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Starcom Worldwide Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Starcom Worldwide CEO Lisa Donohue
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Pros
  • You meet a lot of great people that are young and energetic about advertising (in 12 reviews)

  • fun atmosphere and good place for teamwork (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Traditional long hours in media (in 15 reviews)

  • entry level salary low compared to competitors, talent retention is poor (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful place to work with amazing opportunities & clients"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager/Search Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager/Search Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get ample opportunities to prove your mettle & your hard work is well appreciated

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of for now. Its a perfect job one can expect to land with


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

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    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


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

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    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.


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  5. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing paid time off and healthcare! Starcom also has a work hard, play hard mentality, which makes for a fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Promotions are based on politics and luck. Hard work and dedication is not valued. When promotions are earned, the pay rarely follows through at the same time. Additionally, many employees do a bait and switch and get a job offer outside the company for more money and Starcom normally matches and promotes. Unless you play the game, you will not get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as people and not numbers. Pay them for the role they are doing. Promoting on paper and not following through with the salary is wrong. Especially when the client is paying for the promoted individual.


  6. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Digital Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Digital Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Starcom Worldwide (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Enjoyed my responsibilities

    Cons

    Long hours. Clients were demanding.


  7. "It's Interrsting Here"

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    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You working media, so the external benefits are good. Lunches. Dinners.

    Cons

    There is a huuuuge disconnect between upper management and "normal employee" also the company seems to change every 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know. Winning more business would be nice. But also don't forget about the grunts.


  8. "Starcom Review"

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    Current Employee - Global & U S Associate Director in Astoria, NY
    Current Employee - Global & U S Associate Director in Astoria, NY

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

    Pros

    Looks out for you long term

    Cons

    Traditional long hours in media


  9. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Starcom Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great intelligent people who are very dedicated and work hard.

    Cons

    Long hours, not a lot of employees receive raises or promotions so they quit.

    Advice to Management

    Good talent is hard to find please treat them right so they won't leave.


  10. "Associate Media Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Media Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits and time off

    Cons

    Volatility in business performance impacts career path


  11. "Stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn the basics of the advertising industry and it's transition into digital.

    Cons

    Agencies are on their way out in the next few years. High rate of churn and you're either there for life for out in 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Stop siloing people and find a way to keep people there longer.


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