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Positive experience for eight year stint

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Current Employee - Account Director  in  Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Strong leadership, Quality Work, Great culture

Cons

Heavy workload, but expected in the industry

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Consider work/life balance a bigger priority

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Embarrassing Work 24/7

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    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Arc Worldwide as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    There's some nice creative people and free beverages

    Cons

    Hours of meetings every day to discuss the next meeting and meetings about meetings-and oh yeah loooong 'brainstorms' with 'ideas' that end up in over-produced 'white pages'. End result of 12 hour days and weekends? "Enter to Win the Coke Holiday Give-a-way.
    I'm not bitter, since I've only freelanced there, but I don't know why anyone would pick this place for a long career. There's not much I'd be proud to show in my portfolio, but if you like making hackneyed work really complicated, this is your place!
    As far as day rates go-they are shameless. THEY MAKE YOU SIGN A CONTRACT EVERY WEEK TO WORK 7 DAYS, but you only get paid for 5.
    The contract says 'Monday-Sunday', which means if you get paid 500.00 a day and you work 14 hour days and have to come in on the occasional weekend, you'd be better off waiting tables.
    The company is rife with talented people who should get the hell out of there. Once you work there, forget a portfolio that gets you noticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making everything so complicated and loosen up. Manage your clients. Don't be mad that people have personal lives and doctor appts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A good place to start a career in digital, but limited opportunities for career development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Arc Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Clients have big budgets that sometimes open the door to very ambitious digital executions.
    The culture is very permissive and they throw good parties.
    Project staffing focuses on bringing many disciplines together in collaboration.
    Affiliation with Leo Burnett brings some very creative marketing to many projects.
    Starting salaries are average to high.

    Cons

    Ambitious digital projects become unwieldy given the large teams and waterfall approach.
    Tons of work-a-holics set the standard for a 60 hour work week, which is common.
    Projects become top-heavy, with many managers and not enough production people.
    Internal communication was poor, with no barometer for future business..
    Wage increases and promotions are minimal, leaving you locked into a position.
    Digital projects are sometimes hampered by folks that are transitioning from traditional advertising

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more effectively and more often. Top level people are inaccessible.
    Look for ways to promote from within.
    Not all employees aspire to be a manager, reward advancements in craft proficiency.
    Provide clear and realistic expectations for advancement.
    Recognize when a difficult account is killing morale and do something about it.
    Everyone assigned to a particular account should sit together, or at least be on the same floor.
    Hire people who really understand digital

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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