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Marc USA Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Good place to experience a good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator/Billings Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Account Coordinator/Billings Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Marc USA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment - company truly cares about employees health and well-being, knowing that results in more productive and reliable workers. Also proactively develops employees to develop their skills and better themselves. Very open environment, you can speak your mind without fearing a fist coming down on you. Even though it seems very lax from an outside point of view, it was truly a place where "adults" worked.

    Cons

    Seniority trumps productivity. Positions are based on client contracts - if the contract is not renewed, you are likely to be laid off. Only upper management is safe, even if it is their fault the contract wasn't renewed.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "No Tools for Success"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Small agency feel
    - Immediate client interaction

    Cons

    - Supervisors do not provide the necessary tools for success: e.g I was not given a proper orientation until the fourth month of my employment, even after repeatedly asking management to do so
    - Bleeding talent: many employees begin their career at MARC but fail to remain due to noncompetitive salaries
    - You will work way more than your pay-grade

    Advice to Management

    Why hang on to complaisant middle management? Free up capital and invest in young/talented art directors.Open lines of honest communication between senior and junior employees. Reward hard work; not seniority - and have a backbone when dealing with your clients.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start, bad place to stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great benefits, good agency experience

    Cons

    No work-life balance, no opportunity for advancement, no mentorship/training


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  5. Helpful (13)

    "A fish rots from the head down."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - for the most part, they do not engage in ageism.

    - because they think of themselves as a big league agency (they’re not), they do offer NYC-caliber wages.

    - they do have some wonderful people who work there (NOT in "leadership") and some true creative talent.

    - from what I understand, the Chicago office is a terrific place to work.

    Cons

    CEO: Absolutely clueless. Humanly and advertising industry-wise. A complete diva. Her greatest contribution is draining the company coffers. So egotistical and full of herself, her personal assistant has her own personal assistant.

    Chief “Creative” Officer: The definition of coward. Total yes-man/yes-ma’am (RE: CEO). His greatest talent is throwing his team members under the bus to save his own skin. He IS a talented creative, but a horribly terrible awful leader.

    The rest of “leadership”: Uncaring at best, politically manipulative backstabbing at worse.

    This place can barely call itself an advertising agency. An ad agency creates engaging messages through great creative ideas. This place absolutely RESENTS creative and creatives. If leadership thought for a moment they could exist without a creative department, they would. Sees creative as a necessary evil. And this attitude starts at the top (CEO/Chairman).

    This place thinks creative advertising ideas and concepts can come from anybody. They can’t. That’s why the ad industry has creatives and creative departments. This place tries to force employees from other disciplines to create ideas for campaigns, etc. to purposely devalue the creatives and creative department. They encourage the most junior of account executives to poke holes in carefully crafted ideas and executions from creative advertising veterans (with decades of experience and stellar portfolios) and force this “feedback” into the creative until everyone has weighed in and the campaign has been rendered absolutely uninteresting, meaningless, and ultimately, useless.

    This place has fantastic creative talent, but has made them nothing but assembly line workers in a clutter factory.

    If you accept a position here, also be aware that you will have to take an agency-mandated personality test. The results of this test labels every employee and makes these labels available for all other employees to see. These tests have essential led to a state-sanctioned caste system.

    They claim they are a fun place to work—they’re not. They claim they care deeply about their people—they don’t. Any fun or caring comes from the personal interactions and relationships formed from those in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Turn the keys over to Cari, quickly. Please.


  6. "Good company, great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Buyer/Planner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Buyer/Planner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Marc USA (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people who are tight knit and really support one another

    Cons

    There can definitely be some late nights, but that's advertising.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time teaching those lower on the chain. Make them feel like they can ask questions and not be ridiculed for it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • New challenges every few weeks
    • Plenty of opportunity to learn new things
    • Excellent community of colleagues

    Cons

    • Deadlines are not always realistic

    Advice to Management

    • Diversify your new business strategy to balance new ideas with a solid portfolio


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good People. Good Atmosphere."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Creative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As far as people go, MARC has some of the best. Good-natured, solid individuals. The creative staff is very talented and some of the best I have worked with. I was in LA for many years and I would put them right up there with some of the people from the bigger shops. Having each other's backs is what I'm most proud of.

    Cons

    Look, EVERY agency has its warts. The bigger ones I've worked at had even bigger issues. We all have disagreements with other departments and as long as we are open with each other, there is nothing wrong with a healthy argument.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people more. Take to heart what they have to say. Know that they only have your best interests at heart.


  9. "Amazing work atmosphere and great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Media Planner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work atmosphere makes for a very comfortable, encouraging place to work, and all of the people working here are very helpful and friendly. HR does a great job getting new employees set up and makes starting work here very easy and smooth.

    Cons

    Working on the same account as people in the other MARC offices makes coordinating on things and communication more difficult sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Management has made me feel very welcome since starting working here. Keep up the good work!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Any Good Review on Here is Probably Fake"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really nice, well-meaning people here. They have convenient parking. All of the bathrooms usually work.

    Cons

    It is a joke among local and national advertising agencies. Most of the leadership is laughable, including one who has been sleeping with a client for years.

    Advice to Management

    Help these poor people get real advertising jobs. Quit the business. Cash your checks, leave the country, and change your name.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good Entry Level Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Account Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was able to work on higher level projects that entry level wouldn't normally be exposed to; was able to experience other parts of the agency since it was full-service. Good education in a lot of departments like print and digital.

    Cons

    Very caught in their routines and not open to change; clients are subpar and some people have cocky bad attitudes

    Advice to Management

    be more open to change -- shuffle up the team that's been there for years. notice when your younger employees are doing good work, don't punish them for it and take the credit.


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