Interpublic Group

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Interpublic Group Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
66 Reviews
3.8
66 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Location (midtown NYC), work-life balance (in most functions), employee diversity resource groups (in 6 reviews)

  • Work environment is great in the IT area; casual, relaxed and actually fun (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Increased transparency from senior management and less politics when you deal with corporate in NY (in 4 reviews)

  • Less direct compensation than similar jobs in the Omaha area (Both as an intern and as a entry-level full time employee (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Corporate Out of Touch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-Workers and some supervisors. Nice location.

    Cons

    Don't care about lower level employees, . Only take care of upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the whole picture and not just a small group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    There are good people there, but the systems, data, and processes need improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location (midtown NYC), work-life balance (in most functions), employee diversity resource groups

    Cons

    Systems and processes need considerable improvement; takes lots of effort and time (and patience) to accomplish anything; integrity is lacking at the senior executive levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stable job, No clear job path

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable job, decent pay, friendly employees

    Cons

    No clear job path or upward mobility with certain job functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a program to cultivate top finance talent and present continuing opportunities to advance their career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    limiting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    as a whole, IPGs offerings through its new specialty agencies are highly strategic enabling new opportunities for strategic growth and development. the challenge has been at the management level in making these offerings tangible and accessible.

    Cons

    lack of growth and development
    inconsistent direction and competing vision
    general lack of creativity
    management pigeon holds great ideas as they feel threaten

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Still analog

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    The companies in the umbrella provide a generally moderate pace of work.

    Cons

    No advancement in digital groups.
    Analog creatives rule the roost.
    Experienced employees are not valued.
    Forward Movement is more important than management skill.
    Technical support is abysmal.
    Bean counting controls everything.
    No conferences, education, or supplementary tools.
    Not enough staff, for most groups. An exit-culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you are ever going to be truly competent in digital, then you have to change from a job-to-job management approach to building a lasting team and then using it as a powerhouse to generate new business.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    IPG is a caste system

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Free coffee and great views... some colleagues are nice, but they leave all the time. It's hard to make a nd keep friends.

    Cons

    Management is promoted based on friendships with higher-ups. Competence and good management skills are not considered for promotions. HR is the least "human" function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepared to justify your $300,000+ incomes to the rest of the staff who make less than one-quarter what you make, yet do all the heavy lifting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The work could be challenging, but knowledge is contained and protected by those in management positions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    The work-life balance is quite fair. The flexibility to work from home or managing your own work hours is very refreshing.

    Cons

    There is no career ladder at IPG. Former Agency Employees hold most of the leadership roles and are stubborn when it comes to discussing new ideas or approaches that may help the company grow. Compensation is very poor. Contractors make twice as much as full time employees and have better job security because they protect their information/knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to allow fresh ideas and young talent to grow. Stifling a new generation of thinkers and eager workers will only lead to high turnover with a bitter resentment towards an old-school style of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Too corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    The benefits are good. There is some opportunity to work across companies held by Interpublic Group. I like the ERG's.

    Cons

    It is a very corporate environment. Although it is in the creative industry, many new ideas are rejected because of corporate ideology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more inclusive environment. Many decisions are made behind close doors without input from employees. If you're going to hire someone in a management role, give his/her future direct reports an opportunity to meet them first

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Clueless management, bad atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    It's a good place to start working in advertising. The network is still substantial and some of the clients are good to work for. There is a desire to do things differently. Maybe the place will get back it's vibe once the whole industry revives as well. Young people often get substantial responsibility early on in their career.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is just plain rotten. Cost cutting has started to undermine all motivation.
    The only news we get from senior management is that they've seen the light and that we're a team
    and we're all going digital which is as substantive and credible as a 60's ad for soap. There is a culture of making excuses and cooperation between the various silos is just not working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some professional middle management in, preferrably not from the ad industry to install proper procedures and motivation. Stop raving about being a creative powerhouse when you're not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    There IT Department lacks talent & management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    The pay is OK... That's it!

    Cons

    The IT group for IPG varies from building to building each with its own set of IT folks. The management however 9 times out of 10 are NOT technically knowledgeable at all. The management do not have a clue and spend a great deal of time requesting a status instead of allowing you a chance to complete your work. Even though this is an advertising firm, the demand on the IT dept. is as high as if you were working for a Hedge Fund (just without the pay). Sr. management does not care about the IT satff and as far as they are concern you are roaches there to do there bidding. "Just get it done" is the motto, you mean nothing, you have a job so be happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of wasting talented people in the field replace the "YES-MAN" management you have. You may find that you get a lot more done and spend alot less money!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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