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McMillan CEO Pierre Paul Samson
Pierre Paul Samson
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  1. Utile (3)

    « Identity crisis? »

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    Je travaille chez McMillan à temps plein depuis plus d'un an

    Avantages

    Talented people, accessible execs, wide range of experts from who you can learn from, great office spaces and openness to new ideas, fun no-drama colleagues, events outside of work.

    Inconvénients

    We position ourselves as a brand experience agency, but we often accept work/projects that are disconnected from our strengths. It takes a lot of time to even know where we are going in terms of projects or processes. People are strong-willed, committed to great work but disorganized to make it happen. Nobody really knows who owns what, roles are unclear so too much time is taken before we do what we do best.

    Conseils à la direction

    Clarify roles. Simplify processes. Reduce the number of communication channels with clients but make them better. Roadtest all this more quickly and communicate results more often, even informally. Don't take months cooking something up before even communicating or testing it with us, in the loop. All the right people are here, all the right elements are in-house but a good team without roles will somewhat always... suffer from an identity crisis.

    Dérouler
    McMillan2019-05-15
  2. Utile (7)

    « Opportunities and Dangers »

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    Ancien employé - Strategist à Ottawa, ON
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    J'ai travaillé chez McMillan à temps plein plus de 5 ans

    Avantages

    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.

    Inconvénients

    - 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, and administrative staff are often left felt like second-class citizens with few opportunities to advance - Mid-level managers, including creative directors, often complain that they have little control, with most decisions dictated from the top.

    Dérouler

    Conseils à la direction

    - 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 with the surrounding creative community. Fewer people in Ottawa know McMillan than ten years ago. The time that McM could coast on a previous reputation is done - too many people used to work there.

    Dérouler
    McMillan2019-04-21
  3. « Onwards and upwards! »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme à Ottawa, ON
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    Je travaille chez McMillan à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    Constant personal and professional growth, new challenges every day, and upward momentum. Very talented and passionate coworkers and supportive, transparent leadership. New CEO showing excellent business acumen in navigating the ups and downs of our highly volatile industry with a great sense of integrity and foresight.

    Inconvénients

    Because the nature of our industry is very fast-paced, sometimes it gets very overwhelming and requires some serious time management and organizational skills to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

    Conseils à la direction

    Possibly leverage and use the skills of middle management more often to sharpen business skills and create more fluidity and autonomy throughout the organizational hierarchy. Hire more talents from out of town who have more competitive industry experience and are hungry to compete with global talents. We need more people with a certain level of maturity and perspective that comes with “big cities” background and... experience.

    Dérouler
    McMillan2019-04-17
  4. « Bold changes »

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    Je travaille chez McMillan à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    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 pushed outside of their comfort zone now - which is always good for creatives. The team was trimmed recently, but a leaner crew seems focussed on doing work that showcases the talents of the staff. 2019 is looking like a wild ride, which isn't unusual in this business. The Ottawa ad industry seems pretty staid compared to Montreal and Toronto, not used to volatility. But new management has been very transparent and is making a lot of hard, necessary choices to ensure viability and produce great creative.

    Dérouler

    Inconvénients

    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.

    Conseils à la direction

    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
  5. Utile (14)

    « What happened to McMillan? »

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    Je travaille chez McMillan à temps plein depuis plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    This used to be an amazing place to work. The culture was phenomenal. Moral was always high. Work was a bit dull, but still thriving. Work/life balance was decent. Salaries and profit sharing was decent.

    Inconvénients

    Things started going down hill really fast after the new CEO was announced. Empty promises. Failed company ambitions. A major shift in culture. Now, moral is at an all-time low. Clients don’t see us as trusted advisors and work/projects are dwindling. Layoffs are frequent and significant. And the CEO doesn’t even know my name, or my title for that matter.

    Conseils à la direction

    What happened to you guys!? Seriously. Check your egos.

    McMillan2019-04-15
  6. Utile (5)

    « Who Poisoned the Water Here? »

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    J'ai travaillé chez McMillan à temps plein

    Avantages

    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.

    Inconvénients

    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 their CVs around and telling anyone... who will listen how bad morale has become at McMillan. Rumours abound that the agency is being positioned for a takeover.

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    Conseils à la direction

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

    McMillan2019-04-17
  7. « A great place to work with lots of creative people! »

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    Je travaille chez McMillan à temps plein

    Avantages

    Humble, honest people, Executive team is always open to suggestions from employees, Great, fun culture, Well lit office space in the market, Flexible hours, Personal appointment time off, birthday off volunteer day off, Ability to work from home (sometimes/with good reason), The Albert!

    Inconvénients

    Benefits can be improved (e.g. no RRSP, no maternity leave benefit, no dietician, etc.) Vacation days are below expected

    McMillan2019-01-24
  8. « Positive workplace with a growing performance culture »

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    Je travaille chez McMillan à temps plein depuis moins d'un an

    Avantages

    No egos Competitive salary and benefits Friendly and supportive working environment Not hierarchical Focused on positive growth and performance Respectful Fun Locally owned and operated No micro-management styles

    Inconvénients

    Opportunity to improve and formalize some processes for how teams can/should work together. At times teams people can become silo'd and lack clarity roles and expectations for projects. Opportunity to become firmer with regards to performance management to help demonstrate clear and defined expectations.

    McMillan2019-01-09
  9. « Every workplace needs an Albert. »

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    Je travaille chez McMillan à temps plein

    Avantages

    Amazing work environment with a great community of talented individuals. Profit sharing with tiers encourages everyone to strive to achieve more than the bare minimum. The office is closed for Christmas break so no need to use any vacation days around the holidays. 'The Albert' is a role that I am convinced every company should look into implementing. He stays on top of everything, and plays a large part in... making the office a fun place to be.

    Dérouler

    Inconvénients

    Starting salary was less than expected.

    McMillan2019-01-08
  10. « Great culture and people! »

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    Je travaille chez McMillan à temps plein depuis moins d'un an

    Avantages

    There is no gossiping - the culture is very positive. Work culture is non-toxic - it's refreshing! Executives are approachable, friendly, real people. They have earned people's respect. All the employees are talented, inquisitive, and hard-working - we frequently share inspiration with each other. Projects have well put-together teams - there is a sense of collaboration, and feedback is encouraged which... makes working with people really easy. There is a lot of participation in terms of social activities (of which there are a lot!) and the social committee works hard to make sure the events are unique and exciting. There is free fruit in the kitchens daily and candy in all the meeting rooms - and people bring in their dogs frequently!

    Dérouler

    Inconvénients

    Non-competitive salaries, and benefits package could be greatly improved: there are only 2 weeks of vacation to start and no group RRSP matching plan that is common in other workplaces. There is a lack of an established process for some things which can be hectic at times. They are aware and this is being worked on. Employee reviews are frequently held late. HR has set up the software to require an... explanation for any time off booked (including personal appointments and vacations), which can be sensitive in terms of privacy. The company can do more in terms of establishing itself as a thought leader and involving itself in the community. Use social media more frequently!

    Dérouler

    Conseils à la direction

    HR policies should be reviewed to ensure that they make sense and are competitive. Other than that - keep it up!

    McMillan2018-11-01
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