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GroupM Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.2 55 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

GroupM Global President Dominic Proctor

Dominic Proctor

(8 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very strong on ethical values as well as work life balance(in 4 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about the media industry and get the opportunity to meet great people(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to get away from work, work/life balance needs to be better respected(in 5 reviews)

  • Below average benefits, low salary, absolutely not a work/life balance place(in 3 reviews)

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    good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosthe people are very friendly

    Consso far everything has been good

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    a Start

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis was my first position upon graduating college & of course I was excited about taking on the real world! At the start of working here I learned a lot & fast which was nice, met a bunch of people within the office & also at many of the cool events/happy hours we get invited to.

    ConsThe workload is never-ending.. you know when you work really hard & want to see the fruit of your efforts well that doesn't happen at least not in finance realm of media. Never expected work to be easy but when you're non-stop & you don't even feel like you've made a dent on the amount of work you have on your desk, that's a problem.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit barking at each other all the time & listen to your employees! There's more to life than the incessant nonsense conversations you all have. The shouting & cursing between offices is unprofessional & disturbing to the mellow almost depressing environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic work environment. Profits over people

    Account Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe company does offer a good benefit package

    ConsManagement encourages toxic work environment. Employees are overloaded and no positive feedback. Moral is low due to the fact that the good employees suffer at the expense of low performing ones. Team often has to deal with talked down to and berated by management. Promotions are based on popularity with upper management rather than, actual performance.

    The company has lost a lot of hardworking/good employees due to the toxic work environment creative in the media department. And as much as exiting employees report to HR about the moral and toxic work environment that comes from the top-down of management, there seems to be a lack of interest to fix the problem. Over the past 4 years the media team has lost a large portion of its senior staff due to work dissatisfaction. The younger and less experienced employees are forced to take on more work and pressure from a management team that does not provide guidance or training, but are quick to reprimand and place blame.

    Some opportunities are not presented to clients because it does not meet the departments revenue goals bottom-line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a hard look at exit review information. Good people leave an agency for valid reasons. They want to be loyal and stay. But if Department heads are allowed to created toxic work environments and create fear among their group, the agency, client, and industry suffers.

    Employees will give their best when they are treated with respect, courtesy, and know that they will be rewarded fairly (raises, promotions, department committees assignment, etc).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    terrible

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosa lot of free happy hours

    Conseverything else, really terrible management

    Advice to Senior Managementdo more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, Good Experience, work with some Talented folks...

    Analytics (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsCompany is really great to work for and offers a large amount of benefits with their hiring packages. The company culture is not too different from any other ad agency. Promotions are based on merit.

    ConsWorking Investment Banking hours without the pay. Too political

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the wealth. If you want to retain great talent, compensate them properly and stop abusing their talents.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Major Learning Experience

    Account Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGet to work on large accounts with big budgets, lots of training opportunity. Excellent insurance coverage, plenty of allotted time off, fun atmosphere.

    ConsScope of teams is almost never right. Hard to give big accounts the proper attention when smaller accounts that should be allocated to someone else take up your time. Hard to get away from work, work/life balance needs to be better respected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for more cross discipline opportunities, people often get pigeon holed in their specialty. Also, NY is not the center of the universe, build out your other offices.

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    "Great People to work with"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe buying team had great people to work with and it was a fun environment. They are still using DDS which is an amazing buying program. They are one of the last shops to use it.

    ConsThey never hire buyers. They promote the assistants to keep overhead low. You need to leave in order to make a decent salary but once you do, no way of getting back in. So, have a great environment and buying program but with little salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to take Management courses on what is proper to discuss with the employees and how to handle it professionally and not personally. There is no HR on staff in the office.

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    Average Experience

    Account Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat work/life balance and great work environment

    ConsCompensation is much lower than other companies in the industry

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad internal communications, emphasis on churn vs. impact

    Communications Planning Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsSmall company meant you had a voice, great people, good IT systems

    ConsWeak network globally, lack of direction and training/development. Lacked infrastructure and necessary tools to do the job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on processess, tools and training, not just great people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Eh.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Good work/life balance
    - Reputable company
    - Perks

    Cons- Very political, upper management sometimes lie or play favorites.
    - No room for growth.
    - Your opinion will probably not matter.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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