Starcom USA

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Starcom USA Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
130 Reviews
3.4
130 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good training program to learn the fundamentals of media (in 14 reviews)

  • Decent work-life balance if you are on the right team (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • This depends on what account you're on but the work-life balance can be awful (in 17 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.  

    Media Buying

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Pros

    Cross-athlete experience on high profile account

    Cons

    there are no cons to this job.

  2.  

    Try to Mask Broken System with Perks

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Pros

    Good perks, such as happy hours, events, etc.

    People are very friendly, family oriented

    Cons

    Office structure makes it hard to get promoted/get a raise. Goes straight from Associate>Supervisor>AMD>VP, with nothing in betwen

  3.  

    Great for recent grads

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

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

    Pros

    Great way to meet new people and learn a lot in a short period of time

    Cons

    Less than ideal work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Was a good company a couple years ago but now losing steam.

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Pros

    Your peers, amount of holiday and PTO is also a bonus.

    Cons

    Short-sighted, don't value good talent, and the people at the top are looking out for themselves/each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to learn

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Pros

    Smart people and great training programs make this a great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Not dissimilar from agency life in general, the hours and pressure can be tough, especially given the low pay in the early going.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Media Agency

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

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

    Pros

    -Great people, everyone is always willing to lend a hand
    -Awesome office environment
    -Lots of time off
    -So many perks, free Divvy membership, discounted gym membership, great cell phone plans
    -Good work life balance

    Cons

    -Teams are kind of a hit or miss, which can make or break your work experience
    -Hours can be long during certain times of year
    -Lower salary than average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started off as a great experience...

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

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great experience to learn how a big agency functions
    - Access to a ton of resources and tools
    - Team members (well some anyway) are very helpful
    - Free drinks and snacks

    Cons

    - Upper management treats Associates and Temps terribly for really no reason
    - High turnover
    - Pay is awful for the amount of work people put into projects
    - This depends on what account you're on but the work-life balance can be awful
    - Upper management really do not know what they're doing sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - As most reviews on here say, I believe it would be wise for the company to actually invest in its workers. This would decrease the turnover rate and provide a more clear career path. I noticed that people, including myself, get trained fairly well and then leave for much better opportunities.

    - Promote people to higher level positions based on performance and not style or office politics. Most of my supervisors really did not know what they were doing most of the time during big projects and it was stressful.

    - Judging from my conversations with employees from other sister agencies such as Zenith, Spark, and etc., Publicis Groupe in general needs to treat their workers like actual people and not sheep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was a very enjoyable experience

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

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, great working environment

    Cons

    Promotions were hard to come buy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to start.

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    - Great amount of time off.
    - Good people.
    - Great office location.
    - Great perks.
    - Good training programs
    Overall good place to work right out of college.

    Cons

    -Pay
    -Compensation for employee hard work and dedication
    - Not all teams are treated equally.
    - Some managers are harder to work with than others
    - Not all entry level associates are given same opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to those on the bottom. The one doing the day to day leg work seem to get the least attention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    High turnover for a reason

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Associate
    Former Employee - Junior Associate

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    not much except you get some experience to put on your resume, solid company but run poorly, can easily consolidate certain positions but too much back and forth going on, fun work environment very relaxed at times, daily ups and downs

    Cons

    completely micro managed, no organizational structure, outdated systems, need to implement new operational standards, low compensation, lot of know-it-all people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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