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Starcom Worldwide Reviews

Updated October 13, 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 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Not enough manpower/headcount to achieve work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

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

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  1. "Junior Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large, name brand clients
    International Accounts
    Office Locations in big cities (Chicago, LA, New York & International)

    Cons

    Extremely long work hours
    Pay is EXTREMELY low compared to other agencies
    HR can be unresponsive
    Difficult to get promotions

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages (especially in the bigger cities)
    Reward top talent
    More responsive HR


  2. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great Place to work with wonderful benefits

    Cons

    most positions come with long hours

  3. "Fast paced, little / no work-life balance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning
    Most employees have a strong work ethic

    Cons

    Navigating politics is more important than the substance of the work

    Advice to Management

    Have more of an open door policy


  4. "Opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom Worldwide 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


  5. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Great Benefits, Great People"

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    • 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 Worldwide 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


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    "Digital Associate"

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

    I have been working at Starcom Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Fun and challenging work with big accounts

    Cons

    Poor treatment of employees in entry level

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom Worldwide 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.


  9. "Good jump start to a career in Media"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to the Media industry. Fast paced, agency setting.

    Cons

    You have to fight for yourself to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Take a more vested interest in training your managers.


  10. "Good Company, Great Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide 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.


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