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Arc Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 10, 2018
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Arc Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer, Arc North America William Rosen
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Pros
  • "Great brands to work on, lots of talented people within the walls of 35 West Wacker" (in 4 reviews)

  • "If you're curious and talented and hard-working, have a positive attitude and a good work ethic you can have a long and strong career here" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "Creatives work in very traditional terms" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Digital projects are sometimes hampered by folks that are transitioning from traditional advertising" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Cool place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Amazing management. From the CCO to the juniors, people here are really great.

    Cons

    It’s retail. So it’s mostly pulling down work from other agencies.


  2. "large and fun in-store advertising agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Arc has lots of resources and strong accounts

    Cons

    It is large so you can get lost in the folds

  3. "Arc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    You work with wonderful, smart and driven people.

    Cons

    There is little Leadership accountability


  4. "They work you hard, but are fair"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - As part of a large company, you get great perks (vacation, training, social events etc.).
    -There is lots of valuable experience to learn, you just have to seek it out
    - Along the same lines, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. These folks you work with move around the industry and can invaluable resources. Arc provides a great environment for collaboration.

    Cons

    -They will work you hard. There will be late nights, and lots to do. If you know how to manage the experience, it is a wonderful company to work for.


  5. "VP Creative Director"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people who work hard.

    Cons

    Design by committee. Indecisive leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the process and stick to decisions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Culture Clash"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arc Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great perks. Good medical plan. Solid corporate packages.

    Cons

    [Note: The following observations might not necessarily apply to the entire establishment, just the team I was assigned to. But it was my experience nonetheless] Diversity, or lack there of is an issue and I got a glimpse as to why. The gap between what they say their values are and the actual reality is pretty big. The team dynamic was not collaborative. I experienced a lot of pettiness, protagonism, micro-aggressions and office gossip that hindered my ability to perform. It made me feel isolated, contrived, demoralized and turned out to be the single most painful experience of my 16+-year career.

    Advice to Management

    When hiring people with an ethnic background under the pretense that you're interested on their "unique perspective", you also have to consider that we are not props. Behind that perspective there's a human being that comes into the team with a whole different life experience, work ethic and way of interacting with their team mates. We differ in every way and teams need to be prepared for it. So, before escalating any misunderstanding to a higher authority, maybe a one-on-one sit-down to discuss the matter, give the person the benefit of the doubt and a chance to re-calibrate, is a better approach. I take full responsibility for any technical deficiencies I might've demonstrated during my time at the agency and I'm diligently working towards improvement. But I realized that we as a whole have a lot to learn about collaboration, community, inclusion and tolerance. We're not as open minded and tolerant as we think we are and we really need to get better at this if we want to prosper as a society and improve our corporate culture.


  7. "Senior Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    It's great being part of an agency with such strong Chicago roots. Always respected the Sr. agency leadership talent.

    Cons

    Not extremely easy to move accounts when desired, despite the size of the agency and number of opportunities within it.

  8. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Arc Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Filled with incredible hard-working and talented people

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted at times

    Advice to Management

    Transparency is key


  9. "Review of Arc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Room for growth, room for movement

    Cons

    Agency needs to get up to speed with the times to be competitive with other agencies

    Advice to Management

    Improve company culture by creating more company wide events and time away from desks.


  10. "great company, compensation is lagging"

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    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arc Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have a lot of autonomy and the freedom to stretch and take on new responsibilities.

    Cons

    Growth has been stagnant so there's a feeling like we're working harder than ever and seeing less reward.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in keeping superstar talent on staff so you don't have a brain drain in the down years.


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