MEC

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MEC Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
80 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance, depending on your group/function (in 4 reviews)

  • The people are great, very social, and the culture is more laid back than other agencies (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • POOR work-life balance here, as the management only knows to maximize company's profit by sucking every staff dry (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours with no overtime pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lots to learn...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Workshops, Training Sessions, Casual Atmosphere

    Cons

    Too casual of an atmosphere, sometimes unprofessional to be quite honest.
    Not much of an opportunity to move around to other areas of the company; very siloed in regards to company divisions and disciplines.
    Not much staff/employee diversity.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Display Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Display Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fun environment with great people. Truly integrated agency with many areas to learn and grow professionally. Strong leadership that is accessible to employees.

    Cons

    Large agency that is not always competitive in salaries. Many level of management to get approvals for promotions and raises that slows internal processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    fun people

    Former Employee - Media Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at MEC

    Pros

    casual and fun work environment, great accounts to work on

    Cons

    depends on the account you end up on

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  5.  

    Not bad, not great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEC

    Pros

    Co-workers want to be best in class.

    Cons

    Little career advancement, lots of turn over, under paid, friction between departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Analytics team is a joke

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

    I worked at MEC full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are in the same boat and are great to be with

    Cons

    "Analytics" here is a joke, unless you count percent changes and "because budget increased" as insights.

    This leads to several serious, ingrained problems:

    1. The work is tedious, monotonous, and you will bemoan every day why these reports you are forced to carry out are not automated

    2. Every person before you has realized this by week one, and will have quit as soon as they could, as evidenced by hilariously high turnover. Ask your interviewer how many people have stayed and become managers. The answer is none.

    3. Your managers will be power hungry airheads. Power hungry because, since the work is so dumb, there is no real expertise needed and respect is hard won for this terrible reason. One management-level person has actually uttered the words "you are undermining my authority" to her own underlings. Imagine the type of person you need to be to even say something like that. Also, the other analytics team reviewer was correct. The tone is also set by management, with a truly terrible, uninspiring, fake bully.

    So suffering here will consist of two things: you'll hate the work, and despise the idiots you are forced to call your superior.

    Save yourself the trouble of doing monkey work as "analytics" so you don't have to jump ship for another job soon after.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review teams turnover. There's a reason why if it is high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Planning Associate

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    Former Employee - Planning Associate
    Former Employee - Planning Associate

    I worked at MEC full-time

    Pros

    MEC had a lot of great benefits like fun company parties, inspiring events to learn more about the industry, and free transportation/meals if you worked late. The vacation time was also generous - having the week between Christmas and New Year's off was great.

    Cons

    Day to day work was monotonous, work/life balance was non-existent (the end of the day could range anywhere from 6 pm to 10:30 pm with no rhyme or reason or a way to plan your schedule around it), and the company was very cliquish. In addition, HR will tell you about all of the great opportunities for training and growth/promotions, but opportunities like Media School can literally take years to get into and promotion opportunities (and timelines) are exaggerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to how your managers are managing their teams. Having the right or wrong person managing an account can make or break how that team functions and 100% impacts the quality of work completed. Also, take the time to understand why people are leaving - you might learn how to get people to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good entry-level experience

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

    I worked at MEC full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of experience in Excel and working in teams. Friendly co-workers, normal workplace hours and never had to do overtime. Plenty of office parties.

    Cons

    Horrible pay - below industry standard. Was verbally offered a greater salary than given on offer letter.
    Upper management are firm believers in micro-managing and throwing you and your team under the bus at the drop of a hat. Managers showed more interest in gossip than the actual nature of the work, which is obviously bad for morale and workplace culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more willing to take blame when responsible and show more positive reinforcement when employees achieve quarterly/annual goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great launch point

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEC

    Pros

    Ability to work in many aspects of social from paid to content and high in agency integration

    Cons

    Long hours, understaffed- the agency doesn't pay overtime but most people work overtime especially social- mistakes are made which shouldn't be due to tight deadlines and lack of staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Full all rolls to avoid long hours and frustration

  10.  

    Inspiring but must be a self-starter

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

    I worked at MEC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your leadership, it can be an amazing experience
    Great opportunities for hand raisers
    Co-workers are fun & smart
    Plenty of chances (but not time) to learn/grow

    Cons

    Under-staffing runs rampant
    Leaderships cultural direction doesn't get carried out on the ground floor
    The building/work space is dated & restless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require senior leadership to carry out culture with actions, not words or promises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Big agency, easy to feel lost

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEC (more than a year)

    Pros

    Global agency, large clients and budgets to work with, fair salary compensation

    Cons

    lacking culture, office needs a facelift

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