OMD Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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OMD CEO Mainardo de Nardis
Mainardo de Nardis
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Pros
  • There are some great people working there (in 7 reviews)

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

Cons
  • 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 11 reviews)

  • Employees work extremely long hours 10 (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Great vacation policy, too bad I didnt make enough money to take advantage of it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OMD full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Vacation and time off policy was very generous
    - Good, challenging work, I learned a lot but liked what I was doing
    - Managers were all very approachable and helpful

    Cons

    - Salary was horrible, barely enough to get by on
    - Company did have a lot of social events, but being in Finance we were basically excluded
    - A lot of late nights because senior managers would just put off/procrastinate on reporting until the due date, causing the entire department to have to drop everything and stay into the night
    - No documented processes, formal training.... knowledge only shared between employees who had been there a longtime leaving others scrambling to find information

    Advice to Management

    Treat the Finance team with as well as you treat the media teams.


  2. Enjoyment of work ebs and flows

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Digital Strategist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Assistant Digital Strategist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OMD

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

    Pros

    People at company - Clients - Location

    Cons

    Training (or lack there of)
    Management
    Timeliness
    "Team" mentality

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more to understand their needs


  3. Horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategiest in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Strategiest in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OMD

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

    Pros

    Work culture, work perks, training, benefits, time-off policies

    Cons

    Compensation, learning, management, company strategic direction

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


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  5. Great place to work, had a great team and lots of opportunities for advancement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Strategist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Media Strategist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Depends on what team you are a part of, if you have a great boss like I did, you will love it. OMD has a great reputation in the industry and its a good place to get valuable experience.

    Cons

    Long hours, but that is just the nature of the industry.


  6. Long Hours, Low Salary, Entitled Employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Strategist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Strategist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    - There are some great people working there
    - Some excellent teachers/Directors
    - HR is great, very willing to help you in any situation
    - Vendors who work with OMD are very nice
    - Excellent parties/staff appreciation
    - CEO is very down to earth and friendly
    - Lunches, free tickets etc.

    Cons

    - Low pay, average to mediocre benefits
    - Expected to stay late even if you have finished your assigned work (and more)
    - Not challenging for those with experience beyond education
    - Experience at OMD is entirely dependent on which team/account you are placed on
    - Ego, favoritism, catty behavior
    - Lack of opportunity to move up
    - Very high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    - Recognize/reward new hires with potential instead of keeping employees who are not pulling their weight in the company


  7. Working for OMD - Great but LONG hours and can be STRESSFUL!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Search Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Search Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The amount of experience you can learn is WELL worth the low pay and horrible hours! Also, the Vendors who come into OMD Toronto are amazing!

    Cons

    Directors expected assistants to stay after hours every day - no matter what! Just to "make" it look like we were busy!


  8. OMD is good a good place to start your career and learn. Senior people steer away.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OMD

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

    Pros

    OMD is a good place to work for people who are starting their careers in advertising and want to learn rapidly as long as you are willing to put the hours. There's room for growth for the hard workers and strategic thinkers.

    Cons

    Terrible top level senior management. Managing partners are autocratic, don't have people skills and aren't interested in communicating and developing their teams. Hence, the turnover is insane and is difficult to replace employees.

    There's no clear definition of roles and responsibilities and hierarchy is not respected.

    Lack of training. If you are lucky and want to pay training out of your pocket, you may get the time off to attend training; otherwise, employees rely on vendors' invitations to attend seminars and conferences.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your teams. Constantly firing and hiring is not management. Develop knowledge, skills and trust among your team members.


  9. Why change it if it isn't broken?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Media Buyer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OMD

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    OMD is a great place to work and provides a lot of opportunities for growth and advancement. They are always willing to help you move to another client or even to another position if you are not happy rather than see you leave. Everyone is very social but still maitains their professionalism. OMD's reputation is superb and clients recognize our efforts. The benefits packages are very generous as are the salaries (when comparing to other agencies in the city).

    Cons

    There can be long hours but cab chits are always at our disposal so we don't need to worry about getting home safely and dinners can be expensed.

    Advice to Management

    When changes are happening to keep us more in the loop.



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