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McMillan Reviews

Updated 1 November, 2018
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  1. 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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  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

    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.

  8. "Lots of good things; some drawbacks"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, perks, social activities, acknowledgement of successes, cool people and managers who care.

    Cons

    Too many long periods with nothing substantial to work on ... too many dry high-tech clients ... too few opportunities to dig into challenging conceptual work that might end up in a marketer's portfolio.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to find more creative projects/opportunities or pull back on the "creative b2b agency" messaging ... I suspect that the majority of staff do not feel creatively engaged or challenged on a day-to-day basis


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Have worked with this company for a number of years and continue to be amazed by the wonderful culture and exceptionally talented people that work here.

    So many perks it's hard to list them all but here's a few:
    - huge advocates for professional development, sending employees all over the world on conferences and training opportunities
    - competitive salaries and annual cost of living increases based on inflation rates
    - regular employee reviews and ongoing one on one's with managers so the lines of communication are always open
    - management team receives leadership coaching to ensure they have the skills they need to manage their teams
    - amazing social committee that always has fun parties and events planned throughout the year including drink cart Friday's each week
    - office is dog friendly and there are lots of furry friends roaming the halls almost every single day
    - you get your birthday day off, and extra day off at Easter and the office closes between Christmas and New Years
    - great benefits plan
    - flex time so that you can fit in your personal appointments without hassle
    - extremely collaborative environment filled with exceptionally talented individuals who are without ego
    - 1 paid day off per year to volunteer

    Cons

    None that I can think of. It truly is an amazing place to work!


  10. "Wonderful place to work! Lots of fun and opportunity for learning and growth."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Digital, Media and Analytics in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Director, Digital, Media and Analytics in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Location, environment, friendly people, great clients.

    Cons

    None to mention at all.