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Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance in remote offices (in 14 reviews)

  • great people willing to help advance your career (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • hours can be long, which impacts work/life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • long hours to make deadlines meet (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Best place for media planners and buyers"

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

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

    Pros

    Highly professional work methodology .
    Wide selection of clients. You get to learn about lots of business verticals.
    High paced, job, sometimes can be stressful.

    Cons

    Salaries at entry level are low but they tend to change after 1 year.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in trainings, especially for the new digital channels.


  2. "UM review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different positions in case you want to transition to something different. You also work with a lot of people.

    Cons

    There's a ton of work you don't always get compensated for. Took too long to get promoted. Salary isn't the greatest for the amount of work you do.

  3. "Good Perks but Underpaid and Understaffed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UM full-time

    Pros

    perks, nice office, some good managers

    Cons

    long hours, pressure, lack of opportunities to grow


  4. "Great"

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

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful culture, good work-life balance, diverse client base. Impressive management team who is focused on investing in the future.

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  5. "Strategy Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    The passionate, smart people are the fabric of UM.

    Cons

    Culture has taken a hit as the company has become consumed by pitches.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on culture. Bring Pitch Innovation to all accounts.


  6. "Integrated Investment Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    Laid back environment, adequate amount of vacation days

    Cons

    Employees are underpaid unless they came from a different company, and overworked


  7. "Decision Sciences"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    There is a smart dedicated staff of people who work there. Culture is fun and there are some great teams.

    Cons

    Can be tough to move up depending where you work. Upper management can be disconnected from what is going on day to day.

  8. "Great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Buying in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Media Buying in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid-back, easy going atmosphere, great people to work with, good vacation time.

    Cons

    Not enough screens available during the office renovations. Salaries on average to low unless an external hire.


  9. "okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    dynamic workplace
    lots of trainings
    good pay

    Cons

    hours can be long, which impacts work/life balance


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Worst place I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and tea (hot and ice)

    Cons

    Long story short, I would NEVER recommend working here to anyone.

    Never been surrounded by so many people who are all a toxic combination of emotional unstable, dumb and mean. Not everyone, just most.

    Truthfully did not know anyone who enjoyed working here. Everyone is to looking for a new job.

    Promotions go to friends and have nothing to do with qualifications or performance, which honestly happens a lot of places but never seen it so blatant and obvious as here.

    The agency keeps winning awards and clients and all I could think was how it's all smoke and mirrors and they are basically scamming everyone since no one actually knows what they are doing and most everyone is terrible at their job and also doesn't care at all about their job. Felt like only a matter of time before there is a big agency crash and burn.

    Never worked anywhere where senior management says such openly offensive things about race and gender, with no consequences or repercussions.

    Zero communication from senior management about ANYTHING. People are let go or leave and it's almost like everyone acts like they never existed in the first place. It's weird.

    No teams are staffed appropriately. Way too much work for way too few people. Agency was winning hundreds of millions (billions?) of dollars in new accounts yet we were constantly on a hiring freeze.

    Decent percentage of gender diversity but major lack of racial diversity in senior management.

    Additional cons: location really sucks, and they pretend they're progressive about work/life balance and an open office but really you have to be in the office sitting next to your team everyday 9-6 or you will get in trouble

    Advice to Management

    With a few exceptions, all senior leadership and all of human resources are either useless or just bad people. Gets some quality people to lead from the top down. Open up communication so employees actually know what's going on with their teams, accounts, and the company leadership. Promote and pay fairly. Staff appropriately.


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