SSCG Media Group Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. A great place to start or continue a career

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    Current Employee - Media Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Media Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at SSCG Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working at SSCG for a little bit over a year. The best thing about my job are the people who I work with. If you are coming in to an entry level position, you will soon find that all managers and higher ups are 100% willing to help you grow and learn. I have never once felt nervous or intimidated to ask questions. Training is very important and I'm pretty amazed at how much I've learned about the industry in the last year.

    The benefits and health care coverage are all very impressive. The vacation days and days off are also incredible. There is a large break during the holidays and you even get your birthday as a vacation day! Also, during the summer we get out at 1:00pm.

    Pharmaceutical media planning is also, in general, a pretty fun industry to be in. It's a "smallish" industry filled with fun, smart people.

    I was once told that "People don't leave SSCG. They just continue to move up the ladder" and I really think that this is true. There are so many employees here that have created a career and a life for themselves at SSCG. They have started as coordinators or assistants and have moved up to be supervisors, vice presidents, ect.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a set 9-5, this might not be the place for you. There are going to be some late nights here and there, especially during planning season. However, if you work after 9:00PM, a car is provided to ensure that you get home safely.

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  2. Amazing place to begin/continue your career!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SSCG Media Group (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy coming to work each day because I work with such a great group of people. You feel like you are part of a family. Supervisors are always there for support and have your back no matter what. The department takes their core values of Substance, Style, Conviction, and Grace very seriously and it exudes through the work delivered. SSCG is constantly evolving and staying ahead of the times, always creating new opportunities for employees and challenging them. Managing Partner Debbie Renner, has been a mentor to me throughout my many years with the group. She is so approachable, hardworking, intelligent and caring. I can't imagine our group being where we are today without her leadership. The company is very generous with time-off (we get the whole week off Christmas-New Years!), Summer Fridays, Birthday off, encourages volunteering with GoodWorks program, and offers great benefits. Overall, amazing place to work!

    Cons

    You will stay very busy and at times (especially during planning season), there can be a few late nights. Otherwise, work-life balance is a priority.

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  3. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SSCG Media Group (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    SSCG Media is a really a family. Employees' are cared about and treated extremely well. Managers have an open door policy and any time I have needed support or asked for help, they have been there for me. I feel I am set up for success and have the tools I need to do my job well. They have their employees' back! Managers work hard and lead by example. There is an opportunity to be exposed to all types of multichannel media which is exciting. We take advantage of tried and true but also are one step ahead and launch new offerings/technology. We are definitely considered a leader and experts in the field. We do things right and offer clients the best work possible and we have fun!

    Cons

    Not exactly a con but you will be busy, work hard and multitask.

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  5. It really doesn’t get any better than SSCG Media!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSCG Media Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I’m still blown away by this place. Everyone works so hard because they genuinely care about doing amazing work. The core values they talked about in my interview are “real” and not just lip service. I’ve been with several media agencies and have never been at a place that cares so much about their people, about fostering an environment of “good human beings” who respect each other, and about constantly evolving and improving themselves. They are way ahead of their competitors and I’m proud to be a part of it. Leadership is very forward thinking and works just as hard as everyone else -- if not harder. They really care - and it shows.

    Cons

    You work really hard. But then again, if you're dedicated and do a great job - there is huge career opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you!

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  6. Good experience at SSCG

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Media Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at SSCG Media Group full-time

    Pros

    I had a good experience with SSCG. My advice for some one new working there would be to work hard and participate and it will pay off. Very reasonable hours- only longer hours during planning season. They really try to make the workplace a positive environment with events and some learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Communication and processes could improve. Its probably part of the growing pains of a small company expanding quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each brand team, department, location functions a little differently for a small company so that could be the reason for some negative opinions and an area to work on. This company definitely has the opportunity to grow and succeed even more.

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  7. Great Team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSCG Media Group full-time

    Pros

    Unlike other agencies, SSCG does not have a crazy high rate of turnaround. In fact, I believe the average tenure here is 3 to 5 years, which is almost unheard of in the agency world. And after working here, I can see why. SSCG's team is smart and hardworking (you will not find better experts in the healthcare media space), but equally, they know how to have fun and the leadership here is committed to fostering a strong, positive company culture. On top of that, they genuinely care about the work-life balance of everyone on the team, and are always able to accommodate your needs.

    Cons

    You stay busy, but the work can ebb and flow. Some weeks are worse than others, which is pretty standard. You just have to be flexible and aware.

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  8. Black spot on my resume and maybe your too

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    Former Employee - Digital Media in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Media in New York, NY

    I worked at SSCG Media Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's really easy to get a job here because they don't know what they're hiring and if you stay 3 years you get to be called "vice president" of something and then you can hire people to do jobs you don't understand.

    Cons

    Personal Experience: My 3 bosses and 10 coworkers who thought they were my bosses all fought each other over the best way to destroy every campaign I ever created and if you work at SSCG, everyone outside the organization will question your competence because they assume the poor results being produced are being produced by you and they don't realize that everyone inside butchered your creations so your professional reputation will take a nosedive and you'll have no successful projects to put on your resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't understand a channel, then outsource the work to a company who does because this is better than the strategy of hiring a person to manage a channel and then ruining that person's work and future prospects with your need to have input and the channels which SSCG does not know are SEO, SEM, email and anything related to conversion tracking and attribution.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9. What are your values? Fair, Ethical, family, fun? Your in the right place then.

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    Former Employee - Digital Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Operations in New York, NY

    I worked at SSCG Media Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Debbie Renner (smart) sets the tone of a fair, ethical, fun, and family supported work environment. They really care about you, and they work to see you succeed. Summer hours, lots of time off around the holidays, cool party's, free fruit, hands down best people on the planet to work with, Dave is awesome! Promote him!

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive with the industry, innovation is stagnant, clearly a "click" environment but if you are not in a click you still feel welcome and will excel with great work. This is a company you can retire with because the culture is so amazing. Ooh that is a pro... I loved this company and the people. I only left because of salary and my skills were not growing as the company is limited in what they can do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at where you want the company to be in 10 years NOW, and set aside some man power to get there. Do not just maintain the current business, be pioneers and look at where the industry is trending. The new business will not only allow you to be more competitive in your salary range, but also make you GOD's in the space. I want to see this company succeed!

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  10. Clicky...worse than mean girls make sure to fake a smile

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSCG Media Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    summer Fridays...get off at 1pm memorial day through labor day

    Cons

    This department is full of women the few men that were there left. It is a group of overly clicky highschool mentality people. All they do is have a few big accounts that bring in the money and the women just get promoted and pregnant thats it. If you want to pretend you have a career but you really just want a maternity leave go to SSCG.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DEBBIE RENNER is a complete scatter brain no idea what is going on half the time. she should be home with her kid instead of spending over nights in the hotel next door.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  11. Okay, if you fit in....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SSCG Media Group full-time

    Pros

    If you fit in everyone supports you and praises galore.

    Cons

    ..If you don't it won't last long

    Doesn't Recommend
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