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Tag Worldwide Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
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  1.  

    Good place for your development

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

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

    Pros

    - 401K match
    - Laid-back atmosphere
    - Work-life balance
    - Beer Fridays/cookie Wednesdays
    - Food/snacks in kitchen
    - Not a lot of politics
    - Generous and flexible PTOs
    - Flexible career paths (that is, if you decide to push yourself)
    - International experience
    - Great client base
    - Recognition for good work

    Cons

    - Low compensations for low-level employees (although their hours are significantly better than typical NYC agencies)
    - Freedom and flexibility can lead to chaos for some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have dialogues, not planned meetings or speeches
    - Make compensations more competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Love my experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate (I Do Not Work On the Account Side) in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate (I Do Not Work On the Account Side) in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Global company, which allows for broader experiences
    Well known clients
    Strong Social Responsibility program (we often volunteer in shelters and donate to charities)
    Great Soho location
    Opportunity for growth
    Laid back work environment (casual attire, beer Fridays, cookie Wednesdays, friendly employees)

    Cons

    Strict budgets doesn't allow for much creativity
    Lots of turnover understandably caused by recent Williams Lea acquisition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've been here for a few months and have yet to find any pros. Beer Friday is cool

    Cons

    Some people who work there are friendly and helpful whereas the other 90% are miserable, rude, stuck up and extremely under qualified.

    Management is terrible - they have no management skills in terms of both workload and managing employees, employee conflicts, etc. There is no clear role of job duties based on your position - work is basically pawned off onto others. Anyone with the word "senior" in their job title is a complete joke - it means nothing aside from that they've been there too long and couldn't move up to a higher position.

    Salary is low

    Being run by Williams Lea makes the company so corporate it hurts. Also, any Tag director or above is pretty much Williams Lea's puppet. Anyone on the executive level at Tag is way under qualified and if they're British they have the job for that reason.

    There is a lot of favoritism. If someone on the executive level doesn't know you they act like you don't exist.

    Do not bother working here unless you're desperate. You lose all motivation extremely fast and you'll find yourself bored out of your mind every day. Also, the company tries to sell itself for way more than it is. When you interview you'll be shown certain offices that make you think it's such a cool, modern agency. Then you work there and realize you never get to see those areas and that the place is sooo outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring people who are actually qualified would be a great start

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Beer Fridays, fruit 2 or 3 days a week, cookie Wednesdays, and casual dress

    Cons

    Disorganization and low pay. The usual sexism with a touch of the usual racism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize! Stop the favoritism!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good job for "right out of school graduates" not for experienced workers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good location. Easy to travel to via bus or train. Paid medical for employees with certain restrictions. vacation and sick days.

    Cons

    Low pay. Very bad office culture. No real defined chance for advancement. No annual review system in place that was ever adhered to. Confusing and antiquated PC based system to book and track work. Weak and undertrained managers with little or no people skills and not much business sense. BRITISH OWNED AND MANAGED and i observed more than once that American employees were treated with disdain and british employees were treated much more favorably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to become better, more fair managers to all of the people who work for you. go to school, improve your skills. read an american history book and learn about the country you're working and living in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    International crowd, talented resources, flexible hours

    Cons

    Incompetent management, unfriendly environment, unorganized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worldwriters: code blue! Someone stop this massive bleed!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coffee. Tea. Cookies. Yay?!
    I'll admit the beer on Fridays was cool, too, though.

    Cons

    'Hold your fire!!!'

    Run don't walk is right. This place doesn't know if it's coming or going. Management makes decisions on a whim and often without consulting itself, leading to massive disorder and disorganization. The company will often present itself as being a beautiful shiny luxury car when in fact it's a rusted Yugo from the 80s. You know the kind: it may not have a brain, but but it has heart and hot damn if it will still run!

    The ex-managing director, who left in April 2014, would brag that he had a Harvard degree. FALSE. He had a CERTIFICATE from a few courses that anyone can apply to. Not an actual degree from having been a matriculated student. As an Ivy graduate myself I found this to be incredibly insulting that he would dare consider himself among my ranks.

    Your workday will either be crazy upon crazy busy where you're lucky to get out on time, or you will have absolutely nothing to do to the point where you have to just start making stuff up or YouTubing all day. Management knows this and they just kind of turn a blind eye.

    And about that management: it's chock-full of language company rejects who put down a year or two as project managers and then get recruited to come here to try and implement the ideas that got them fired at their last stints. Clients see this disarray and how it bleeds down the ranks, often leading to development issues that themselves bleed into project management issues. As an example, my direct boss at Worldwriters came from a company where she said she was in a certain position with certain responsibilities. Except that the CEO of her ex-company and I are close friends; he confirmed that the position she claims she was in at his company had not existed there for the past three or four years! I guess Worldwriters should have done their research! Fail.

    That is the type of culture you will work in at Worldwriters.

    Revenue: the company basically needs to do one of two things: get creative in terms of figuring out ways to boost revenue; or start laying people off. In either case the revenue simply does not support the number of staffers. Period.

    WorldWriters is owned by TAG, itself owned by Williams Lea, one of the world's largest outsourcers. The company basically strives to make itself look better financially by maintaining its British headquarters while 95% of the workforce is in far cheaper India, where salaries are a fraction of what they would be in London.

    Worldwriters as a whole simply doesn't get it. It has become grossly apparent that the parent company, TAG, has its stuff together. It has policy, structure, organization, and everything else. Worldwriters simply chooses to play by its own rules until it comes time to scold you. They want to consider themselves and 'ally' to creative agencies, but that couldn't be further from the truth. True creative agencies: Ogilvy, Y&R, Laird. Not Worldwriters. The actual agencies know what they're doing and they're very good at it and have been in practice for quite some time. They are not going to rely upon some two-bit Worldwriters for any worthy assistance. This certainly explains why the executive creative director has been with the company for so long- because he and his team know that they would be nothing elsewhere.

    Advice: take a job with this company only if you're absolutely, positively desperate and need a source of income. Keep in the very good graces of your clients, treat them like royalty, respect and honor them, and you will receive the same from them. And when the time comes for Worldwriters to let you go, feel free to reach out to those clients at your new gig.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is absolutely nothing you would do if suggested nor is there anything you could that would persuade me to think you were even remotely willing to heed any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to start, but not a good place to stay

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

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

    Pros

    Top-of-the-line macs, access to pretty much any software you need, relaxed jeans and t-shirt environment (in general, when there's not clients parading through), Free beer on fridays and cookies on wednesday if you like that sort of thing. Some interesting work and/or clients which makes for good mentions on the resume. Good place to start or to put a few stars on the resume in order to get to somewhere better.

    Cons

    NO opportunities for advancement unless you're in with a very select few. NO correlation between title and responsibilities, as you end up doing things well above and beyond your job description (of course it's expected but one of those things left unsaid). Lots of BS paper work and feel-good corporate programs that account to nothing. Can be VERY click-y, as most of the agency is below the age of 35 and there are standard high-school politics at play. No real defined purpose of agency as it seems the standard rule is "make it cheap and don't say no," which is going to step on more than a few toes considering the agency is supposed to work with other CREATIVE agencies and be nothing more than a PRODUCTION agency. Salaries are, of course, below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen when those lowly employees below you say the business practices only have the clients' best interests in mind. It isn't a sweat shop, and if the management doesn't value what the employees do, why should anyone else? Also, maybe pay people better or provide opportunities for advancement and you wouldn't have the crazy turnover you do...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The North America business is still undergoing a transition from Williams Lea to Tag Worldwide

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    There is a great deal of talent in the organization. They are extremely dedicated to provided value to their clients.

    Cons

    Aside from the talented workforce, the organization lacks focus, direction and the infrastructure for sustained growth. Employment is dependent on client account renewals, which few corporate opportunities outside of New York.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing the middle market segment, leadership can't just go after Fortune 100/500 clients. Invest in technology for both front and back-office functions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great for kids, a danger to mid- or advanced-career

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

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

    Pros

    95% of staff are friendly, easy-going (but see Cons below)
    Beer on Fridays and fruit or snacks most other days
    Starbucks coffee
    Healthcare is good but co-pays could be better ($50 specialist co-pays and mediocre deductibles; dental and eye are pretty good.
    You may get to work with experienced non-management people who actually know what they’re doing; consider them a good asset, keep them close

    Cons

    Firstly, whoever wrote the review from August 31, 2012: ‘Fun, engaging, the kind of job you jump out of bed for’ – was your bedroom on fire?

    On to the list:

    Positively no leadership or guidance, despite there being a director of seemingly everything. The result is getting conflicting direction from multiple people. What’s the saying about too many cooks…?

    Promotions: nearly always given to people already in middle- to upper-management. In three years, I never saw a ‘Newsflash’ email about a low-level being promoted. They were always for C-levels and higher being promoted to even higher positions.

    Do you value structure, organization, and clear sense of responsibility and appreciate them as helpful to your development? This place is NOT for you.

    Are you self-driven and self-motivated? Run, don’t walk from this place! Tag is a place for those who prefer to take orders, not take ownership and leadership.

    The company is relatively old yet still wants to treat itself and act like it’s a start-up, further perpetuated by the tee-shirt-and-jeans atmosphere.

    The remaining 5% of the staff will make your work life a living hell, certainly more than the 95% that make it pleasant.

    Almost no one shows up to work ready to actually work. The first hour or so is spent talking about how bad the commute in was (sucks living in Brooklyn, huh?), followed by which dive bar the night before ended with, followed by which ‘indie’ band is playing the next weekend.

    Know-it-all attitude of the child bunch fresh out of school and all ready to be the boss; their tons of inexperience will easily trump your years of knowledge.

    If you’re middle-management, you’ll spend the majority of your day babysitting the children to the point where you actually think the whole operation is just one big daycare center (so that explains snack time!).

    Your years of experience will mean nothing when pitted against the dumb-dumbs that vastly outnumber you; in fact, their inefficiency will slow down you and your development.

    401(k) match only just started as an option in December 2013. How it is possible that a company can remain viable and accountable to its employees without offering a match for so long is beyond me. Match was begun in December 2013 but here’s the catch: you need to be there a year for the match to start! That means you miss out on a year’s worth of contributions.

    Smokers pay an extra $100 a month if they buy an insurance policy, translating to $2600 a year in addition to your nearly $1700 a year insurance premium. I take umbrage with not knowing exactly where that $2600 a year is going, as it’s not made clear. It simply vanishes out of your check and you won’t have a clue where it goes.

    Facilities: horrendous. Old building, one elevator for 9 floors, hundreds of people, and no option to use the stairs (the door in the stairwell is locked), do the math and be prepared to come to work an extra 10 minutes early if you want to be on time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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