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If you're willing to work, opportunities are ever-present

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Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Starcom USA

Pros

Career advancement is available to those willing to stick with if for the first few years. The opportunities afforded at a relatively young age (ownership of meaningful projects, access to your own and your clients management, culture open to change from anyone) makes this a place where you can build a resume or a career.

Cons

Work life balance continues to be a struggle at nearly all levels, as clients expect us to run ever-more-lean accounts and yet be nimble enough to respond to their every request.

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Don't win a new business pitch by losing a battle with a client's procurement people.

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    If your driven and initiative success you will have a great career

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Pros

    Has great benefits and vacation time. High level of Independence and self direction. Great place for those with drive and initiative to succeed. Good growth opportunity for its top performers and producers especially in management levels. Executive level has a great direction in where they like to take the company, and do a good job communicating this vision. Very diverse work force, fun, enjoyable, flexible atmosphere where you can be yourself.

    Cons

    Overall Compensation for junior and mid level is low. If you don't work in a particular group or at a particular level you sometimes feel your not important. Can be overwhelming because of the volume of work, you can find yourself drowning in your day to day preventing you from gaining a new skill to help you advance.

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    Be more transparent to new talent about what it takes to get promoted by having a better rewarding structure.

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    social environment with great benefits

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    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Starcom USA

    Pros

    The company offers good benefits and is a great place for young professionals looking for a way to meet people and build a social network. Starcom offers a friendly atmosphere. The casual environment is another perk.

    Cons

    The work can get very tedious at times in certain roles. Working on the client side can be demanding with urgencies left and right making it nearly impossible to produce top quality work. Systems are not very advanced causing lots of double work. More often than not a workday is extended due to system overload/dysfunction.

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    HR needs to be more involved in the employee evaluation process. There is tremendous inconsistency in the PMP process, to the point that it is too extensive in some groups and nearly non-existent in others. There also need to be more rating levels for evaluation. I strongly believe that the norm is much too broad in the sense that many employees at the same rating have a work output far superior to others at that same rating. There also needs to be a way to balance the workload across desks of the same level.

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