Mullen Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
87 Reviews
3.2
87 Reviews
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Mullen CEO Alex Leikikh
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Steller clients and great people (in 10 reviews)

  • Some very talented people work there (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Mullen had a horrible work life balance and was understaffed (in 15 reviews)

  • Incredibly long hours and weekend that burn anyone out after a few years (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Learned so much

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    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Mullen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great clients. Very smart people in the office. Its a really fun place to work. Lots of creative things going on. A truly great place to learn about the industry.

    Cons

    Almost none. A few egos in the higher positions, but that's pretty typical of ad agencies. Also people often work a lot of hours, but once again, typical in advertising.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company. I learned a lot there.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mullen

    Pros

    Steller clients and great people

    Cons

    Disorganized, cliquey, bad location (el segundo)

  3.  

    Internship program set me up for future successes

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    Former Employee - Planning in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Planning in Boston, MA

    I worked at Mullen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Role models, work ethic/culture, free coffee bar and at-cost FAGE vending machine. A group of people who are winners and passionate about the work they are doing. Kristen Cavallo is a phenomenal president. Great internship if you love advertising, especially the challenger mindset that Mullen exudes. AND it's paid.

    Cons

    At times people are more focused on their loads of work than the consumers they are serving or their co-workers; high turnover rates mean the talent landscape is constantly changing, not the best place to work long-term if you thrive in more consistent, value-driven organizations. Great place to build experience on awesome accounts for a few years. Dept. leadership is hit and miss, though mostly hit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent and deliberate about hiring practices. Job postings were misleading, and interns got strung along without getting hired after the internship ended. Invest in employees in more substantial ways. Hire a director of corporate culture.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful, awful place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mullen full-time

    Pros

    Met a few great people. Once in a while a good opportunity comes along.

    Cons

    Awful bosses. Upper management have no ethics. Culture of fear and shame instead of encouragement and support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Media Intern

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    Former Employee - Media Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Media Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Mullen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The Mullen internship program exposes you to many departments through the internship project, and allows you to explore outside of your specialty. If you are proactive, you can learn a lot during this internship. The people are Mullen are also great.

    Cons

    The hours are long and the pay is low, such is advertising. You have to really love the work and want to be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to encourage employees to be as hybrid as possible, and take on different roles outside of their traditional title. Also work on company culture as it differs by floor and department, and try to make things more cohesive throughout the building.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Mullen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Treated like a real member of the team, great learning experience, awesome location, welcoming environment, paid overtime, really cared about their interns, and actually did meaningful work.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. I don't think that I was there long enough to experience anything negative about the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Agency with a good reputation, but poor work-life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mullen full-time

    Pros

    Mullen has a high profile name that can open up a lot of doors
    Young, energetic team and co-workers
    Learned great skills as a first job

    Cons

    Mullen had a horrible work life balance and was understaffed. The agency was continuously winning new business, but losing employees and still absorbing in the work. There seemed to be a lack of "process" and no training. You are thrown right into the fire expected to work on client facing projects with little guidance or formal training. Teams often work under tight deadlines and plans area always changing at the last minute leading to stress. Pay was low considering you were not compensated for your long hours and hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    great for the resume and nice people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Mullen

    Pros

    good clients, fun environment, inspiring work, LOTS of opportunity and nice colleagues.

    Cons

    cons are based on the pros. these great clients so they need great teams. Mullen does not assign teams based on their strengths. it is actually so disorganized and chaotic, that it is 100% based on availability. Mullen is understaffed in EVERY department. fun environment is an exhausting excuse for people to constantly drink - not a professional work environment. inspiring work - gets killed. lots of opportunity is not met with reward. there is no real standard for reviews or advancement. if you do not ask for a review, you will not get one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people the way you would like to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    agency that is starting to embrace ditial

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mullen full-time

    Pros

    lots of talented people, and cool office space

    Cons

    low moral, and many exiting for other opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life After Mullen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Mullen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful building, super creative people all over the place, FREE COFFEE, cutting edge work, huge variety with type of clients, always something going on.

    Cons

    Nights and weekends, horrible work life balance, everything was due yesterday, no parking, constant layoffs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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