UM
3.3 of 5 57 reviews
www.umww.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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UM Global Chief Executive Officer Daryl Lee

Daryl Lee

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "You work with great people eager to learn and grow within the company"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Great benefits - insurance, PTO, 401K, etc"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Absolutely no work life balance"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Long hours with no Overtime, (are you kidding me"
    in 6 reviews
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    Great place to start and learn.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis agency has a lot of learning opportunities and great company culture. It's a very large agency and it's possible to leverage that and do a lot of things that may not be possible in a smaller office.

    ConsThere seems to be a negative attitude towards raises and fair pay. Promotions seem to be less about experience or what you can give and more about seniority with the agency or IPG.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the best

    Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsLaid back, not corporate
    Good location
    Great team

    ConsBad pay
    No management/leadership
    No review program
    No feedback

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart promoting/helping your employees to alleviate high turnover!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Growth for those who seek it, disengaged leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome great accounts to work on (less and less these days though), strong global network and an exciting industry, ownership and growth for those who actively seek it

    ConsLack of transparency, leadership in some offices are disingenuous, no real path for formal progression

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace change, embrace failure, get to know people on a human level,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Building something from nothing and then cast aside

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAt first there was a very entrepreneurial spirit as new processes, new systems, new methods were tried in trying to establish the office. Sr. Management at the time was inclusive and respected the knowledge and experience I had to offer that led to success and positive things for the entire office (some growth).

    ConsDue to the small size, few personnel, and different roles I had to fulfill, it was hard to fully concentrate on the media side of the job. The financial side took over as more pressure was put on me to report on the office's revenue for if the business was not successful, everyone in the office would be affected. During the years I was employed there, though I asked, I never received any type of performance review and then, without notice, my position was eliminated as more junior level individuals were brought in. This occurred once the office was on an upward swing which got there by all of the hard work, long hours put forth, not only by myself but the two other recognizable individuals that I worked closely with (that were eliminated too).

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the individuals who are collaborating to the good of the team vs. their own personal agendas. Address needs when they are identified by staff instead of sweeping them under the rug and then staff is blamed at the end.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management disappointing!

    Human Resources (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment and benefits. A lot of flexibility when needed. Great co-workers (for the most part) who care about the business.

    ConsManagement out of the New York office headquarters were oblivious to what was happening in the local offices and that not everything that might work in NY would necessarily work as well, if at all, in other offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to employees that report to you that reside in other offices (particularly HR). Understand the big picture and circumstances prior to reacting to situations you may not fully understand.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing Up UM

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFirst and foremost the culture and people are FANTASTIC! Everyone seems legitamtely interested in their coworkers and the work they are doing. Nothing is mundane and we are challenged everyday, in a good way.

    ConsLarger structure overseeing all agencies under mediabrands make it difficult or confusing to understand how the smaller accounts and employees who work on them latter up. The structure was built with the largest accounts in mind.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter review process and more transparency into what is really happening rather then getting an email one day about accounts coming or going. It doesn't have to be one big mystery.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    awesome

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat staff and awesome help

    Consstressful at times and overwhelmed

    Advice to Senior Managementhave a strong leadership to motivate employees

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    I've been working here for about a month.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat working environment.
    Strong team ethic.

    ConsBase pay for entry level is non-negotiable.

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    Great place, great people

    Assistant Media Planner (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsVery young atmosphere. People are always moving and trying to improve. Easy to move around departments and see what one you like best. Very encouraging of growth.

    ConsVery fast pace company you kinda get thrown in running.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awful Experience

    Assistant Media Planner (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsFun Account
    Learned a lot
    Great Foundation if you have a desire to continue in media
    Big on training
    The people are amazing
    Entry level and mid level employees become very tight knit

    ConsAbsolutely no work life balance
    If you're not in with upper management, you will not be considered for a promotion
    Horrible leadership
    Process driven
    Long and tedious hours
    Unnecessary client/upper management one-offs
    Upper management has no idea on how to delegate work/handle priorities, leave everything at the last minute
    Will use anything you say against you, cannot trust a soul
    Overall, worst job experience I have encountered

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out your leadership roles
    Leave the work place politics at the door

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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