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MindShare Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
129 Reviews
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Pros
  • Very good work environment between employees (in 13 reviews)

  • Great company, great people, interesting clients and enthusiastic young people (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Below market pay, long hours, lack of career progression (in 9 reviews)

  • Low salary, long hours, poor work life balance, under appreciated by superiors, over worked and over scoped across multiple areas (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company if you're willing to work hard for little pay

    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Media Planner in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks from vendors, collaborative and fun environment

    Cons

    For entry-level, low pay for lots of time working

  2.  

    Good Experience Overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Digital Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Digital Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great culture and intelligent people, working at a company that sees where the future is going and takes a step ahead of everyone else.

    Cons

    Projects can be monotonous and not interesting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should create more opportunities for people to decide what projects they work on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chicago Office Not a Relaxed Atmosphere at All.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good people work here, made great relationships, health plan was great.

    Cons

    Culture is not good, the office is run more like a financial institution than an ad agency. Clients are large companies but none are very interesting. They even have BP, one of america's most hated companies. Most of the time the office feels understaffed or staffed incorrectly which causes a lot of unneccessary stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    MindShare Response

    Oct 28, 2014Global Talent Leader

    Thanks for responding. Sorry to hear your negative comments on our culture. Not our intention to run a company the way you outlined. Yes, we want to perform for our clients and make money as an ... More

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  5.  

    I Interned at Mindshare in Chicago last summer and loved the people and culture. Their intern program was amazing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MindShare as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some very knowledgeable individuals at Mindshare who are willing to share pass along their expertise to those they work with. Fun and upbeat culture.

    Cons

    Would have liked to see more cross-functional team work on a day-to-day basis to ensure a more cohesive client strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Digital Analytics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good Clients but they seem to be losing them

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standards. Huge turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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

    Mindshare has an incredible atmosphere

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

    I have been working at MindShare full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The size of the Chicago office is perfect for team collaboration as the accounts are large enough to offer a variety of digital and traditional opportunities, but small enough to get to know each of the teams in the office. Higher ups know you individually and are interested in helping you to excel.

    Cons

    The Chicago office specifically doesn't maintain the largest/sexiest accounts, but the accounts still provide exciting opportunities. The New York office houses most of the luxury brands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Freer thinking, less dogmatic agency

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You don't totally feel like a drone in the corporate army. It feels less corporate, which I think inspires more creativity and out of the box thinking.

    Cons

    There is a growing "pull" of NY and Mindshare's GroupM overlords. More and more business is getting pulled to NY-- to the detriment of the outlying offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the entrepreneurial spirit, and keep everything from getting sucked into NY.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Find the right team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Digital Planner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Digital Planner in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MindShare

    Pros

    - A few of the clients have leadership and management teams that are very experienced, well-trained, and look out for each account member's professional growth.
    - One of the few agencies that will take a risk on "inexperienced" candidates.
    - The agency has a pretty solid program for working overseas.

    Cons

    - Other accounts are far less desirable. These leadership and management teams are not out to train and grow the employee base.
    - Reviews are supposed to be required, but are not always completed. These reviews are often not based on actual performance and the ability to pick up on industry skills.
    - Performance is not the basis for promotion.
    - The digital teams do not share insights and strategies with each other in a way that produces better campaigns or client interaction.
    - With alcohol in the employees' cabinets, work is not the first priority, let alone great work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Grow your mentor program.
    - Take interest in your employees and their training. People must be trained in order to produce successful campaigns and plans.
    - Train your managers in actual management. Then, grade them on their ability to manage and make promotion and movement decisions based on those grades.
    - Don't be afraid to let go of upper-level "management" for poor management and other mishaps just because they have 10 years experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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