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MEC vs UM vs Carat in compensation, career growth and stability. Which is better? Thanks.

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Avoid MEC!! Never ever ever go there. The WORST

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I never worked at any of those three but have former coworkers that have. All of which that worked at MEC said nothing but terrible things. All negative in terms of understaffed, worklife balance and comp isn't better. Carat is good but they don't offer as much holidays as most agencies do. Didn't hear much on UM - only positive is that upper management is great.

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Publicis is the way to go

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Agree with S1. I currently work for publicis and it's the only agency I've been with since day 1. All great things in terms of pay, worklife balance (depending on what acct), benefits, lots of vacation time - part of why I don't 100% want to leave after accruing so much additional time off. Lost my client Ive been working on and next account is TBD. Currently exploring outside and setting up interviews to see what else is out there.

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Went from MEC to UM. No regrets at all. MEC told me I was ready for a promotion for months on end but didn't have the budget to promote me. Also my team was incredibly understaffed, overworked and I was under paid. Pay here is much better, the team I'm on is much better staffed and work/life balance is much improved. But yeah avoid MEC. Also I think Group M in general underpays.

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Interesting. Good to know that last piece. I have a phone interview with Carat on Thursday

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Ditched the holding companies and went for the largest independent. Benefits of the big co with the culture of a smaller one. Love it here.

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How? Any details on the analytics team?

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Thanks SDP 1. All your comments are exactly what other people are telling me plus that Carat don't pay well.

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Supe1, anything you can share?

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