MindShare Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated June 9, 2014
Updated June 9, 2014
96 Reviews
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96 Reviews
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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.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MindShare as an intern for 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
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    Digital Analytics

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MindShare full-time for 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
  3.  

    Mindshare has an incredible atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at MindShare full-time for 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
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    Freer thinking, less dogmatic agency

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    Current Employee - Associate Media Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at MindShare full-time for 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
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    Find the right team.

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    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.

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