OMD
3.3 of 5 99 reviews
www.omd.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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OMD CEO Mainardo de Nardis

Mainardo de Nardis

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Some of the people who work here are unbelievably smart and are good teachers"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Big brand name clients, young work environment, some fun events"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance can be good or bad, depending upon the account"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Long Hours/no work-life balance- I was only there for a few months, but the time I spent there I was at work ALL THE TIME"
    in 13 reviews
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    Top Notch agency, can't find better!

    Director of Business Intelligence (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsStrong Management, Good work-life balance, cutting edge blue chip clients, out of the box media ideas, nice balance of science and art

    Consoffice politics can be tricky for management level, new business can be a bit of a mess

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience

    Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsTop tier accounts. Growing company. Fun company-sponsored events.

    ConsMajor lack of communication. Training is almost non-existent - sink or swim environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote within. Train your staff and concentrate on career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Depends what team you're on...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-- Working for a top-notch global agency
    -- training seminars in abundance
    -- some of the smartest and creative people you'll meet work here
    -- great summer/winter parties

    Cons-- Some teams are better than others (lucky you if you landed on a good team)
    -- Some people still act as if they are in High School
    -- Poor vertical and horizontal communication = lack of proficiency
    -- Few opportunities to grow or experience work in another department
    -- Unnecessary and unprofessional behavior rampant among and between teams
    -- HR Department is ineffective
    -- Poor retention rate in various departments
    -- Lack of sufficient compensation
    -- Work-Life imbalance is the norm
    -- Company culture? Do they even know what that is??

    Advice to Senior Management-- Millennials essentially run your teams; teach them the value of effective management and flexibility in communication styles.
    -- Pay closer attention to how groups are being run, retention rates, compensation, etc.
    -- Departmental training should be a standard, not an option. Better training will lead to more efficient team members - the investment is worth it's weight in gold.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Media Strategist (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsOffer a variety of courses, generous benefits/ vacation

    ConsCorporate, regimented, hierarchical.. Don't support low level employees well

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/a

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not What It Once Was

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPaid Time Off and summer Fridays

    ConsI hope the focus on running buys through OmNet and other entities doesn't hurt quality, clients would be shocked to know the kind of stuff that goes on. is not the same as it was when I started.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor HR

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosonsite mess hall was decent

    ConsThe HR team is horrendous. there is not true diversity in this organization. Serious joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new HR team in place

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of young people, media perks, excellent time-off (holidays)

    Conswork extremely long hours, unfair promotions/raises

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPro - Good benefits, time off, vacation. Great clients.

    ConsCon - Male Management won't let women employees take their time off for doctor appointments and vacation time. Management only care about getting credit for other employees (more creative, talented) hard work along with pocketing your bonus and salary increase. Freelancers get cheated out of hard earned wages and don't received their pay in a timely manner along with their vendors. Employees work extremely long hours 10+ on a regular weekly basis and work on weekends without gratitude or compensation. Low pay with no raise and no vacation time (4 yr employee).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would not recommend working here as a freelancer of staff employee. I moved on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OMD, global agency means global exposure

    Assistant Strategist (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros1) Great clientele/accounts - and gaining more business rapidly
    2) Company culture is fun and unique; lots of company events
    3) Perks include media events and client/vendor outings
    4) Global agency means global exposure, opportunity to experience several facets of the industryand exposure to the media industry as a whole
    5) Award-winning agency

    Cons1) long hours due to client demands and quick turnaround needed
    2) stressful when deadlines have to be met with little notice
    3) lack of centralized programs across divisions/accounts/investment teams etc, however, this "issue" is being addressed

    Advice to Senior Management1) A training program should be created for all entry-level positions
    2) Shorter work hours which can be achieved by increasing productivity - this can be aided by streamlining the process between divisions and minimizing the back & forth that occurs daily

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There's a reason why they've be deemed "Agency of the Year" 9 out of their 11 years

    Strategy Supervisor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsVery impressive company with extremely talented people. Whether you're starting out a new career in media or you're a seasoned professional looking for some new experience, OMD will take care of you. The term "work hard, play hard" definitely gets thrown around a lot in the industry, but the people at OMD truly live and breathe that mantra. In terms of resources, I have yet to seen agency provide its employees with all of the resources they need in order to do the best work. OMD is an extremely forward-thinking company that continues to show the industry just how it's done.

    ConsSalaries unfortunately can be on the low-end if you're growing from within, but if you're coming from the outside they somehow magically find money to bring you in.

    Work-life balance can be good or bad, depending upon the account. However, the more grueling accounts tend to be more high-profile, provide increased growth opportunities, and greater visibility into senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be stingy when it comes to your best talent--they're the ones driving growth and retention. Annual raises and salary increases from promotions need to be better, otherwise that talent is simply going to move on to one of the many other agencies that are out there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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