The Marketing Store Worldwide Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Work At

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

    I worked at The Marketing Store Worldwide

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

    Pros

    Friendly Environment, Nice People, Hard Working, Knowledgeable

    Cons

    Dependency on McDonald's for business. Communication across departments is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Communication across departments could be improved

  2. Helpful (2)

    Great Company, Needs Focus

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

    I have been working at The Marketing Store Worldwide

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Awesome benefits and perks.

    Cons

    They've taken the "store" idea too far in some cases. And while they are focused on one client, it is too much just for that client, and not enough for any of our others.

  3. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Marketing Store Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Detailed goal-setting takes place twice per year to measure personal growth; there are great and knowledgeable people to work with in all departments (account, creative, strategy, production, digital, etc.); company has an established agency process with clear job descriptions/roles & responsibilities; offers generous holiday schedule and summer Fridays

    Cons

    As with many companies, there tends to be a lack of transparency from senior management but they were making an effort to fix this issue. Only other con is that too much energy has been focused on one client, with not enough attention on growing other accounts.

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  5. Creative and People Oriented

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Marketing Store Worldwide as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stand at the front trench of digital and interactive marketing.

    All sorts of perks and great social events.

    Great office environment, friendly and helping people.

    Cons

    Lack communications and feedback from executive level.

    TMS should acquires more clients. For now, their focus is predominately focus on McDonald's.

    Advice to Management

    Executives should communicate more and share more decision information with the teams.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Easy to stay forever (but never get promoted)

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

    I have been working at The Marketing Store Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture. Amazingly awesome coworkers, very fun, smart, and creative environment. The reason I have stuck around so long basically. Great benefits, including company phone, 5% match 401k, profit sharing, beer keg, games. Global desk swap program

    Cons

    Very top heavy, difficult to advance. Not many diverse clients. Tend to spend lots of money on chasing new business without much success.

  7. McDonald's-centric promotion agency

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

    I worked at The Marketing Store 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

    Work life balance. Definitely a 5:00 pm culture
    Wonderful, warm people. Nice camaraderie. Lots of people have been there a long time.
    Finally moved downtown and out of sleepy Lombard
    Still privately-held by HAVI (McDonald's supply chain management company). Salaries and costs are not stripped to the bone like in other agency holding companies

    Cons

    Revolving door of management. 3 managing directors in the past 2 years
    McDonald's is the only client that matters therefore the view of what works in marketing is skewed by what works for McDonald's
    Need greater diversity of clients and business
    Insular. Out of step with what is going on with consumers, digital trends, marketing

  8. Helpful (1)

    A great family to be part of...

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

    I have been working at The Marketing Store Worldwide full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Like the title says, working at The Marketing Store is like joining an awesome family. We work hard, play hard and at the end of the day deliver great work for great clients. This is the agency where everybody knows your name and you can create your own opportunities if you have the will to do so. Working along side such great talent makes you want to be better at what you do and that is reason enough to want to walk through these doors every day.

    Cons

    Like most corporations, communication is always an area where this company could improve. While I believe Senior Management make themselves available for questions and discussion, there is an opportunity to share more about the strategic direction of the company. Many times you will see or hear about discussions on this very topic yet never get an update.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that just because your senior leaders know what is going on does not necessarily mean the rest of the company feels the same way. Closed door meetings among Senior Management without updates to where we are heading or how we are doing only lead to assumptions and miscommunication.

  9. Competitive hourly rate for interns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The Marketing Store Worldwide as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment with an absence of creative egos around the office. The work-life balance is very attractive with some nights going late, but overall I'm out by just shy of 6pm. Upper management is very open to conversation about your performance to keep expectations in check which helps everyone produce quality work.

    Cons

    At times, you may not have anything to do if you're between accounts and can't jump right on to another one for the limbo time.

  10. Fun, outgoing people and dedicated leadership

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

    I worked at The Marketing Store Worldwide

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

    Pros

    There were a lot of people who want to help you succeed and are fun to be around. There were leaders who cared about the well-bring of their employees and were open to ideas.

    Cons

    Sometimes could get intense during deadlines, with long hours. Many full-time positions are untenable without first freelancing for a year or more.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, good job. Would encourage more interaction between departments. I felt a bit stuck in my "clique."

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at The Marketing Store Worldwide as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to be apart of. Others are always willing to lend a hand. A culture of fun and easy-going people makes it conducive to being creative and enjoying your work. Awesome location and beautiful view in the heart of the Loop.

    Cons

    The commute can be a con if you are coming from the suburbs. Living in the city would make things much more feasible.

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