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Starcom USA CEO Lisa Donohue
Lisa Donohue
27 Ratings
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    Great team up until board level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Media Planner in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Media Planner in London, England

    I worked at Starcom USA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good clients, great team, lots of training opportunities. The away day is a great idea and really helps you meet new people year on year.

    Cons

    Long work hours for the digital team and resultingly much of the digital team has left. The staff turn over is very high. There is a boys club culture in more senior positions in the company. Pitches were often lost (except international and search which seems to be doing great!) which is dispiriting. Salaries were poor and often not up for discussion. Senior management will not take any criticism no matter how gentle and constructive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the grassroots and invest more in your people rather than restructures and paint jobs. Keep doing the away day and other initiatives though, as they allow people to meet a wider set of people and keeps people thinking fresh. Get more women progressing up the boys club - it is so men heavy which is dispiriting especially when there are such strong female characters in the agency.

    Doesn't Recommend
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Starcom USA Interviews

Updated 3 Aug 2014
Updated 3 Aug 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

58%
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Getting an Interview

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8%

Interview Difficulty

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone interview was fairly basic and essentially wanted to make sure you could do math and hadn't lied on your resume. This was followed by four back-to-back in person interviews. They were about 45 minutes each and while I think that they were meant to focus on a different area (team work, creative problem solving, etc.), many kind of ran together. After the interviews, you're taken out to lunch with an "ambassador" who is meant to be a non-partial person you can ask more frank questions about culture, compensation, etc.

    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't one
    Accepted Offer

Starcom USA Awards and Accolades

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Best Places to Work, Human Rights Campaign, 2013
Corporate Equality Index - 100% in GLBT Corporate Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2013
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Website www.starcomusa.com
Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Media
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
Competitors OMD, MindShare, Carat

This business helps advertisers reach out to the consumer universe. Starcom MediaVest Group is a leading media planning and buying agency (along with rivals OMD Worldwide and Mindshare), with 110 offices in almost 70 countries. The media group helps advertisers determine the correct mix of media to get their message out and buys air time and space in print publications for the ads. In addition, it offers specialized media services through such units as SMG Search (search marketing expertise) and Forty-Two Degrees at MediaVest (multicultural media). Starcom MediaVest is... More

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