Publicis Modem

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Updated Apr 21, 2014

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2.3 62 reviews

25% Approve of the CEO

Publicis Modem CEO Jean-Philippe (JP) Maheu

Jean-Philippe (JP) Maheu

(16 ratings)

18% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • very good at allowing work life balance(in 5 reviews)

  • Chelsea Market is nearby so the food is good(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • New business is lacking- it would be nice to win some pitches to mix things up(in 5 reviews)

  • Very top heavy (too many VPs) and not enough middle management(in 5 reviews)

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    Great team, too many levels of management

    Associate, Marketing (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBest in the business, casual working environment, work with some of the major brands, a great place to have on your resume

    ConsToo many levels of management, cramped office space, not a lot of support for lower level staff members,

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    3 people found this helpful  

    A Cautionary Tale

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood location and the new offices are better than the old ones. Easy access to the Highline on nice days for lunch.

    ConsI was warned about going to the NY office before taking the job but didn't listen (was looking at the pay/title bump I was getting). It was pretty apparent from the get go that there was no leadership and no plan. Watched a conga line of people walking out the door at all levels and the truth of the place was revealed over farewell beers with every exiting employee. Political, nasty, poor work. I made it a year plus and selling myself to get out was hard. The place is a real blemish to potential employers. All in all a bad scene, but a valuable lesson for me as far as chasing cash instead of quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't know what to say to them because they're roundly despised by the rank and file and it doesn't seem to matter to them. I think the holding company is happy as long as the numbers count and none of the people at the top at Modem seem to want to change. Most of those who were trying have left. The only thing I'd ask them is, "Do you really think this is how things should be?"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Always felt overwhelmed by constant fire drills and impossible schedules.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSome good people and good client roster.

    ConsNot enough mid-level support. Tech and production not accountable enough. Too often client demands counted for everything so quality of work suffered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more mid-level talent across creative and tech disciplines. More tech accountability. Lead client relationships.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    New management wreaking havoc on Publicis Modem SF office.

    (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsNice views of SF bay.

    ConsNew management are clueless. As a result, staff are resigning in droves: several people each week. In general, few vacated spots are replaced by new-hires. Existing clients are pulling business away, yet desperate attempts to win new clients have been unsuccessful. The staff are overworked and under appreciated by those in charge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake management classes. Stop insulting your employees and learn how to provide constructive, strategic feedback. Working staff to death doesn't yield better results.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working very hard with little satisfaction

    Marketing (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe people have been great (the ones left). Compensation isn't so bad.

    ConsA grave need to hire staff particularly at junior and mid levels. Long hours/weekends (Anyone who has worked on Citi or LG can attest!). Senior leadership tends to strictly serve clients and promise ridiculous turnaround schedules rather than give strategic or practical advice. Employees are all worn out with very little recognition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease hire. Please hire. Please hire.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Treats freelancers like crap!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTime off when needed. Breakfast 1x/week.

    ConsTreats freelancers poorly. No direct deposit, no reviews, no raises, left out of important company events/meetings/emails, no promotions and very odd. Now - they want to slash hours!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating your freelancers poorly. Usually, we know more/do more than your treasured full-timers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't promote from within, reactionary, scared of strong creative

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThis place the potential to be great, but isn't. Small shop in a wonderful part of New York. Chelsea Market is nearby so the food is good.

    ConsNo work life balance. Expect 70 hour weeks.

    Reactionary to it's clients. Often producing bad work because they are too scared to say no.
    Notice how behind nearly all their clients are when it comes to Social and Mobile. This is not because PM can't do it, it's because they don't have the balls to say no to clients who have no clue when it comes to Digital. PM simply doesn't lead - it follows.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActually look at your accounts and appreciate your staff. They are some of the hardest working in the business. You ignore the accounts you have completely.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    New management sucks!

    Creative Director (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsUse to be great until the new management took over.

    ConsThe new management is trying desperately to prove themselves with little or no talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOne rotten egg can ruin the entire basket

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok, if you are ok with being ignored

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsEasy to fly under the radar depending on your team. Lax vacation policy that allows for several extra days off. Very liberal "work from home" policy due to many different office locations (people were never in the same place at one time anyway.) Sometimes interesting clients.

    ConsUncommunicative/unavailable CEO. Poor creative work; creative was very reactive to the clients. Hard workers constantly passed over for promotions, major gaps in communication and leadership go unnoticed for months or years at a time, unfair/unstructured reviews, and completely incompetent people being promoted up the ladder while being unable to spell words commonly found in the English language.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your teams, listen to the people who do the work for you. Way too top-heavy.

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    not a good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prosoffice located in chelsea market
    supposedly moving to a new location in the fall which should be good
    some good accounts to work on

    Conssenior management is a joke
    upper management doesn't seem to care about the employees
    people leave all the time (even after 3 months of employment!)

    Advice to Senior Managementsenior management needs to wake up and treat the employees with some respect

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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