Hey everyone! IPG Health is thriving with new business wins, and we are hiring in every department! I am a boomerang to the network because honestly the agencies within IPG Health provides great benefits and colleagues. DM if interested!!

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My last day at my current job is Wednesday and I’m not starting my new job until 10/4. My health insurance ends on midnight Wednesday. What should I do for those 10 days in between? Seems ridiculous to pay for COBRA for only 10 days.

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Are any of the healthcare agencies more creative than the others? Or all about the same?

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Can anyone share any examples of outstanding direct to consumer healthcare ads?

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Should I take this new job? Been at current agency for a year, loved it and love my team. Pros: Benefits are great, as is the mentorship and work is generally quite stable. Cons: Lower paid The new agency is smaller and benefits aren’t as good but I’ll get a +45% pay increase and title bump. Work is different to what I’m used to which is both exciting and daunting (imposter syndrome will no doubt kick in!). Ideal situation would have been to stay in current role another year or two... help!

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How much notice would you give for a future paternity leave? In the U.S. so it probably will last about a month.

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Is WPP 401k Match a lump sum amount at the end of the year or do they do it monthly? If the former, does that mean if I leave before 12/31 I won’t get that match money?

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What are some benefits to starting my career at a large agency vs small, and vice versa? I’m currently interviewing for both.

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I’m trying to take a leave of absence and I need a medical professional to provide evidence for short term disability claim benefits but I haven’t been able to find a PCP or therapist for the past year. I can’t take unpaid leave since I need some income and my healthcare. I’m literally at rock bottom and so burnt out and stressed that I have almost daily anxiety attacks. I don’t know what to do. Anyone else been in this situation and any advice?

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Can you provide advice to succeed/survive on the corporate client side? Moved away from agencies to corporate and it is SOUL SUCKING. Between the lack of flexibility (both personally and day to day), sterile environment, and millions of meetings a day I am going insane. The pay and benefits are dramatically better in this corporate role, but I won’t lie I am missing the freedom of agencies so much right now.

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Are CPGs pushing more faux-health benefits than before? Or is society catching up to the bs?

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Negotiating benefits for a new full time job. What are some things I should ask for? I hear there are work from home stipends these days, and I'd like a budget for continuing education that can help further my career, conferences and subscriptions. Are there signing bonuses any more? Bonuses at the end of year? Some full time jobs in the past I've gotten 100$ bonus others it was dependent on what we made and I got 5kish before taxes. Never actually negotiated before, please help!

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OK, here’s a real toughie! What’s your advice (other than retire) for an older former Group Creative Director, who has been client side for the last 15 years? Please, don’t laugh. I’d love to go back agency side and not healthcare.

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Hi IPG peeps. As an IPG employee, how long do I have to wait for my 401k 50% company match to kick in? Is it immediate or do I have to stay at IPG for a certain amount of time?

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Looking at full-time and application asks for expected salary and then expected total compensation as a number. How should I figure out the second? Health insurance, bonuses, life insurance, equity, PTO? I studied art, not math.

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I need to become a Media Manager/Planner/Buyer over night.—— Non-profit has 20-30k budget to inform ppl of certain gov. benefits in one state. I know social ads, but where can I learn optimal budget allocation? SEM? Freelancer workflow? (Client knows I'm winging it from day one).

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How’s TBWA/Chiat /Day in NYC? Specifically the healthcare clients and production. Thanks!

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Spill the tea- When it comes to work/life balance, pay, benefits, and overall morale - who are the best agencies/media companies to work for? Who are the worst??

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I’ve heard mixed things about Amazon creative departments. What makes it worth it? What kind of benefits do you guys receive?

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Is there an easy way to calculate an hourly freelance rate? Say…I wanted to keep an equivalent lifestyle to a $150,000 annual salary, what do I need to make hourly to match that knowing I won’t receive benefits. And should it be higher because it’s freelance?

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You ever hate the field a job's in but love the work style, processes, culture, and benefits?

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Would you take an offer where there’s a lot of red flags about the company, the title is down leveled, but the money is better? For context, it’s not a creative role, I’d be the first woman on the team, there’s no bonus or 401K match, but the salary is $50K more than my current role. But there are so many red flags and the entire process was very chaotic.

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I’m looking to shift over to freelance and never done this before in my career. Any tips? I’m mostly worried about expensive health insurance and unpaid days off. Thank you for your help!

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Here a European from one of those communist countries who use taxes to have free ish healthcare and that. I'm about to move to the US and just realised that paid holidays are not a thing there. What's the deal? Some agencies better than others? Can I get days even if I don't get paid? So much to do outside of work, I need dayzzzz

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About to start on a health insurance account, can anybody with experience in this vertical give me an idea of what to expect

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Has anyone/does anyone work for Synergy Medical? What’re their benefits like? How’s the work environment, etc.

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What should I charge as a freelance rate for a Strategy Director? I have ~10YOE in healthcare and CPG at top agencies. Based in NYC and would work remote.

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Send help - I’m switching jobs how do insurance and benefits work when switching? Do I have to call each place individually to cancel or will it simply cut off?

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What do you think is the appropriate notice to give your employer about an upcoming paternity leave? And has anyone experienced backlash? I want to take at least a month off. I'm in California, if that matters.

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Canadians who worked in Canada but now live and work in USA — when you retire, will you receive social security/retirement benefits from Canada as well?

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Does your agency match your 401k contribution? Is it common or rare to have them match upto 4%.

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How do freelancers handle insurance/no benefits?

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Has anyone attended mba while working in agency? How did you do it and were you able to get financial reimbursement?

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Are the benefits at Droga5 any better since Accenture? I heard the health insurance wasn't great.

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I just learned that my current/soon to be former employer will terminate my benefits (medical, dental, vision, drug coverage, etc) as of my last day. Did the standards change?

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Got approached by another agency (media) regarding a Director role. Somewhat nice client and benefits +30%, but when the offer came, salary and responsibility were as discussed but title downgraded to Associate Director. Hiring manager told me he got pushback against my years of experience, but they still went ahead with salary and task description of a director. Should I consider it?

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Which agencies / holding companies have tuition reimbursement? 👩‍🎓

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Finance accidentally sent out everyone’s salary and 401k info to everyone.... they recalled it and asked everyone to delete but now I’m seeing I’m on the lower end of pay for my title/position.... can I use this as ammo for a raise?

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What kind of cell phone/internet reimbursement programs do your organizations offer? Any WFH stipends or other COVID related perks you've seen? I keep hearing from sellers they get all these things covered but no one else in the organization does, yet we all have to work from home and pay for these things anyway... like I'd for sure have a phone and internet even if I worked in a different field, job, etc...

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Current M2 looking to make a change. In Healthcare and Life Sciences Regs and Ops. Came from industry where I oversaw compliance for 6 hospitals. Anyone willing to reach out to discuss referrals?

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Setting up our first small business 401k! Should we be an ERISA 3(38) advisor? What are the pros and cons?

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For my Raymond James friends--how did you decide between W2 and 1099 channel? What were the main benefits that swayed you to which side? Was it the right move?

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First day back on the job after paternity leave. Never had a harder time leaving the house than this morning...

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State your firms retirement benefits...401k and so on. Accenture is 100% match up to 6%, but only after year 1.

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Anyone else care more about getting into a top grad school (ivy- MIT-Stanford) more to please your grandparents and overseas relatives than the career benefits? I feel a weight has been lifted as the eldest sibling

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I committed to being here for 3 years to get that pension $. But it’s been 6 weeks and I already hate it. Someone please tell me it gets better.

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How can I become more “okay” with being an average performer? I’m two years out of school and have been considered a high performer so far, but it’s taken a toll on my mental health and I feel anxious most days. I’ve realized that the cost of being a high performer outweighs the benefits, and am trying to loosen up and be more comfortable with coasting on occasion... I’m what people may consider an insecure overachiever. Has anybody here ever had the same feeling?

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Do people front load their 401k contributions? I put in 30% for the first 6 months and then prorate up to the max for the last 6. Also, anyone know a way where we can put an explicit $ amount in instead of percent? I'd like to be at $19,500 to the cent at EOY

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How many of you stay in corporate apts vs hotels? Just signed a corporate apt lease in a modern luxury building with great amenities. Same airfare and meal policy. Benefits outweigh losing the points?

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Has anyone made the jump from Healthcare Consulting into Cloud Healthcare (AWS/Azure/Google Cloud)? Any tips/certifications you found helpful?

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After giving 2 weeks notice, when do the medical benefits end? End of 2 weeks or end of month? What if the company terminates you immediately?

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If you travel on Monday afternoon/evening do you charge dinner per diem?

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My travel project may be cancelled and the thing I will miss most is that per-diem based gajar halwa that I could eat guilt free because I was working so hard. It’s all I can think about.

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🐟s: I'm trying to decide which credit card to axe if I get approved for the CSR. Are there any real benefits of the American Airlines Advantage Citi Platinum Card? At $95/year,time to get rid of it?

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Hey anyone willing to swing a referral for roles in change management consulting or healthcare consulting

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My husband and I (both 27) max out our Roth IRAs each year, have a complete emergency fund, and I’m able to start maxing my 401K this year (he contributes 10% to his 401K - it isn’t possible for him to max his based on his current pay). We contribute 18% extra towards principal on our mortgage each month. We now have about $20k of additional savings we want to figure out what to do with. What would you recommend to someone who is new to stocks/investments?

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What is the cell phone reimbursement policy at ACN?

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How difficult is it to pivot out of healthcare? Applied to be a business analyst for current company (1.5 years in) but am more interested in different industries. Thoughts?

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Laid-off 🐠: If you lost your job this month and contributed to a FSA or HSA, you have until Thursday (4/31) to spend those funds. It’s your pre-tax money, and will disappear if it’s not spend before then. This is something HR seems to fail to mention, and you may have several hundred dollars in that account.

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Contacted by a recruiter from PwC, I have 4 yrs of experience in management consulting with a health background. Been doing mostly healthcare operations & strategy work—what area would I align @ PwC?

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Can anyone here refer to a staff position(s) with either the World Bank or Asian Development Bank?

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Which career path will u choose for yourself and why? Options - 1) CXO of large tech co., like FAANG 2) partner with b4/mbb 3) CXO of a unicorn - like stripe or what Facebook was in 2006/2007, with a huge upside when it goes public 4) start a company of ur own that has a decent shot of becoming successful. All the options will make u rich and yes u only have 4 options.

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Any 🐠 in San Fran wanna hang? Here for a conference

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Negotiating an offer for senior consultant EY cyber practice. Any insights on salary and sign-on bonus?

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I've written on my resume that I'm a US Citizen (literally the first thing on the next line after my name) but literally every HR person I've spoken to recently immediately asks if I need visa sponsorship. Is it just something that ATS doesn't screen for usually? I'd hope a human is actually reading my resume. I don't want to be that person that says "yes, it's on my resume" lol

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Anyone have any insight into the comp for TPM/PM role within security/privacy at google?

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Seeing Mckinsey winning alot of COVID related work, makes me wonder which pandemic has Mckinsey had the biggest net impact on, Covid or Opiod crisis?

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If you had the choice of going to a school like San Diego state MBA for free or pay full tuition for UCLA MBA, which would you choose? Also, you have no interest in consulting or IB or any of those kind of fields.

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Any 🐠 recently apply to Guidehouse? What was a typical salary offer for a senior consultant and manager? Thanks!

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I'm hiring for an analytics manager role. M&A Healthcare focus. Effectively work with PE on "business diligence". Revenue cycle management experience is a big plus. Not much ML used in the practice but I'm trying to change that. In an ideal world you know ML, PowerBI, alteryx, and rev cycle. Bit of a unicorn ask. If anyone is interested feel free to hit me up.

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Is I pad pro worth it? Sick of taking notes and loosing them :(

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First day back from maternity leave and I’m on bench.

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Anyone ever go on an interview to see how much they're worth? What were you offered?

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What do you guys get as your SPG platinum benefit every year? Suit nights are so useless they never clear...

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I book my Hyatt stays for work travel through a third party service my firm uses (e.g. BCD), and because I book through a third party I don’t get the Hyatt points. Any work arounds for this?

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How are folks thinking about permanent life insurance? 45, making let’s say for example (not my exact numbers): $1M per year, not yet vested in pension. Was thinking need to replace the post tax take home, about $550k NPV’ed at 5% to age 55, so that’s like $3.2M. Maybe pension is worth $2.5M so I think that means I should have $5.7 total you want death to have no financial impact. Also was going to do $1M of that in perm w/ LTC rider. Sound right?

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[Mostly Europeans]: Does anyone have a perspective on Revolut? There are abundant rumors about their culture being super intense and cutthroat - anyone has more insight and can confirm/ deny these? Thanks!

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