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Starcom USA Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.4 57 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Starcom USA CEO Lisa Donohue

Lisa Donohue

(12 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good training program to learn the fundamentals of media(in 13 reviews)

  • You will learn about media planning and buying, lots of vacation, abundance of free meals/events/gifts/etc(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance depends directly on your team, i've seen it be great but they can also drive you into the ground(in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours, difficult to maintain healthy work-life balance, below industry compensation package(in 20 reviews)

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    Great company to gain experience and industry "cred"

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsStarcom has great credibility and respect in the media industry. You'll work with some of the best and brightest minds and some of the largest companies in the world.

    ConsThere is a great deal of nepotism and management is often reactive to attrition trends, combating low employee moral by promoting people who aren't yet qualified for the next level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvancement should be based solely on hard work, ability, and experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people to work with, difficult with pay

    Media Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- Culture
    - People
    - Benefits
    - Great educational opportunity

    Cons- Salary
    - Most accounts are terrible to work on

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's a healthy, competitive environment. If associates were paid more, no one would leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood Training
    Smart People
    Lots of vacation days
    Great place to get experience and go on to something better

    ConsNo work life balance. Expect to work late into the evening most nights and weekends frequently. Even if you are physically not in the office, you can expect to have your laptop open and doing work throughout your evening. If you have a family, don't expect to spend much time with them. Company overloads people with accounts so that there is no time to get done what is needed in a reasonable work day. Management is inconsistent. Some are great, others don't understand how to treat people with respect.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhile the business model is set up to have fewer people do more work, I have watched numerous people burn out and move on to other jobs. Take care of your people, don't push them to work 70-80 hour weeks and help balance people's lives. If you do, your retention and company satisfaction will improve dramatically.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Easy to get lost in the hussle, lots of politics and favorites, but exceptional work and GREAT experience and learning.

    Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThey train you very well. Especially if you're on a good team. You'll also get the chance to do a lot of cool work. Lot's of young people. Big brands. Lot's of Vacation time! 4 weeks as a new hire and you basically get Thanksgiving and Christmas week off. They do a lot to inspire a fun culture too like experience days you can take when ever you want. They also stock the fridges every Thursday and Friday with client brand beers :)

    ConsYou can get stuck at the bottom or in one place without recognition easily. Horrible compensation, but tis the industry. The work life balance depends directly on your team, i've seen it be great but they can also drive you into the ground. You have to have the guts to speak up and control your own direction. Can be frustrating to feel you're being left behind.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation is an obvious in order to keep great talent, also manage work-life balance across the organization. There's such a variance between teams, it's got to be due to culture not entirely workload.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There is a reason it is a revolving door

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsYou will learn about media planning and buying, lots of vacation, abundance of free meals/events/gifts/etc

    Cons- Most teams are under-staffed and combined with demanding clients leads to long hours
    - Low pay
    - Little consideration of career objectives by management
    - Few instances of talent development of the lower levels
    - It seems like the people that others don't like to work with are those getting promoted; also process for promotion is not clearly defined and seems political
    - Company is losing more clients than it is gaining

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some time to listen to the career objectives and desires of your employees and also ensure what is be preached at the VP level is being filtered down to the Director/AD level. There is a huge disconnect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good entry level job into the media industry

    Media Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat benefits, 23 paid days off a year, gym located across the street, Special K snacks and Coke products available in kitchen, happy hours with vendors, beer Thursday and Friday = great work culture

    ConsSlow growth within company, can work some pretty long hours, management and supervisors play favorites and often choose to be "friends" with their associates- which makes for some sticky situations under pressure and deadlines

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure the supervisors aren't dumping all of the work on their associates. Often times the supervisors leave at 5pm and the associates are left with hours of work that must be completed by the morning

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good starting point

    Media Supervisor (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat place to learn the ropes. You get a lot of vacation (10 Vaca days, 9 flex, and 18 paid holidays). You get exposure to a lot of the higher ups as well. It's a great team environment and they try to expose you to different accounts on a yearly basis.

    ConsDepending on your account, you could get a really heavy workload. If you get put on a very demanding brand, you may end up working a lot of late nights. Some people take the job way to seriously and can't really enjoy the perks of the job itself, and they let the brand get in the way of their personal life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep circulating people, and maintain a decent work-life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great training, management needs to improve

    Media Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- Great training at all levels
    - Great vacation package
    - Great health benefits
    - Free Kelloggs and Coke products
    - Free beer
    -Working with really smart people on global clients

    Cons- Management can be improved (micromanaging is common)
    - Long work hours
    - Hard to have life/work balance
    - Passive aggressive feedback given

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe whole philosophy that you have to "pay your dues" as an entry-level employee by working long hours is hard to accept as an employee. Management should respect the fact that people have lives outside of work and that endorsing life/work balance actually makes employees more effective and productive every day.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Media Associate

    Media Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- People are friendly
    - A very good place to start a marketing career
    - You will learn a lot

    Cons- Long hours
    - Sometime it seems like upper management don't really care because of the culture that everyone is supposed to work long hours and have a lot of work. There exists sort of a "just deal with it" mentality between higher up and lower level employee

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learn the basics

    Media Supervisor (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsStarcom provides a strong training program for entry level employees. The people are hardworking, fun and talented to work with.

    ConsIt is difficult to move around to different areas of the company to gain a more well-rounded experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in the people who work there, and provide them with adequate resources for further training and advance their careers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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