Interpublic Group Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Interpublic Group Chairman and CEO Michael I. Roth
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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. Helpful (1)

    I worked about 5 years for IPG in IT department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Interpublic Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    On that period was good salary and good location

    Cons

    Right now they are moving to Omaha . They are not interested in people in other areas.
    No I would not recommend this company to my friends. If company tried to save money by relocation - may be no reason to go to this company.

  2. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun group of people to work with

    Cons

    long hours.
    low pay
    drinking problems among senior management

    Advice to Management

    Get pass the midlife crisis

  3. No Training

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Great holidays - 12! Two weeks of vacation the first year.

    Cons

    No training. No organization. I played Scrabble for the first two weeks. I begged for any type of assignment, but no one knew what I would be doing... When I was given an assignment, I was told there were no SOPs in place. Training was almost non-existent. Manager would assign project but be too busy to walk me through it - or taking her dog to the vet - or getting her nails done - or home with her kids - or going to the dentist. If I couldn't finish a project, manager would finish it but not tell me how it was done. Communication was not high on the list of priorities.

    Advice to Management

    SOPS should be an integral part of every department. I don't know if my department was an exception - or the norm. With SOPS, new employees can hit the ground running. Absences can be covered efficiently. Communication can be moved up in importance. Work can get done efficiently - the first time. I would strongly recommend that each employee know what they are doing and why. I spoke with my manager several times regarding a lack of direction. There was no response until my last (and only) HR meeting when I was told the job and I were not a match. Luckily, I had determined that my manager and I were not a match earlier.

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  5. just one messed up place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Biztalk Server Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Biztalk Server Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay was kinda fair though it was less than few other companies in the area
    work location is good for commuting

    Cons

    worst management
    dont anything about project management
    lack of respect for hard working people
    incompetent fulltime staff , most work is pushed onto consultants
    lack of QA team

    Advice to Management

    learn to respect your best guys

  6. Absolutely no communication, leadership, or training

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    Former Employee - Invoice Controller in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Invoice Controller in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were okay, and the casual dress was a nice change from most jobs. The hours were okay. Honestly, however, I'm racking my brain to think of these pros.

    Cons

    A complete lack of cohesive training. There were three people training me during the first week and I was told different things by all three. There was no positive feedback, or any feedback for that matter. I was hired because of anticipated heavy work increase, but that never materialized and then without warning, after 21 days of employment, was let go because I was "not progressing fast enough". How can a person learn a job when the work doesn't exist and they are kept busy by pulling staples for three days? After I was let go, I didn't receive my check for 20 days afterwards, and the check I received was incorrect. I would not recommend IPG to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    I don't even know where to start. This company needs a complete overhaul and communication, leadership, and training needs vast improvement.

  7. Low pay has caused employees to leave this company bitterly

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    Current Employee - Treasury Analyst
    Current Employee - Treasury Analyst

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Life balance and very nice work environment. I really liked the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Low pay and limited forward movement in the company

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees and your employees will stop jumping ship

  8. Helpful (1)

    Your mileage may vary (YMMV)

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Interpublic Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *Casual dress code.
    *Fun industry. You get to see the Agencies' output every day.
    *Buildings aren't too old, agencies have much nicer spaces.
    *Most people are nice, but that doesn't mean they are good to work with...
    *Decent amount of time off - most holidays, 18+ PTO, Summer Fridays.
    *Small pockets of great managers/leaders.
    *If you work for a supportive manager, internal mobility is possible (even if you do not know the area).

    Cons

    It really depends on who you work for. Not the right place if you want to work for a high-performing team or are aggressive about your career.

    *Not much relevant training or development.
    *Lack of development opportunities. Some managers are harsh and unforgiving. They didn't seem to have managerial experience.
    *Lack of direction.
    *Shortage of competent staff. Obvious deadweight on teams.
    *Long hours.
    *Weak collaboration within and outside of team.
    *Space constraints while a lot of offices are empty because many people work mostly from home and occupy office space.
    *Blatant favoritism/discrimination within a team.
    *Cost consciousness skewed.
    *Poor benefits.
    *Not everyone gets to work from home.
    *HR is pretty non-existent. At least they have work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    *Management who lack leadership skills will drive away talent. Not every manager has leadership qualities.
    *Senior management is more reactive vs strategic.

  9. Corporate Out of Touch

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-Workers and some supervisors. Nice location.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

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

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    Be consistent

  11. Stable job, No clear job path

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable job, decent pay, friendly employees

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

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