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Tag Worldwide Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
46 Reviews
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay away if you take pride in your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Best reason to work here is virtually no supervision...no one cares enough or has the talent to know whether you're doing your job properly or not...they don't even know if you're there or not.

    Cons

    There's no leadership and the place is staffed with young, inexperienced (i.e., inexpensive) personnel who are more ambitious and connected to someone in management than talented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better attention to the people you hire and learn how to manage them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful, absolutely hated it.

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    Former Employee - Brand Guardian in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Brand Guardian in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The rest of the team, all in the same situation on the account. They were all very supportive.

    Cons

    Global Account Director management style was non-existent with zero people skils, salary, work load, management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on constantly reviewing Global Account Directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company but no career movement.

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    Current Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great people, great location, fantastic Xmas parties.

    Cons

    No annual salary reviews, no pay rises. After Williams Lea bought Tag it got worse and worse. They say that they do care and promise you changes, but nothing ever happened. No leadership from senior management. No Trainings.
    It's a digital world and Tag IT blocks you from everything, admin rights on developers machines for example are needed to perform some tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward individuals who have added the value before they leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Rise and Fall of Tag

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great to have on your CV
    Used to be a lot of Pro's but not since DHL have taken control. I have watched this company grow and was respected for the work it did, but now we are losing more pitches and accounts then we are winning.

    Cons

    No Training
    No career path
    No leadership from senior management
    Work you hard for little reward
    No overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your staff as numbers on a balance sheet
    Listen to your staff
    Wake up to sending work out to low cost hubs who do not understand the culture of the company all for the sake of improving the balance sheet so that the faceless share holders get their premiums

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company

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    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once a great company with great leadership. A pull together succeed together ethos. Now a failing disaster badly led.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the old school Tag guys are still around and are worth learning from.

    Cons

    completely inadequate leaders that do not understand what the companies success was built upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look back at three years and try to emulate the management style. Stop being dishonest with the people that make the company work. Properly compensate the people that make the company work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent

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    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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worldwriters: code blue! Someone stop this massive bleed!

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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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sinking in the UK, rising in India - employees always fearing redundancy as the work and their jobs get shipped to India

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    Current Employee - Mac Operator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Mac Operator in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Well, its a job and you get paid at the end of the month, that's about as positive as I can be. It's also in a pleasant part of London and not too bad to get to. Good for experience until something better comes along.

    Cons

    Certainly more cons than pros. Wages average, rises hard to come by unless you are one of the upper echelons of the company! Very few benefits unless you work for the Williams Lea side of things, you can be doing the same job in the same office, one person works for Tag the other for WL, the WL person may have different hours and wages (better). A benefits booklet was sent round...oh no, not for Tag employees, only WL. There is a constant fear of redundancy as jobs and work gets shipped to India, how many clients realise their work is being produced in India is anyone's guess.
    Training is OK if you are a new starter, plenty to be taught before they leave for greener pastures.
    With Tag's previous owner, you felt part of the company, now, you are just a number waiting to be deleted without a thought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the people who actually have to make your fortunes, not just the figures on your screens.
    Equalise the benefits between the Tag and WL employees. Have a serious rethink about shipping the work to hubs in India and the USA, may save you plenty of money now, but when you lose those clients because of those hubs...!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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