Starcom USA

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Starcom USA Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
125 Reviews
3.2
125 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 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.  

    The training program is amazing!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    training program is great
    professional atmosphere
    work environment

    Cons

    low pay
    inefficient processes
    management could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay to increase incentives of well qualified applicants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and perks, work with smart people

    Cons

    Very cliquey, limited growth internally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Cool Culture, Cold Pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom USA

    Pros

    Coworkers, free breakfast, perks depending on your team/account

    Cons

    Long work hours, lack of transparency, salary isn't competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Represent the experience model in all facets not just on paper.

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  5.  

    If you want to work with the most talented people in the business, this is the place for you.

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent career growth and development opportunities; committed and hard-working leadership; best accounts in the business; strong training programs; good tools and systems; truly pushing the envelope and doing cutting-edge work. People work hard, but there truly is balance and support for people "having a life" outside of work.

    Cons

    The IT support stinks. There sometimes seems to be more financial driven decision making than talent driven. That being said, still seems better than most competitors in this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's all about the talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Your chance to work on the biggest brands in the US and world

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Experience working on the biggest of the big brands
    Great benefits and vacation time
    Relatively little drama for an agency
    Job security is better than at other agencies
    A great deal of training for new hires (if they ask for it)

    Cons

    Accountants run the place
    It can be a 'sink or swim' environment - depending on your team
    Promotions tend to be more political vs your abilities and talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, you do well. I think you should nurture the young talent a bit more. They all seem to leave soon after the 2nd year for better opportunities outside Starcom. It would also be nice to know how the business is doing from a financial perspective. Starcommers never really know until Maurice Levy gives his end of the year wrap-up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing summer full of learning and fun

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Strategy Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Strategy Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Starcom USA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team, supervisors cared about development and providing a rich experience, relaxed work environment, casual dress code, lunch & learns saved a lot of money, vendor parties

    Cons

    Wish there were more opportunities for interns to get to know each other socially, did not get a chance to meet upper management as interns

    Recommends
  8.  

    LOVED being an intern here

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

    I worked at Starcom USA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great perks, great people. I loved it

    Cons

    can get lost in the crowd

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Research Manager

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  10.  

    Large agency w/ some good perks

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

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

    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.

  11.  

    Manager

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

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

    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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