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MindShare Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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3.4 5 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

MindShare CEO Nick Emery

Nick Emery

(1 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Great company, great people, interesting clients and enthusiastic young people (in 10 reviews)

  • it was a truly wonderful work environment with a fun and accepting team (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Low salary, long hours, poor work life balance, under appreciated by superiors, over worked and over scoped across multiple areas (in 5 reviews)

  • Long hours, stressed, tight deadlines and demanding clients (in 5 reviews)

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThere 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Associate (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood Clients but they seem to be losing them

    ConsPay is below industry standards. Huge turnover

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mindshare has an incredible atmosphere

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Freer thinking, less dogmatic agency

    Associate Media Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsYou 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementKeep the entrepreneurial spirit, and keep everything from getting sucked into NY.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Find the right team.

    Assistant Digital Planner (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    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 Senior Management- 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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