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"Growing pains"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Critical Mass full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Culture is key. Fosters a sense of family among employees.

Cons

Omnicom ownership has changed the focus from the people to the bottom line. Their continued push for margins have decreased career support and professional development.

Other Employee Reviews for Critical Mass

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good starting point, but you'll find better over time."

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    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Critical Mass full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Incredibly fun culture and the people are great. There are benefits to working hard with these guys.
    - Potential to work on some really cool projects for brands people recognize.

    Cons

    - Pay is great for people out of college and hungry. Those who've been around for a while can get paid better elsewhere.
    - Losing swagger, partly due to client roster fading over the years and burned out employees.
    - Home office doesn't know how to operate outside their geographical space, making expansion and sharing of great opportunities messy and poorly strategized.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A good place to start out. Don't expect long term career growth unless you are in with the right people."

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    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Critical Mass full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some smart, fun people. Like other agencies, the culture is a lax jeans and t-shirts kind of place with beer in the fridge. Random fun office events like Bacon Fest will happen. These things make the cons tolerable for the short term.

    Cons

    Weak client roster. A willingness to bend over backwards on projects with little to no reward. Poor communication with employees regarding vision and expectations as a company. If you cannot fend for yourself and stand up for what you want, you may as well be invisible.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency to some degree would be nice. Provide clear career paths and opportunities. The fun stuff is nice, but in the end people want to feel rewarded and respected.

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