Starcom Worldwide Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Starcom Worldwide CEO Lisa Donohue
Lisa Donohue
33 Ratings

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

  • Management is open to work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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

  • Hard work is less important than tenure and who you are friends with (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Media Buyer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide

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

    Pros

    Many office perks, great management.

    Cons

    Long hours, minimum compensation


  2. Great for Big Brands and TV, but Digital Suffers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Digital Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Digital Director in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Learn a great deal about media in a very short time
    Work for big brands, which builds your resume
    Great for learning big branding campaigns and how to execute on them
    Promoted quickly, depending on your managers and client
    Lisa Donahue, CEO, is really trying to help adapt to the new market place

    Cons

    Little supervision of juniors due to improper staffing
    Very focused on TV and digital gets the shaft (even when clients ask for more digital)
    Digital media is ALWAYS understaffed - Management doesn't understand digital people do everything from strategy, to planning, to building campaigns, optimizing and reporting
    Global teams are a joke. None of the offices play nice together. Starcom isn't organized to manage truly global corporations because each office is a separate 'kingdom.'
    The CEO's senior leads don't seem that interested in adapting to a new digital world...at least not fast enough to remain competitive with other holding companies
    Brand advertising is the focus, so Starcom really fails its direct response advertisers. Don't ask Starcom to help drive sales or generate leads. It's not in their DNA.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be considered a digitally savvy agency, then staff the discipline correctly and give people a focus. Right now, all digital people are so overwhelmed, no one has a deep skill set, and you need it for digital media. Get off the TV planning/buying crack. Starcom is known for its TV buying rates and not its digital expertise. Adapt or die. Or, shift the digital work to one of the agencies in the Publicis Groupe family.

    We have no idea how all the client losses and media reviews will pan out: We think there will be massive layoffs if Starcom loses its a big CPG client.


  3. A lot of opportunity to grow

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide

    Pros

    Foster a great team environment

    Cons

    Can be spread too thin across too many projects


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  5. Learn a lot about Media

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to learn a lot of about media.

    Cons

    No employee recognition. Low pay. Bad at communication.

    Advice to Management

    More encouragement for low level employees.


  6. Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a tremendous amount in a very short time. Training is top-notch and there is a lot of room to advance is you are driven and work hard. Many different opportunities to dive deep into specific interest areas.

    Cons

    Overall satisfaction depends on your manager and that can change often. Promotions are not always given to the most deserving candidate and can turn into a popularity contest. Salary isn't the best and there are no incentives to not hop to another agency when offered as they don't offer big raises until you are already half out the door. Hours can vary and be very long. Not a great work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Offer employees options of moving groups more easily. Sometimes your direct manager can easily block this and hinder personal growth. Reward loyalty.


  7. It is a great experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starcom Worldwide

    Pros

    The teams atmosphere is amazing. everyone is willing to help out with anything you need. You get a lot of holidays off as well as unlimited sick days.

    Cons

    Takes a while to get hired. I've heard that it sometime has taken a couple of months to get approval once hired. They loose a lot of prospects because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Teach those below you all apsects of the business.


  8. 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.


  9. Dynamic and inspiring agency

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Provide more leadership training opportunities.


  10. Great on the resume, hard on the soul.

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

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

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Great people, not great pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Preserve your talent!!



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