Starcom USA

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Starcom USA Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
119 Reviews

3.3
119 Reviews
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Starcom USA CEO Lisa Donohue
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to gain experience and industry "cred"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Starcom 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Advancement should be based solely on hard work, ability, and experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great for Experience, but Stringent in Practice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The Experience You Receive, Very Smart Colleagues, and Amount of Days Off

    Cons

    Cheap pay for amount of work, promotion process is slow, and work/life balance on certain teams could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the promotion process more flexible and work towards better work life balance if on a difficult account through setting expectations of client

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great launching pad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun culture and coworkers, great perks, well known clients

    Cons

    Always in flux, teams vary in terms of work-life balance, often feel out of control of your own career path, poor compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you stand for

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, relatively small salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing associates' salary to avoid turnover :)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward individuals more for the hard work they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people to work with, difficult with pay

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

    Pros

    - Culture
    - People
    - Benefits
    - Great educational opportunity

    Cons

    - Salary
    - Most accounts are terrible to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a healthy, competitive environment. If associates were paid more, no one would leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Media Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Place to start and gain experience

    Cons

    Low pay, long work hours

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Balance

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    While 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategy Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategy Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Some really cool accounts and opportunities to move and grow

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more and brainstorm various ways to empower them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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

    Pros

    They 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 :)

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Compensation 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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