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Starcom Worldwide Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/Life Balance is highly valued and it is a great place to enjoy your twenties (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people and opportunity to create your career path, learn and grow (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of work/life balance; Caddy office politics (in 39 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, long hours (in 52 reviews)

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  1. "Worst Place I've worked"

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    • 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 Worldwide (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.


  2. "Tech Ops"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Young Environment and free vending machines.

    Cons

    Management and the training took to long.

  3. "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff that gives their all

    Cons

    Upper Management consistently made BAD decisions

    Advice to Management

    Before they implement anything new please consult the employees to make sure that they don't waste employees valuable time.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The company is a fish out of water"

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on the team (and if the business stays) you will work with "resume builder" brands and network with ad tech and publishers (this is where you land your real job). You will learn "basic media planning" at most. If you want to further your growth and expertise, you must be proactive, since leadership is lazy, fragmented, and does not care about the team's personal growth, only their bonuses.

    Sometimes there are bagels.

    Cons

    Overall pay is below market if you do the research.

    Leadership does not inspire employees to want to do more, just get the minimum done. Leadership demands, they do not lead.

    Leadership will only address surface issues and avoid the root cause of the problem because of their egos or lack of knowledge. So said problem repeats itself over and over.

    It is only a matter of time before clients realize how out of touch the company is with the modern advertising landscape. That said, job security is a concern.

    Teams are understaffed and everyone is just a number until they leave.

    Advice to Management

    The operational structure is archaic. The correct structure needs to mirror the strengths and needs of today's industry (not 1960s madmen). Invest in high performance talent to grow the company. Stop wasting $$$ on reckless trips and client events. Staff up the bottom and weed out the lazy top, think horizontal. Learn from your mistakes, learn how to manage, learn how to inspire, and appreciate the few loyalist you have left.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Poor management, you're just a body"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young culture, work hard play hard

    Cons

    Poor account management, terrible work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training for rotational program. Hire more people to help balance work load.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "There is a reason it is a revolving door"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn about media planning and buying, lots of vacation, abundance of free meals/events/gifts/etc

    Cons

    - Most teams are under-staffed and combined with demanding clients leads to long hours
    - Low pay
    - Little consideration of career objectives by management
    - Few instances of talent development of the lower levels
    - It seems like the people that others don't like to work with are those getting promoted; also process for promotion is not clearly defined and seems political
    - Company is losing more clients than it is gaining

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to listen to the career objectives and desires of your employees and also ensure what is be preached at the VP level is being filtered down to the Director/AD level. There is a huge disconnect.


  7. "Horrible place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media A in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media A in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free cereal
    Free lunches
    Learn a lot

    Cons

    Low pay
    Bad work environment
    Bad management

    Advice to Management

    Do something

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start but very high turnover"

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    Current Employee - Media Associate
    Current Employee - Media Associate

    I have been working at Starcom Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Good training program to learn the fundamentals of media
    Big brands/clients

    Cons

    No work/life balance
    Understaffed
    No overtime
    Poor management


  9. "Terrible Place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of free tickets and food

    Cons

    Minimal wages
    Culture of cliques: you're either in or you're out
    Narrow focus per person due to the size of the company and nature of the industry
    They claim to be a diverse and open-minded company, when really the people are only open-minded to ruthless, frat-house behavior and have no interest in any outside culture
    Nasty people
    Incompetent managers
    Promotions are not transparent

    Advice to Management

    Raise your bar and hire more intelligent, and fewer people at a higher salary. Take a hard look at the cliques that have formed that drive away talent and are obstacles to establishing a healthy workplace. Pick decent people to be managers and discipline them to behave respectfully and fairly


  10. "A great place for the "bottom 50%""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Client roster, rotational program, office location

    Cons

    Non-monetary perks (client dinners, "freebies", vacation calendar) get old very quickly. What incentivizes a 23 year old doesn't work on older employees

    Advice to Management

    Go to business school. Learn how to run your business & grow your employees.


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