Interpublic Group

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Interpublic Group Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
64 Reviews
3.7
64 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 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.  

    IPG's Corporate IT Group Competent

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    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Favors strong project management and process improvement. IT executives/leaders are unusually good. Mid-level managers are hit or miss. Strong benefits and PTO. Challenging environment because of complex, global structure of 100+ partially or wholely owned companies to service. Great place to build your resume if you're motivated and ask for stretch projects. They do not fire employees easily. Overall, a good place to work...but see cons below.

    Cons

    Employee training determined by local managers (there is no real centralized HR training program). Omaha office is notably more fun than NY. You need to know how to develop yourself professionally. If you're a mediocre performer, you'll languish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasize professional development and people skill development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work.... pay stinks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Interpublic Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, great hours, good benefits, casual dress, education assistance

    Cons

    Pay is horrible and unfortunately that's the name of the game in this day and age. You have to have a livable wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees and I don't mean with a coffee mug.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    just one messed up place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    learn to respect your best guys

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stimulating

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

    I have been working at Interpublic Group

    Pros

    Innovative thinking and strong leadership

    Cons

    Health benefits could be better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Good holding company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    limiting

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    • 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
  10.  

    Absolutely no communication, leadership, or training

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    • 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
  11.  

    Manage DBA's

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    • 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

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