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Smart and fun people, long hours.
Good company to work for! A lot of hours to do, but fun thanks to the amazing talent there.

Management and teams open to change things, but taking some time due to the size of the company.
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Environnement de travail très exigeant et stressant.
Employés ultra talentueux
Peur de se faire virer à chaque instants.

Oubliez votre vie privée.

Lieu unique ou tu apprends plus en 6 mois qu'en 4 ans partout ailleurs.

Être prêt à travailler fort sans la moindre reconnaissance.
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Friendly and fun environment, workload is unbalance, salaries are unbalance
In general, the work environment is very amicable and respectful. There is a diversity culture ambiance, everyone is welcome. The workload is not proportionally distributed. The salaries are lower than the average in the industry and are also unbalanced (some earn differently -higher/lower salaries- than their work responsibilities)
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Great culture and a good mix of qualified staff
Great culture and a good mix of qualified staff.
Agency mix is great but could be more collaborative.

PR and XM teams are great and work well together.
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productive and fun place with ping pong table
great team, great culture, great people, I recommend this place to work and learn, the digital team is very competent and management gives you full autonomy
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Good People
Learn a lot, work independently, have flexibility to work from home. Lots of younger people, positive workplace. Managers and resources are not always available. Learn as you go.
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Toxic environment, inadequate mgmt
Very toxic and volatile environment.

Every day and moment felt like high school and you were purposefully being left out of something. They'd fire people on a moments notice and over-task everyone else.


Management seemed to be just as confused and worried about their roles as everything hinged on the opinion of two senior VPs. There was no trust - when the VPs were out, no decisions were made and things slowed to a crawl.


Good pay, fair benefits but not worth the emotional stress.
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Good pay, fair benefits
Cons
toxic environment, poor management, high turnover
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Environnement très convivial
La formule temps responsables est très intéressante. Ça nous permet de gérer notre horaire à notre guise.Sou
Pros
Café gratuit - assurance collective - esprit jeune
Cons
En publicité il ne faut pas compter nos heures
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Over-worked, underpaid and under-valued
This is a place where it's extremely unlikely to advance in your position and if you get that lucky chance, you'll make maybe 2000 extra dollars a year for five times the work you did before.
This place cleans house multiple times a year and fires entire departments hiring from outside to replace them.

Management has been around for a long time and are racking in huge salaries but have no concept of what really goes on in the office
Pros
snacks, free coffee, multiple staff parties
Cons
terrible management, very low pay
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Productive team; management lacks
too much change too often in the media team. felt there needed to be a better structure to allow for better resources and mentorship. other the other hand, the team and company as a whole was amazing.
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Welcoming
Became like a family where there were always opportunities to learn new skills or work on new projects. Very team-centric with excellent work-life balance and lots of time to bond with teammates.
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Productive, innovative and fun environment and overall culture
Productive, innovative and fun environment fill with motivated individuals who push you to be better every day; the office is located in a fabulous part of town, and its bright open concept allows for a fully integrated experience with your team.
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Great Culture
There is a good balance of work hard play hard at the agency. It's packed with talent and amazing people. Things are kept light with ping pong tournaments or a round of pool. The range of clients helps to keep the work diverse and never boring.
Pros
Flexability
Cons
Long Hours
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Idéalisation
expérience de travail et premier stage en entreprise.
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A fun place to work
Cossette Media and Cossette overall has a great workplace environment with lounge space, a great patio and flexibility on bringing dogs into the office.

Life is better at Cossette Media if you work on one of their flagship brands as they tend to staff them more appropriately for the amount of work that exists.


At times it feels like Cossette Media is just along for the ride within the larger agency.


Overall it is a fun place to be but you will work hard and long for your paycheque that will be about average for the industry.
Pros
Great culture, neat location, friendly management
Cons
periodic long hours, don't retain top talent
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Cossette
- lack of training & support
- no work/life balance

- co-workers were friendly and generally nice but management and supervisors were only out for themselves
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Great place to grow
Not a place to be if you don't have passion for an advertising industry.
Hours are flexible as long as you meet the requirements.
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Fun, casual environment but a high turnover at all levels.
Long, long hours for anyone below VP level.

I didn't actually learn any new hard skills with this position, however on the soft skills side it was nice to collaborate with other EAs instead of being the sole agency assistant. The team of admins could work together and offer support, which was great because it is usually a such a thankless job. Unfortunately, the admins are greatly taken for granted by most (with a select few being the exception to the rule).


The company has had some growing pains with the sale to Blue Focus. Too much shuffling around of senior staff and a high turnover for everyone below. What Cossette could use, is a present and invested leader as well as some further investment (better educational initiatives, higher pay, etc.) in its present staffers.


It's not great for morale when senior staff "work from home" for half the week while people in their respective departments are working in-office until midnight.


There are a handful of VPs I hope to see promoted to even more prominent leadership positions at the Toronto office (people who lead their teams with integrity - I think they'd do great things), however I feel the highest level senior staffers are a bit out of touch with their teams and aren't that present.


Less senior staff experience a bit of a sink or swim atmosphere, they could definitely use more mentors. I think that would lead to less turnover overall.


The HR dept. is amazing and full of wonderful people who will support and listen to you if you have any questions or concerns.


Hardest part is a very real lack of work / life
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Pros
Free pop, coffee, tea. Fun coworkers. Great HR.
Cons
Long hours. Restructuring. Location.
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Not all that its cracked up to be
Worked there on a contract with promise to go full time.
In the end I decided I didn't want the full time and told them no thanks. The money they were offering was way below pay grade and not worth the amount of time you would have to spend 12+ hours.


*** Lots of Politics***


Some of the accounts people were not very smart either, but there developers (which they are lucky to have) were amazing.


Bottom line: there are a lot of upper management (VP/Directors) that are getting paid to do nothing but sit in their big offices. They should be spending this money on talent and proper project managers and paying them well.


They did have some cool clients but other then that meh... There are many better agencies where a person with talent could work.
Pros
Free drinks in the fridge + parties
Cons
Salary / Accounts not Knowledable / Politics
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Happy Creative Department
The best thing I can say about Cossette is that it inspires, motivates and retains its creative personnel very well. If you think of it, creative people are the engine of an ad agency. We had major accounts and plenty of them, and the challenges were high but manageable as I delegated projects evenly throughout the creative department.

Creative Directors led the efforts of the younger team members, and when support was needed, it was there. I saw a lot of hard work occurring daily.
Pros
Great space in Liberty Village, great culture, frequent get togethers
Cons
Not as exciting a job as producing had been.
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5.0
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Fantastic Place to Work
Great culture with entrepreneurial atmosphere that is second to none.
Pros
Flex Hours, No Corporate Structure, Bagel Mondays, Open Concept Office Space
Cons
Salaries Could be Higher, Competing against Advertising Behemonths
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