Tag Worldwide
2.7 of 5 14 reviews
www.tagworldwide.com London, United Kingdom 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Apr 07, 2014

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Tag Worldwide Global CEO John Paulson

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31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A good place to start, but not a good place to stay

Graphic Designer (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTop-of-the-line macs, access to pretty much any software you need, relaxed jeans and t-shirt environment (in general, when there's not clients parading through), Free beer on fridays and cookies on wednesday if you like that sort of thing. Some interesting work and/or clients which makes for good mentions on the resume. Good place to start or to put a few stars on the resume in order to get to somewhere better.

ConsNO opportunities for advancement unless you're in with a very select few. NO correlation between title and responsibilities, as you end up doing things well above and beyond your job description (of course it's expected but one of those things left unsaid). Lots of BS paper work and feel-good corporate programs that account to nothing. Can be VERY click-y, as most of the agency is below the age of 35 and there are standard high-school politics at play. No real defined purpose of agency as it seems the standard rule is "make it cheap and don't say no," which is going to step on more than a few toes considering the agency is supposed to work with other CREATIVE agencies and be nothing more than a PRODUCTION agency. Salaries are, of course, below average.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen when those lowly employees below you say the business practices only have the clients' best interests in mind. It isn't a sweat shop, and if the management doesn't value what the employees do, why should anyone else? Also, maybe pay people better or provide opportunities for advancement and you wouldn't have the crazy turnover you do...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The North America business is still undergoing a transition from Williams Lea to Tag Worldwide

Senior Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time

ProsThere is a great deal of talent in the organization. They are extremely dedicated to provided value to their clients.

ConsAside from the talented workforce, the organization lacks focus, direction and the infrastructure for sustained growth. Employment is dependent on client account renewals, which few corporate opportunities outside of New York.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on growing the middle market segment, leadership can't just go after Fortune 100/500 clients. Invest in technology for both front and back-office functions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very Good Environment

Account Assistant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time for less than a year

ProsThe company culture
You work for the most renowned companies in the world
Very helpful managers
Friendly colleagues
Very good location of offices
Great name to have on your cv

ConsBase salary is really low. In order to get paid a salary to keep up with the costs in London, you have to be an account manager.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrese the entry level salary

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great for kids, a danger to mid- or advanced-career

Senior Account Manager (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

Pros95% of staff are friendly, easy-going (but see Cons below)
Beer on Fridays and fruit or snacks most other days
Starbucks coffee
Healthcare is good but co-pays could be better ($50 specialist co-pays and mediocre deductibles; dental and eye are pretty good.
You may get to work with experienced non-management people who actually know what they’re doing; consider them a good asset, keep them close

ConsFirstly, whoever wrote the review from August 31, 2012: ‘Fun, engaging, the kind of job you jump out of bed for’ – was your bedroom on fire?

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Positively no leadership or guidance, despite there being a director of seemingly everything. The result is getting conflicting direction from multiple people. What’s the saying about too many cooks…?

Promotions: nearly always given to people already in middle- to upper-management. In three years, I never saw a ‘Newsflash’ email about a low-level being promoted. They were always for C-levels and higher being promoted to even higher positions.

Do you value structure, organization, and clear sense of responsibility and appreciate them as helpful to your development? This place is NOT for you.

Are you self-driven and self-motivated? Run, don’t walk from this place! Tag is a place for those who prefer to take orders, not take ownership and leadership.

The company is relatively old yet still wants to treat itself and act like it’s a start-up, further perpetuated by the tee-shirt-and-jeans atmosphere.

The remaining 5% of the staff will make your work life a living hell, certainly more than the 95% that make it pleasant.

Almost no one shows up to work ready to actually work. The first hour or so is spent talking about how bad the commute in was (sucks living in Brooklyn, huh?), followed by which dive bar the night before ended with, followed by which ‘indie’ band is playing the next weekend.

Know-it-all attitude of the child bunch fresh out of school and all ready to be the boss; their tons of inexperience will easily trump your years of knowledge.

If you’re middle-management, you’ll spend the majority of your day babysitting the children to the point where you actually think the whole operation is just one big daycare center (so that explains snack time!).

Your years of experience will mean nothing when pitted against the dumb-dumbs that vastly outnumber you; in fact, their inefficiency will slow down you and your development.

401(k) match only just started as an option in December 2013. How it is possible that a company can remain viable and accountable to its employees without offering a match for so long is beyond me. Match was begun in December 2013 but here’s the catch: you need to be there a year for the match to start! That means you miss out on a year’s worth of contributions.

Smokers pay an extra $100 a month if they buy an insurance policy, translating to $2600 a year in addition to your nearly $1700 a year insurance premium. I take umbrage with not knowing exactly where that $2600 a year is going, as it’s not made clear. It simply vanishes out of your check and you won’t have a clue where it goes.

Facilities: horrendous. Old building, one elevator for 9 floors, hundreds of people, and no option to use the stairs (the door in the stairwell is locked), do the math and be prepared to come to work an extra 10 minutes early if you want to be on time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor leadership and lack of employee support

Project Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than a year

ProsIt is a good stepping stone for someone with limited experience.

ConsIt has a very cliche culture and senior management tend to play favourites. Very poor induction training and little management support. CMD software is extremely unreliable and is plaqued with bugs. I found senior management to be very unsupportive and dictatorial. There is a very low staff retention rate due to the relatively low wages, lack of benefits, senior management bullying and poor working conditions.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter training for new staff members. Need to learn how to interact with staff and improve the social elements within the office. Appreciate your staff and support them were necessary.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good people, poorly run company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Tag Worldwide

ProsThe people are great and the atmosphere is fun. It's an exciting place to be.

ConsThe pay is below what you'd get for a similar position at a more traditional advertising agency.

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Good place to work and learn!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than a year

ProsPretty decent working environment with a good learning opportunity. Very little red tape.

ConsSalaried are a little below the norm. Employee reviews are done promptly but salary increases if any can take a few months to go through.

Advice to Senior ManagementI worked in the NYC office and there seems to be a selected group of people that always get the promotions, salary increases and other perks more than others, specially if they come from the main London hub.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Chaos and one more time chaos

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Tag Worldwide full-time for less than a year

Pros- Not in the city centre
- thinking really hard to fidn anything...
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Cons- chaos lack of good managers and any management
- ugly office
- lack of basic tools like computers
- no benefits
- bad pay
- you have to work 9-6 or usually longer
- rotation
- no id
- no any security - anyone can get in and take/steal your things
- you have to be tolerant to satnd super stupid ideas
- be just a tribe in the machine, no creativity aloud

Advice to Senior ManagementJust organize yourself better

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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TAG: A stepping stone to better places, you decide...

Project Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than a year

ProsSome great People at your level (whilst they're about!!)
Casual agency atmosphere.
The very few people that do know what they are doing here (You know who you are)
Graduate haven - That could be a con depending on how you look at it.
Opportunity to develop new skills quickly.
Looks good on the CV.

ConsBased on what I've observed in my department and to some extent other teams:

Job titles typically don't match what you're role actually entails.
Sloppy processes (this is steadily improving)
Poor Training. (this is improving)
Inexperienced/trophy managers.
Way below market rate salary.
Overworking due to poor foresight/management.
Politics and Cliques.
Employee retention - Looks bad when you are attending department leaving do's every 2 weeks.
Career progression comes to those who are willing to stick around for the long haul 5+ years.

TAG do not promote internal Job opportunities!! - Management & HR would rather keep you where you are for their own needs rather than the needs of the business or your own.

TAG is divided into 2 groups:
Those that work at TAG for a max of 2-3 years, gain skills, experience and move on to where they want to be.
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Those that slog it for the long haul get promoted all the way up the TAG family, get taken care of but ultimately forego any real ability to be able to find new employment down the line.

Advice to Senior Management-Find a new job for a few months, see how other businesses work then come back to TAG. Enlighten yourself because you've been here so long you don't know any better or know how to improve.

-Offering below market rate it's no wonder people leave so make the effort to value your subordinates hard work and experience and invest in them because in the long term you lose knowledge base and waste time/money training new people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ability or hard work will not further your career, or save you when cuts come. Its who you know that counts here...

Artworker (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Tag Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIts a large company and has a lot of accounts so provides as much job security as you can get in the trade these days.

ConsDespite dotting the i's and crossing the t's, the senior management couldn't care less about you. Its not uncommon for people to have worked there for 10 years without even a cost of living increase.
Apparently the company never makes any money, or at least not enough to reward hard work or years of service. Nepotism is rife. Account handlers are brought in to do jobs that they either cant do or are not sufficiently trained to do, despite the internal (on job) training which is a joke.
The result is a growing decline in the skills required to work efficiently, meaning the perceived saving on employing cheaper and lower skilled people to do the job is more than cancelled by the costs in production through mistakes/lost time. The culture of uncaring, over bearing and corrupt management means that whilst the worst people are compelled to work at the lowest possible acceptable standard, the better people despair at what could be a much better more productive environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the layers of lazy, inept, cosy management that look out for each other by protecting the status quo, and introduce an incentive scheme for employees to advance, better themselves and the company through hard work. There are good people working at Tag that could be better and more valuable.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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