Starcom USA
3.4 of 5 115 reviews
www.starcomusa.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Starcom USA Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
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3.4 115 reviews

                             

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Starcom USA CEO Lisa Donohue

Lisa Donohue

(22 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good training program to learn the fundamentals of media"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Great benefits - lots of vacation, 35 hr minimum work week, 3 hr"
    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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    Director

    Director (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Prosnice team when times are good

    Consmost of the time bad team

    Advice to Senior Managementdont trust

    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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    Come on Management.

    Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsMost everyone was very laid back. A lot of very nice people, who were very intelligent.

    ConsSome of the managers were too laid back and waited for the last minute to review anything. Putting other employees in the nasty position of having to push timing back or spend hours after hours fixing everything. Supervisors were not trained how to manage others and how to manage their own stress level, often

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to training on each level and holding your managers accountable for their roles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits
    Big list of clients
    No micromanaging (at least in my group): just work hard, get your work done and no one will bother you.
    Large company meant more job security in the event we lost an account (which is inevitable in the ad industry)
    Lots of time off between all the holidays, flex days and vacation days.

    ConsPay is low in comparison to other agencies.
    Large agency means lots of silos and top management will not know who you are.
    Promoting inexperienced ppl is common.
    Lots of slackers go unnoticed which is frustrating for those that work hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to be accessible to the ppl in your department and know how everyone is performing. It's important to try to acknowledge and reward good talent in order to lessen turnover.

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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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    Low Pay, Strong Work/Life Focus

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStarcom does care about their employees and offers a range of benefits and a distinct focus on work/life balance that is rare in the agency world. The culture is fun & young, but hardworking. Additionally, the roster of clients includes some of the world's largest advertisers. An excellent resume builder and a good place to jump back once you've received a raise elsewhere.

    ConsPay is lower than industry average. Like with any agency, hours can be long and are dictated by client needs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible place to work

    Media A (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsFree cereal
    Free lunches
    Learn a lot

    ConsLow pay
    Bad work environment
    Bad management

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something

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

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    Glad that is over! Starcom (Miami Office)

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLocated in Coral Gables - close to many restaurants. Benefits are good.

    ConsManagement has no leadership skills and promote based on their friendship with other employees. Pay is low and no chance to grow - unless you become their favorite pet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to leadership seminars and start hiring people with experience.

    No, I would not 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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