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.  

    Good place to take part in impactful media projects.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Starcom USA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work ethic and culture, interesting campaigns and projects being worked on and developed, smart and experienced individuals that work there.

    Cons

    Felt a bit too corporate for what I was looking for, wasn't able to always see the bigger picture behind all the work, limited training after the first few weeks on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support greater involvement and training for employees and allow for more development of skills outside of the day to day tasks.

  2.  

    Good Brands, Bad Managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Exposure to great clients from huge companies and very cool brands. Peer colleagues were great, big teams with a wide variety of talents.

    Cons

    Little desire to mentor and train employees at lower levels resulting in higher attrition rates. Many low people don't feel "the love" and more like a cog in the wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to train your employees and develop them as people and employees to help with consistency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great for Experience, but Stringent in Practice

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

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

    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
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  5.  

    Great company to gain experience and industry "cred"

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  6.  

    Great launching pad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    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
  7.  

    Great company, relatively small salary

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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

    -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
  8.  

    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

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

    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
  9.  

    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

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    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
  10.  

    Media Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Pros

    Great Place to start and gain experience

    Cons

    Low pay, long work hours

  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

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

    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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