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  1. "Bold changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great staff of talent, probably the best in the area. Real experienced pros who are among the best at what they do, an excellent place to learned from seasoned vets. McMillan always does well in the award shows and with a new CEO who seems determined to do bolder work that gets noticed, should be interesting to see where it leads. Some staff seemed shaken by the move away from safe B2B work, and they are definitely... being pushed outside of their comfort zone now - which is always good for creatives. The team was trimmed recently, but a leaner crew seems focussed on doing work that showcases the talents of the staff. 2019 is looking like a wild ride, which isn't unusual in this business. The Ottawa ad industry seems pretty staid compared to Montreal and Toronto, not used to volatility. But new management has been very transparent and is making a lot of hard, necessary choices to ensure viability and produce great creative.

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    Cons

    Perhaps a bit of Ottawa malaise exists, some staffers seem content to play it safe with the work. The shift to bolder work will test those types. CDS need to step it up and push for work that makes an impact.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your guns, keep the vision, ride out the storm and aim high. Utilize the great talent on the staff to their fullest potential. Bring in new clients who allow the team to shine and the future will only be bright.

    McMillan2019-04-24

    McMillan Response

    May 1, 2019CEO

    Thanks for your positive input and support as we move into this new era. It’s not easy having to make tough decisions when you’re surrounded by great and experienced talent and an inclusive culture like McMillan’s. But to thrive in these times of change, we need to be clear-headed ...

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Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Onwards and upwards!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Constant personal and professional growth, new challenges every day, and upward momentum. Very talented and passionate coworkers and supportive, transparent leadership. New CEO showing excellent business acumen in navigating the ups and downs of our highly volatile industry with a great sense of integrity and foresight.

    Cons

    Because the nature of our industry is very fast-paced, sometimes it gets very overwhelming and requires some serious time management and organizational skills to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly leverage and use the skills of middle management more often to sharpen business skills and create more fluidity and autonomy throughout the organizational hierarchy. Hire more talents from out of town who have more competitive industry experience and are hungry to compete with global talents. We need more people with a certain level of maturity and perspective that comes with “big cities” background and... experience.

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    McMillan2019-04-17

    McMillan Response

    May 1, 2019CEO

    Thanks for your input. I genuinely appreciate your advice about leveraging the skills of our management team. We have a talented cast across the board with the potential to grow at all levels. I also believe that we’ll grow with the right mix of local and international talent. ...

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Identity crisis?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talented people, accessible execs, wide range of experts from who you can learn from, great office spaces and openness to new ideas, fun no-drama colleagues, events outside of work.

    Cons

    We position ourselves as a brand experience agency, but we often accept work/projects that are disconnected from our strengths. It takes a lot of time to even know where we are going in terms of projects or processes. People are strong-willed, committed to great work but disorganized to make it happen. Nobody really knows who owns what, roles are unclear so too much time is taken before we do what we do best.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify roles. Simplify processes. Reduce the number of communication channels with clients but make them better. Roadtest all this more quickly and communicate results more often, even informally. Don't take months cooking something up before even communicating or testing it with us, in the loop. All the right people are here, all the right elements are in-house but a good team without roles will somewhat always... suffer from an identity crisis.

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    McMillan2019-05-15

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