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
Lisa Donohue
25 Ratings

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.  

    Research Manager

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Nepotism, can get lost in the crowd

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye out for the non-favorites

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Large agency w/ some good perks

    Former Employee - Associate Media Director  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Media Director in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance if you are on the right team. Good salaries.

    Cons

    The good old boy ways remain strong at times. ( Lots of favoritism abounds. )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees in a real manner, in real-time.

  3.  

    Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great clients, good experience and a lot of responsibility, much opportunity to learn

    Cons

    On some accounts, management can be very difficult and argumentative with employees, and there is not a lot of appreciation, work hours are extremely long day to day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more positive work environment, appreciate and take care of employees. Keeping up morale and bringing up individuals instead of bringing them down can create a much better relationship with client and stronger work output.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ideal Entry-Level Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Integrated Media Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Integrated Media Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Starcom provides the resources to learn the fundamental skills needed in media planning/buying

    Cons

    Once you've mastered the application of these skills, the development, creation and progress of following your career path is in your hands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, acknowledgement and appreciation are key to a successful team/company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beginning to a Media career

    • 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

    Lots of benefits from clients made its way to employees, such as free Kellogs products!

    Cons

    Once you are assigned to a team, you may not like the director or teammates, who have full control over your next rotation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote Associates to Supervisors just because they've spent their 2 years there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place for the "bottom 50%"

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

    Pros

    Client roster, rotational program, office location

    Cons

    Non-monetary perks (client dinners, "freebies", vacation calendar) get old very quickly. What incentivizes a 23 year old doesn't work on older employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to business school. Learn how to run your business & grow your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Casual Culture, High Performing Teams

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

    Pros

    Generous time off policy
    Intense Learning & Development programs
    Work Hard, Play hard mentality

    Cons

    Would love to see more diversity in our employee population

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more often!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Timely reviews, holidays and vacation time off, media tools and training, research expertise, opportunity to work on large accounts

    Cons

    Upper management heavy, employee pay less than competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More global office learnings shared

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Your experience at SMG depends on which account you are placed

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

    Pros

    A lot of vacation days/paid time off, fun perks to the job.

    Cons

    Your experience can really depend on which account you are placed on. If you are on a good account you will be able to leave at 5 every day and have a good work/life balance. If you're on a bad account you will be working late nights regularly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to do a better job of pushing back on clients if the team isn't scoped to do what the client is asking for.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Starcom is an amazing company to work for.

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

    Pros

    Starcom not only has one of the most renown training programs, but the experience you will gain here is second to none. The job gets stressful at times but there are always people willing to help out and answer questions.

    Cons

    For the amount of work you do, it seems Starcom pays less then other agencies in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think there are some amazing leaders here as well as some terrible ones. However, I think that is how it is at any company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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