Starcom USA Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. A great Place to Start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom USA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture and Great Group of people to work with

    Cons

    Promotions and movement come slow


  2. Good culture, great people, interesting work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Company has put a big emphasis on culture over the past couple years which has really paid off. Good work/life balance (depending on role). Strong leadership.

    Cons

    Experience, work/life balance, access to management, etc. can vary dependent on specific assignment given how large the company is. My understanding is that some positions (esp. lower level) don't pay as well as competitive agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus on culture in order to keep entry level employees engaged.


  3. Work Hard, Paid Little

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off, smart/good people depending on the team you are on, big name clients, great experience to gain right out of college

    Cons

    Pay for junior level is terrible, and it is so hard to live on this salary in Chicago for 2+ years out of college; if you have debt there is no way to pay that back until you are promoted. Promotions take forever to happen and associates have been leaving to go to other companies that will promote them and pay them better. Work-life balance can also be really bad, and I can't imagine having children or any other big commitment while doing this job

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees (especially associates/supes) more money or they will leave. Top talent has been flooding out the door since I started.


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  5. Great place to start, not so great to stay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful career development and learning opportunities, great place for 20-somethings just getting started. Fun culture - beer nearly everyday, free coffee/cereal/soda daily along with many clubs to get involved with. Fantastic benefits and time off schedule.

    Cons

    Hard to move around after being in a role for more than couple years. Management styles vary widely and if you end up on a bad director's team, you're kind of screwed. Lots of discrimination against working parents - working mothers in particular (my experience was I was told I was "using my child as an excuse" and "your husband better be doing his part to care for your kid"). Pay is way below what competitors offer. Unless some serious changes are made, they will continue to lose rock star employees. It seems Starcom has seen it's day in the sun.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training for middle managers. Pay employees better so the good ones will want to stay.


  6. Great Place to Work (most of the time)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    Better work life balance as you become more senior. Lots of opportunity to contribute at all levels. Relatively easy access to senior management.

    Cons

    Under compensated if you stay too long. Often short staffed. Seems like business units don't have much autonomy to make financial decisions outside of Publicis.


  7. Supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment. great culture. good place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Low salary. long working hours. demanding turn around.

    Advice to Management

    Need to value employees more. Need to have consistent pay increase for valuable employees to keep them from leaving.


  8. Helpful (1)

    a mix of pros and cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Desire and reco from senior manager to take risks. Great people both nice and smart.

    Cons

    Risk taking is not embraced easily by a corporate climate as hierarchical as Starcom. Many are rewarded for tenure and playing the political game.

    Advice to Management

    reward ideas, promote based on contributions not tenure or age.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Media Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun culture and really easy work

    Cons

    TERRIBLE pay, horrible work-life balance (depending on team), Lack of forward thinking, all "re-structures" cater to the image of the company instead of improving day to day function, lack of upward mobility - revolving door of employees (mostly d/t low pay and work/life balance)

    Advice to Management

    Decrease number of employees and increase salaries - people would take their work more seriously if they were properly compensated for their time/efforts.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Solid Agency, with a few drawbacks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on the account, the workload is less stressful than most other agencies. Starcom has access to amazing resources to make your job easier. Decent company culture that is consistent from team to team. Leadership is optimistic and their vision is infectious. Training is incomparable within the industry.

    Cons

    With the restructure, one portion of the company called "Drive" has been royally screwed over. More accurately, it should be called "the slave ship." There is little use of thinking here, and whoever thought of this within the company is literally the worst. People get too stuck in rolls too specific with no transferable skills. Compensation is abysmal, and the number one contributor to the high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the Define-Design-Drive and Deliver structure. Worst idea ever, and the agency has suffered since this was enacted.


  11. I got a lot of hands on experience that interns usually don't receive - not administrative at all.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Office culture was amazing, pay was decent, they really wanted to give us interns any opportunity to explore the rest of the agency, sit in on speakers, and shadow other employees.

    Cons

    Could get slow at points, pay for regular employees isn't great, my team worked constantly, long hours are expected

    Advice to Management

    Don't go on such a power struggle, those lower may have great ideas



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