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McMillan Reviews

Updated 23 January, 2019
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  1. "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.


  2. "Awesome 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 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

  3. "Amazing culture!"

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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

    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Unbeatable people and environment, painful work and clients"

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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

    Pros

    -Amazing colleagues and great environment
    -Intelligent, hard-working and fun people
    -Very supportive management who appreciate everyone's efforts
    -Leaders who genuinely listen to their staff
    -Generous bonuses
    -Parties are hard to match

    Cons

    -Exclusive B2B (especially technology) clients leads to unique challenges and often times very dry work
    -Uniqueness of required skillsets given complex nature of B2B clients' work leads to periods of understaffing
    -Nature of clients' work and industries necessarily leads to a painful focus on technical details at the expense of time and resources for creative brilliance
    -Potential lack of willingness to truly turn down work and clients who do not present a big creative opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to consider the acquisition and retention implications of maintaining a 100% B2B approach.


  5. "Fast-paced, fun, flexible."

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time

    Pros

    - Talented and creative colleagues
    - Supportive and understanding management
    - Commitment to professional development of employees and management
    - Great benefits
    - Generous bonuses
    - Ability to work from home
    - Volunteer day, birthday off
    - Fun, liberal environment/culture
    - Dog friendly

    Cons

    - Tight deadlines mean overtime is often required making work/life balance a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    - Ensure major changes in organizational structure are communicated clearly.

    - Knowledge transfer between old and new managers with respect to employee development/action plans needs improvement.


  6. "Great culture!"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    McMillan provides a wonderful workplace culture, a fast paced/dynamic, dog-friendly environment in a great location. Educational opportunities and growth opportunities are available. Upper management has strong leadership skills and are focused on mentorship. Another nice perk is the option to work from home. The company is sympathetic to family obligations and understands the importance of work/life balance.

    Cons

    My only criticism is that salaries are not always competitive depending on the role.

    Advice to Management

    I recommend reviewing the average salaries for digital agencies in Canada and align to those.


  7. "Great culture"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by very talented and intelligent people
    Lots of opportunity to grow and constantly challenged to do so
    Senior management openly shares vision for firm
    Casual friendly and vibrant office environment and open door policy no matter what role you are in the agency junior or senior
    The culture is amazing- many fun staff vents throughout the year
    Get your birthday day off
    Closed between Christmas and New Years is an awesome perk
    End of year bonuses

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge due to inconsistent workload and tight timelines
    Projects can tend be dull and repetitive (B2B / software tech)
    Salary for certain roles can be below industry standard

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transparency of sharing business goals and vision - its very motivating and encouraging.
    Consider offering a consistent work from home day per week or flex hours to help with work life balance
    Explore other 'best place to work' companies to see what benefits/perks they offer and consider bringing them to Mcmillan such as fitness memebership, top up for mat leaves, parking pass etc.

  8. "Big fish in a smaller pond."

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

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

    Pros

    McMillan is the top agency in the city of Ottawa, in my opinion.
    McMillan has created great opportunities to work with a very talented and experienced team. The agency culture allows for good work - life balance. The best agency I have personally worked for. I look forward to a long future with McMillan.

    Cons

    The internal revision processes could use some streamlining.


  9. "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time

    Pros

    - Fabulous culture
    - Exceptional team
    - Always new and exciting challenges to take on
    - Perks such as a day off for Volunteer Day, fun events, flex hours

    Cons

    - Compensation and benefits could greatly improve outside of the baseline standards of what is offered everywhere else. Compensation is lower than industry standards depending on your role within the agency.
    - Work/Life balance is hard to maintain given the industry. McMillan does a decent job but there is still a great expectation for overtime in almost all roles
    - The work can get a bit dull focusing only on B2B, limited creative opportunities.
    - Large turnover

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your employees, pay above industry standards to attract and keep top talent. Give raises to people who deserve it before they ask. Don't wait for people to resign to offer what they deserve or offer potential candidates exciting offers before properly compensating your current employees.
    - Look at what other benefits companies are offering other than the standard health benefits and see what is manageable for McMillan to offer (for example: parking allowances, gym passes, health and wellness dollars, daycare, top up for mat leave an paternal leave)
    - Allow for more creative opportunities


  10. "Great 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

    I have been working at McMillan full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    • Great location
    • Being able to work from home
    • Having a team of great people I can depend on
    • Dog and cat friendly office
    • Many opportunities for advancement
    • Challenging projects and atmosphere

    Cons

    Deadlines are usually really tight, often involving some overtime.