Starcom Worldwide

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Starcom Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
60 Reviews
3.3
60 Reviews
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Starcom Worldwide CEO Lisa Donohue
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31 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You meet a lot of great people that are young and energetic about advertising (in 10 reviews)

  • Wonderful work/life balance aided by superb benefits and time-off (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours for most teams (which is to be expected in this industry) (in 9 reviews)

  • Little work life balance; expectations that you are "always on" -- even when you are out on PTO (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Dynamic and inspiring agency

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package from the day you start -- from vacation to health to 401K. Young, vibrant workplace. Top blue chip brands on the roster.

    Cons

    You don't start making competitive salaries until you've been at the company for 4-5 years. Little work life balance; expectations that you are "always on" -- even when you are out on PTO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more leadership training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good, but leadership needs more training

    Former Employee - Media Supervisor
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Well oiled machine. You're never questioning what your responsibilities are. Ability to work on some big name brands.

    Cons

    No rhyme or reason for who gets promoted. Many people in the more senior positions are not equipped to be leaders.

  3.  

    Great on the resume, hard on the soul.

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

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

    Pros

    Some great people, beautiful women, lots of free bonuses, awesome on the resume, long list of blue chip clients

    Cons

    Hard work is less important than tenure and who you are friends with. Pay is less than what you can make as an intern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better and simpler systems in place to reward on performance.

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

    Great people, not great pay

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

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

    Pros

    You meet a lot of great people that are young and energetic about advertising! Clients are top notch too and really challenge you to think differently.

    Cons

    There are a lot of long nights and it's not until you move up in rank that you start making a livable wage. Needless to say, there's a lot of turn over at the associate level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preserve your talent!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good As A Career Starting Point

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

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

    Pros

    encourages innovation; access to the most advanced techniques/methods of the industry; good work life balance and lots of PTO's (about 40 including Holidays)

    Cons

    uncompetitive compensation, very limited salary raise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great training for straight out of college

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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

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

    Pros

    Want immediate responsibility over massive budgets, incredible client exposure, and tons and tons of outings and other perks? This is a phenomenal place to cut your teeth, with some really terrific mentors, and unparalleled opportunity.

    Cons

    Media agencies pay nothing at the bottom rung, and don't start to pay acceptably for a few promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are no management issues. It's a big agency, and there will always be big agency issues, but it's still a great place, if you're not looking for a small company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Cog in the machine

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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 Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training program. Casual dress environment. Free sodas, swag, magazines and other little perks.

    Cons

    The main problem, at a low level at least, is that you are treated as completely replaceable, interchangeable and of little value. They (some managers) will even tell you that your role is menial and that you are essentially doing a worthless job. What a way to motivate new employees! The entry level jobs are pretty cookie cutter, truth be told, and many people leave after a year or two.

    Experiences vary widely depending on what team you are with, and you never really know where you will end up, so in addition to being menial you are relatively powerless to direct your career. To add insult to injury there is shockingly poor compensation for entry level positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all workers as valuable. Part of this is better compensation, but morale is just generally poor because people are constantly treated as (and sometimes told they are) cogs in a machine.

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

    Too Big for Its Britches

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

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good time off & benefits
    Best talent in media
    Top tier clients

    Cons

    The company has become more concerned with its public appearance and winning awards than focusing on its most important resource: its talent! Teams are understaffed and overworked and open positions remain unfilled for way too long. The company works lean to pad the bottom line. Raises are non existent and there are no incentives for long hours and hard work. While the company does give extra days off as a reward, the workload makes it hard to take advantage of the "gift." There is a lot of talk from upper management about innovation and how Starcom is changing the industry. While there have been some great new innovations and thinking launched in the last couple years, some of it is smoke and mirrors, especially in new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Awards are great, but your talent is your most important asset. Don't just say you recognize your talent, show that you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Media Supervisor

    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, fun non-monetary perks, big clients

    Cons

    entry level salary low compared to competitors, talent retention is poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a way to retain/foster top talent

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning Experience in the Media Field

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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 Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Huge amount of resources
    Great clients
    Good learning and training opportunities

    Cons

    The compensation is the worst in media in Chicago (from what I've heard)
    Hours are really long

    Approves of CEO

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