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Great Place to Start Out
Jr. Art Director of Broadcast (Former Employee) –  Southfield, MIFebruary 14, 2018
This is a great place to work, especially right out of school. The people were friendly and always ready to show me the ropes. I got to work on many different projects and it never got boring.
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Poor Creative / Lack of inspiration / boring
Account Representative (Former Employee) –  Southfield, MIFebruary 3, 2018
your computer checks you in when you start it up / like punching a time clock / most don't know what they are doing / like sheep they do what thy are told / most do the minimum and lunch out at 5PM. nothing breakthrough coming out of Mars / get your check and go home
Pros
Good People
Cons
Will never produce award winning work / management is unacceptable
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Fun place to work
Experience Planning Intern (Former Employee) –  Detroit, MIJanuary 6, 2018
The Mars Agency was a great place to begin my advertising career. The agency has bundles of talent and nurtures talent even in their interns. They made me want to come back and do better everyday.
Pros
Open kitchen, free snacks, happy hours
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Fast-paced atmosphere. Diverse client roster.
Creative Director (Former Employee) –  Detroit, MISeptember 21, 2017
My time at Mars was quite enjoyable. I had a great team to work with, met lots of people that I learned a great deal from. Lots of passionate and talented people there.
Pros
Free food, invested in community, benefits, social activities
Cons
Some of the upper management can be very unpleasant to deal with
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Good company to move up with connections
Senior Account Executive (Current Employee) –  Southfield, MISeptember 5, 2017
This a company that will move you up if you put in the hard work. They have a tendency of throwing you into the fire without training but it helps you learn faster.
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The Executives of this Company are the Best People I have ever met
Office Manager/Executive Assistant (Current Employee) –  Bentonville, ARJuly 13, 2017
Working at Mars is great! Good people to work with and projects are interesting. Always new clients and our existing clients always have new projects for us. It's a fun and exciting place to work. Every month Mars pays for team building events (canoe float, pontoon on lake, miniature golf, Naturals baseball game, etc.). It's a really nice thing that Mars does for it's people. Relax and really get to know each other outside of work. Just makes those relationships that much stronger. It's a tight team. Mars also pays for food & drinks for team to have thru out the day. The kitchen is loaded with things from breakfast items to lunch items. Anything you might want to have is in their kitchen. Any type of coffee too. Good place to work. I would suggest The Mars Agency to anyone to work at.
Pros
Team building events, Kitchen loaded with food & drinks, etc.
Cons
They are a good company to work for. Always changing with the times.
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Fun place to work, nice people
Account Director (Former Employee) –  Dearborn, MIDecember 21, 2016
Great place to work, owner can be a little emotional and hard to deal with. More turnover than most similar companies.Creative atmosphere that allows for professional growth.
Pros
Pays well, fun amosphere
Cons
Owner a little erratic
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Talented staff, terrible organizational culture
Director, Client Leadership (Current Employee) –  Southfield, MIApril 30, 2015
Some of the best in the industry are employed here and the output is stellar, A+ even.
The organization's culture, however, leaves much to be desired. It's like being in high school and bad behavior that would get most people fired in any other company isn't discouraged, leaving people who have been allowed to get away with it for years thinking that it's ok.
Staff in every department is overwhelmed and left juggling 20 balls with 2 hands leaving them set up for failure. People are overworked in every department as they try to get clients what they need without the proper support to do so. It was once a great place to work but has been on a slow decline.
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Great Shopper Marketing Agency
Director, Shopper Marketing (Former Employee) –  Southfield, MIOctober 14, 2013
Gain great shopper marketing agency experience and interact directly with corporate clients. They're working to improve morale overall. Good work/life balance. Compensation is low and benefits are not competitive.
Pros
good experience to be gained
Cons
upper management allowed to behave poorly
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Great agency
Strategic Business Manager - Nestle (Former Employee) –  Southfield, MISeptember 24, 2013
Opportunity to advance at the time I was at MARS was limited, it was very hard to decide to leave to return to TracyLocke. I would relish the opportunity to return to MARS.
Pros
family life balance
Cons
at the time limited retirement/401k
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a place where your voice is heard
Manager (Current Employee) –  SouthfieldFebruary 15, 2013
I am a longer-term employee at MARS and I appreciate that this company values good ideas no matter who brings them to the table. It's a small place, so senior management knows everyone, and there are many opportunities to showcase your passions and talents outside of your daily job. There are some great, smart people here too- many of whom have become good friends.

The people who are successful here are those who are okay with change, and who roll up their sleeves. Directing without getting your hands dirty does not fly here. It may not be a place for everyone, but it works for me.
Pros
work-life balance, new coffee bar, red cup socials, friday happy hours, charity initiatives and sabbaticals
Cons
lots of moving parts on a daily basis
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Traffic
Traffic Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Southfield, MINovember 14, 2012
This position required you to work with different departmets. There is too much turnover at this company.
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Highly respect MARS and the employee's
VP of Shopper Marketing (Current Employee) –  Scottsdale, AZJanuary 3, 2012
Best Shopper Marketing Agency for 4 years in a row, Talented and passionate employee's, Owner energizing and passionate,
Great internal structure
Pros
passionate, ethically engaged, supports education, roi and results
Cons
brand focus servicing large retailers, that are not in my market
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You're not going to retire from MARS
Shopper Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  Southfield, MIAugust 30, 2011
Owner is a dictator. Be careful whose bad side you get on. Upper management will sell out their team to save their own job rather than accepting responsibility. Compensation is poor, but they do offer a a load of extras like red cup socials (but watch out who sees you drinking). Overall not a place for the meek.
Cons
evertything
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