Starcom USA

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Starcom USA Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.4 116 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Starcom USA CEO Lisa Donohue

Lisa Donohue

(24 ratings)

70% 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 company, relatively small salary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Great company culture
    -Great benefits
    -Some of the biggest clients in the world
    -Advanced multicultural capabilities

    Cons-Salary is a bit low

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider increasing associates' salary to avoid turnover :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Good place to start your career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStarcom's strongest asset is its people. Everyone here is a great worker and willing to help you out and listen.

    ConsIf you are not working with the right people, being promoted can be very difficult. Company makes it very difficult to negotiate your salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward individuals more for the hard work they do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Media Associate

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Place to start and gain experience

    ConsLow pay, long work hours

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    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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    Its all about your account and team - its a mixed bags of nuts

    Strategy Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSome really cool accounts and opportunities to move and grow

    ConsIt all comes down to the team you are on and who you are paired with. Some account are horrible and others are cake. Turnover like any agency is high but only on the shitty accounts. A lot of it comes down to the senior management. Great leaders have efficient teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees more and brainstorm various ways to empower them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with great growth opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity for growth is very high. Work with the best brands and clients in the business for those who have gone to school to do so.

    ConsStarting salary can hinder here; its hard to live in a big city on this salary. Time needs to go in to come out with the job you truly desire in the long run.

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

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