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OMD Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
131 Reviews
2.7
131 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In fact, working with such great people is the only thing keeping most of the office around (in 7 reviews)

  • The work environment encourages good work, with a comfortable office and working space (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be good or bad, depending upon the account (in 11 reviews)

  • long hours due to client demands and quick turnaround needed (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Experience at OMD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OMD

    Pros

    Great place to learn if you are starting as an assistant. A lot of different training courses are offered.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. No appreciation from upper management for a job well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people on the team in order to balance workloads.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging environment for senior level positions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at OMD

    Pros

    Great opportunities with marquee accounts. Ability to lead in new territory and build innovative programs that win awards and recognition

    Cons

    Understaffing and poor morale due to agency leadership's approach has placed too much responsibility and work on the shoulders of account leaders while tying one arm behind their back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the profitability goal and address the staffing needs to improve burn rate of employees and overall morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great perks, Not great pay.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Negotiator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Negotiator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at OMD full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of perks: free lunches, event tickets, friendly people, great work environment.

    Cons

    The pay isn't as great as anyone would like it to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The place is dump.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OMD

    Pros

    Close to public transportation. The offices are located above a concourse with plenty of food options. Get to wear jeans, t-shirts, baseball caps, and gym shoes.

    Cons

    Anyone with any pride quits within a few years. As a result, the place is more like KiddieLand than a professional media planning and buying company. The only way for an employee to get a raise is to threaten to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the Chicago office and centralize everything in New York which is the intended plan anyway. I would also continue to promote 25 year olds to Group Media Directors because nothing says professionalism like a hung over kids leading the charge. You have to know that major clients tolerate OMD for its buying clout and laughs at its strategic insights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ruthless place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at OMD full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Huge company that makes money. Keen people can certainly progress here.

    Cons

    Below industry salaries. No employee loyalty. Awful staffing practices, absurd levels of turnover.

    Not a lot of talent, usually just those who shout the loudest make their way up the ladder here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Media Strategist

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    Former Employee - Media Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Media Strategist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at OMD

    Pros

    - I was able to learn a skill set that I hadn't been exposed to at previous agency
    - They are innovative up to a certain point
    - HR was great...when I quit. Best day of my life. I quit in Spring and got paid through the beginning of the summer.

    Cons

    - The hours are long, which is typically with every agency job.
    - Certain employees are spoiled and snotty and will do anything to take someone down. And it's not discourage. Upper management might question supervisors about it but they will lie to save their butts. I have never seen a group of people be sooo horrible rude to the cleaning staff.
    - They find the least efficient ways to completely the simplest tasks.
    - Upper management is closed off the employees. I was used to having direct contact with my director. At OMD, she was down the hall, in her office, with the door closed. She rarely visited and definitely was not someone I could come to with questions.
    - The depression you will feel going to work there every single day. I have never felt so unwell as I did when I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the mean girls. When the same person is complaining and getting everyone on their team fired.

    OMD Chicago is a sinking ship. Run! There are so many better places and people to work with. Trust me!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Anarchy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OMD

    Pros

    Vendor Benefits
    Packed with Millennials
    Very political

    Cons

    Promote people for subject matter expertise rather than management and communication skills
    No processes
    Unprofessionalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop retention tactics for your junior-level employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    So Far So Goo

    Current Employee - Client Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Finance Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at OMD as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    One of the biggest media agencies. A lot of exposure

    Cons

    Hours can be long at times

  10.  

    Terrible experience

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

    I worked at OMD

    Pros

    Very big, well known clients

    Cons

    Everything else. Poor pay, terrible hours, doesn't know how to manage people or value it's employees and would rather just churn people through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and stop culture of burnout

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had much fun learning a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Assistant Strategist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Strategist in New York, NY

    I have been working at OMD full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Looks great on resume, offers tremendous insights to the industry, many perks. Honestly, everything depends on the team and your boss.

    Cons

    Low salary. Perhaps, it's part of industry standards, not sure. Other than that, working at OMD is a fun and awesome experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a more cohesive culture so talents want to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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