Interpublic Group Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
57 Reviews

3.5
57 Reviews
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Interpublic Group Chairman and CEO Michael I. Roth
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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Absolutely no communication, leadership, or training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Invoice Controller  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Invoice Controller in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Interpublic Group

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Manage DBA's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Architect  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Work Life balance Salary Culture

    Cons

    Not all management is on same page

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide consistent view

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good exposure to various aspects.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst Intern  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst Intern in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    They provide excellent opportunity to explore and put forth new ideas.

    Cons

    They do not sponsor Visa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to provide an opportunity to talented international students.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Interpublic Group

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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