MSLGROUP Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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MSLGROUP CEO Olivier Fleurot
Olivier Fleurot
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Pros
  • The company has taken an organized and responsible approach around work life balance with its "Flexibility with Accountability" program (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people - the junior talent within the agency is top notch (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance is a real issue (in 6 reviews)

  • Employees rotate in and out like a revolving door (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Smart Talented Staff

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I have been working at MSLGROUP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The level of talent at MSLGROUP is excellent. People tend to enjoy their colleagues, the work environment, and the actual client work. Employees are able to make an impact on client accounts at all levels, which is nice, and people don't feel trapped within titles. In DC, we don't have practice areas, so employees are able to work across a wide variety of clients, which is nice.

    Cons

    Like most agencies, the review cycle and process doesn't make sense and is constantly changing. Also, some of the senior folks are better managers than others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward and recognize the staff.


  2. Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at MSLGROUP (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The San Francisco office has a great culture. The people is what makes you want to go to work everyday.

    Cons

    Overall, it is a typical PR agency "life".


  3. Helpful (1)

    Graphic designer

    Current Employee - Web and Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Web and Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSLGROUP

    Pros

    none! no pro at all! they still owe me money!

    Cons

    I work as a freelancer for MSL group. They still owe me over $4,000! DO NOT WORK HERE!


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Unhealthy environment, Poor Leadership (managing director)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at MSLGROUP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The primary pros for working at MSL include the compensation, vacation benefits and a nice office space. Unfortunately, you need to be at the Senior Account Supervisor level to receive a good salary/benefits package.

    Cons

    Overall MSL has an extremely poor leadership team (or lack of a leadership team), extremely long hours with little to no work/life balance, it does not offer a collaborative environment and overall has a bad/depressing culture. The turnover rate is EXTREMELY high. I was one of the longest people that stayed there and only did b/c of compensation.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Aviod if you can.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MSLGROUP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for a place that is not very creative then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Keep your own time records they are cheap and have poor project management and leadership if you work hourly they will question and try to cut down the hours you've worked. Also while I was there several full-time employes quit with no job prospects.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Just OK

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSLGROUP

    Pros

    Flexibility, Autonomy, Global Opportunities, Creativity appreciated

    Cons

    Not a lot of managerial support. Teamwork between departments was not encouraged.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Good money, terrible everything else

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at MSLGROUP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Atlanta office has a constantly revolving door, so you can negotiate a pretty decent salary. The NA president is supposed to be a great guy, and the company values are great. The NYC office seems like theyre getting their act together, but Atlanta and Chicago are disastrous.

    Cons

    Disorganized, management is constantly lying to clients to keep their business, the office is full of cliquey sorority girls and "men" who put more energy into gossiping about each other than their actual jobs- and that's at the management level. If you don't work until 7pm every night, you will be judged. There is basically no HR, so don't bother trying to get anything fixed. The one HR person is constantly breaking privacy laws, giving out private information, and telling employees incorrect information to scare them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying that they 22 year olds are smarter than you- they are. Let us succeed so you look good too.


  9. Helpful (4)

    give it a pass

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at MSLGROUP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For an agency, they're supposed to be the best option in terms of not making you work all-hours.

    Some really kind coworkers on the junior level and some in supervisor roles keep it non-competitive and helpful.

    Cons

    They don't know how to retain talent
    Management is ham-fisted and either too involved in details or simply ignores problems.
    If you're at all a special kind of hire-- not straight out of college-- they will promise you the moon to get you in the door, then ignore everything they told you.
    Get promotion and salary promises in writing because they will not honor what they tell you when it actually comes time to deliver.
    I watched them treat good, kind people terribly. They have different management rules for different people and it's pretty gross to watch them attempt to usher someone out the door in a passive-aggressive manner, without anyone actually speaking to them about areas to improve and why it matters. A real lack of leadership hurts us all.


  10. Helpful (2)

    More communication needed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at MSLGROUP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are many nice people and most of the team members help each other out on big projects. The HR team does a lot to try to promote office culture and offers training sessions in a variety of topics.

    Cons

    Management (depends on account team) doesn't seem to have much direction and there is very little coordination with the other offices in the network. The company also has a tendency to ignore problem employees.


  11. svp

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at MSLGROUP full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    collegiate and dynamic and entrepenurial and fun
    professional

    Cons

    low budgets available for non billable



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