MSLGROUP Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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Pros
  • Solid flexibility for work//life balance (in 4 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Awful work/life balance; no respect or consideration for people's personal lives (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. svp

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    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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSLGROUP

    Pros

    Learn a lot from creative, intelligent and passionate professionals. Very supportive team.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth.

    MSLGROUP Response

    Apr 1, 2015Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing, North America

    Suggest you talk to HR and have a discussion about our Career Track Program. Because of the size of our global network, there is tremendous opportunity here for opportunity and mobility.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Same old, same old

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Great offices and some good clients

    Cons

    Need to see leadership at a NA level; No accountability for the mess that is digital; good talent is leaving and people don't seem to care

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring in new talent and stablize those that are worth keeping

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  5. MSLGROUP New York is the place to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSLGROUP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A creative environment with amazing clients and people who want you to grow.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for promotions and terrible promotion/monetary increase schedule (only three times a year, otherwise forget about it).

    Advice to Management

    Work on bringing together all the MDs in offices across the U.S., some disconnect in other offices.

  6. Great clients, smart agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MSLGROUP

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

    Pros

    Great client roster
    Strong new business
    Dynamic
    Fast paced

    Cons

    Work life balance lacking
    Retention
    Compensation

  7. Helpful (2)

    A good company that is growing quickly but with the challenges it brings.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    This company is exhibiting good growth, a diverse market presence, an international footprint and benefits from absorbing top local firms in each market in order to create a strong starting position.

    Cons

    Processes involving international cooperation are still being established and it is not always clear what parts of the company are working together at times.

    Advice to Management

    Define the areas in which people are able to interact with foreign partners of the company and establish best practices in order to accomplish those goals.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Great opportunities if you're willing to put in the hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at MSLGROUP

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

    Pros

    Large client base means lots of opportunities. Large employee base means lots of great ideas. Strong teamwork and terrific opportunity to cross pollinate with sister agencies at Publicis.

    Cons

    Work-life balance nearly non-existent. Staffing mix is lopsided with many senior and junior folks. Not enough mid-level talent. Very weak in social media.

    Advice to Management

    Beef up social media capabilities and think beyond publicity.

  9. Helpful (5)

    No regard for talent and experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at MSLGROUP

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

    Pros

    Under a holding company so the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Management is not creative in recognizing hard work and talent. Very limited in vision and just push employees to generate more fee from the clients. They front load client budgets and then pressure staff to get more budget from clients.

    Advice to Management

    Exercise more integrity, learn to recognize good talent.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Many Positives But A Big Negative At The Top Bringing MSL Chicago Down.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at MSLGROUP full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful team at all levels. Talented people who help each other. Lots of friendships but not cliquey. The people make me happy to work at MSL.

    Great clients. Not all huge clients but the clients we have are so nice to work with that you want to go out of your way.

    Comfortable and open environment. Collaborative team spirit.

    Super fun programs and culture and flexibility are important. Everyone participates which is nice

    Good mid level leaders.

    You can do what you want, all you need to do is ask and work hard to advance quickly andbe recognized.

    Pay seems to be competitive.

    Cons

    Lacking an effective, inspiring leader. Worries me that we don't have the right representation out there for our agency in the Chicago area. We're a talented group that can go up against any big agency but we're not seen as that in the marketplace.

    Would like even more activities for staff to get together.

    Can we partner more on some publicis clients?

    Advice to Management

    Put IMPACTFUL leadership in place in Chicago or let other leaders do more and have a bigger presence and stronger voice.

  11. Helpful (8)

    Horrible Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSLGROUP full-time

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

    Pros

    - salary and benefits are industry competitive
    - larger Publicis Groupe family provides great pool of resources
    - some staff members are nice to work with

    Cons

    - senior management is very dysfunctional
    - senior leaders show no respect for peers and subordinates
    - some senior managers do not care about employee well-being
    - obscene overtime is mandatory when working with some leaders
    - staff have no respect toward senior leadership
    - no top-tier clients with a lot of small one-off projects
    - horrible new business development process
    - a few people have been at the company for a long time, some for too long
    - people quit or get fired every month
    - promotions often awarded to people before the person is ready to be promoted
    - on the flip-side, a lot of people are working far beyond their title
    - overall a stiffling working environment
    - no brand recognition for MSLGROUP (even among other local PR agencies)
    - growth opportunities that exist within Publicis Groupe are essentially unattainable because of overburdened workload expected of employees

    Caveat: this review is specifically regarding the MSL Chicago office. The company as a global whole offers a lot of great programs for career and personal development, and the North American CEO Paul Newman has been a fantastic addition.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage MSLGROUP Chicago senior management to learn to work better together, care more about their employees, build a stronger and more impressive client roster, and develop a company culture that is both recognizable and desirable for current and future employees.

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