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Momentum Worldwide Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Understanding of Work/Life balance- though sometimes they do overwork you, they will do their best to make sure you have the time off you need (in 6 reviews)

  • Big name clients that look good on a resume (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • There is way too much work for too few people and work/life balance can be painful at times (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management does not communicate openly with the office - can be sketchy (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Best Design Company EVER!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Experiential Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - 3D Experiential Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Creative Environment
    -Cutting Edge Technology
    -Great Support Staff
    -Excellent Benefits
    -Wonderful Hire Experience
    -Excellent On-Boarding sessions
    -Amazing Experiential Designs
    -Summer Fridays
    -They care about your growth as a designer and your work/life balance

    Cons

    -Long hours during busy season
    -Takes awhile to implement new software
    -Strict protocols when dealing with IT and sensitive files
    -Not a dog friendly office (for now)
    -Lots of paperwork to get started

    Advice to Management

    I would love for the creative environment to be more open to new techniques, processes and software. Allowing us to work from home when having to work late would be nice also. Also, a more in depth process of brand protocols and general practices for new hires will allow them to start designing in brand guidelines without having to guess as to what those are.


  2. "Creative & Innovative Ad Agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Momentum Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great HR & Managers that really want to help you reach your personal career goals. There is a lot of upward mobility in the company, and they're willing to work with you to help you move up if you work hard and do well.
    Understanding of Work/Life balance- though sometimes they do overwork you, they will do their best to make sure you have the time off you need
    Your work is very appreciated by your internal team
    Culture is very familial and caring for each other, also very young and fun
    They make a large effort to build the culture and environment such as happy hours in the office, bowling and trivia nights, boat parties, kickball team... etc.
    Benefits are great, you get a lot of holidays and 4 summer Fridays in addition to PTO
    Good pay, Good health and great 401k plan- both paid paternal and maternal leave
    The work they do for their clients concentrates on events that are very innovative, creative and push the boundaries of technology- which can be very exciting.
    Company is currently expanding- not shrinking, which shows progress.
    They don't micro-manage, as long as you get your work done

    Cons

    Clients can be difficult to work with at times and very demanding. This makes it very stressful because if you don't pan out well, Momentum won't hesitate to show you the door no matter how hard you've worked or loyal you've been.
    During certain times of the year, you risk doing a lot of overtime.
    Though they don't micro-manage, approval processes to get anything done can be time consuming and frustrating

    Advice to Management

    I think you're doing the right steps to make this a great place to work, and HR seems to always be implementing new ideas and strategies on how to make it better.

  3. "Copywriter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company benefit, small agency feel.

    Cons

    No one really knows how promotions and raises are determined.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Creative Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with very talented and caring people. Had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of well-known clients with the collaboration of other Momentum global offices. Somewhat flexible work schedule, opportunities to work remotely on occasion. Enjoyed some business travel and much client contact. Had some of the best immediate bosses I've had the pleasure of working with throughout my 20+ year career. However, disproportionately also some of the worst as well.

    Cons

    Senior leadership (mainly from NY, the CEO Chris Weil and his right-hand DonnaLynn Smith) seem disconnected and struggled to communicate their ever-shifting corporate vision and thus were unable to relate to employees.

    North American offices would benefit from a complete salary analysis across all titles to ensure all employees are being paid comparable to their peers at the same level and in accordance with industry standards. This process should be as transparent as it can be to instill faith and trust among employees.

    Curate an environment that fosters confidence, not one where employees fear for their jobs daily.

    Advice to Management

    Invoke a better method of communication with your employees. Foster employee relationships to aid in morale-building which can organically lead to employee loyalty.
    Momentum is known within the advertising industry as a shop that has moderate turnover and burnout. This is something you, as leaders have the power to change.


  5. "Decent Agency to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Momentum Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong clientele; collaborative working environment; premium placed on work/life balance; office locations in multiple cities across the country

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for upward mobility; appears to be a growing agency that still acts like it's a small agency, which leads to a lot of secrecy; not a lot of transparency in the review process


  6. "Sr. Art Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Art Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Momentum Worldwide (More than a year)

    Pros

    Momentum is a great agency and with a great company culture. You get a chance to produce a great awarding winning work. There a great work life balance.

    Cons

    You create a lot of work that you might not get to see in person because of the fast turn around time.


  7. "Field Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Momentum Worldwide (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Usually large teams for marketing campaigns. Family environment and very professional.

    Cons

    Favoritism is shown to friends for positions instead of those that are more experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to hire according to strengths and weaknesses rather than age and relationship.

  8. "Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun work, nice environment, good employees, relaxed company, challenging

    Cons

    Can be a bit slow at times.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big name clients that look good on your resume.
    Great culture and you can make many real life friends here.

    Cons

    More senior salaries are not competitive
    Promotions are not always given based on ability (timing, befriending and strong arming upper management)
    Threatening to leave is often the only way to secure a substantial raise

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that a strong team must have people at every level that are invested and committed to the growth of a team. Strategy has had some excellent leaders, but they can only do so much alone. Strategy is often undervalued with the agency.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "If you complain you'll go far!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Copy Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Copy Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Momentum Worldwide (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of free alcohol, and you can get away with murder if you're conniving enough. Plenty of people that work here are snakes in the grass, if you are one of those, then you should definitely work here.

    Cons

    Don't expect to get paid anything over the industry basement standards. Don't expect a review, don't expect a good manager, don't expect to get praised for good work, definitely expect to be reprimanded for random thigns that you may never have even done or knew about. Everybody on the senior management team is a liar and they're all out for themselves. They don't care at all about their people, no matter how talented. I would rather work at the airport than work at Momentum, commute included. It gives me nervous diarrhea thinking about going back there.

    The two guys in charge are silver tongued swindlers who would be better served defending big tobacco and big oil in court than trying to create a culture that fosters creativity. They act more like helicopter parents than they do leaders of a global ad agency.

    If you should decide to go work there, you can come back and read this review in 9 months and say "I really should have listened to that random chick on glass door."

    Advice to Management

    You guys are the worst management team that I've ever had the misfortune of working for. You embody every negative connotation that the "big agency" gets. Chris Weil is the only good leader you guys have over there.


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