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MindShare Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
123 Reviews
3.9
123 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 people, Below average work place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    none really, I've realized now that every office has its share of great people, so that is never a reason to work anywhere in my honest opinion. Didn't really learn anything apart from the entry level basics for media data sources, which you would have to learn anywhere.

    Cons

    Work hours were really poor, I had to work with a media team in L.A and about 90% of the time they didn't care that I was 3 hours ahead of them, so getting a request at 6:00 pm (even Friday) was pretty normal, which would lead to a post 8:00 pm departure. I was working on contract but was not allowed to file more than 40 hours (as I was told initially), however I found out other people in my situation actually were getting paid overtime. When I asked for some form of compensation for 300+ hours of overtime, I was given a week where I could do 20 hours and still get paid for 40. In simpler terms, they gave me 20 free hours which is worth about 13 overtime hours, so they compensated me for about 4% of my time, despite having logs of my time sheets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one is going to value the "learning curve" when they can work part time anywhere else and earn more, you have to step into the shoes of a recent graduate, it doesn't make the experience worth it, I'm sure it's a great place to be once you've made your way up the ladder, but once I left for another firm, I realized how much better the structure is to actually go up. My advice to people looking to start out, work at a smaller firm and really learn your work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Spread thin, under appreciated.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MindShare

    Pros

    Lax environment, company perks, events.

    Cons

    Low salary, long hours, poor work life balance, under appreciated by superiors, over worked and over scoped across multiple areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work life balance and retain talent

  3.  

    At forefront of innovation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MindShare

    Pros

    Good people, great resources, actively trying to improve their offering

    Cons

    Hiring practices, left jobs open for too long

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Growth Structure in Place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Great, friendly, people
    Ability to talk to and work with people on all levels
    Prestigious Clients

    Cons

    No structure for career growth (mentors, set review times, pay for performance, promotion, salary, or bonus schedule)
    Under appreciated & overworked
    Work 9 to 11 hours regularly
    No real skills to learn and increase knowledge base
    Open office leads to high school style drama (noisy, gossipy, distracting)
    Super High turnover (because they dont pay $$$)
    Can make more money in food service industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in compensation structure. Even if you pay peanuts, there should be set up times for reviews, promotions (either you get one or you don't but your told every x months/years), raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 (less than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, very low starting salary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate, Digital Analytics in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate, Digital Analytics in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great company, great people, interesting clients and enthusiastic young people.

    Cons

    very low pay, lots of hours

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice work/life balance, low pay, cliquey

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - nice life / work balance for entry level
    - perks (parties, events, goodies, food) are nice

    Cons

    - cliquey
    - pay is too low for someone to survive in a city like NY
    - no growth opportunities
    - transferring to other departments is difficult
    - happy to have entry level people at the same level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - needs to put in place a training program for specific accounts, instead of having a general "know the company" training.
    - needs to foster a more collaborative environment within different teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at MindShare part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well structured program with very knowledgable mentors

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great experience, subpar pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Amazing teams that's genuinely work great together
    Cool office atmosphere and decorations, named best in Atlanta
    Fantastic start to career in media

    Cons

    Pay is sub par, therefore a lot of good talent ends up leaving for money elsewhere
    Have to speak up for promotions, work might not get recognized otherwise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compliment your teams when a great job is done. A little goes a long way.
    Make sure to offer better deals to best talent to prevent them from going elsewhere, don't d it once they already have another offer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience for media planners

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Lot of client access for junior members, great structure and rigor to planning that will serve your well starting your career.

    Cons

    Turnover is a bit steep at times. Sometimes teams are fully staffed a bit too late, before accounts get lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more resourceful with employees when developing org charts. Adaptive marketing starts with adaptive company structuring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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