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McMillan Reviews

Updated 1 November, 2018
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  1. "Most fantastic place I have ever worked"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Marketing Technologies in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Director, Marketing Technologies in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The President and CEO have a clear vision for the agency and I feel as a member of the executive team, that my opinion and contribution is expected and valued.

    I genuinely like everybody here. Everybody is talented in their own right, and what's more, everybody truly is trying to deliver the best product they can.

    So many little perks including birthday day off, volunteer days, freedom to explore non-client projects and little objection to purchasing hardware for testing (within reason).

    With children, there are often doctors appointments and sick kids which necessitates working from home. Management's philosophy is to start from a place of trust rather than scepticism. We know that things come up but we trust employees are adults and will still work to get the job done. As a result, very few people abuse this privilege.

    For the most part, the clients are great. Of course there are challenges, but we are quick to manage challenging relationships and people.

    Cons

    Being on 2 floors can make integration of teams tough especially at a small agency. Small nit, and easily overcome with 2 feet and a heartbeat!


  2. "A special place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time

    Pros

    A variety of challenging work
    Clients with budgets you can really make an impact with
    Flexible work environment
    Respectful work environment
    Team environment
    Culture of transparency and accountability
    Training programs
    Integrity
    Bonus tied to profit

    Cons

    Unpredictability of the business
    Some work does not always hit the market due to changes on the client side
    Growing pains - managing growth and maintaining work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  3. "The place to be."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great culture and working dynamic between all departments
    - Truly a work hard, play hard environment with the growth potential
    - McMillan make a real effort to invest in your personal and career growth (conferences, training, etc.)
    - Strongly promote a work/life balance but overtime is often needed

    Cons

    - Entry-mid level salaries are not very competitive compared to industry standard and it is difficult to secure promotions
    - High turnover
    - Limited creative opportunities

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in the talented employees you have and ensure they feel valued.
    - Continue to grow business that fits the agency instead of just taking on new business specifically for the revenue.


  4. "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture here is unbelievable and people genuinely want to do great work.

    Cons

    There can be challenges with busy periods because it is a tough balance between personal and work life.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster a pro feedback environment!


  5. "A model place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Firm vision and a commitment from management to make it a reality.

    Cons

    Seriously hard to find any that really matter.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure reasons for major decisions are communicated quickly — a challenge as the company grows, but essential.


  6. "A Truly Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Genuine concern for the working well-being of employees founded in an appreciation of the fact that employees drive business, revenue and profit.

    Cons

    Minor quibble: Some business practices aren't quite in sync with a) the rapid growth in employee count and b) a significant change in in the nature of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Keep listening and learning. There is no perfect and there is no done. It's a process leading to better and you're doing it better than most.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive. There is opportunity for anyone who steps-up. They value proactivity.
    Surrounded by smart people that I enjoy working with and hanging out with.

    Cons

    Nothing really that I would pick on.

  8. "An amazing place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with a talented group of people. McMillan has a great working atmosphere. I feel we all support each other. No big egos. Well, a few big-ish egos, but that goes with the territory. Totally reasonable and tolerable.

    Cons

    Too hot in winter and too cold in summer. Really, no complaints on my end. Any complaints are usually taken care of right away and problems solved.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work that you are doing, and continue with the training that McMillan provides.


  9. "Awesome place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    McMillan is a creative, fair, respectful, dog-friendly, collaborative, great team camaraderie, trusting, enjoyable and fun place to work.

    Cons

    When with working in a creative space such as McMillan, sometimes there are too many 'cooks in the kitchen' so to speak.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your peers and support and nurture training


  10. "Amazing culture!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time

    Pros

    •Amazing culture and employees
    •Great office space
    •Every day is different and exciting
    •Tries their best to provide a good work/life balance

    Cons

    •Salaries vary with no rhyme or reason. People in the same position doing the same thing can have major pay gaps with no explanation or reason.
    •There’s favouritism from upper mgmt towards certain employees

    Advice to Management

    •Listen to and invest in your employees so you can attract keep great talent
    •Don’t make people fight for what they deserve