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Mullen NC Reviews

Updated Oct 3, 2019

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4 Ratings
  1. "Had a great experience there."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends

    I worked at Mullen NC for more than a year

    Pros

    Allowed flexibility at the job. Very professional group of people that I worked with.

    Cons

    Thought the salary was a little low for Senior Buyers.

    Mullen NC2013-03-27
  2. "It Was Fun Until It Wasn't."

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    Former Employee - Creative in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mullen NC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work with decent clients and opportunity. Culture was actually quite good until new management stepped in.

    Cons

    The level of toxicity is like nothing I've seen before. Management proudly performed "bed checks," wondering why the halls were empty at 8pm. The overall lack of respect for human beings was perplexing. New management completely ruined a once well-performing, creatively driven agency in Winston-Salem. Those days are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Not real advice. All management has ostensibly been removed, as the office is now down to a skeleton crew and is being run "remote controlled" by the egos in Boston and L.A. Sadly, they couldn't care less about the culture or well being of anyone in the NC office.

    Mullen NC2019-10-03
  3. "an overall great experience"

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    Analyst 

    I have been working at Mullen NC

    Pros

    working environment is great, and colleagues are friendly

    Cons

    some departments, such as designing, have heavy workload

    Mullen NC2016-03-15
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Take the good with the miserable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mullen NC full-time

    Pros

    Co-worker Bees– you'll be in the trenches with some of the smartest, passionate and funnest ad people. Big, brand names on your resume (at least when I was there). The "Inner Circle", if you're one of the lucky few that can get into it and maintain your dignity.

    Cons

    Slave labor hours. Mico-management. The "Inner Circle", once they extract whey they need from you and leave you outside the doggie door, broken, scarred and disillusioned.

    Advice to Management

    If this outpost is to ever have the culture that the Boston or Los Angeles locations have, then management from those locations need to be imported to W-S.

    Mullen NC2016-02-25
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Burn and turn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mullen NC full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great access to resources and amazing city that is growing. Healthcare and benefits are generous. Food is available at the office every day.

    Cons

    All smoke and mirrors. When you join the team, you will be immediately greeted and sized up. If you don't fit in with the click, you will be pushed out of the social circle, which in turn keeps you from succeeding, as success is determined by your social connections at Mullen. Your reviews will happen without you being present. There is zero work life balance. Essentially you have entered high school.... Inappropriate behavior runs rampant at the office. Overly intoxicated rep outings are an embarrassment. There is no training. If you are coming in, and unfamiliar with a process or software, expect a five year outdated book to be dropped on your desk that is of no help at all. Most important thing to take away from these glass door reviews....if you don't fit in with the click, you will be pushed out. The louder you are the more attention you get. Don't expect support unless you have something to trade in turn.

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    Advice to Management

    Manage and lead. Don't sit back and watch hard work go unnoticed because of social clicks creating outcasts. Become someone people can go to when middle management isn't providing the support and direction they should. Stay late every once in a while and see who is still working; then ask why they are the only ones from their teams who are still there. When people do come to you asking for help, don't turn them... away without finding a solution.

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    Mullen NC2016-03-17
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Clicky account driven work with a reputation of poor treatment of employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mullen NC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart friendly good creatives. Excellent popcorn break. Drinking encouraged in office during the day. There is a smoking room inside the office.

    Cons

    Account team doesn't give creatives room to work or defend them. Clicky higher management is backward and clannish. Experienced sr creatives threaten upper management. Poor respectful protocol. Good place for Acct team, not for creatives.

    Advice to Management

    It's important to diversify and support staff and not just have bias preferences

    Mullen NC2016-01-15
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of leadership and growth drives employees away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mullen NC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are a few great people and Winston-Salem is a great town if you are looking for a small city. If you seek it out there is an opportunity to work on a ton of projects to gain experience/exposure.

    Cons

    There is a completely toxic culture at this office. There is always a clear group of hard workers that get burnt out and leave. No one is ever rewarded for good work and even after Mullen makes promises of a promotion, they keep you waiting for a year and promote half the department at the same time after a new business win. If you want to leave Mullen you have to move out of Winston-Salem since it is relatively the... only game in town. Given that the small group of hard workers continues to turn over there are actually more managers than day to day employees. There is an astounding lack of leadership as either the leaders have no idea that their entire staff complains about the company more than they talk about actual work or they simply don't care enough to do anything about it. Complaints can be heard regularly about company culture, clients, leadership, salary, other employees, hours, more hours, the poor review process and overall company decisions. Lastly, while Mullen is great for junior to mid-level employees due to the fact you are forced to handle responsibilities higher than your title, Mullen does not have many great resume building clients. Even the clients that are more recognizable names have to see the work get gobbled up at the more prestigious Boston office.

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    Advice to Management

    Promote those who work hard (20% of your people do 80% of the work). Hire less people with letters and more people that will do the work and alleviate hours. Once the hours and poor management are fixed most other culture related items should fall into a better place.

    Mullen NC2015-11-28
  8. "Ok Internship"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Monthly in Winston-Salem, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at Mullen NC for less than a year

    Pros

    *Learned a lot *Friendly group of people *Organized program *Fun atmosphere- casual dress, free beer, free popcorn, office parties, etc.

    Cons

    *During the school year the internship is unpaid only class credit *Although I learned a lot, it wasn't very hands on *The company has a high turn over rate

    Mullen NC2015-03-24
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Great potential, squandered by incompetent leadership and toxic environment. Rotten from the top."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mullen NC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1- Pretty wall art 
 2- ok pay and benefits 
 3- free booze, popcorn, coffee and candy
 4- upon exodus, you'll join a several-hundred strong community of highly-talented and connected mullen refugees

    Cons

    At least 3 times more turnover than anywhere I've ever worked or even heard of.

 Probably due to:
 Wanton disregard for any semblance of work-life balance
 Obscene workloads with unreasonable timelines 
toxic community, rotten from the top

 Depending on the day's turn-over, it isn't uncommon for mullen to employ more managers than workers, and at least one boss to every bee.

 Even with this boss-glut,... reviews were mythologically rare and career advancement was a joke. Roles, goals and responsibilities are either intentionally ambiguous, or blatantly irrelevant. The very few promotions I ever witnessed were either political or people who were married to their bosses spouses' friends or business associates. It certainly appeared that meritorious contributions were counter-productive to a person's career at mullen. Anyone who won new business, received accolades from the industry or commendation from clients was fast-tracked to getting fired or treated so poorly that they quit soon after. I wish this was a subjective, bitter, ex-employee's jaded point-of-view, but I saw it happen again and again, to a dozen or more top-notch employees while simultaneously employees who were losing business and infuriating clients were promoted. It made no sense. If I didn't know how mentally incompetent the 'leadership' at mullen/NC was, I'd swear it was a money-laundering scheme. They seem to be intentionally torpedoing the ship while they scuttle it, capsize it, and run it aground. 

In summary, Barefaced subterfuge and sleazy, drunken-back-room-politics run the show at mullen/NC, literally and figuratively.
 

If you're looking at an open position at mullen/NC, your chair is well-worn, and with good reason It's all appearances, and it's all bait-and-switch. All. Of. It. 

Until IPG axes mullen/NC's entire top-tier, nothing good will come of this place, don't do it

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    Advice to Management

    Get new management

    Mullen NC2014-10-27
  10. Helpful (7)

    "This is a sad, broken agency."

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mullen NC for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I guess some of the people there are cool. Just not the ones who influence big decisions or company culture or employee wellbeing or good creative. Oh, and they pass out beer every now and then. That's nice. I mean, it's not like it's the best beer, but it does the job, and it's free.

    Cons

    1. Don't expect to ever advance there. 2. Don't expect any respect. 3. Don't expect any useful creative direction. 4. Don't expect any good clients. 5. Don't expect the support of management. 6. Do expect a stagnant salary. 7. Do expect to see positions with high salaries that do nothing. Ever. 8. Do expect to move to another city when you're ready for a change (which will come soon). 9. Do expect grumbling..., cattiness and complaining from employees about the state of things. 10. Do expect to see the people you like leave quickly or be let go.

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    Advice to Management

    You have really good people working for you — stopping pushing them away. Don't put up a bunch of new decorations and expect that to inspire a shift in your toxic culture — actually live the words. Fight back against IPG every now and then. Get rid of those who are keeping the company down, from account to creative.

    Mullen NC2014-09-16
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