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Updated May 10, 2018
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance in remote offices (in 15 reviews)

  • great people willing to help advance your career (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance was really difficult on some accounts (in 21 reviews)

  • In fact the downsides of the industry meaning long hours tight deadlines, demanding clients etc (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "UM Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UM full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding people, great work environment.

    Cons

    Compensation, but it’s standard for the industry


  2. "Cultural and Leadership Insight"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Represent America's largest brands, benefits are strong, and career development opportunities via courses, conferences, and training programs are great.

    Cons

    Overwork, under pay and appreciation. Also a very negative, young and clique prone work environment. Not open to innovative, multicultural, and/or outside the box thinking

    Advice to Management

    Remember that entry level employees observe your every move and character, so it's important to remain positive, gossip free, and politically correct at all times.

  3. "No/to little room for growth"

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

    I worked at UM full-time

    Pros

    great office and people, good environment

    Cons

    barely room for growth, the pay is nothing


  4. "Associate of Integrated Investment"

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    Current Employee - Associate of Integrated Invesstment in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate of Integrated Invesstment in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work atmosphere, great people, great work events

    Cons

    extremely EXTREMELY should be illegal low pay for entry level positions. especially in NYC. Not very exciting work.

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to your entry level employees and help them understand how to further their career


  5. "Surprisingly Good Agency"

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    Current Employee - Analytics in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analytics in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Frankly, I accepted a position at UM thinking it would be yet another agency job. After years of working in tech and marketing, I've come to grudgingly accept the low standard of work and rampant leadership egomania among marketing firms.

    Though I cannot say that UM proved me wrong immediately, what really astounded me was how much the team - both leadership and junior folks - are totally open to process improvements. Everyone that I've worked with seemed truly interested exploring better options and put their spare time into developing a better way of doing things. I met with little resistance to change and no narcissists intent on preserving their archaic claim to fame. Most folks seem genuinely focused on "how can we do it better?" and are incredibly eager to lend a hand.

    Cons

    No fixed desk means that you are expected to keep all of your belongings in an assigned locker. Like a high school-er.

    Advice to Management

    Impose more stringent hiring standard for entry level employees. This will greatly help with the overall churn.

    Give you people desks!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Exposed to full scope of industry, easy to move within accounts

    Cons

    Most work is carried on the back of 2-3 individuals, no growth

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries to encourage planners to stay


  7. "Associate, Integrated Investment"

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

    I worked at UM full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn, good culture and teamwork

    Cons

    A lot of work if your team is under staffed

  8. "Good in some places, not so good in others"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UM full-time

    Pros

    - There were some great people
    - Benefits were good (unlimited PTO)

    Cons

    - Work/life balance was really difficult on some accounts
    - Training for the entry-level position wasn't very good


  9. "Great place to work"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have a Diverse group of accounts to work on, engaged employees, and an overall positive atmosphere. Happy hours on Thursday’s are also great.

    Cons

    There can be a heavy workload at times, but that’s probably true of most agencies. Positives tend to outweigh negatives by a significant margin.

    Advice to Management

    More individual mentorship would be great.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company that took care of it's employees, with good benefits and 401k matching.

    Definitely felt welcomed starting from the first day and provided educational opportunities to advance career.

    Only regret is not staying with the company long enough to participate in the cross-training program they are starting.

    Cares about diversity in the workforce.

    Cons

    Pay was fairly low and uniform across the board for non-management employees, potentially offset by the available benefits.

    New diversity initiatives might make upper advancement difficult for non-minority or male employees.

    Many non-management position responsibilities have a high chance of being automated.

    The transition from guaranteed PTO to DTO makes taking time off more difficult, individuals might look bad within their team for taking time off when other teammates/supervisors do not have any scheduled.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure all views are equally accepted within the company culture; definitely push the cross-training program and build in a transparent system for individuals to potentially switch career tracks if capable/positions are open.


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