Overdrive Interactive

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A place to learn and grow your career

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA

I have been working at Overdrive Interactive full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The best thing about Overdrive is all the knowledge it provides its employees about marketing and advertising. Overdrive lets employees take on a lot of responsibility, and it is really a place to grow your career, as you learn everything from beginning to end (and then some). The client base is pretty stellar, and there is a lot of opportunity for learning. Senior management is very knowledgeable, and there is an open-door policy so anyone, even interns, can talk to them. Harry in particular is a fantastic mentor, and his passion is contagious. He genuinely wants to nurture not just clients but also employees.

The second best thing, and I would say that this is almost as important as the first, is the wonderful people. Overdrive is a place filled with dedicated and smart people, who genuinely enjoy working with each other, as evidenced by the high camaraderie and the family-feel of the entire agency. It certainly is not a big corporate job; it feels personal. Whenever we win an award or an accolade for a successful campaign, each team member is acknowledged for his or her hard work. Team members are very supportive of each other, and are always willing to help.

I have witnessed the company triple in size over the years, and I know it will continue to grow, so it is nice to be part of that. It's a fun environment, but it's also a very hard-working group with a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed.

Cons

Sometimes the small size doesn't allow for a lot of external resources (i.e. software/technology, etc) but this also makes the employees become more resourceful and pro-active.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Biggest Career Disappointment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allston, MA

    I worked at Overdrive Interactive

    Pros

    Great co-workers. I made great friends that I know will last. Love the food around Allston, there is never a shortage of places to go for lunch or drinks.

    Cons

    EXTREME disrespect towards employees. I was hired for one job and within a month they tried to change my position completely. When I said I didn't want that position I felt like I was written off. I had to fight everyday to try to make changes for the better. Upper management may say they want to change but they are so adverse to it, they are almost stagnant. Not what you would call a "forward thinking" agency. Often times we weren't allowed to brainstorm cool, new, innovative ideas for our clients because we had "already done something that worked in the past, why would we change it?" Meetings upon meetings makes it impossible to get anything done. Work life balance is crap, you are expected to work nights and weekends. After working a full weekend and staying late that Monday I was told I needed to "work more outside of work hours." Compensation for that? None. And when you have finally had enough, don't expect a welcome goodbye. I was ignored by most of management for my last two weeks but I got off easy. Some co-workers were spoken to harshly and told they would never be as successful as they were at Overdrive. Sounds like a great place to work, right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP ARGUING WITH ONE ANOTHER. If you don't like each other, someone should leave. It is absurd that your employees have to stay in meetings for hours just hearing you go back and forth with one another. Get on the same page before the meeting, or if you can't agree, don't even have the meeting. Hearing you all argue like children is terrible for moral. If you don't respect each other, how can your subordinates feel respected. The animosity you have for one another clearly plays into how you treat employees from each department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Overdrive Interactive is a fun place to work with great, talented people but needs to learn to respect employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Overdrive Interactive

    Pros

    * Fun culture - there are always work-sponsored events, awards banquets, an annual summer outing, and just a lot of really nice people to be surrounded with on a daily basis.
    * Compensation - account management gets paid well above market average for an advertising agency
    * Talent - There are so many great people at Overdrive Interactive and you will learn a LOT from them.

    Cons

    * Senior management is very tough to work with, which causes quite a bit of stress. Everything is important and urgent, and there is no respect or tact with which you will be asked to do something - even if that "something" is not part of your job description. And you'll do a lot of things that aren't within your job description.
    * There's no concept of "hours" or vacation time. You work all the time, and your vacation is secondary to what management tells you. You'll probably be working from your vacation.
    * Client base tends to get boring. A lot of technology/B2B clients.
    * There is no such thing as specializing on a client. Any given employee tends to have at least 5 clients to manage/work on, which gives no one any time to really learn about the intricacies of the client and apply as much as possible toward them.
    * WAY TOO MANY MEETINGS.... mostly with no set agenda or pre-read/to-dos, so a good amount of them are useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * CALM DOWN. The stress your employees feel is largely as a result of senior leadership running around and screaming
    * Words like "Thank you" and "Great job" go a long way. Use them more often.
    * Cut down on meetings. Limit the amount of meetings necessitated by the company and enforce a mandatory agenda for each one.
    * Understand that some people need a work/life balance, even in agency life. Be considerate to these people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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