MSLGROUP Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
116 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
3.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
MSLGROUP CEO Olivier Fleurot
Olivier Fleurot
48 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

116 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Senior Account Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at MSLGROUP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An ideal place to sharpen media relations skills. Great opportunity to manage accounts and be proactive in career advancement.

    Cons

    Limited client rolodex and industry coverage. Limited service offerings in marketing/communication disciplines

    Advice to Management

    Develop broader services capabilities to broaden learning/career development for staff.


  2. MSL

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Liked to party

    Cons

    clients are unrealistic about their needs

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  3. So-So

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at MSLGROUP full-time

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities for entry level employees, great benefits, diverse opportunities, flexible in terms of working from home

    Cons

    Lots of employees work remote, which impacts communication. Pay is a bit low. There's not formal onboarding for new employees. Very poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Improve onboarding process for new employees, as well as communication between teams.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Great

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

    I have been working at MSLGROUP

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment great people great line of work amazing office space

    Cons

    Busy office environment hard to communicate with everyone. However I do wish there were healthier snack in the office


  6. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at MSLGROUP

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

    Pros

    MSLGROUP has an energetic and supportive environment. Employees' voices are heard, there is opportunity for growth within the firm and across its sister agencies.

    Cons

    There are not many cons to working at MSLGROUP. Like at many other firms, there is relatively high employee turnover, but the management is clearly working to create greater incentives for retention.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Out of money.Out of people. Out of hope.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    New CEO. 'Integration' (basically a merger) with Publicis World Wide now....we all hope it will absorb MSL soon.

    Cons

    I have never seen a business care less about it's employees than MSLGROUP. No career paths, A total freeze (but they call it a 'delay'.) on raises and promotions. Managers who have NO idea how much you contribute to success....they treat everyone like they are not important (with the exception of 1 or 2 strategy people who have lied and fooled people so badly they get preferred treatment. Even though they do not generate any revenue)...and they don't care AT ALL when people resign. Even if clients leave over it. They can't hire people at all....positions open for 6-7 months and more. Of course anyone going to work here now is foolish. So many great people have left because they are old fashioned and backwards (telecommuting is no longer allowed.) but they claim to be 'digital centric' and 'forward thinking'...it's a joke. Salaries are very misaligned....and some people in the same role are 50% higher salary (and yes we all know). Leaders pit senior people against each other - and refuse to clarify roles. It's like a gladiator pit- they just let people duke it out to see who kills each other first. There is no money- like none, and every expense- no matter how small is scrutinized by the CFO and finance people. Who should have more important things to do. I heard he does it even with the SVPs. Either trust your employees or fire them. Period.

    Advice to Management

    Immediately bonus and give raises to people essential to your client work. 80% of all people from SAS and up are actively aggressively looking elsewhere. you've lost about half of your staff in NYC and Chicago. How many more do you need to lose before you realize the connection to the failure of your business. STOP telling your people that you are 'hitting your numbers' when in reality revenue is down drastically- but because you aren't hiring new people and others are doing the work of 3 people until they burn out- you have lowered your operating expenses. THAT IS NOT HITTING YOUR NUMBERS- that is abusing your people, for sake of a balance sheet. Which is why every time you brag about hitting your numbers a new wave of people resign. its really unethical and cruel. You know who is about to leave- what are you doing to keep them? Also- this new idea about making your leaders all be on client business- is great IN THEORY. But the rest of us are wondering who is our leader? who can we learn from? and lastly? NYC is not the center of the universe. How many pitches have you lost because you didn't have the right team in the regions clients asked for? a bunch. spread out.


  8. Lack of leadership in Chicago, losing staff, losing accounts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MSLGROUP full-time

    Pros

    Great camaraderie among the junior staff

    Cons

    The MD was finally booted after 2 years of sheer incompetence, but the senior team still has a number of micromanagers who think they know how to win and keep accounts. MSLGROUP's reputation is at an all time low in the Chicago area.


  9. Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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".


  10. Helpful (3)

    Run! Don't Walk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MSLGROUP

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

    Pros

    Many of the mid-level and junior staff are great people. It's small and scrappy, so many junior level employees get responsibilities and opportunities well above their level.

    Cons

    This place is more screwed up than most. Very toxic, gossipy and bullying culture driven by local leadership that influences the quality of work/life and client service. It's common to see someone cry almost daily. (If not at the office, it's definitely happening at home). The Chicago office has had an extremely high turnover rate in the last 1-2 years and many of the good talent that remains can't get out fast enough. They have an extremely low new business win rate.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Smart Talented Staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



Showing 116 of 128 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.