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  • "Emphasis is on doing great work while maintaining a work/life balance(in 9 reviews)

  • "Ability to work from home (sometimes/with good reason),(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Opportunities and Dangers"

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    Former Employee - Strategist in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McMillan full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Beautiful office, great peers, above-average pay, and international exposure. You'll find some of the most talented writers and designers in Ottawa, and the sense of camaraderie is strong. You'll learn a lot in the first two-three years from experienced and passionate colleagues. But leave before you get complacent...or fired unexpectedly.

    Cons

    - Consistent track record of tolerating toxic personalities in management, firing them long after the damage is done - Poor communication from the top. Your coworkers might disappear (one-at-a-time over a week or two, or all at once, like recently). Clients might disappear. The company strategy changes regularly without clear goals that everyone can get behind. - Creative teams are treated well, but account, development,...

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    Advice to Management

    - The strong proportion of B2B work means that most clients don't value marketing or want to spend much money on it. This takes a toll on staff, in all the ways. - The top-heavy corporate structure leads to more layoffs than necessary. Thinning out the management and keeping just the best would make the company much more resilient in lean times. We're in a bubble now, leaner times are certainly coming. - Connect more...

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    McMillan2019-04-21

    McMillan Response

    May 1, 2019CEO

    I appreciate your perspective. Indeed, our industry is different than most, which can be both exhilarating and frustrating at times. We strive to strike a balance between client requests and building a healthy culture. It’s not easy, but we do take it seriously and we strive to ...

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  2. "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 4 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...

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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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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Who Poisoned the Water Here?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McMillan full-time

    Pros

    McMillan has always recruited well, so they have a strong core of extremely creative people, and a few genuine superstars. The workplace is beautiful and encourages collaboration. Salaries are competitive among senior management.

    Cons

    In less than a year, McMillan has gone from being one of the most sought after agencies in Ottawa, drawing new hires from Toronto on a regular basis, to a company that appears to be sinking rapidly. The company has laid off some of its most experienced creatives, and seems to have completely abandoned its hard-won reputation as a great place to work. Current employees are shopping...

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    Advice to Management

    Return to what made McMillan great, if it's not already too late.

    McMillan2019-04-17

    McMillan Response

    May 1, 2019CEO

    I appreciate your comments, even if they aren’t exactly supportive. As you may already know, ours is a volatile business, and other agencies are experiencing similar impacts and transitions. Current market constraints have required us to make some pretty significant changes. It’s ...

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  4. "Big fish in a smaller pond."

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    Current Employee - Motion Design Director in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillan full-time for more than 2 years

    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.

    McMillan2017-01-20
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