Publicis Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
99 Reviews
3.2
99 Reviews
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Publicis Président du Directoire Maurice Lévy
Maurice Lévy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are on a good account, there is a nice work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great boss, some good people, and interesting work (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, no salary rewardings and no work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Work life balance, very top heavy management who did little and lost more business than it won, not genuine in (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern in Small Publicis Office

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    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    - Amazing mentor/boss
    - Given independence and responsibility almost immediately
    - PAID

    Cons

    - Small office and uninteresting clients
    - Repetitive work
    - Old systems, equipment and protocol
    - Website was ancient and no existing social media or branding of the office itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - More youth and refresh of systems
    - Ask for feedback, no need to act on it but make all involved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    You're just another simple cog in the machine with no voice

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Publicis as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent workforce with good positive attitudes at same level but the egos grow exponentially with each level up the management ladder. Almost seems as if they hire those that will "drink the punch" and not push back on the flawed ideology of the corporate structure.

    Cons

    Pay is the lowest versus competitor employees I've spoken with. The leadership is fake, reciting the same lines of "appreciation" almost as if they are following a script or reading from a teleprompter. Its hard to stand out when you thrive and the same "atta-boy" given to you is also given to the worst performer on the team. Now, any of you that are a low performer can view this is a positive if you prefer. And don't even thinking about a promotion!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you give more work to a person because they stand out from the rest, they should be compensated for their extra efforts and extra time put in each week. Do not take your employees for granted. Without us, you have nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fine if you don't desire to have any outside interests

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation. Good insurance. Attracts a lot of great people. Good resources.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance. As a creative person, we worked ungodly hours and it was always super-stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company culture is more of a priority than you seem to think. Yours is, unfortunately, a culture of fear. And nobody thrives under that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice people, good opportunity

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    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    -Nice group of talented people in my office
    -Good creative opportunities
    -Great benefits
    -Fun environment overall, cool office space

    Cons

    -Too many late nights and weekends for my taste
    -Lack of new business kept us scrambling
    -Management seemed a bit scattered, not sure of our strengths/weaknesses or how to best position us to win new accounts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A stronger new business program would help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Variety of Projects

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Variety of Work; Lots of opportunities; High Quality Talent; Large Company = Lots of Resources

    Cons

    Some of the people I've worked with in management positions have gotten lazy and aren't keeping up with the latest trends… They're essentially here for the salary and the safeness of a large organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Spectacular!

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    Current Employee - Diabetes Customer Service
    Current Employee - Diabetes Customer Service

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

    Pros

    Proactive environment, great tech support and fantastic managers

    Cons

    I would only suggest to improve our webpage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Great Job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very nice people, Great client. CTO needs to be more open minded.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Powerpoint in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Powerpoint in New York, NY

    I have been working at Publicis as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Company appreciates outstanding work and loyalty. I had a great working relationship for several years with Publicis. I was always the consultant that got this client out of trouble when their New Business was sinking or their client's were unhappy from other freelancer's work. They always paid my invoice in a reasonable amount of time and without a struggle. The CTO (Patti) is very nice, cool-to-the-nth-degree, and professional)

    Cons

    Unfortunately there are employees who do not understand BIG Ad agency mentality and freak out under pressure. The client suffers and so do all the co-workers and freelancers surrounding that person. I was one of those people who suffered tremendously after a 6 year solid relationship with this company because of one very irresponsible and lazy individual. I do NOT blame Publicis at all. That person is now gone from the company and so is my relationship with this amazing corporation because of this one person's crude and poor work ethic. It baffles me that one reckless person can go from agency to agency without recourse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open minded to to those who were incredibly loyal and perhaps more revue needs to be applied to those who are full-time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nothing Special

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Publicis as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good location. Some good people.

    Cons

    A lot of the creative overestimated their creative power. Ads were same old same old. Lots of late night work- there was a little bit of that culture of "let's stay late because why not."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should evaluate the work more closely. Ask if they are really serving the client and get involved more with the staff. Because an employee has a strong ego doesn't mean they produce interesting work.

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

    Underfunded contract

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Publicis as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great product, amazingly caring customers & helping improve the quality of patients' lives!

    Cons

    Too large territories and micromanaging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow tenured reps to sell more, learn from high performers and spend less time worrying about micromanaging

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

    Open minded, future thinking

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    Former Employee - Vice President Creative in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President Creative in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    The executive, account and creative teams are extremely open to ideas from everywhere and were embracing digital as fast as I've ever seen a traditional agency do it.

    Amazing office space in Plano

    Very transparent about the state of business

    Cons

    Agencies are all alike. Work hours for the creatives are not the greatest.

    Pitching like mad for new business really wears out the employees who are involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the transparency on the state of the business.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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