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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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    Good holding company to work for

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

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Paid time off is good. The IT / Business Applications group doesn't have long hours unlike other lines of advertising, such as creative, account services, media, etc. My boss is knowledgeable and has worked her way up within the company. My team is willing to work with people to help them improve some performance issues, that are considered minor by management - (ie. coworker, doesn't communicate well to collegeaues in written format). Low level of stress.

    Cons

    This is specific to the IT/ Business Applications Group, I am in, not the entire company. I can't speak for the Finance, HR and Shared Services groups.

    There doesn't seem to be any advancement opportunities. For example, other co-workers have been in their positions for many years 3-5, with two folks at 10+ years supporting users and implementing the business software. Other folks that were in the group, left after a few years to pursue other opportunities in IT/Business Applications, such as becoming lead PMO's (Project Managers or moving to a the vendor supplier side of business software).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a career path for employees who perform well and deserve it. I can't imagine someone (who isn't in the C-Suite or a VP) doing the same job for 10+ years in today's business world without any sort of advancement at the lower levels. If there are no advancement opportunities available, how about providing the ability, for employees who are performing well, to make lateral moves into other areas of IT / Business Applications and/or IPG Corporate.

    No opinion of CEO
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    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
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