1. "Unique, supportive and well-balanced culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McMillan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The agency was founded in 1996. So it is young enough to be fresh, exciting and open to new ideas. But it is established enough to have a solid HR function, well-trained and supportive managers, and an excellent work-life balance. As an agency, the clients' needs can often tip that balance during busy times but the agency is very accommodating to balance things out appropriately. It is a very fun, laid-back yet professional environment. And with clients across the US and Europe, there are opportunities for more global exposure--and from time to time, travel.

    Cons

    The only cons I can think of are actually consistent with any creative agency of that size (80 people, +/-). Internal communication can be challenging and the inherent 'tension' that can exist between clients and creative pops up now and again.

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  1. "McMillan"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McMillan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked at McMillan for a few years and was always treated well, fairly. Sadly, I was let go during a restructuring which was caused by a downturn in business. That being said, life goes on and I have some solid work in my portfolio and enjoyed my time there working with a lot of super talented people. Ended too soon for me!

    Cons

    Just miss the great folks I worked with there.

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  2. Helpful (9)

    "A great comeback story!!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Services in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McMillan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    HOW TO GET SCREWED: Step 1: Become a dedicated employee for 5-6 years. Step 2: Trust the two partners - they've been business leaders for decades! What could go wrong? Step 3: Watch money get spent excessively with no plan or idea of return on investment. Remind yourself again, "they've been in business for decades! what could go wrong?". Step 4: Watch the agency lose big clients and not win any new business without any layoffs or significant cost cutting. Step 5: Attend the lavish Christmas Party at the Diefenbunker Museum! What a great way to celebrate a down year: at a completely-rented out museum and all the trimmings. Gotta spend money to make money, right? Step 6: Receive a bonus, despite the decline in business. Makes sense. Step 7: One afternoon in November, alongside 85% of the company, you get laid off WITHOUT SEVERANCE (!!!!). Try to figure out how to feed your family, pay your rent/mortgage while searching for a job some 5 weeks before Christmas. It was truly the most wonderful time of the year. Step 8: Feel sorry for the millionaire leader whose incessant crocodile tears and OBJ article plants make you temporarily forget about his multi-million dollar properties in Costa Rica, Chelsea, and Ottawa and sports cars. He didn't see any of this coming!! Oopsy. Poor guy, everyone makes mistakes. Step 9: Listen to the receivership company tell you to expect a fraction of your severance in approximately 6-12 months. Step 10: It's July/August, 9 months since the "unexpected" turn of events at McMillan, and you and your colleagues have yet to receive what they're owed. You're notified that you'll be paid 1/3 of what you were owed, and that you should be grateful for it. FINAL STEP: Smile as you see the owner proudly proclaim "WE'RE HIRING!" on LinkedIn and the website after he's fulfilled his legal obligations. McMillan is back, baby! Let's throw 'One More Time' by Daft Punk on the playlist and get back to work. Finger's crossed this doesn't happen again! Sure it won't (right?).

    Cons

    The owner took the title 'Chief Disruptor' a little too seriously. And yes, he took on that title earnestly. In 2019. Very cool.

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