Starcom USA Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Starcom USA CEO Lisa Donohue
Lisa Donohue
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance if you are on the right team (in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits - lots of vacation, 35 hr minimum work week, 3 hr (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Most teams are under-staffed and combined with demanding clients leads to long hours (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Come for the experience; leave with your expertise

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Starcom USA

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot so long as you're on the right team and product. Lots of emphasis on digital, especially in the programmatic space.

    Cons

    Restructuring has left the company inefficient. Little faith that the company will grow so long as they keep this up. Also, the pay is terrible compared to your market value.


  2. Media Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good people, good structure, good leadership

    Cons

    low compensation, long work hours

    Advice to Management

    Work on showing you value your employees by higher compensation and a better work-life balance


  3. The People Are Top Notch

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

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people! Really awesome, smart people who are willing to bring great ideas to life. Made some lifelong friends at this company. The clients! Worked on very large, well-known brands from day one of working at the agency. The level of responsibility given and the opportunity to learn new things was amazing.

    Cons

    Long hours - Never saying no to clients means working to turn things around in a crunch. When everything is business critical, you can find yourself working from 8am until midnight for months and months on end. Low pay - Lots of people ended up leaving for more money at other agencies or in ad sales.


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  5. Assoc Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good place for first job out of college.

    Cons

    limited work life balance. Clients less focused on big ideas and more focused on efficiencies and impressions. Programmatic will change the face of the way business is done

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to be more focused on the people. It's more about meeting numbers than staffing appropriately and ensuring employees are happy. Work life balance is an issue.


  6. Starcom

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great resources and support from research teams. Internal programs to promote innovation.

    Cons

    Accounts not effectively/efficiently staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more cross location interactions.


  7. Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High level of responsibility, exposure to new thinking, experience across many disciplines, strong culture. There is an ability to create the team dynamic that you want without limitation

    Cons

    High stress levels due to client deliverables, not all teams are the same. Small team dynamics are different than those with bigger teams.


  8. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Search Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Search Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's great to work on large accounts There are a lot of cool events The benefits and perks The team is great and very helpful It's a great place to start your career

    Cons

    They take a long time to promote you They seem to take a long time to hire people They are understaffed It's hard to learn new skills because no one seems to have time to train you Salaries are a little below the industry average

    Advice to Management

    Don't take so long to promote your employees


  9. It depends

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of really smart people

    Cons

    With so many people, work tends to get siloed and there is little exposure outside your own work. Also very establishment - you either drink the koolaid and love it there, or hate it.


  10. Media Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    culture, benefits, people, networking opportunities, paid vacation/days off

    Cons

    sometimes long hours, pay starts off low


  11. Work Hard, Paid Little

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off, smart/good people depending on the team you are on, big name clients, great experience to gain right out of college

    Cons

    Pay for junior level is terrible, and it is so hard to live on this salary in Chicago for 2+ years out of college; if you have debt there is no way to pay that back until you are promoted. Promotions take forever to happen and associates have been leaving to go to other companies that will promote them and pay them better. Work-life balance can also be really bad, and I can't imagine having children or any other big commitment while doing this job

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees (especially associates/supes) more money or they will leave. Top talent has been flooding out the door since I started.



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