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Starcom USA Reviews

Updated March 14, 2017
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  • Depending on the team, the work life balance can be hard to obtain (in 32 reviews)

  • Long hours - Never saying no to clients means working to turn things around in a crunch (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Digital Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    Fun and challenging work with big accounts

    Cons

    Poor treatment of employees in entry level


  2. "Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    Great people and opportunity to create your career path, learn and grow.

    Cons

    Large organization may not be best fit for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Keep the improved communication going


  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people friendly environment top clients regular work it was a good place to start a career and grow professionally.

    Cons

    Work often redundant spreadsheets decks and presentations with endless reviews when time could be spent on more important strategic work


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  5. "Great Benefits, Great People"

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    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K, legal assistance, travel assistance, tuition reimbursement program; Great voluntary benefits including auto, renter's, and pet insurance; Great perks including a whole lot of paid holidays, paid flex days, generous paid vacation, free breakfast everyday, free beverages, an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7, discounted gym membership, on site bar with drink specials; Great coworkers; Basically too many great things to name

    Cons

    It's a large company so everyone can have a different experience depending on what team you're on, so some people can get overworked while others can have a more laid back role yet still get paid the same


  6. ""Good place to start if you like media and advertising""

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    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees are all very bright and (most) are passionate about what he or she does. The people who have been there for a longer period of time love their jobs. You get good training from your supervisors (this depends on how organized your account is), so you learn quickly even if you have little to no experience in the industry. Also, the casual dress code, free food all the time, and the decent holiday and flex days off are nice benefits. Great social and team events as well.

    Cons

    Super long work hours for pretty low salary (which is why the employee turnover is constant and many teams are understaffed), thus a pretty bad work/life balance. This job is very mentally and physically draining if you're not passionate about it or advertising in general. Additionally, it's hard being a POC in digital media as you are often targeting other communities of color for their "purchasing power," because you know, POC are monolithic audiences and all think the same (this is an industry-wide issue).

    Advice to Management

    Better pay for associate and other entry-level positions, but apparently people have been asking this for years. Seriously though, there are too many associates working like 10+ hours a day with no overtime.


  7. "Activation Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, location, and place to kick off career.

    Cons

    Understaffed, underpaid versus industry standards, crazy work hours and expectations. Burns out employees. To get a proper raise, you have to quit and come back.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you're staffing teams and doing so correctly for proper support. Have more respect for their employees and be more realistic about transitions.


  8. "Good Company, Great Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    Starcom had an enjoyable atmosphere, one similar to other agencies. There were many young professionals. Employees worked hard, but also could have fun. Pay was decent.

    Cons

    The change to an open floor plan was difficult. There was no privacy and it became too loud at many times to focus.


  9. "Associate Media Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Starcom USA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leader in the industry and provides training to all employees. Collaboration with other teams is promoted and encouraged. It was a nice atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Slow to promote people. There isn't any upward mobility if you are part of a small team. Long hours so work life balance isn't great


  10. "Good overall"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big clients, cool people, great benefits. Lots to learn about the industry and mentors are available. Higher up employees are willing to teach.

    Cons

    Some desks have much more work than others, and some have much less. Job description does not really reflect the actual responsibilities of the job. Low salary.

    Advice to Management

    Place employees more appropriately to their backgrounds and skill sets. Find the employees who are being under utilized and help them excel.


  11. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of fun events.
    Tons of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standard

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.



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