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horrible management and worse hr dept.
lead (Former Employee), El Segundo, CAOctober 14, 2014
Pros: free food, great view of lax
Cons: hr is a joke.
Fantastic coworkers, but that is overshadowed by how horribly the company is run. It's a Boston based company and they're trying to run it from the east coast. They have no idea what's going on internally and if you don't the it "the way we do it in Boston" then you are set up to fail and either fired or pushed out.
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Advertising and Marketing Professional (Mid-Level)
Senior Account Executive (Current Employee), Pittsburgh, PAAugust 14, 2014
Results-driven advertising professional with experience collaborating across multiple disciplines and working with a wide range of industries, including health care, retail pharmacy, fashion retail, arts/culture, entertainment, non-profits, higher education and gaming. A non-linear problem solver, who is passionate about leading products and brands to a new level of success. Skilled with managing client relationships and the dynamics of a brand team. Also charged with project efficiency through budgets, timing, and other identified resources.
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I was just an intern
Social Content Artist (Former Employee), Boston, MAFebruary 21, 2014
But it was sweet. That was the job that got me really into Photoshop. I'm really thankful I ever landed that, even just for that summer. My boss taught me the basics that led me to an agency job. TRUTH!
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Great clients but will destroy your life outside of work
Associate Creative Director (Current Employee), Boston, MAJune 7, 2013
Pros: good projects, pushed to innovate and achieve
Cons: zero work/life balance, promoting from within is rare
Mullen is full of driven people with varying levels of talent. More thinkers than doers. They've won some great business and the work can be challenging and rewarding. But you will be expected to work 24/7 with little rest between projects. If you're up for it, you can go far at Mullen, but be prepared to work relentlessly.
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Nice, casual environment with many employee benefits
Junior Digital Producer (Former Employee), Salem, NCApril 7, 2013
Pros: great catered lunches, subsidized meals, beautiful view, lot's of entertainment, friendly co-workers
Cons: diversity and cultural awareness
Mullen was a great company that focused a lot on the well-being of their employees. They always made sure that there were plenty of creative outlets for the employees to ease stress or tension away while working on tedious projects or long hours.
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Worst agency in all of NC
Account Manager (Former Employee), Winston-Salem, NCJanuary 11, 2013
Pros: nice people, free parking, free food sometimes
Cons: very long hours, lazy management, no job security
When you do your research on Mullen, you find they are a top agency and have some decent clients. Then you realize that's just the Boston office. When you dig deeper and find out about the horrors they allow at their southern office in Winston-Salem, NC you will want to run.

1) The client list is terrible. They have second rate clients and are lucky to have that.

2) They are located in an area that has several national brands, but none of them want to work with them. HanesBrands is right down the road, but they can't win them as client. They lost the Bojangles pitch to a 10 person shop, they can't ever get past the first round with Lowes. VF is 30-40 minutes away and wants nothing to do with them and the list goes on.

3) They say they are creative, but they don't do great creative work. The creative director is sub-par and could be better, if him and his department weren't being hamstrung by mr Fitzgerald who is so scared to do anything out of the box. Who won an award for doing something in the box?

4) No job security. Basically you work scared for your job. They have layoffs at least once a year. The ones who do have job security are the shining stars of management. The ones they can push around, who will do their work for them, not speak their mind, kiss their a** and/or blackmail them.

Mullen WS is hiring right now, and my recommendation is to not work them. Unless you are looking to beef up your resume and move on to something better.
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meat-grinder - churns through employees like water
Senior Print Production Manager (Former Employee), Winston-Salem, NCJune 15, 2012
Pros: subsidized lunches are provided in order to keep employees from leaving the building
Cons: 10-12 hr days are the norm, weekends are unheard-of, forget your vaca if there is a pitch that is in conflict
Let's just say that there are way more than 300 people that used to work at Mullen in Winston Salem. They fired the HR manager because of the poor results of the company survey.
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Full-service agency
Assistant Account Executive (Former Employee), Winston-Salem, NCMay 2, 2012
Pros: nationally recognized agency
Cons: n/a
A typical day would include strategic planning meetings and/or project status meetings, project management, budget reviews and daily client care.

Most of my experience came under the LHC banner. LHC was bought out by Mullen in late 2011.