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  1. Helpful (2)

    MEC Interactive (recently changed) or you can call the former name Media Edge is a great place to start your career ONLY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *MEC is one of the most popular Ad Agencies Globally especially domestically in the US as you'll meet great people from all walks of life including Management which is rare in this industry. *It's a collegial environment which warrants a large appetite for having fun and creating a work life balance. *Perks is one of the best in my opinion which you'll have anything from free party invites to free breakfast/lunch/dinner also contingent on the account you work on sometimes. *Very smart & young culture which has a glaring intent to grow young individuals as it seems that they intend to hire people that are typically young and coming out of school. *Environment is neat which is not the most unique setting but it's young cool look makes it better than most agencies out there. *Training programs are a must to be promoted which they offer a wide array of opportunities to learn the necessary skills to survive in this ever growing industry. *In order to work at MEC you HAVE to be self-motivated and willing to make sacrifice as the perks won't come unless your absolutely devoted to the account. *Middle of all great restaurants in the 50th street area which the agency's favorite spot to eat is Natsumi which you'll hear all the time. :) *Diversity is unparalleled. *Team events/Vendor Events such as Beer Pongs etc. *Large agency that really attracts the top publishers/sales people in the country/worldwide. They'll come to you without any Resistance.

    Cons

    *Although there is an extended list of great reasons to join/stay @ MEC, there are pitfalls that you may succumb to based on the political environment of this agency. *Reputation can easily be debilitated if you commit errors (no matter how minor or significant) as you're performance is not only evaluated by your team but outside your team as well which is almost scary that your mishaps might be known amongst 20+ employees. *Promotion is a word not to fond of @ MEC. They will give you all the tools necessary to develop but they tend to hire from outside as opposed to internally but they do sometimes promote within from other account teams (outside your account) which makes it that much harder to progress. *A good number of people can be snobbish at times or think their better than everyone else although they have a lower or equal title as you. *Essentially Pay is lower than usual. It's better to have at least 3 strong years of experience before you join MEC as no matter what team your on as often more times than not they'll over work you as if you're garnering 6 figures. FYI: This may or may not happen but prepare yourself for late hours depending on the account as sometimes you may work until past 9 pm. This is sometimes the cause of turnover rates seen at MEC.

    Advice to Management

    Employee evaluations is integral to the progression and improvement to any agency. Please take time to listen to the account teams as ultimately they are the working force/brain of the campaign strategy especially on the execution level.


  2. Dysfunctional, but well meaning.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ehh in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Ehh in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MEC Analytical Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great and their is a collegiate atmosphere at all levels I have to say the office politics here aren't bad at all it is much worse at other places If you take initiative, you really can do some cool stuff here and there Blue chip clients It wasn't that challenging

    Cons

    Bush league Losing those blue chip clients I have met some great people there, but I also met some embarrassingly awful people too. Stop hiring people who can barely do their job. They make everyone look bad. It wasn't that challenging

    Advice to Management

    Hire better people and promote based on skill. There are good people here and many are in leadership positions, but for some reason few teach their people anything... they're just a boss. I get it, you got media school and those 360 evals, but you need to give kids a chances to think independently and reward them for it. Also, stop hiring idiots and people who don't deserve their titles. They aren't the majority, but a few bad apple ruin the bunch.


  3. Long Hours Not Enough Pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks! Free clothes, movie tickets, concerts/sports, meet celebrities, etc. You will eat at every amazing restaurant/bar for free...and you'll have all the hottest invites to media's biggest parties throughout the year!

    Cons

    Stay till 10pm every night with horrible pay, no over-time. Upper employees do not communicate clearly with lower level; makes for confusion, struggling, and very-late nights. Employees are often worked into the ground and do not feel appreciated for it.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people over-time in order for them to give their blood to their clients. It's not worth the pay off.


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  5. Not all its cracked up to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications Analyst in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment relaxed/casual atmosphere work on major client accounts

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management long hours without the pay unqualified people in senior positions limiting growth of others no training no growth opportunity highly underutilized many days of nothing to do boring

    Advice to Management

    Invest time to grow your people


  6. Helpful (1)

    MEC a great place to work for the short-term but not preferable in the longevity of your career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Media Planner/Strategist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Media Planner/Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Great working environment - People are very nice which at times can feel like a college campus as opposed to a corporate environment which helps incubate innovation. Open cubicles encourages a communal feel. *Co-Workers - Very intelligent, ambitious and knowledgeable of the industry as a whole. Not always the case in certain agencies. *MGMT/Senior MGMT - The ones I've interacted were very knowledgeable of course and personality driven. One of the nicest people I've ever met in the industry. *Perks - As one of the largest media agencies in the world it has of course one of the best perks out there such as free breakfast, agency parties, etc. *Education - Offers great individual training programs and a "University" type of program to help co-workers learn everything about online/offline advertising. *Facility - No cafeteria but the sit-in kitchen is pretty cool that has an '80s feel to it. Always clean at all times.

    Cons

    *Processes - Company process can be quite cumbersome at times which a presumed normal process can be transformed into a methodology considered to be very archaic & convoluted. *Hierarchy - There seems to be a distinction between junior & senior level roles which in my opinion the core responsibilities are quite congruent. Other roles are not clearly defined in terms of responsibilities especially in more integrated components of an offline and online campaign strategy for a particular client (note: Integration very unlikely contrary to what they may indicate). *Market Value Compensation - Overall, people are compensated below the market value unfortunately causing a high turnover rate. The amount of work and attention invested in an avg. campaign should merit all workers to receive fair value which at times can be quite frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to implement a standard of transparency and communications should be more open between upper & lower mgmt. Processes should be simplified as opposed to being more convoluted enabling an enriching environment of stream lined processes.


  7. Fun working environment, great client list, poor handling of raises and promotions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    MEC works hard to foster an environment where innovative strategic solutions can be brought to clients. The working environment is very collegial and coworkers are smart and dedicated. They also strive to foster a good work life balance which is rare in this industry.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, MEC does a poor job of communicating and enacting merit raises and promotions. This has resulted in the loss of many talented coworkers, and a sense that MEC is not committed to fair compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the feedback you are receiving from employees regarding compensation and alter your policies to be competitive within the industry. Once you have done this educate the organization about what these policies are and then stick to what you have said.


  8. It was waste of time.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers decent benefits like vacation, summer fridays, 401, etc but it's also standard stuff that other places provide.

    Cons

    Incompetent bosses, lazy workers, bad pay, unfair bias, double standards - just to name a few things. And tons of work too.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire better workers and stop promoting based on politics. Every place has its good and bad but the political nonsense beats washington.


  9. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed, nice people. Fun times working at MEC. learned a lot

    Cons

    As everyone has said before, the pay is lower. Otherwise, highly recommend.


  10. The head of the company was great, but the other managers weren't so great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Analyst
    Current Employee - Communications Analyst
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The head of the company was such a cool guy that you really wanted to do a good job for him. Pay was higher than other companies and the benefits were solid.

    Cons

    The management wasn't always respectful of people's time and they did not appreciate the efforts put forth by the team. There was little opportunity for growth and the clients were extremely stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Show a little more appreciation for the hard work and sacrifice that the team puts in for you. A thank you goes a long way and so does common courtesy. It is important to be a mentor as much as a manager.


  11. MEC

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the passion beind our culture. A work environment where you can have a voice and where you are supported.

    Cons

    As MEC has a short hierarchy it can be tricky at times to move upwards depending on your career direction.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to forward think as you do and continue to make sustainable decisions for our employees and ultimately our membership.



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