UM Reviews

Updated March 8, 2015
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UM Global Chief Executive Officer Daryl Lee
Daryl Lee
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Pros
  • Really learn a lot of the media world, and your experience really depends on which team you're placed in (i (in 5 reviews)

  • You work with great people eager to learn and grow within the company (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • They encourage a work/life balance but it sometimes feels like more work than life (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours with no Overtime, (are you kidding me (in 6 reviews)

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  1. I really enjoyed interning with UM.

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    Former Intern - Media Planning Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Media Planning Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at UM as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    As an intern, I felt like I was a part of the team. The IPG internship program is very educational and hands-on.

    Cons

    Low pay rate, but worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Associate Media Planner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    Incredible Experience, thrust right into the meat of the work. Ran my first campaign iin a week, became very very busy

    Cons

    culture of needing it done yesterday, rediculous standards for getting work done. Hires from the outside to fill vacancies, very hard to move up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Working at UM was miserable.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UM

    Pros

    Met a few great people working at UM, however overall everyone was rundown and beaten by a bad corporate culture, unhappy clients and micro-managing directors. My only pro was starting at a new job after leaving UM and realizing that I am a human, I am in fact great at what I do, and do deserve to be treated with dignity.

    Cons

    Upper management may be shiny and great, and help win new business, but there are major internal issues. There was a culture of looking the other way and expecting teams to work late every night. HR is an absolute disaster- unresponsive and never follows through on programs and training sessions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Media Buyer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, MI

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

    Pros

    People you work with are great.
    Tons of learning opportunities.
    More vacation time than you will ever need

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours
    It is rare to see raises
    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when your clients are doing the best they ever have, please reward the people who make this happen. It is tough seeing almost 5 years of improved sales and not seeing anything come in the form of a raise or even a bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Fun industry, meaningless work, questionable people

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    Former Employee - Media Buyer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Buyer in New York, NY

    I worked at UM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of work perks- free catered lunches, client outings, tech raffles
    Do not need a 2nd degree to make a decent salary if you stay for a lot of years
    Great vacation days and holiday time

    Cons

    Meaningless work
    Terrible starting salaries and no overtime
    Completely open work space= no privacy
    No control of your schedule during busy months, which are during the summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher starting salaries
    Pay for overtime
    Management training for managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. ok

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Integrated Investment in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Integrated Investment in New York, NY

    I have been working at UM

    Pros

    young environment, long winter vacation, summer days, are flexible about working from home

    Cons

    horrible hours, no internal mobility between departments, terrible entry level pay sways away smart people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase entry level pay by 5k and I promise you, you will actually get interesting people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. Long hours, low salary

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    Former Employee - Media Buyer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Buyer in New York, NY

    I worked at UM

    Pros

    Coworkers were great, fun work atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours, low salary, not enough support, unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Approves of CEO
  9. Manager

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

    I worked at UM

    Pros

    UM is Very diverse & multi cultural.

    Cons

    Very Long hours which makes it hard for a work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place to learn

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

    I have been working at UM full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Learn the ins and outs of the media industry
    Open office environment

    Cons

    Depending on the account, you will work long hours
    Not much room to move up, unless someone leaves the company or new account is won

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions would be a great incentive to keeping great talented employees
    More ways for employees to learn what other departments do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place to understand media

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UM

    Pros

    Really learn a lot of the media world, and your experience really depends on which team you're placed in (i.e. which account you work for)
    Free lots of things - food, events, meetings with representatives

    Cons

    No work life balance, lots of hours. Be prepared to stay late nights, but it's normal within the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Personally speaking, the LA office that I'm at is doing a good job. Keep it up.

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