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TMP Worldwide Reviews

Updated January 7, 2019
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Pros
  • "TMP encourages autonomous work which allows for an excellent work/life balance" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours and great people to work with" (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work life balance and no constructive criticism or help from colleagues" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Bonuses and promotions only benefit upper management" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great ad agency"

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

    I have been working at TMP Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    good environment, good coworkers, market pay

    Cons

    after hours work sometimes needed


  2. Helpful (1)

    "DS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TMP Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great people and culture and

    Cons

    poor work life balance and

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Atmosphere"

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

    I have been working at TMP Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Those in leadership positions are always willing to allow their teams to work in the style and tempo that works best for them. Leaders are always open to hearing feedback from all members of their team.

    Cons

    There can be high turnover for lower level employees.
    Certain positions require a lot of internal email communication, which could create an overabundance of relaying and slow down plans & initiatives.


  4. Helpful (12)

    "It's the Worst. Leaving TMP was the best change of the year."

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location and nice people that work there.

    Cons

    The TMP Chicago office is a revolving door for talent with major problems that start from the leadership-down to create a toxic work culture. In my first months there, it was odd to find so many employees in many departments openly joke about who will be “here today and gone tomorrow” and this is not because it’s so advanced, but because it’s so inefficient. I read on an employment site before starting that they regularly announce to their current employees to write good reviews and I also witnessed this being true when I got there. They have to make current employees write good reviews to counter all the negative experiences they’ve created.
    To someone switching over with tenured Consumer side experience, it’s important to know that you will not be set up for success at TMP. The "career pathing" idea they sell is total baloney and the old playbook of Recruitment Marketing and those who were working on it since the 90s shut out growth because they’ve either never been at a modern agency to see the gaps or they fight being “too much” on an agency model or they just don’t care because they are VPs in constant sales mode of TalentBrew. What a shock to find that they appear like an agency but lack all the necessary processes and offer little support to employees working at all hours to make up the difference. There literally were people who went to the hospital from work-related stress issues and when they returned nothing changed for them so they left.
    Even on their largest accounts it was a constant struggle to try and keep clients. The VP roles are overselling constantly and there aren’t enough people to cover the work. It’s not uncommon for Accounts to cycle through 5+ people in 6 months. Work is undervalued and there is a tragic lack of diversity in leadership which only perpetuates the culture problems. It’s required to play into the fraternity that is encouraged by the office leader as they would openly make fun of employees in staff meetings regularly and didn’t take action when complaints were filed. If you are trying to come from a decent company you should avoid this place because there is no 401k match, no actual support, lots of drama and because of these it is the bottom of the barrel.

    Advice to Management

    Lead with actions instead of just words to make employees feel valued. Remove people in leadership who have been there forever causing the same problems over and over again. Acknowledge issues before they grow and find ways to actually support the ones doing the heavy lifting for day to day tasks. Also, the best examples of leadership who seemed to care about employees came from Office Administrator roles, so it would be better to just let them run the place or someone with experience of moving up from a beginner level. This would be a drastic change for the positive.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "There's a Reason They Have Such Poor Ratings"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Little oversight and a lot of big brands.

    Cons

    Next to no professionalism with some of the harshest and most juvenile management coming from the very top. Our clients are constantly being "upsold" with little interest in what's actually right for them and there is no sense of investment in the team trusted with accounts. Positive feedback is nill or negligent and the bottle neck frustration of any effort kills the ability for an individual to accomplish anything of merit for our clients.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at you obscene turn over, poor communication skills and irony of being a Talent Brand Management agency with such poor feedback on your own Talent Brand.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good people but no room for growth"

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

    I have been working at TMP Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Nice teammates, good team support, easy work

    Cons

    No room for growth, petty coworkers & gossip. CEO is never around to show support for what she is doing to grow the company. Bonuses and promotions only benefit upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more to keep quality people


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TMP Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    The people are very nice, and I'm still friends with them to this day. I also learned a lot while I was there but it's not a company you can be at for more than 1 year. It is not sustainable.

    Cons

    The turnover at this company is unlike anything I have ever seen. I’ve watched so many people leave in such a short amount of time. There are no perks, and compensation is very low if you come in as what they call an “entry” level position. When you start, you get told your job is from 9-5pm, and that’s what they pay you for. However, managers will text you after hours asking where you are and why you aren't working. Leaving the office late is normal, not a rarity. Everyone is over worked, and they make the entry level people feel undervalued. They are always understaffed, and with turnover being so high, the accounts suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Make the necessary changes to retain employees. Hire more people to help not just to backfill a role. Do not text or call your employees after hours unless it really is an emergency. It can wait.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been working here over a year and there is always more to learn. Leadership is always willing to help explain processes and help guide your career growth. If you are interested in Account Services, TMP gives you good amount of experience in all areas of account service.
    Paid time off is a plus too.

    Cons

    Pay is much lower than average. This is a good stepping stone to get quality experience in advertising and account services, but it can be difficult to support yourself on this salary. Typically the only way to make a higher salary is to be promoted- even if you take on more work, projects, and time. The position can feel stagnant if there is no room for upward mobility within the team.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TMP Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Unless you're a selected favorite, nothing.

    Cons

    They pick HEAVY favorites. If you are not one, you are SOL.

    Advice to Management

    stop with petty nonsense and your turnover rate wouldn't be through the roof


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TMP Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was at TMP for 9 years and it was a FANSTATIC company to work for! Management was always willing to help further your career within the company. Benefits were PHENOMENAL! Work/Life balance is amazing!

    Cons

    It's advertising so there are some late nights or early mornings but all in all that is normal in the advertising industry.