Interpublic Group

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Interpublic Group Reviews

Updated June 13, 2014
Updated June 13, 2014
59 Reviews
3.6
59 Reviews
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Interpublic Group Chairman and CEO Michael I. Roth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Location (midtown NYC), work-life balance (in most functions), employee diversity resource groups (in 5 reviews)

  • Great managers as well as great work environment (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    React instead of Proact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    * Very laid back atmosphere
    * Flexible
    * Friendly Management
    * Offers full time staff the chance to work from home 2 days a week.

    Cons

    * Culture may foster too much of a laid back atmosphere. Can go weeks with no real task.
    * Limited formal processes, staff pretty much does as they wish. Creates confusion.
    * Poor inter-departmental communication and hand-off processes.
    * MGT tends to react with band-aid solutions instead of proactively trying to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions and stick with them.
    You have to formalize communication and hand-offs better. Too many people are just passing the work around. I cannot comment on the CEO because he is invisible except for an email every few months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    HR

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

    I worked at Interpublic Group full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and my current boss

    Cons

    Nothing the time off was pretty good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad, but not inspiring

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Fair bit of autonomy and some decent managers. It really depends on what company you work for inside of IPG that will determine your level of happiness.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics and it's a boys club, especially at Mediabrands. Current leadership is uninspiring and there have been some questionable decisions made by top execs recently. Not sure what the future holds for IPG.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let in inspired, creative folks and let them have a say. Lose egotistical upper management who can't lead or execute against a meaningful vision. Identify the people who are currently really doing things differently and promote them.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good place to work

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

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Particularly for an NYC company
    Summer Fridays and 18-25 vacation days = alot of time off
    Reasonable ability to advance within the company

    Cons

    Below market salaries
    Politics can be a little much
    Company parties have really gone downhill since the stock market crash

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing fine, they don't need my advice. I think that the pay structure tends to be a little top heavy but I that seems to be true around NY so what are you going to do.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great benefits and vacation, but not a long term place to call home.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Vacation
    Pay
    Benefits

    Great place for taking time away from the actual work, but not a place that you can feel that you will have a long term career.

    Cons

    Too much turmoil both at the company and especially at the holding group. Wish that there had been more stability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Interpublic Group

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Good benefit, pay, atmosphere, worker, hours

    Cons

    poor management, unfair job distribution, not enought training, don't move you in different area is job no longer exist, use economy to get rid of innocent staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train Managers to tread staff fairly.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    So much potential, waiting to be tapped.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AC Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - AC Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Opportunities for real success for employees who can provide original thinking and know how to get those good ideas presented and approved. Understand how and when to break the rules. Great people get hired and you'll like and respect many co-workers who truly want the company and thier clients to succeed.

    Cons

    Poor communication between business units has made them less competitive and prone to neutralizing each other. Internal rewards based on unit's achievements encourage this but marketplace (external) is rewarding those that can work well together, provide myriad ad/mktg/PR solutions and appear to have really worked together before with success. This is frustrating as one gets higher up so build relationships at all levels everywhere in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recognize talent in women and minority employees by giving them real support and training, including the crucial lessons that are learned more informally while the work is being created, studied and evaluated. Recognizing talent by placing people in the right positions and then not providing support drains current talent without building for the future.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Eh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Media Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Working at UM gives you the opportunity to work on varied pieces of business, given the number of different accounts the agency has. In recent years, they have suffered some client losses but have rebounded with new clients, giving employees opportunities to broaden their horizons across a wide spectrum of buiness.

    Cons

    There was not much communication from senior management about the state of the agency and the overall health of the business. In my opinion, there was a clear lack of direction when it came to explaining what was expected of employees and in disseminating news about jobs, new accounts, and lost business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more forthcoming with employees

  10.  

    IPG is Bogged Down with 'Good ol Boys'

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Media Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Because IPG is a laggard in the industry, it offers great flexibility.

    Cons

    IPG tends to underpay employees to offset the bloated operational costs which could be addressed with technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to think out of the box and reinvent the company and industry; infuse technology into everything we do

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very welcoming internship experience for a rising second-year in college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at Interpublic Group as an intern

    Pros

    The people there were laid-back and very helpful. Taught me to use a lot of relevant software, though may be dated compared to HK, Japan, or other Interpublic offices. Made sure I had a lot of opportunities to practice them and understand how they tied in with the client reports and presentations. Assistant at meetings.

    Cons

    Perhaps should have allocated more work to interns. I prepared weekly client reports for six weeks -- very repetitive. Sometimes had nothing to do for the entire day. I could have learned a lot more about advertisement and marketing. Colleagues did not seem passionate about their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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