I have been working at Colle McVoy full-time (More than a year)
This place is full of talent — particularly in creative — but it's not capitalizing on all of its potential. There are opportunities here and there to do smart, interesting work and there's a lot of stuff that's more of a keep-the-lights-on churn. The accounts aren't the sexiest, but there are a few fun ones and for the most part everything is a recognizable national or regional brand. The most attractive thing is probably the people and the work/life balance. If you want to work at a good shop but not give your entire life to advertising this is a place to be in Minneapolis.
As much as they talk about change, it's slow to be implemented. There are simply too many people who are stuck in an old school mindset.
It could be said that this is the nicest agency in town. There is little interest in pushing clients to buy smarter work or even having difficult internal conversations between account and creative teams. It's all about about stability, which is great for client longevity, but not the best thing for selling the top notch creative.
There's a lot of emphasis on winning Best Places to Work awards. This is a hardly a con, but some of the (tangible) benefits could be more competitive with other top agencies in town if they truly believe it's one of the best places to work.
Advice to Management
If you want to be an agency known for brilliant creative, make that the priority in terms of influence on accounts. If you want to be known as an agency that's progressive and leads brands to cutting-edge thinking beyond advertising, it might be time to shift some of the staffing and structure. In the meanwhile, hire people who will bring those skills and capabilities and give more opportunities to the people currently there that bring those much-needed elements to the table.
As far as benefits go, get more competitive with your maternity AND paternity policies. Be more reasonable with your vesting schedule — a 401K policy isn't generous if you expect people to stay forever to see their employer contribution.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Colle McVoy (New York, NY) in December 2016.
I met with four different people from HR to account managers. They were all on-time and had good questions. I was told that I would be contacted within the next week for updates.
Unfortunately that never happened. I heard nothing for weeks and had to send three follow up emails to even get a rejection notification over a month later. The company seems great but they shouldn't get cocky and become sloppy and inconsiderate.