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    "Oh what a difference a year makes"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McMillan full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The employees. The most talented, dedicated and supportive people I have ever worked with. Hard working professionals devoted to the company, their craft and the success of our clientele. Collectively focused on consistently raising the bar. A unique work culture that was more like a family than anything else. Quirky, unique, loving and fun. Always willing to help each other succeed and to celebrate together.

    Cons

    The incompetence of the owner and executive in general. A complete management disaster. Expensive senior acquisitions that didn't pan out. Taking key employees for granted and letting them walk. Multiple attempts at reorganizing work structure and process that only resulted in confusion and a lack of cohesion. Manipulating creatives to work overtime with the promise of compensation, which was... woefully inadequate. Firing client teams to appease clients, which only made everyone feel expendable. Inept and completely ineffective business development. Promoting people to roles that they were clearly not suited for. The arrogance of executive perks while people are being laid off. And then finally the almost complete collapse of the firm. Dozens dismissed without warning or severance or any hope of ever being justly rewarded for years (or in some cases decades) of dedicated service. A 23-year legacy, due primarily to the hard work of the employees, gone in 12 months.

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    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing. For once. Stop spinning this situation as being solely the result of market conditions out of your control. Yes that is part of it, but it is more than that. Be accountable. Find a way to fairly compensate all the great people who dedicated themselves to McM.

    McMillan2019-11-26

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  1. "Unique, supportive and well-balanced culture"

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    Former Employee - Client Services Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McMillan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The agency was founded in 1996. So it is young enough to be fresh, exciting and open to new ideas. But it is established enough to have a solid HR function, well-trained and supportive managers, and an excellent work-life balance. As an agency, the clients' needs can often tip that balance during busy times but the agency is very accommodating to balance things out appropriately. It is a very fun, laid-back yet... professional environment. And with clients across the US and Europe, there are opportunities for more global exposure--and from time to time, travel.

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    Cons

    The only cons I can think of are actually consistent with any creative agency of that size (80 people, +/-). Internal communication can be challenging and the inherent 'tension' that can exist between clients and creative pops up now and again.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to nurture the amazing culture that exists. Develop talent from within the ranks.

    McMillan2017-05-05
  2. "Amazing"

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    Former Intern - Freelance Translator in Lima, Lima Region
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at McMillan

    Pros

    At McMillan they take cancer very seriously

    Cons

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    Advice to Management

    Drink less coffee

    McMillan2019-11-07

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