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Publicis North America Reviews

Updated February 11, 2018
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  • No regard for a positive work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Team members treat lower-level employees with spite and disrespect (especially in pharma) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Review of Publicis North America"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Challenging opportunities. Fast Paced.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. "Good place to build fundamentals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Publicis North America full-time

    Pros

    clients are nice and not demanding , reasonable hours, nice people

    Cons

    limited opportunities for growth, redundant work, no agency morale, a lot of process/layers to accomplishing anything

  3. "Professional, progressive, pleasant."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Publicis North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Publicis is a dedicated , professional progressive workplace. Pleasant work atmosphere, and on top of best practices and safe and supportive work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Promotions and salary increases are few and far between. There exists (as in most agencies) a common, and tiresome (and unfortunately successful) strategy among a few mediocre types by which they diminish others to elevate themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to acknowledge the cheap talk of the mediocre middle managers (see above) and nip it in the bud. Also could use some diversity of thought to complement the rather diverse work force. Very senior management is accessible, but needs to make more effort to connect with junior and middle management.


  4. "Reliable but also boring"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are smart, down to earth and kind. Teams as broken down by by discipline & client are setup well. Employees are given the tools that they need to do the work. Most of the time it feels as if management does care.

    Cons

    The industries that most clients come from may be kind of boring. Work may be repetitive. The technology used to execute on some projects/products may not be very exciting.

    Advice to Management

    Devote people/time for more technology recon and try to apply this knowledge to projects/products.


  5. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time

    Pros

    There's a good work/life balance

    Cons

    Its hard to progress and move up at this company


  6. "Sr. Server Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Optional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Optional in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For some, the work/life balance is great depending on your position and job title. The benefits are above average than at some companies

    Cons

    You never know when someone is going to "laid off", there are WAY too acquisitions. Expertise skill has either been fired and replaced by the newer cheaper labor force, or those who knew what they were doing quit and got out of there first before it was only their time to get the AXE.

    Their offices are moving to this open "no cubical" design, so you don't even have a desktop at work, just a laptop. There is NO privacy, and at in one of their open office design, either people don't come in if they have the luck of telecommute, or they have quit/got fired so you don't know who to put on the dead pool as not working there anymore.

    Due to this there really isn't a sense of culture at work anymore. There are just way too many new people that the "old way of doing things" with a company culture is rather void. Publicis "sort of" cares about its people, but they are always thing about their pocketbook and shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the people who earn you are your shareholders so they remain loyal and dedicated. Sure, parts of the company are a cost center, but they help drive the business to success. Stop being hungry.


  7. "Visual Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work from home

    Cons

    Late nights that can come up unexpectedly

  8. "Strategist"

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    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Publicis North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teams to work with, smart and diverse crowd

    Cons

    Large agency makes it hard for people to get noticed and easy for people to get away with very little work

    Advice to Management

    More internal growth opportunities, pay more attention to people.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "I'd look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Having worked at other agencies and hearing from friends at other agencies, the benefits at Publics are really comprehensive. Their PTO and holiday schedule is very generous and their healthcare rates are less than other agencies (half the $ than some other big agency holding companies). I also find them to be competitive in pay.

    Cons

    There really isn't much of a work culture. Having a happy hour twice a week attended only by a few is not "culture".

    The creative is pretty bad. This is a place where people go because they can't get jobs elsewhere or they're just apathetic. I've heard many people say "yeah I know it's not good but whatever it's a job". There's nothing inspiring good creatives to stay. They have a hard time distinguishing between people who are artistic (can make something look pretty) vs. people who are creative (can get to ideas that really enact change). Plus, the Marcel debacle has only further solidified the lack of any reason for a good creative to stay.

    There are a ton of people that shouldn't be where they're at. They have people barely allocated and yet rely on freelancers. The account teams for the accounts I've worked on seem to not want to rock the boat and just push passable ideas / creative. There is no desire to push creative beyond just status-quo and no structure or desire from mgmt to do so. And that's what Publicis will be... run of the mill status-quo. This will never be a Droga5 or Anomaly where they push their clients and build brands with strategic and creative ideas that welcome attention.

    The new office is nice but the location is not great and the open layout is, um, whack. It would be one thing if they actually enforced the "sit wherever policy" but people tend to gravitate to their own seats anyway. Plus, after about a year of being there, they took all the private cubicles away (leaving big gaping holes in their place) so there is no semblance of privacy anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Work on company culture. Do this by…
    1. Invest in what high caliber employees want. Free crappy soda and crappy dunkin donuts every Friday won't do it. Find tastemakers to help curate what creative individuals want. Invest in nice things but don't just give the appearance of 'nice'. How about craft beer (you can still keep Heineken as well)? Maybe add Topo Chico to the fridges? Take pride in what you do and you'll find employees who take pride in their work.
    2. Have something you stand for that everyone in the agency can get behind. Read Big Spaceship's employee manual…this is how you stand for something as an Agency - in how you talk, in what you believe, and a having common approach to tackle client challenges.
    3. Encourage the rebels within your organization to shake things up. Too often they’re not empowered and yet they leave for shops where they're empowered and go on to do great things. Publicis' loss and another agency's gain.

    As someone else stated… “clean house” and build a team with people who are strategically and creatively driven. Reframe the conversations you have with clients and maybe you'll win a few pitches and keep the clients you have.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Embarrassing to have on a resume"

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

    I worked at Publicis North America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Major clients.
    Nice views.
    Friendly people.

    Cons

    Account is deeply afraid of clients, which screws everybody.
    The agency's work is so bland, it's embarrassing to have on your resume, let alone showing any campaigns in your portfolio.
    The flex/open layout can be maddening.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.


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