Tag Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
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  1. 2 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 for 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
  2. 3 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 for 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    International crowd, talented resources, flexible hours

    Cons

    Incompetent management, unfriendly environment, unorganized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 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 for less than a 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
  6. 3 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 for more than a 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The opposite of a good employer

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

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There really are no pros to working here. You may be busy, you might gain some experience but whether it is of value elsewhere I would doubt.

    Cons

    You are nothing more than a number, just a resource to be replaced by cheaper labour in India at the earliest opportunity. There is absolutely no career development or anything resembling corporate training. Your efforts will not be rewarded nor will you be thanked for going the extra mile. Williams Lea have turned what was an acceptable (not good) company to work for into a disastrous place to work. Round after round of redundancies after the work is pushed to India leave staff demotivated, undervalued and simply either waiting for an abysmal redundancy package or looking for other work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's nothing anyone could say. You've never listened to your employees before.

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

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

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    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 for 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership and lack of employee support

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is a good stepping stone for someone with limited experience.

    Cons

    It has a very cliche culture and senior management tend to play favourites. Very poor induction training and little management support. CMD software is extremely unreliable and is plaqued with bugs. I found senior management to be very unsupportive and dictatorial. There is a very low staff retention rate due to the relatively low wages, lack of benefits, senior management bullying and poor working conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for new staff members. Need to learn how to interact with staff and improve the social elements within the office. Appreciate your staff and support them were necessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaos and one more time chaos

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

    I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Not in the city centre
    - thinking really hard to fidn anything...
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    Cons

    - chaos lack of good managers and any management
    - ugly office
    - lack of basic tools like computers
    - no benefits
    - bad pay
    - you have to work 9-6 or usually longer
    - rotation
    - no id
    - no any security - anyone can get in and take/steal your things
    - you have to be tolerant to satnd super stupid ideas
    - be just a tribe in the machine, no creativity aloud

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just organize yourself better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's not the same place as it used to be

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really nice people and office culture
    Fantastic Xmas party

    Cons

    It's a mess and management don't do anything about it rather than agreeing that it's a mess.....hopeless
    No career path, no promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start noticing your staff before they leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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