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Updated May 23, 2017
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GroupM Global President Dominic Proctor
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Pros
  • great Hr Policies , Great culture, work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Everyone there was so passionate and eager to learn which made for a very productive and inspiring work environment (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • I does impact one's work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Awful management, low pay, no room for growth (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GroupM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience for someone to get into industry

    Cons

    None- great work life balance


  2. "Financial Associate"

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    Former Employee - Financial Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GroupM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really the only pros are the hours and benefits.
    -9-5
    - generous vacation/sick days/summer Fridays
    -You get the week off between Christmas and News years
    - general work experience in a media company, looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Everything else.
    -low pay
    -limited opportunity for growth (in fact discouraged from growing) Its definitely different in the agencies/other departments. But the accounts payable/ financial associate role is a joke, they try to hire recent college grads with the promise of moving them up after they "pay their dues".. they know they will work for next to nothing and stay for a year-year and a half. But in the time I was there, 15-20 people have waited for this "promotion" and never got it so they left for other agencies willing to pay them more. Its an enormous company with great clients/technologies so its shocking that they don't have better systems for growth in place. I would advise not starting in Finance, but start in any other department and the experience will be better.


  3. "Broadcast Negotiator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Broadcast Negotiator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Broadcast Negotiator in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GroupM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Did not communicate with employees very well.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better dialogue with your employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Former HR EE Perspective"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GroupM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company that offered a great opportunity to gain a significant amount of global experience, lots of creative latitude was giving in my role, my direct manager was very open to changes to process that would help streamline, very trusting - not a micro manager

    Cons

    Interesting structure, takes a little while to figure out who the key decision makers are, more reactive environment than proactive


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be fantastic"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Print Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Print Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at GroupM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, ability to transfer internally, fun atmosphere, great people, loads of perks, collaborative teams, room for advancement, good benefits and salaries

    Cons

    Horrendous Human Resources department, (who hired these clowns?) The farther you go up, the more British-centric the culture becomes, bizarre hiring practices (A CIO who was arrested for assault, another who couldn't even spell the simplest words) IT department recently outsourced to IBM so nothing works. Not your phone, not your laptop, lights on, no one home. Don't even get me started on the nightmare of their offshoot company called Coretech.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing the parent company (WPP) to "call all the shots" in terms of decision making.


  7. "Good for right out of school"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Negotiator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Negotiator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GroupM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly, intelligent coworkers
    - Typically low stress
    - Easy work/life balance
    - Good amount of lunch outings, happy hours, parties, etc.
    - Good benefits
    - Clear, achievable path for growth, encouraged by regular employee reviews

    Cons

    - Salary is terrible, especially considering cost of living
    - Strict vacation policy
    - Workflow isn't consistent, and depending on your client, you may often have nothing to do (could be seen as a pro by those with little motivation)

    Advice to Management

    - Adopt a more lax culture (people shouldn't have to ask for permission to leave at EOD when they have nothing to do)
    - Higher-ups should make themselves more available


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Analytics Manager"

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    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    good salary, flexible schedule, autonomy

    Cons

    no organizational structure, no upward mobility, CONSTANT turnover, completely out of touch upper management, no morale, no culture, just a bunch of buzzwords

    Advice to Management

    Corporate strategy should be focused on talent retention. People leave (in droves) within 3-6 months which destabilizes teams, is terrible for morale, and deteriorates the quality of products and services that we provide to clients. Ultimately, I think that if there was a strategic push behind getting and retaining talent instead of automizing analytics (which isn't possible as its all customizable / ultimately a person needs to analyze the output) and technology platforms (which literally do not work and no one uses) then we would be able to retain our biggest clients (instead of losing them to other agencies) and maintain and expand to billion dollar brands.


  9. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate, Search & Social in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate, Search & Social in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GroupM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits & perks. Nice office and friendly people with a very friendly and open environment.

    Cons

    Not the best work-life balance. Lower-level and entry level are often overworked. Difficult to get promoted.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Solid long term opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Director in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Brookline, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GroupM (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a big company, with lots of opportunity for growth. The senior managers are always looking towards the future and trying things out in terms of ideas and acquisitions. You have to prepare yourself, but there are many opportunities in a company of this size.

    Cons

    It's a big company and that means there will be areas where it doesn't feel like things are moving quickly. It feels like they try to address, but you will have to keep your eyes and ears open.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward, it's a competitive industry as you know and you can't stand still.


  11. "Decent Job, Poor Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Longwood, FL
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Longwood, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule, low-key environment, informal dress code.

    Cons

    No communication/poor field communication, nepotism galore.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together.


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