McCann Worldgroup

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McCann Worldgroup Reviews in San Francisco, CA

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Amazing offices & work/ life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Nice people, possibility to learn (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • don't have work-life balance, compensation is not fair (in 5 reviews)

  • Extremely long hours consistently week in, week out (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at McCann Worldgroup as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working in this company in SF is really nice. They are so friendly and IT coworkers are so nice. I like that as a perk we can get something we need for our personal computer. There are free coffee, tea, etc and I like that we have vending machines for our access.

    Cons

    Some of the people that call through the helpdesk line can be quit rude or impatient some times but they have similar problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good stop mid-career, but not a place to be a lifer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Good movement within company.

    Cons

    Politics were intense. Unable to close new business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Publicly traded advertising hell

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    Smart people, free training and bagel mondays

    Cons

    They work you to death
    They rarely promote - You have to move out to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to your workers
    Promote from within

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Neutral

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

    I worked at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    nice people to work with.

    Cons

    needed to diversify client base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good luck.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good creative, lack of support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    People at McCann are fun and interesting. We worked hard and produced solid creative when deadlines required it, but did not overwork ourselves unnecessarily.

    Cons

    Management did not lead nor communicate well with employees. Performance appraisals and career paths are non-existent. Different functions don't play well together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example. Communicate regularly with employees. Explain how the business is performing. Don't hide bad situations -- they all come out in the press any ways. Build a more collaborative culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good opportunity and growth, with some drawbacks.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn on a blue chip tech account.
    Direct managers are supportive.
    Great people from a peer standpoint. Smart people at some levels.
    Organization is proactive to try and offset dependancy on key client, specifically in trying to build out skillset that other competing (creative) agencies can't offer with key client.

    Cons

    Organization is very top heavy - at the senior levels, they seem to want to bring in outside talent to round out skillset. Growth at junior levels is good, but not at senior levels.
    Too reliant on key client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has an attitude of "where else are they going to go" with current employees which could backfire on top talent.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    McCann is, like a lot a big agencies, dependent on major clients. If things are well with those clients, it can be great

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Director/Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Director/Writer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    If they win new business, and the new management is even slightly more capable, then it's possible for them to turn around. The reason you would want to work there is the potential to work on major global brands, with large budgets, which allow for ideas to have a grand stage.

    Cons

    Big agencies, as a model, are clearly dysfunctional. There are major inefficiencies, and it can be very hard to make your voice heard. If you are able to fight through that, and carve out your own niche, then there is hope. However, if you are a high-level thinker with a lot of talent, you will be putting a lot of hours in to fill the pockets of a lot of overpaid people in upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate EVERYTHING to the employees. Be transparent. Tell them what you expect of them and tell them what you are doing to meet and exceed both the clients and the employees expectations.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not all that glitters is gold, however there is a silver lining.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    Intelligent, driven, and creative colleagues. Individualistic culture. Every place needs to improve - this is one of them. The people are great at this organization and that is what can make the difference for its future. To improve this organization the change needs to happen with you first. Don't wait for "them" to change. This place may actually allow that type of a change.

    Cons

    Hierarchical in approach. Poor project management and control of timing on deliverables. People get burned out easily in the industry as a whole. Depending on who is driving the effort, the client or the agency. Expectations tend to get mismanaged. People hesitate to speak the truth to clients and therefore, sometimes others in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on modeling leadership. Talk to people working in the organization. Stop putting out client fires and let others take care of that. Trust your employees more, it will help them grow.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for those interested in working on major tech accounts and corporate-style management

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

    I have been working at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunity to work on large accounts

    Cons

    Fair raises are hard to come by for seasoned employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more attention and recognition to their employees

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good for large advertising agency experience but with downsides

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integrated Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Integrated Producer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at McCann Worldgroup

    Pros

    McCann provides a good amount of exposure and experience in a large advertising agency. With many of the traditional facets of advertising, print, broadcast, media, account management and the growing area of interactive and social media, there are enough resources to learn a little about all the different areas.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, because it is a big agency and has a long storied history in traditional advertising, the interactive side which includes all technology development from the front to back end, user experience and quality assurance testing are all still catching up with and competing against the smaller more agile interactive agencies. Because the work is client driven, there is an expectation to jump whenever needed for the client which lends itself to longer hours and sometimes unreasonable deadlines. Some wear it as a badge of honor to work so many hours, but not quite the work-life balance that is healthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide a better bonus or performance based reward system and opportunities for career growth and a better defined path

    No opinion of CEO

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