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3.3
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MEC CEO Tim Castree
Tim Castree
33 Ratings
Pros
  • "MEC has great people and a clear vision for the future(in 28 reviews)

  • "Work from home up to 2 days a week and great flexibility around work life balance(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Awful work life balance - there is none(in 30 reviews)

  • "Pressure to answer to your clients and sometimes long hours(in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Great Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - SEO Executive in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at MEC full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good culture - in-house events and services/benefits, team events, good management support and regular reviews. Continual learning - regular mandatory training to ensure skills and knowledge are up-to-date, opportunities to attend external training or further in-house training.

    Cons

    I had no bad experiences whilst working here.

    MEC2018-02-19
  2. "Ad Ops Executive"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at MEC full-time

      Pros

      - Great people - Nice office

      Cons

      - Salary - High attrition rate

      MEC2018-07-16
    • "Fun but toxic"

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      Former Employee - Communications Manager in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at MEC full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great view from the office, lots of media jollys, opportunities to hit your career potential and excel!

      Cons

      My Head of dept openly talked about which team members they didn't like and wanted to sack which is really unprofessional.

      MEC2018-05-09
    • "Fun Place To Work, Great People"

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      Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in London, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at MEC full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Amazing colleagues, Great managers, Superb People & Culture

      Cons

      No stairs, lift only and waiting times can be up to 15 mins in the mornings.

      Advice to Management

      Allow pets in the office.

      MEC2017-12-26
    • Helpful (1)

      "Account Manager"

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      Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at MEC for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Laid-back culture Nice people Free coffee and nice office building

      Cons

      Poor salary Pretty much non-existing management People and Culture would only listen but never take actions - as you can see in most of the responses below

      Advice to Management

      Good luck with the merger

      MEC2017-12-13
    • Helpful (1)

      "Intern"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at MEC full-time

      Pros

      great exposure to a wide range of clients

      Cons

      terrible management / no pay

      Advice to Management

      respect your interns

      MEC2017-10-16
    • Helpful (5)

      "This year has been horrendous!"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at MEC full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Moderately subsidised rooftop bar, decent office views right on the Thames, free breakfast/fruit in the mornings (if you're in early enough), monthly drinks at a local bar for a few hours at literally the smallest bar on the planet for that amount of people.

      Cons

      MEC used to be amazing when I first started, but this year I have seen so many good people leave because they've had enough. They never replace people when they leave (and if they do, it will be months after you serve their ridiculously long notice period and the team is left with a hole in it for far too long), literally every person you talk to is stretched with work usually because people in their team have taken on...

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      Advice to Management

      All of the lack of payrises is blamed on GroupM, which to a point I don't doubt, but with the way the industry is now and the such small margins on media costs, yet we're still recording record profits, where do they think that magical money is coming from? There's always an excuse as to why people don't get payrises. None of the agencies offer a "unique" product, and this Wavemaker merger is also not unique because creative...

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      MEC2017-11-14

      MEC Response

      November 15, 2017Global Project Manager, People and Culture

      Thanks for your feedback. We are currently hiring for many roles across the business and we continue to place new employees into the business. We know that at times employees will need to work longer hours to meet client demands, we hope that you have made use of the smarter working ...

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    • Helpful (3)

      "Got a way to go"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at MEC full-time

      Pros

      It used to be a great place to work and has really gone down hill over the passed 2 years. But the management are largely the same so there's the potential to bring it back again.

      Cons

      Favouritism is rife and almost unapologetic in it's blatantness. The same people are given the most promising accounts, pulled into new business pitches, and sent to conferences whilst the rest have to be content with picking up the less glamours accounts and roles. Inequalities and bias are everywhere depending on who your manager is and who leads your accounts, which has a big impact on progression. Even if you're...

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      Advice to Management

      Look after the do-ers not just the ones who talk about doing it. Treat people fairly. Bring the community back by giving everyone real reasons to feel good. Taking people out for drinks when everyone is having a bad time is only going to create an echo chamber of negativity.

      MEC2017-11-04
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      "No work - life balance!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at MEC full-time

      Pros

      - Had the chance to meet some really nice professionals. - Good place for grads as they will have the chance to learn a lot

      Cons

      - Long hours - REALLY long hours - I have been there for almost 2 years and never got a raise - long processes - People leave and they are not getting replaced which means more workload for the rest of the team - No appreciation for all the hard work - I have asked to work from home only twice. It was so obvious that my line manager wasn't so happy about it. This perk does exist but this is not really feasible for...

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      MEC2017-10-11

      MEC Response

      October 24, 2017Global Project Manager, People and Culture

      Sorry to hear that your time at MEC wasn’t what we would hope it to be. We do appreciate that our employees work hard here and that at times it means you will work longer than your contracted hours. We hope that the benefits, perks and flexibility go some way in which to compensate ...

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      "Good People But Stingy Pay"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at MEC full-time

      Pros

      People are great, pleasant to work with. Really nice environment - view of the Thames at Sea Containers building. Young and fun drinking culture. International company.

      Cons

      You will not get a raise/promoted unless you ask for it. Some staff need to get another job offer to get the company to match their offer's salary. Vouchers at year end were not paid to staff that worked here for 3+ years just because they were leaving the next year (causing leavers to not recommend friends to the company). HR tries to cut costs and does not pay enough to keep good staff, which ends up spending even...

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      Advice to Management

      Having a great culture is not sufficient to keep great people working for you. Pay is also important. Don't use the excuse of high staff turnover in the industry but instead think of a way to improve the situation. Don't just cut costs blindly but look at the overall impact towards the business.

      MEC2017-10-02

      MEC Response

      October 24, 2017Global Project Manager, People and Culture

      We are pleased that you enjoy the benefits of working for a Company that focuses on their culture and hiring the best people. We do have a great view and are lucky to be in such a nice building. We discussed the salary review process at the last Company meeting, which we hope you ...

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