertisers as part of the rest of Cossette Global.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Oh Canada. Why so confused down here?

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    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Interactive Producer in New York, NY

    I worked at Cossette Communication

    Pros

    Large enough to compete with the big guys and win good accounts but not so huge that employees disappear under too many layers. Opportunities for growth that may not be available in the enormous agencies. One of these days they've got to figure out how to translate their strong position in Canada to the rest of the world. Many of the companies they're AOR for in Canada have big operations elsewhere in the world. Not a lot of structure in digital, so you can more or less blaze your own trail if you work on that side. Also, many Canadians have funny accents; "when I was in Ot-tow-waaaah."

    Cons

    Dominant in Canada but hasn't been able to spread the juice to the US. Definitely not an A-list player in any market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aggressive when going after new business. There's nothing to lose by making bold pitches and shaking things up since you're a pipsqueak in the US. Canadian interactive people probably shouldn't be be so prevalent in the US.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. Positive experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cossette Communication

    Pros

    Generous vacation time with Christmas to New years off.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a struggle with long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Could be way better

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Cossette Communication full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and the team I worked with was cool, but almost everyone quit in the past months;
    There's free coffee almost everyday, when they don't do meetings in the bistro, penalizing all employees;

    Cons

    Bad decisions from the higher-ups
    Outdated computer for developers
    Lack of transparency
    Budget spent in the wrong
    There's no real career opportunities
    There's no actions done after many complaints in many aspect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of what is happening on the different floors. There's no retention of skilled workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    Time to go

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Cossette Communication full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome parties, lots of booze to drink away the sorrows this place brings on

    Cons

    - WAY below industry pay
    - No raises, no bonuses
    - No chance for promtion (they bring in other people rather than promote from within)
    - Work/Life balance is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees a liveable wage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. A once great company looking to find its way again

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cossette Communication

    Pros

    Remaining a float with solid long term clients. Cossette is trying a variety of measures to take advantage of changes in the communications field.

    Cons

    Going through a disjointed phase. There is still a dispute between the traditionals and the new media. The amount of interaction is limited. This is mainly due to the nature of the Clients.

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Great agency name on resume... not much else

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Cossette Communication full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Office is nice
    - Great name to have on your resume
    - Good foot in the door to the industy

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - No motivation
    - LOW LOW LOW pay
    - No work/life balance
    - Cliquey

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the people you hire. Paying a new talent below industry average and milking them for their talent is not the way to go. Also, don't look for people who fit the mold, look for the people who bring something exciting and new to the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Kick start your career and then get the hell out!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cossette Communication full-time

    Pros

    some people. ok office culture.

    Cons

    long hours. disjointed management. bad communication all around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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