Starcom USA Reviews

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Starcom USA CEO Lisa Donohue
Lisa Donohue
25 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 for more than a 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
    Negative Outlook
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Starcom USA Interviews

Updated Aug 3, 2014
Updated Aug 3, 2014

Interview Experience

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    Media Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at Starcom USA in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    The phone screening was basic and straightforward. The recruiter asked some mental math questions and briefly asked about my resume and experiences. After that, I was invited to come in for a full round of interviews. I was interviewed by 4 people total. Each interview lasted approximately 40-45 minutes. After that, I had lunch with an ambassador and a few other applicants who were interviewing that day. I heard back from HR after about a week.

    Interview Questions
    • Name an impactful campaign you've seen lately. Tell me about it....
      Also, make sure you can articulate why you'd be a good fit for Starcom.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation whatsoever. They won't budge.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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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Additional Info

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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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