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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. "Great Experience - Difficult Work Life"

    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

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities available if you take advantage of them

    Cons

    Communication between teams is non-existent which hinders everyone's ability to complete task well/on-time

    Advice to Management

    Focus on bringing up your lower-tier clients to the level of your top-tier clients


  2. "Media Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities provided as well as company culture. People are fantastic, all working toward a common goal

    Cons

    Lower salary than competitive agencies. Certain accounts can be very demanding (but no different than other agencies)


  3. "Great company, little opps"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun, young environment
    Great employee perks and benefits
    Great location in heart of city
    Good company culture
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Low pay
    Progression can be hindered
    Promotions/raises are very rare
    Moving up can be a very difficult process

    Advice to Management

    More training on how to manage people for Supervisors


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  5. "Great place to statt"

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

    Pros

    I've been here for over two years and while the base pay is terrible and you will work draining hours, this is an amazing way to break into the industry. Depending on the client team, you will be immersed into the media world and the ability to form long lasting friendships internally, and with partners externally.

    Cons

    The burn out needs to be resolved. Too many people work brutal hours, and end up moving on to a competitor for an increase in pay.

    Advice to Management

    Value your top performing employees, regardless of their level. Turnover is through the roof, especially for associates starting on TOPS as they receive little to no client facing experience. This strictly operational role can be gruesome and mindless.


  6. "Summer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's a great environment and everyone here treats interns as associates. Very respectful and friendly.

    Cons

    Location is great, but get started early finding housing for the summer.


  7. "Great place to start off"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start off and learn

    Cons

    They don't pay nearly as high as they should for the amount of work required


  8. "Media Planner"

    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

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time

    Pros

    Very professional organization
    Many smart and forward thinking people work there
    Opportunities for promotion
    Solid benefits

    Cons

    No executive management presence in NYC
    Dog eat dog mentality of those in management positions
    No esprit de corps - though there are attempts made to create it

    Advice to Management

    Need an executive presence in NY office. It is a ship without a real capatin


  9. "Worst Place I've worked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Associate in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Media Associate in North Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Starcom USA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hip workplace with free beer.

    Cons

    No training in west coast office.

    Manager who liked to see people fall and purposely set people up with tasks that could not be done in the time frame expected.

    Pay was terrible, even by advertising standards.

    Insane work hours (11-12 hour days).

    Least friendly staff I've encountered.

    Advice to Management

    Change everything.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Media Director"

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

    I have been working at Starcom USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great clients, great culture. Benefits and perks are top notch with tons of paid time off and generous holiday schedule.

    Cons

    Pay sucks and is usually below market average. I think they believe your total package including the cache of putting Starcom on your resume counts for more than it does.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people fairly so you don't lose top talent to the competition. And don't force people to leave, just to come back for more money.


  11. "Great place to start, could be a great place to stay if.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    Fantastic paid time off and holiday schedule. Relaxed environment with fun people (if you are on the right team). Recent pay increases are giving hope to lower/mid-level employees.

    Cons

    The AEP program that was put in place a couple years ago removes the personalization of the rotation / promotion process - its more about data and check lists than the person. Positions sit open despite heavy work loads, teams are unsupported on the associate level because so many associates leave after 9 mos - 1 year to get paid more elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the cost of living in Chicago, reflect on the $$s the Associates make, now do math. Does that work?



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