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Publicis North America Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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Pros
  • nice people, big clients, free donuts (in 6 reviews)

  • Big Name Clients, Donut Fridays - if you want to be motivated by fat and sugar (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No sense of culture, or respect for a work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • There is no culture or sense of identity in the agency (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Freelance Art Director"

    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

    Pros

    Great Work, Big Clients. Excellent location. Lots of free food. Company parties are super killer.

    Cons

    If you're not with the "Cool Kids" circle, then chances are you're not working on the cool clients unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    provide more opportunity to the associate creatives if you dont want them to leave you.


  2. "Account Supervisor"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Publicis North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good people
    - Great creative work
    - Healthcare package is good (but on the pricier side)

    Cons

    - Raise freeze, hiring freeze, and even technology freeze for over an year and ongoing
    - Groups with less visibility, i.e. healthcare, often gets the short end of the stick because they are not the 'sexy' brands
    - Performance reviews do not yield to anything, not raises/training/firings
    - Very stringent process when it comes to firings and layoffs
    - Little to no head room to grow
    - High turnover but very slow moving when it comes to replacing vacancies

    Advice to Management

    - Start investing in your employees; look at them as talents, not a line item on a spreadsheet
    - Compensate those that have received top performance reviews fairly and regularly, and not just giving raises to those that work on the high-profile brands


  3. Helpful (3)

    "They work you til you burn out and cut the weak ones quickly"

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

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The new office space is nice. Some account teams are very friendly. Employees from specialty departments are very gregarious and helpful.

    Cons

    There is no training and a terrible place to start for entry-level employees. Expectations are extremely high and you will work late most nights. Team members treat lower-level employees with spite and disrespect (especially in pharma). In your evaluations, you will always be compared to well-liked and well-seasoned employees. It's 100% a game of politics. If your supervisor/director enjoys your company, you will stay longer. HR will not help you with any situation. Most are unhappy with their jobs and majority leaves in under a year. Promotions are extremely slow, and employees are over-promised raises that don't come. Ridiculous they had a pay freeze and hiring freeze for over 8 months. Typical barbaric ad agency story here.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees if you want them to succeed. You make enough money as an agency with these high-budgeted accounts. Know how to manage your agency.


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  5. "Cog in Machine"

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

    Pros

    Aside from issues I had with Publicis, they're office happens to be beautiful. Great facilities along with top-notch resources. Keurigs and soft drink fridges on every floor, along with 2 barista bars.

    Cons

    Overall negative outlook from employees. Work tends to be very monotonous. Although Publicis is a "creative" agency, the work they produce happens to be "vanilla". HR isn't always on top of pressing issues.

    Advice to Management

    Allow departments to interact and help each other.


  6. "Web developer"

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

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Office space is awesome, you can sit wherever you want. As a web developer no one was overlooking over my shoulder, I had a lot of freedom as long as the projects and deadlines were met.

    Cons

    Never got a raise, reviews are a waste of time, they don't mean or do anything. Other coworkers confirmed all this as well so I wasn't the only one. People come and go, they rarely stay over 1 year.

    Advice to Management

    Give bonuses and raises to people who work hard.


  7. "Creative Director"

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

    Pros

    Work on some of the best brands and create really highly quality work.

    Cons

    No sense of culture, or respect for a work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people.


  8. "It was ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time

    Pros

    Good experience, typical agency environment. Some accounts are better than others

    Cons

    Turnover, Change Management, Legacy agency issues

    Advice to Management

    continue the path forward to transformation


  9. "Publicis Hawkeye"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team environment, strong leadership that genuinely cares about your growth personally and professionally, open communication policy, and opportunities to work with other teams and accounts to expand experience. There are also a lot of celebrations to highlight new hires, work anniversaries and birthdays, as well as milestones for the agency or teams, and holidays. Perk: free breakfast every Friday morning!

    Cons

    Hard to think of any...

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up...


  10. "Great Time!"

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

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office environment, cool perks, and awesome people. They have recently moved buildings however I have not yet seen the new office.. I hear great things!

    Cons

    Large company so it is easy to get lost. It is up to you to shine!

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for the management.


  11. "Publicis NY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    open work-space and smart people

    Cons

    layered bureaucracy working through groupe level re-organizations



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