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Updated December 5, 2017
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  • I does impact one's work life balance (in 24 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Culture!"

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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 GroupM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning opportunities at every turn of the organization!

    Cons

    Not enough time in the day!

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add here.


  2. "Department I was in was isolated and bit cliquey"

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    Former Employee - Financial Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Large company means excellent benefits.
    -Once you have the tasks and objectives, you have room to do things your own way at your own pace as long as it gets done.
    -Sometimes you can get free food after conference events
    -Free coffee, water, in-building cafeteria
    -Location is perfect if you're taking the train to Penn Station, PATH, subway or bus to Port Authority.
    -Access to big-name companies/brands and opportunities in media are great here.
    -Once you leave work, you don't take it with you for the position I held.

    Cons

    -I rarely felt like my position had any impact on the company. My supervisors congratulated me on a job well done when necessary, but I always felt my actual positions was easily replaceable and so there were no personal incentives to continue in the position.
    -I'm not a fan of closed cubicles because it isolates people, but the job itself really didn't require any form of teamwork.
    -If you don't make friends right away, it'll be hard getting to that point in that department. It was pretty reminiscent of "high-school" in the cliques that would form, especially among the young people (which I consider myself one of). It was a hard barrier to penetrate if you weren't part of the clique initially. Maybe not the best job if you are introverted and like developing a natural friendship through working with someone, but could work since you get a lot of time alone.
    -Management was disengaged until deadlines approached.
    -Didn't learn a great deal besides their specific process.
    -An HR person that took me on as someone who wanted to move up or switch departments but dropped the ball after one very pleasant meeting with me. I thought it went well and she mentioned that she would get back to me within the week. I could not reach her for 4 weeks via many channels after that first meeting. I got a response a month later saying that she just started to distribute my resume to the sister companies and departments we discussed and said it was unlikely or difficult to get a response from those sister companies and departments. This led me to leave the company entirely.
    -Pay for this position was abysmal.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit nicer to your employees, maybe try to do a team building exercise so your employees don't just feel like a cog in the machine. HR needed work, didn't get the sense some of them actually cared about people.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "The Borg has Invaded"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I still have a job. Being part of the WPP umbrella you get a lot of "perks" as the clients offer very nice discounts on products. As far a GroupM is concerned, the old saying goes "if you don't have anything good to say".......

    Cons

    I was actually at one of the smaller subsidiary companies (247Media, then Xaxis). We were doing just fine operating in a small universe in the Gamma quadrant. And then came GroupM who started to slowly "assimilate" Xaxis into the collective.

    At first the assimilation was small. Picking off senior management one at a time. And then came the disastrous announcement that is called mPlatform. Essentially stripping away all technology from Xaxis and moving it under GroupM. Hence, it destroyed an operating company. The full assimilation has been completed.

    I won't even begin to discuss mPlatform and it's so called "suite of services". Don't believe the hype.

    I've been around the block a few times in my 33 year career and never have I've seen a Billion dollar company this mis-managed. GroupM has always had a very strange leadership structure but to see this up close and personal is just mind blowing. It's no wonder the mass exodus continues of very good talented people (over 300 in the last 6 months).

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management as there is no one at the top who truly deserve or has the ability to be in any position.


  4. "Long Hours... very long"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - The ability to learn how to use various tools to analyze advertisements

    Cons

    -Hours are long (Avg. 75-80 hrs/5 days)


  5. "Great Environment but bad management"

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    Former Employee - Ad Operations Associate
    Former Employee - Ad Operations Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young, fun, chill place to work

    Cons

    Management is nonexistent

    No personal growth help


  6. "Assistant Print Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GroupM full-time

    Pros

    Young colleagues and fun place to work. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Paid very little. Not too much culture.


  7. "Corporate HELL"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People you will meet and the location. Soon they will be moving to the World Trade Building 2.

    Cons

    HR doesn't do a good job and ensuring all employees are respected regardless of title. Every employee feels there entitled to something they havent worked for. I worked in the facilities department. It was the worst experience of my life. I like my supervisor who i reported to directly. However all of the other Staff are like adult sized children who throw tantrums. I left corporate america after this job. It honestly isn't worth the pennies they pay you. Work for your self its way more rewarding and no one to answer to.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your self why so many people leave the company at such a fast pace.

  8. "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GroupM full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and very talented peers
    Lots of opportunities to learn about media, technology and marketing

    Cons

    Salary can be more competitive


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Do Not Recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at GroupM full-time

    Pros

    Room for growth
    Exposure to brands and media outlets

    Cons

    Management does not care at all about employees...you will be overworked and underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your high turnover and give the support your employees need to work efficiently


  10. "Has Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GroupM full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start right out of college

    Good co-workers

    Move within the company or out within a year

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines and expectations

    Toxic leadership

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to have lower turnover rates. It ultimately affects incoming employees who have to scramble to catch back up.


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