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Updated February 6, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work-life balance generally good" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Great internship experience, very good training program, great people" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance was really difficult on some accounts" (in 24 reviews)

  • "long hours due to heavy workload" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    Love the office culture and the people here! The work is very rewarding as well.

    Cons

    It can take a little while to move up but it is still very possible with hard work to do so.


  2. "Difficult to make leap to manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Strategy in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Strategy in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work/Life Balance
    - Decent amount of company perks

    Cons

    - Inauthentic dedication to diversity- promotes inclusion, but the culture doesn't suggest that
    - All of the budget and attention goes to Senior Leadership, meaning they jip quality workers out of deserved money

    Advice to Management

    While quality Senior Leadership is important to win New Business and keep the agency expanding, UM will continue losing quality talent that are at the associate or manager level because they're not willing to reward people what they truly deserve. Practice what you preach!

  3. "Media Buying Intern"

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    Current Employee - Media Planner/Buyer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Media Planner/Buyer in New York, NY

    I have been working at UM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great internship experience, very good training program, great people.

    Cons

    The work can be slow and lack engagement.


  4. "Good company culture, terrible work life balance."

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    Former Employee - Portfolio Management Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Portfolio Management Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Yearly company holiday party, invites to networking parties (if you're on the right team or get invited by someone on the right team), free tickets to basketball/hockey games in suite occasionally, catered breakfast once a week, casual drinking allowed on Fridays.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE work life balance, constantly working late nights past 10 pm, upper management is not understanding if you get sick, no real breaks for lunch, no event perks on certain teams. The structure of work doesn't make sense, you're constantly redoing work over and over because it has to get checked by at least 3 people before submitting. So much micromanagement - even over sending an email. Worst nightmare of a job. Takes a long time to move up from your position - minimum of 2-3 years.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to figure out a more proficient way to structure day to day tasks.


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    "Mean Girls"

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    Former Employee - Investments in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investments in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There’s not much to say. They’re the standard agency

    Cons

    Don’t work here if you’re trying to make friends. They don’t interact with people outside of their “group”.


  6. "Internship Program"

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Planning Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Media Planning Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The most fun internship I have ever had, the tight knit community in the workplace as well as the work culture really allowed me to enjoy the internship program as a whole. I learned a lot working with different teams and especially from the final internship project that was assigned.

    Cons

    I would say they should get a better pay schedule for the interns because we did not get paid until about 5 weeks into our internship.


  7. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Birmingham, MI
    Current Employee - Associate in Birmingham, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance
    Awesome atmosphere

    Cons

    Taking time off can be a bit of a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your higher ups are complying with the IPG policies in regards to time off, flexible hours, and working from home.

  8. "Great people and culture."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    Good people and teamwork. Good benefits and great PTO and holidays off. Culture. Balanced work load.

    Cons

    Unable to work remotely. To move up you must fight for it.


  9. "Terrible."

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    Former Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Planner in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Truly can't think of one thing that made this place enjoyable.

    Cons

    - You will create and edit excel spread sheets day in and day out. My eyes would literally twitch at the end of the day because they use an archaic way of organizing things.
    - They will expect you to work well past 5pm even though you are contacted to work until 5pm. (It sickened me to see these workers be in the office till 8, 9, even 10pm...no job should suck up that much time of your life)
    - their in-house happy hours are a joke. most of the people would grab abeer and go back to their desks.
    - HR was truly horrendous. They don't even know what on their HR company portal. It's insane!
    - discretionary time off policy in theory is great, in reality upper management doesn't allow you to take time off when you need it.
    - Flexible work from home policy? also a lie. You'll be lucky if your manager doesn't judge you for not coming in during a huge snowstorm.
    - People who work their aren't even friendly. They look past you as you walk down the hall. There's a few 'clicks' which is pathetic.
    - Everyone brings their laptops to every meeting and no one is actually paying attention but instead working on another excel spreadsheet. It was truly sad to see some companies come in to do a presentation and would have 20+ people in a room half paying attention because they're sitting on their computer.

    Just don't even bother with this place.


  10. "Senior Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    UM takes care of their employees

    Cons

    There are no cons to working for UM

    Advice to Management

    None